I came, I saw, I ate

Avicam Gitlin discovered the art of cooking at a young age. Fast forward 20 years and he has come up with a practical way of pampering Jewish tourists who lack kosher food when vacationing abroad through his comany.

By ATARA HAROW
June 27, 2013 14:50
Avicam Gitlin

Avicam Gitlin521. (photo credit: Courtesy Bracha Arnold)

 
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Sitting under the Tuscan sun in the garden of a beautiful villa in Monteroni d’Arbia, a small town in the southern region of Siena, Italy, I am surrounded by hectares of vast meadows with shades of green that Israel’s landscape palette sorely lacks. The big cities and the stress of dayto- day life are miles away, and I am on a dream vacation. Except that it is real.

Across from me sits Avicam Gitlin, a 32-year-old chef from Modi’in, owner of Kosher Culinary Adventures specializing in packaged tours for the independent traveler. This is Gitlin’s sixth organized trip to Tuscany. Born in Israel and raised in Orlando, Florida, Gitlin’s past trips here have transformed him into a native of the land. “Before I choose a location, I like to scout the area first, meet the people and learn about the culture – an imperative ingredient when I cook for my guests,” he says.

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