Greetings, Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries 2-Day Seminars Discover a taste of Crete's fascinating cultural and culinary heritage. Enjoy private guided tours of ancient sites, historic villages, an organic winery and organic vegetable garden. Savor wonderful fresh and local cuisine along the way. This program is limited to 12 attendees, providing a unique opportunity to discover Crete's heritage in the company of resident specialists. Available Dates in 2011 (please contact us first to confirm space is still available): May 10 and 11 June 21 and 22 June 28 and 29 Details are on the Schedule Page of our website. Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries Eco-Agritourism Network www. cookingincrete.com
Greetings, A short slide show of Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries Historic Food and Wine Routes Seminar is up! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGED3W_SGRA Also, deadline for scholarships is December 1st. Information on our Schedule page. http://www.cookingincrete.com/Schedule.html Best regards, Nikki
Nikki Rose in Archaeological Institute of America Magazine Interview: The Joy of Cretan Cooking November 9, 2010| by Eti Bonn-Muller Chef-instructor Nikki Rose talks about the importance of protecting Crete’s natural and cultural resources—and how “green” the Minoans really were. http://www.archaeological.org/news/aianews/3303 Note that CCS is not affiliated with or supported by any public or private agency in Greece or anywhere else. [Finally, some media outlets are not deleting my text about UN-sustainable issues in Crete!] Excerpt ...modern, conventional agriculture, using chemicals that are harmful to all living beings, was not practiced on Crete until the 20th century. Illegal, industrial over-fishing in Greece is a major problem, in addition to global water pollution. I don’t know how our small-scale fishers survive. In fact, many of them have given up fishing or fish just as a hobby now, which is unfortunate. Yet we still enjoy many ingredients just as our ancestors did, as...
The Economist is hosting a debate and welcoming the public to vote on whether or not they think biotechnology and sustainable agriculture are complimentary. http://www.economist.com/debate/debates/overview/187 [Suicide seeds. Starve the world. Any other great ideas from the biotech industry?]
Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries is offering partial scholarships for professional researchers and college students for our May and June 2011 public seminars. The schedule: http://www.cookingincrete.com/Schedule.html Deadline to apply is December 1, 2010. Contact us for more information. Please use subject line: Seminar Scholarships info[at]cookingincrete.com
Greetings Everyone, FYI, my paper submitted to various international conferences focusing on cultural-natural heritage, tourism, sociology, sustainable organic agriculture and traditional cuisine. To me, all of these topics are interrelated and comprise our work in Crete. As those of us actually working in the field of ecotourism/sustainable tourism already know, it's impossible for us to travel the globe to speak about our work at conferences. Time and money is a major barrier to get the word out about small-scale projects. The media is in the dark if they don't know our projects exist. And we are at the mercy of people that present case studies they have not personally implemented or even experienced. Usually those case studies are about very large-scale projects that are heavily funded. That leaves the majority of crucial and worthy projects out of the media loop and the traveler's radar. So this paper was one solution...
From The Green Connoisseur by Alice Julier, September 2010 "Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries is a unique, successful, and beautiful approach to sustainable tourism." http://thegreenconnoisseur.com/c/travel/eco_destinations/crete's_culinary_sanctuaries.html “Hotels don’t make a place special. The residents and natural beauty do,” says Nikki Rose, founder of Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries, an innovative program of sustainable agro-tourism that works to preserve the growing traditions, foods, and cultural practices of this wonderful Greek island. The pleasures of travel are deepened when tourists act responsibly as visitors to ecologically fragile landscapes. But while the overdevelopment of many popular travel destinations has created a host of eco-alternatives, true sustainability is only achieved when locals are provided with the means to preserve and enhance their cultures, as well as their natural resources. For many destinations, the only sound choice truly supports the land, it’s products, and the local economy. An expert in the field, chef and certified educator Rose has been working worldwide...
May 2-8, 2011, Crete Greece A 6-day interactive educational program for enthusiasts of archaeology, nature, traditional organic agriculture and cuisine. Explore Crete's cultural and natural treasures with resident specialists. A great opportunity to support grassroots heritage preservation projects while learning. A small group program for 12 attendees. For more information: http://www.cookingincrete.com/CCS-Biodiversity-Seminar-May-2011.html
The Guardian.co.uk, 17 September 2010 Interview with actor Edward Norton, UN goodwill ambassador for biodiversity. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/cif-green/2010/sep/17/edward-norton-biodiversity "...biodiversity and the health of ecosystems is neither an abstract scientific concept nor the pet project of a green elite. Biodiversity and healthy ecosystems are the vital underpinnings of human society Food and energy production on land and from the sea; medicine; tourism, and real estate: these industries...have been shown to be starkly vulnerable to the destruction of marine and terrestrial ecosystems...."
Highlights of our 12 years of work in sustainable community-based tourism in Crete, Greece. CCS is an award-winning program for best practices in responsible travel. See our website details. Note: This video is not a film or documentary. It is highlights from our seminars to give you and idea of what we do and why. We hope you find it to be a delicious adventure! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv55HJxLYk8 Nikki Rose