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Are you ready for a Roman Gourmet Holiday?

WHERE: Rome, Italy

Stay tuned for this extraordinary culinary adventure in fall 2017.

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“The cap is off”. The creators of Food Fusion Tours and Home Invasion Dinners International, James and Dana Melton, present a Roman Gourmet Holiday. Join them for a Pausa Pranzo and participate in this extraordinary cooking and dining experience as they personally prepare a sumptuously-delicious, mid-day meal for your culinary-educational and dining pleasure.

You will be at the cooks table during the preparation to inhale the aromas, hear the sizzle, and yes, you will be tasting the best food and wines that Italy has to offer. This delightful three and a half hour gourmet cooking class and dining experience will live in your heart forever. Just bring your appetite and we’ll do the rest.

Nothing is more fun than cooking together in the kitchen. This is where everyone gathers at a party. This is where the social connections are made. Restaurants, kitchens and dining rooms are the places that family and world decisions are made. For an overview of some of Jim and Dana’s past gourmet food and wine programs visit: Photo books with photos of your luncheon cooking experience and all of the lunch recipes are included in the package.

Live in Provence • Rendezvous in Provence • fall 2017. Exact dates to be advised.

Price: Last year’s Rendezvous was SOLD OUT and was available on a waiting list only.

More details on 2017 at the bottom of the this page.

With a history of more than 30 years in event production, Jim and Dana Melton have orchestrated one of their finest travel packages for all to enjoy…Rendezvous in Avignon. Yes, we are speaking of Avignon, France, the cultural and gastronomical center of Provence.

All that is needed to step aboard this travel adventure is a lust for life and a curiosity that extends beyond the norm to explore the riches that life has to offer.

The range and scope of the productions created by Jim and Dana are too numerous to mention here. Suffice to say that their combined wealth of experience is extraordinary…from the School of the Arts with attending students and professionals worldwide to Talent Agents in their Agency for Speakers and Entertainers with full-scale productions for thousands for celebrities, authors, media personalities and political figures.

The passion continues to combine leisure, education and entertainment that gently unfolds as they reveal a fusion of food, wine and the arts that tantalize the participants with a taste for more…in this current and most ambitious event of all…Rendezvous in Avignon. A taste of Provence like never before.



Dining incorporates all of the senses, activating not only the essential flavors of the foods, but the savory aromas for the nose, the pleasing placement and colors with romantic candle lighting for the eye, and the melodic musical melodies of vintage compositions that delight the ear. All are blended as one tasteful dish displayed before you on an artful palette designed to be enjoyed by your palate. All of this and more is to be experienced while taking the healthy diet to heart.

Among other experiences in which you will participate are:

  • Cooking classes and dining with exemplary gourmet chefs…
  • Visiting local wine villages with a sommelier of the finest caliber…
  • Theater, Villeneuve, Distillery optional…
  • Escorted walking journey through the time-trodden, cobblestone streets of Avignon…
  • An up close and personal historical visit to the 14th century Palace of the Popes…
  • Salon educational tastings of wine, cheese, olive oil and chocolate at the Maison…
  • Final evening Gala and dining at the Maison with a Star Chef…


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Reside and Dine in Old World Avignon, France

A tasteful fusion of France, Food, Wine and Art

 There is nothing as soft and elegant as the evening light of southern France at dusk.

Dine under the stars with fine music, delicious food and stimulating conversation with other international travelers. A private “Rendezvous,” bundled exclusively to give you an up close and personal sense of French food, countryside, village life and customs. This eight day, seven night visit will stimulate your taste buds, tantalize your spirit and spark your sense of adventure.

Prepare yourself for a fine array of the extraordinary—an old-world experience like no other.



A taste of southern France

  • Several food preparation and cooking-class events.
  • A small group of twelve people only.
  • Twenty-page souvenir photo book of your personal experience.
  • Dining with world travelers from all walks of life.
  • Local customs and French language overview and refresher.
  • Day tour to quaint villages, perch cities and historic sites.
  • Wine tastings at private vineyards with the richness and color that only France can offer.
  • Gourmet dining experiences as an invited guest to some of the finest tables in France.
  • Free time to explore, breathe in the sights or just leisurely relax in an old-world atmosphere.P1100624

Residing in France has been the passion of your tour guides for the past many years. They have been traveling there regularly since 1985.  Now, they once again combined their mutual talents and travel-wise ventures to create this exquisite, unique one-of-a-kind experience.

Your guides include an educated blend of French enthusiasts with combined skills in language, culinary, group dynamics and photography. All the ingredients needed to meld this intimate, once-in-a-lifetime experience into a journey of memories that will last forever.

*A minimum of six people per scheduled dates.


Step through the portal of time

We are about to embark into a whole new world of travel, education and enjoyment. Walt Disney put it this way, “Anyone who thinks that entertainment and education are not the same, doesn’t know the definition of either word.”

Saint Victor GateThis French Provence Rendezvous has been created specifically for people who enjoy and appreciate history and culture. Your Food Fusion team has recently returned from southern France. They have explored new and unique ways to create a travel package that will surpass any before. We feel that by combining your travel experience with a blend of information, enjoyment and tastes combined with an infusion of a surprise combination of casual and natural elements, this once-in-a-lifetime experience will inspire, delight and entertain. In all respects, a tasteful adventure awaits you.




Secure your reservation now.

Registration, Terms, Conditions and Release Form

September 2017.

Price: 2017 Rendezvous: We are currently creating the agenda…stay tuned.

As we have done before, the price will likely include double-occupancy lodging and all meals, (except free time meals), gratuities, planned events, city walking tour, cooking classes, one-day wine-tasting tour to local villages, educational wine, food, cheese, and chocolate tasting salons, final gala evening dinner and 20-page personal souvenir photo book. See agenda for detailed daily schedule. Travel not included*. All rates are subject to change until paid in full.

Deposit: Deposit to hold a reservation requires fifty percent of tour price and is nonrefundable.

A deposit paid acknowledges and confirms that all terms, conditions and releases have been read, understood and agreed to herein. Make checks payable to: James Melton. Mail to: P.O. Box 340, Yucca Valley, CA 92286.

Balance: Final payment due 60 days prior to specific group date and is nonrefundable. Make checks payable to: James Melton. Mail to: P.O. Box 340, Yucca Valley, CA 92286

*Additional hotel, travel, transfers and insurance** can be made through our recommended travel agent listed below.

**Trip cancellation insurance is available and recommended.

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Agent address                               Agency address

1276 Otono Drive                               Anderson Travel

Palm Springs, CA 92264                  1801 E. Tahquitz Canyon Drive, Suite 100

PH 760 327 4481                                Palm Springs, CA 92262

Cell 760 408 9726                              PH 760 325 2001

FX 760 327 47785                              FX 760 325 5127

For more information contact:

Food Fusion Tours • P.O. Box 340 • Yucca Valley, CA 92286 • 760.365.4552

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