Explore the Yunnan Province during “Adventures in a Chinese Kitchen”

(Left to right) Jeanee Linden and Janice Thomas visit a tea plantation in Yunnan Province.

Imagine dining in an elegant restaurant, visiting a one-of-a-kind café, or going “backstage” to learn the intricate art of folding dumplings. These activities – and more – are on the itinerary for “Adventures in a Chinese Kitchen,” March 13 – 25. Janice Thomas, head chef of the Savory Spoon Cooking School, will lead the tour along with Jeanee and Brian Linden, owners of Ellison Bay’s Linden Gallery and the Linden Centre in Xizhou, China.

Guests will be led through Yunnan Province on a cultural tasting tour. Travelers immerse themselves into the local culture, which is teeming with over 25 different ethnic groups.

The 13-day adventure will be based in the Linden Centre, honored as Trip Advisor’s 2011’s Top Rated Hotel of the Year and the Global Vision Award for Restoration by Travel and Leisure. The Centre is located in Yunnan Province in the vestiges of the Himalayas, in the southwest part of the country. Nestled in the fertile Dali valley and surrounded by the natural beauty of the lake and snow-capped mountains, guests will reside in a nationally protected landmark home.

Despite the recent economic and revolutionary developments in China, one thing remains unchanged, the love of food and the joy of sharing a meal with friends and family. Here’s to a flavorful, sumptuous experience in the foothills of the Himalayas; “Gan bei!”—(Translation: “Dry glass,” the equivalent of “Bottoms up!”).

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