Dollard-Des-Ormeaux resident Carol Ketelson, realized her first trip to Italy 14 years ago was to change her life.
Ketelson organized medical conferences for doctors, and found herself in Ravello, a town, and commune situated above the Amalfi Coast in the province of Salerno, Campania, southern Italy, with approximately 2,500 inhabitants.
“I met Chiara Lima at the Palazzo Sasso hotel, where she worked as the reservation manager. We became friends, and she introduced me to her mother, Mamma Agata, who, together, offered a cooking day experience in the region,” Ketelson told The Suburban.
Mamma Agata is a famous chef in Italy who operates a cooking school with Lima, in the Amalfi coast. Mamma Agata has cooked for some of the most famous celebrities and governmental officials on the globe including cooking for both Italian Heads of State and American celebrities that frequented Ravello in the 1950′s and 60′s, such as Humphrey Bogart, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jacqueline Kennedy.
Their first cookbook won 2nd to Jamie Oliver at the Paris Gourmand Cookbook Awards.
“I felt like people had to see this part of the world. Lima was the one that convinced me to start the culinary tours after I left my job,” said Ketelson.
Ketelson created Delectable Destinations in 2011, a unique culinary travel tour that fulfills dreams and introduces new passions for individuals far, and wide. Her tailor-made, culinary travel itineraries offer an immersion in local, rich traditions that is surrounded with breathtaking beauty, intoxicating scents and tastes, and enchanting experiences.
The tours are open to groups of four with a maximum of seven people. Ketelson works with local groups to produce a first class experience for her travelers. “I want to assure that every aspect of their trip is perfect, right down to the smallest detail,” added Ketelson.
“I will take part in my third trip with Delectable Destinations in October. Ketelson is so organized, and has our days are filled with magical impressions. She offers a trip of a lifetime, and I feel like it is better then winning the lottery,” said Baie d’Urfe resident, Stella Patneaude.
“This experience is something beyond ones imagination. I booked with Ketelson and that was all I had to do. She took care of everything and I mean everything. There was no stone left unturned, we were treated like royalty, and what we experienced was culinary euphoria and more.
Every time I look at my pictures, all my senses are awakened as they were every day of the trip, I still enjoy cooking all the wonderful dishes from our cooking day with Chiara Lima and Mamma Agata. I cherish the time spent with old friends and making new friends that are part of my Italian family” said Montreal resident Jodie Margolis
Delectable Destinations offers spring and fall trips which include Paris, France, Tuscany, Italy, and the Amalfi coast of Ravello.
“My trip to Puglia, Italy this fall will mark my fourth trip with Ketelson. The small group makes it a personal experience, for a single female traveler and it doesn’t feel like you are on a tour,” New York City resident, Hilda Greenfield told The Suburban.
“I knew I had a new calling after my first trip to Ravello in 2000. Everyone has to come here,” said a glowing Ketelson.