Food & Wine Tour News

Culinary Delights in the Comox Valley
The cheesemaker, the chocolatemaker, the winemaker, and the oyster farmer. Gaëtane Palardy makes it her business to know every one of them and their respective culinary pursuits around the Comox Valley. Read full article here.

A Cultural Experience
Chef Gaëtane Palardy has a big smile on her face and a twinkle in her eyes as she sautés onions and chats enthusiastically about the cuisine of Normandy, France. She is teaching her second French cooking class of the day in the culinary studio at Blue Moon Winery at Nature’s Way Farm in Courtenay. This afternoon class is being presented in English. (The morning class was taught in French.) Suddenly, she stops in mid stir and glances around looking for… something. Read full article here.

Ingredients for an Exquisite Dining Experience
Take one congenial chef, add a French teacher, several local food products, a dozen enthusiastic participants, a little wine and a lot of laughter… and you have all the essential ingredients for an extraordinary afternoon (or evening) of food and fun ! Read full article here.

Ouvrir les portes du monde agricole, Radio Canada
Après avoir travaillé comme chef dans les grands restaurants pendant plusieurs années, Gaëtane Palardy a eu envie de partager sa passion de la nourriture et des produits du terroir. Vivant dans la Vallée de Comox en Colombie-Britannique depuis 4 ans, elle a vu la richesse que cette région avait à offrir. Monia Blanchet l'a rencontrée. Cliquez ici pour voir le video.

Grazing in the plentiful Comox Valley, Calgary Herald
Palardy, owner of Island Gourmet Trails (, was my guide as we drove around the valley to meet the area's most ardent farmers, beekeepers and spirits-makers. Here's just a sampling of one of Palardy's Island Gourmet Trail tours, which can be booked by visitors to the valley. Read the full article here.

Taste of the Island, In Focus Magazine
This summer Island Gourmet Trails launched the Comox Valley’s first culinary tour operation.  Designed to “immerse the participant in the local culture and reveal the Island’s true spirit,” the custom-made tours will take you to visit a wide variety of local food and beverage producers.  The business is the creation of Gaëtane Palardy, a Montreal-born chef and educator who moved to the Comox Valley in June, 2008. Read full article here.