About Peggy Markel
For almost 25 years, Peggy Markel has traversed the Mediterranean, India and North Africa, cultivating relationships and furthering her own exploration of culture and cuisine to share with others. From fishing villages and markets to tents and fine hotels, to the homes of artisans and chefs far and wide, Peggy broke bread and shared. On these journeys, she saw an opportunity to design and direct her own brand of culinary tours where connecting with taste, connects us with the soul of a place, and therefore ourselves.
Peggy’s interest in the delicate relationship of food and its origins began early. “For me, a connection to real food is a connection to real life,” Peggy relates. She found kinship with the Slow Food movement in 1993, recognizing in it values that echoed her own. And, she became a pioneer in Slow Travel with her own culinary adventures.
“When we speak of Slow Travel, we mean that particular experience of letting yourself merge with your surroundings: the pace, customs, mores and style of where you find yourself. It’s really about our willingness to let the world in, and see ourselves a part of it.” she says.
She loves good conversation, the risky kind, that asks you to emerge a completely different person. Food and travel are her talismans. Mystics, her mentors. Her guests are her traveling companions, and as friends, she introduces them to the extraordinary.
“Not everything can be learned from reading a book. The three dimensional world of travel engages the senses like no other experience. Why not bring that book to life?” – Peggy Markel