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France vs. Italy

With Maurizio Ferrarese of Quattro and David Denis of Le Mistral

This tour with two beloved Houston chefs will showcase the synergy and similarity of Italian and France cuisine. The tour will be held Sunday March 6 from 3 pm to 7 pm.

Maurizio Ferrarese, executive chef of Quattro at Four Seasons Hotel Houston arrived in Space City in 2010 from past assignments with Four Seasons in London and San Diego. For the past five years, he has served at the helm of Houston's premiere Italian eatery. Born and raised in the Piedmont region of Italy, Ferrarese discovered the significance of seasonal peaks at a young age and chose to pursue a culinary career with his parents’ encouragement. At Quattro, he uses main ingredients only at their seasonal peaks and prepares them with as little fuss as possible.

Food has been the central ingredient in Chef David Denis' life from the beginning, fueling his passion for creating and cooking. At the ripe old age of 17, he finished his first French culinary school, and continued with more culinary education while juggling nights and weekend work at a local four-star inn.

From a glitzy hotel in Cannes to the Swiss Alps, David led the kitchen in some of Europe's most esteemed restaurants. For several years now, his restaurant Le Mistral, has offered some of the finest French cuisine Houston has to offer. He’s been a perpetually busy guy ever since, cooking and consulting for upscale Houston restaurants, co-owning Foody’s Gourmet French Bakery and the eclectic Artisans Cuisine & Savoir-Faire, as well as collaborating on recipes and contributions for two books.




What is your cancellation policy? Once purchased, tickets are nonrefundable and cannot be rescheduled, as they guarantee your spot on the tour.

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance? Can I pay cash? Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. Tickets can only be purchased online at Cash is not accepted.

Will I be contacted prior to the tour with details? Yes. Upon purchase we will send you an email providing the confirmation of purchase, meeting location, and other Food Tour details.

What if I have dietary restrictions? Please let us know if you or anyone in your party has a dietary restriction when you purchase your tickets. We will work to accommodate your special food needs whenever possible.

Are there special rates for seniors or children? Currently we do not have discounted tickets.

Can children come on the tour? All participants on the tour must be at least 21 years of age.

How much food is served on the tour? There are 3-4 stops for tastings on the tour. We encourage attendees to pace themselves. The food is so good, it is very easy to fill up at the first or second stop.

Are there kosher options on the tour? Unfortunately, we do not offer kosher foods on this particular tour.

What beverages are served on the tour? We provide water and Saint Arnold beer on the bus. Beverages will also be provided at each tour stop. If you'd like to bring your own beverages for the bus, you are welcome to do so.

Can I take pictures or video on the tour? Yes! We encourage pictures. We will also be taking pictures & will upload them to You will just click to find your tour by Name & Date. (ie: June 14, 2015 Chris Shepherd-Vietnamese)