Providence, RI: Chef Kaitlyn Roberts, founder & owner of Easy Entertaining Inc., and Jessica Granatiero, proprietor of The Savory Grape and The Savory Affair, have strategically joined forces to blend their extensive knowledge of food and wine in order to provide local consumers with events and experience unlike any other.
In the coming months, Chef Roberts and Granatiero will be partnering on progressive tasting dinners, local winery excursions, and in-home private dinners. For instance, the duo is planning a dinner with vintner Barr Smith of Barlow Vineyards on March 28, 2014. Also, taking a cue from the enormous, sold-out success of their first Italian adventure in 2013, they have coordinated yet another culinary tour where guests can eat and drink their way through Tuscany this October.
“We knew that the businesses doing the best in the travel industry were not offering ‘trips,’ they were offering experiences,” stated Granatiero. “From a business perspective, Kate and I knew we had the expertise, passion and proper skill set to enter into this market.”
According to US Travel Association, direct spending on leisure travel by domestic and international travelers totaled $597 billion in 2012.
The success of last year’s trip confirmed Roberts and Granatiero’s theory that consumers were seeking opportunities beyond those you can receive with large tour groups. They wanted personalized experiences that explore the true culture of a country.
“Savoring Italy” begins October 5, 2014 with Roberts leading the cooking classes and demonstrations, while Granatiero will provide a behind-the-scenes look at some of the top Tuscan vineyards. Granatiero has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal, Wine Spectator, and has received RI Monthly’s best wine shop award from 2006-2012. Roberts completed her culinary training in Tuscany, speaks fluent Italian and returns frequently to lead educated tourists in hands- on, one-of-a-kind experiences.