September 5 - 11, 2022


Group Size: 10 - SOLD OUT

Taste of Champagne & Paris with Chef Elizabeth Falkner

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Bulles, Boulangeries & Bon Goût from Champagne to Paris

New for 2022! Join celebrated Chef Elizabeth Falkner for an epicurean expedition through the hallowed aging caves and storied châteaux of the Champagne region to the iconic boulangeries and bustling marchés of Paris. A toast to the saveur of northern France, we’ll sip the finest sparklers from Reims to the verdant Marne Valley, before appreciating the ambrosial delights of Paris with acclaimed practitioners of taste, from the art of patisserie and the rustic beauty of bread making to the centuries-old craft of cheesemaking.


Limited-edition expeditions hosted by the most acclaimed names in food.

September 5 – 11, 2022

7 Days / 6 Nights

Limited to 10 spots

$7,590 / per person, based on double occupancy*

$8,990 / per person, based on single occupancy*

*Airfare not included

A taste of what we'll be savoring

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What's Included

  • Elegant handpicked stays with gourmet spirit, including four-star Château de Sacy & Hotel Monge
  • Full-time assistance of a Palatum Host 
  • All ground transportation from start to finish 
  • Select touring with local guides & epicurean experts
  • Daily breakfast
  • Seasonally inspired lunches & dinners showcasing regional wines 
  • Exclusive dining at awarded gastronomic restaurants
  • Hands-on cooking experiences highlighting heritage recipes
  • Signature winery visits & tastings at storied producers 
  • Culinary immersions with acclaimed food artisans & organic farmers
  • Tastings of local delicacies unique to each region
  • Engaging cultural activities & all associated tickets/entrance fees
  • Palatum Welcome Package in advance of departure

meet the tastemaker

meet the tastemaker


Celebrated chef, Elizabeth Falkner was born in San Francisco, grew up in Los Angeles and worked her way up in San Francisco’s top kitchens before opening her first restaurant, Citizen Cake in 1997. A decade later, she opened four more restaurants in San Francisco and New York. Today, she does recipe development and consults on numerous products and brands. She loves to teach about the importance of creativity in cooking, is an inspiring public speaker and has cooked and spoken all over the United States and in Asia and Europe. Falkner’s style of cuisine is globally inspired and she cooks both savory and sweet, traditional and modern.

She is an advocate for people and chefs to think more like athletes and “stay fit to cook.” She played league soccer for 28 years, and has studied Jungshin and Iadō—both are forms of sword fighting fitness and martial arts. She also practices yoga on a regular basis, does cross fit, plays tennis, half marathon runner and the NY Marathon in 2016, and lots of cycling including ChefsCycle, a 300 mile cycling fundraiser for No Kid Hungry. 

Cooking competitions are a favorite “sport” for Chef Falkner. She has competed and judged for the last 15 years on many of the television cooking competition programs including Tournament of Champions, Iron Chef, Next Iron Chef, Top Chef Masters and more for Food Network, Cooking Channel, Bravo and NBC, as well as made appearances on many other shows. She is often featured in food and lifestyle magazines, has received multiple awards and was nominated for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef (2005).

Falkner was a long-time member of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs and served as president from 2014 to 2015 and again from 2019 to 2020. She has cooked at the James Beard House over a dozen times and consistently cooks at multiple events and fundraisers around the country. She continues to work with the JBF Foundation on leadership committees. She sat on the board of directors of Frameline, San Francisco’s premier LGBTQ film festival from 2004-2008.

She is one of the chefs featured in “Her Name Is Chef”, a documentary about the “Sheroes” in the restaurant business released March 2021, directed by Peter Ferriero, produced by Oaks Media Group (Amazon, Hulu, iTunes).

Deeply concerned for the hard-hit restaurant industry by the covid pandemic, Falkner is the host and co-producing a feature documentary currently in post-production, 

“Sorry We’re Closed” – an insider’s perspective of how the chefs and restaurant industry deals and evolves in crisis and has been submitted to several film festivals.

She does recipe development for brands and continues to cook at events worldwide, live and virtually. One of her current projects is head of R&D for a better for you candy company called, “Behave”-launched in 2020.

A graduate from San Francisco Art Institute with a BFA in film, Falkner produced two short films with food themes in 2018, “Food Games-Sustainability” which she also hosted, and a documented performance piece called “Croquembouche Samurai” she performed at SoHo House in NYC. She performed “Croquembouche Samurai” again at Outside Lands in San Francisco in October, 2021.

sumptuous stays


A sparkling jewel set amongst the emerald vineyards of the Montagne de Reims, Château de Sacy is a sophisticated toast to the iconic wine heritage and gastronomic excellence of the Champagne region.


Nestled in the heart of the 5th arrondissement, Hotel Monge is a former 19th century home turned chic Left Bank retreat honoring the literary legacy of the Latin Quarter with its romantic nod to the bourgeois addresses of the era.

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