Culinary Tours from Madison, WI to Mexico

A World of Flavors Walking Food Tours are back!
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One of the best ways to get to know a city is through its food. A World of Flavors Go Local! food tours guide you on foot on a tasty adventure through some of Madison's most unique, diverse and historic neighborhoods including two eastside neighborhoods
  • Williamson Street and Atwood Avenue; discover historic buildings, one-of-a-kind shops and of course great food!
Restaurants are locally owned and most proudly use locally sourced ingredients. Vegetarian options available!
Enjoy meeting new people, or bring your group for a tasting of great food at  5-6 restaurants. Each tour lasts about 3 hours and covers about 1.5-2 miles. Most people find that the samples fill them up!

Tours run Tuesdays and Saturdays April - October, 2012!!

Cost: $40/person
    For reservations go to
    or contact Otehlia Cassidy at (608) 251-6996 or via email

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    World of Flavors 2013 Culinary Tour to Isla Mujeres, Mexico February 9-16, 2013

    enjoy a video introduction here.

    Join me on my annual culinary tour to Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Bring the rich cultural and culinary heritage of Mexico to your own kitchen through hands-on classes, mouth-watering meals, and breathtaking excursions around the area.

    What people are saying...

    "Yoga was fantastic with Amy.  A really nice perk and she is a great instructor." -K.M.

    "Excellent." - K.G.

    Isla Mujeres and the Yucatan peninsula epitomize the natural beauty, and cultural and culinary richness of Mexico. Join me to learn more about the culture and cuisine of Isla Mujeres and the Yucatan.

    The next tour dates are February 9-16, 2013
    Reserve your spot now for this tour--space limited to 10 participants!!!

    Here are some details:
    2013 Tour to Isla Mujeres, Feb 9-16 (7 nights, 8 days)
    Participants will stay at on Isla Mujeres, Mexico in Casa de las Palmas. It is an incredible, luxurious villa that looks out over the ocean. The multi-level salt water pool is the perfect place to take a refreshing swim, or relax in a hammock under the palapa. Each exquisitely decorated bedroom has a private bath. The villa includes a kitchen and large dining table so we can have cooking classes on the premises. But take a look for yourself

    Each day on Isla Mujeres, after an invigorating and refreshing yoga class, we will sample a delicious breakfast catered by Chef Lori Dumm who owns Mango Café and Blue Iguana Deli. Lori puts together flavors in ways that will surprise you, and leave you wanting more. Breakfast might include egg empanadas with a sweet chiptole dipping sauce, or her famous Concha bread French toast with orange-rosemary syrup. Organic Oaxacan coffee, and a selection of teas and fresh juices will be provided.
    On arrival day, wind down from your travels and meet your fellow tour participants during a light meal, featuring appetizers, small dishes, dessert, and drinks.
    Sunday through Thursday you will have either a morning or afternoon cooking class at Casa de Las Palmas. During the rest of the day, you will be able to explore the island with an optional group activity, or on your own.
    The cooking classes will be taught by various chefs, including the tour leader, Otehlia Cassidy, a Madison-based cooking instructor. Otehlia specializes in blending traditional Latin cuisine with influences from her travels in Africa and South America to bring you fresh, bright and delicious flavors. She is a fun and well-organized instructor, who currently instructs classes at Orange Tree Imports in Madison, WI.

    Other local chefs from Isla Mujeres will round out the classes, offering classes in traditional Mexican cuisine and technique, as well as Nuevo Latino fusion cuisine. You might learn to make huaraches, an oblong tortilla, stuffed with sauteed shrimp and guacamole, or Ancho chile rellenos with goat cheese and plantain--and you will be surprised to learn how easy these dishes are to make! The instructors will emphasize how to re-create their amazing dishes even after you return home, using ingredients local to your area.
    The meal that we DON’T cook each day will be on your own; feel free to stop by the market and cook something up in the huge kitchen at Casa de Las Palmas, or enjoy one of the many great restaurants on the island.
    Friday, you can enjoy a free day shopping, walking around the small island, or lounging on the beach.
    There will be optional group activities each day—they might include visiting the island's small ruins and art park, hitting the beach, or discovering the zoo or turtle sanctuary. These outings are not included in the tour cost. As a group we will enjoy a day at Garrafon, a local reef park where you can snorkel and swim. The basic package is provided in the tour cost, or upgrade and swim with dolphins if you wish.

    During this tour you will have the opportunity to explore some of the beautiful places in the area, both on your own (not included in cost) and as a group (included).

    Cost includes:
    -Two meals per day plus instruction and recipes
    -Daily yoga classes
    -Transport to and from airport
    -Garrafon Reef Park, on Isla Mujeres
    -A World of Flavors apron
    -shared use of a golf cart (seats 5)

    Cost does NOT include:
    -round trip airfare to Cancun
    -ground transport to Valladolid from Cancun airport
    -entrance fees to optional group activities on Isla Mujeres (range from $3 to $50) and Valladolid
    -lunch or dinner (whichever one we don’t cook during the class)
    -transportation around Isla Mujeres (taxis cost about $2-4 per trip, and -golf cart rental available about $50/day—can be shared),
    -alcoholic beverages
    -personal spending money
    -tips and taxes
    All in all, you are guaranteed a fabulous, relaxing and delicious time.

    8-DAY tour to ISLA MUJERES FEB 9-16, 2013
    $1799 or $1950 (oceanview king room)/person. $500 extra for single occupancy, $200 less for non-cooking companion.

    A $500 non-refundable DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED BY NOVEMBER 1, 2012 per person to reserve space in the tour. Since the number if participants is limited to 10 early reservations are advised. Once your deposit is received, a written confirmation will be sent, along with more detailed travel information and forms. Your balance of is due in full by DECEMBER 15, 2012. If not received by that time, your reservation will be considered canceled.

    Cancellations by Jan 1, 2013, 50% of final payment refunded if space can be filled. Cancellations after Feb 1, 2012, no refunds.

    If I cancel the trip for any reason, your payment will be fully refunded.

    TRIP INSURANCE: It is highly recommended that all participants purchase travel insurance. If you wish to purchase travel insurance, you may go to for details and to purchase.
    CHILDREN: Unfortunately, due to accommodation and tour limitations, children under 18 are not able to participate in this tour. I hope to design a family friendly culinary tour in the near future, so stay tuned!
    OTEHLIA CASSIDY, the tour organizer, has over 10 years of experience traveling in Latin America, Mexico and Africa. Otehlia has spent time in Chihuahua and Sonora, Mexico, working with indigenous groups (including the Raramuri and the Seri) on conservation issues. Learning to cook local dishes and share meals wherever she traveled allowed Otehlia to make new friends and experience the culture of the area. Otehlia has facilitated group travel in West Africa and is an experienced event planner. In addition to raising her two young children and teaching African dance, Otehlia is a cooking instructor, author of the food blog “World of Flavors”,and a columnist with Madison Magazine. She works with various chefs in Mexico to make your trip complete.

    AMY KRUGER, yoga instructor, was introduced to yoga in the 1970’s. Yoga asanas were fun for her to play around with as a young woman. Fast-forward twenty years: Back pain and pregnancy caused Amy to discover the amazing benefits of a regular practice. Amy currently teaches classes based on the Ashtanga tradition and they are taught in the vinyasa style. Vinyasa yoga links one pose to the next in a fluid, serpentine fashion. Amy’s classes are fun, challenging and appropriate for all levels of participants.
    Looking forward to paradise!