What’s the best trip Jenn Louis has ever taken?
My husband and I always try to do something that’s not food related. And so we went to Chicago twice this year, and on one of the trips, we took an architectural boat tour. It was awesome. They take you along the river, you have a cocktail and you just look at all of these amazing buildings that really vary in style. It was a beautiful, beautiful day and it was just so much fun. I learned so much about architecture and what makes Chicago so special. I had no idea how cool Chicago is, and I’d only been there literally for less than 24 hours in the past.
Probably about five years ago, before we opened our restaurant Lincoln, we went to Oaxaca in Mexico and somebody said you have to go on the Botanical Garden tour. And both of us were like, “Ugh, I don’t want to go on a Botanical Garden Tour.” And we went and it was spectacular. It was a four-hour tour, and I wished it were longer. Obviously, it helps when somebody is really excited about the subject; but it was history, it was food, it was beautiful. It was an incredible experience. It was one of those things that I had no idea what I was getting into, and I’m like, “I can’t believe that I am going to go on this.” But it was so great.
And the last one was in Rome. My chef de cuisine at Lincoln, his parents had just been to Rome, and he said, “Oh, you have to take the Vatican tour with Alessio.” And so we emailed him. It was very expensive, and it was worth every penny. He grew up across the street from the Vatican. He used to be security in the Vatican. And he knew every single bit of everything. It was just the two of us, my husband and myself, and it was an incredible tour. We learned so much history, culture, art — he knew everything.