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Experience Gerry Dawes's Adventures in Spain

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I have planned and led tours for such culinary stars as Chefs Thomas Keller, Mark Miller, Mark Kiffin, Michael Lomonaco and Michael Chiarello and such personalities as baseball great Keith Hernandez and have given detailed travel advice to many other well-known chefs and personalities.
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“The American writer and town crier for all good Spanish things Gerry Dawes . . .the American connoisseur of all things Spanish . . .” Michael Paterniti, The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge and The World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese

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"Gerry Dawes, I can't thank you enough for opening up Spain to me." -- Michael Chiarello on Twitter. 

"Chiarello embarked on a crash course by traveling to Spain for 10 days in 2011 with Food Arts
contributing authority Gerry Dawes, a noted expert on Spanish food and wine.  Coqueta's (Chiarello's new restaurant at Pier Five, San Francisco) chef de cuisine, Ryan McIlwraith, later joined Dawes for his own two week excursion, as well. Sampling both old and new, they visited wineries and marketplaces, as well as some of Spain's most revered dining establishments, including the Michelin three-star Arzak, Etxebarri, the temple to live fire-grilling; Tickets, the playful Barcelona tapas bar run by Ferran Adrià and his brother, Albert; and ABaC, where Catalan cooking goes avant-garde." - - Carolyn Jung, Food Arts, May 2013.

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"In his nearly thirty years of wandering the back roads of Spain," Gerry Dawes has built up a much stronger bank of experiences than I had to rely on when I started writing Iberia. . . is adventures far exceeded mine in both width and depth..." -- James A. Michener, author of Iberia: Spanish Travels and Reflections
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Gerry Dawes has been traveling the food and wine roads of Spain for more than 40 years and is personally acquainted with hundreds of restaurateurs, chefs, winemakers and food-and-wine personalities.  

Tourist boat on the Sil River in the Amandi subzone of la Ribeira Sacra (Galicia).

On these tours,  Gerry will lead you to great food, in wonderful restaurants--traditional  ones with unforgettable regional dishes as well as  those specializing in Ferran Adrià-inspired cocina de vanguardia, avant-garde cooking. 

Gerry Dawes (l) cutting 0ven-roasted lamb at Viña Pedrosa winery, Pedrosa de Duero.

A beautiful modern cuisine shellfish dish from Ca Sento in Valencia.

On our journey, we will meet a slew of  Gerry's often-close Spanish friends, including great chefs, restaurateurs and food personalities, exceptional winemakers and often ordinary Spaniards of extraordinary interest.

Super-star chef Ferran Adrià of elBulli and Gerry Dawes.
 (Note: Ferran and Gerry are friends, but do not expect a reservation at elBulli; 
there are 2,000,000 requests annually for a possible 6,000 places!)

A couple of days into one of these trips, you will probably find yourself transported into another level of consciousness, one far from the madding crowd.  We will immerse ourselves in Spanish culture, get unique glimpses of Spanish history, see breathtaking countryside, visit exciting cites and take lots of great photographs.   

Windmills and castle at Consuegra, La Mancha.

Above all, Gerry Dawes's trips are downright fun.  Participants on these trips often experience a camaraderie that often develops into long-term friendships with fellow travelers and the experiences ripen in retelling into vintage nostalgia (who will volunteer to keep the memorable quips list?).

Commonwealth Club Taste of Spain Tour

Quotes from Commonwealth Club of California participants on the Taste of Spain Tour led by Gerry Dawes:

"Carol and I are still a bit woozy in the head from the time difference but we have been talking nonstop about our great trip and how it exceeded our expectations. Thanks for the adventure and getting us access to the best wineries and restaurants in from Madrid to Barcelona. Again thanks for everything." Thomas H. Burkhart, CEO, The Savant Group, San Francisco, CA 

"Thanks so much for guiding us through Spain and showing us your unique insider's view-it was a taste of Spain in more many ways than food and wine although that part was fantastic. We could never have had the experience of the country without your efforts and expertise.We believe(as do Tom and Carol Burkhart) that your knowledge as well as the friendships that you have developed is a unmatched asset." All the best,Celia and Steve Rosen, New York

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