Who is Wendy Lyn?
A Southerner who worked as a PR and restaurant consultant for the most notable chefs in the world conceptualising restaurants and launching the first US Michelin Guide in NYC. Now, she is a food explorer writing about chefs, restaurants, natural wine and food culture. When she’s not leading private food & wine tours in Paris you can find her traveling on eating & drinking marathons with industry friends to share with you.
Why “Paris is My Kitchen?”
You can find Wendy in fantastic restaurants with her chef & winemaking friends for every meal, every single day. In fact, it is why her favourite thing to make for dinner is reservations. Paris is literally her kitchen.
How Did Wendy End Up in Paris?
Originally from the Deep South, Wendy grew up in shrimping & fishing the Gulf of Mexico with her grandfather, worked in marketing at Southern Living Magazine during college and then transferred to London.
During a weekend in Paris, she, “fell down an Alice in Wonderland rabbit hole and landed at the Mad Hatter’s tea party with all these crazy Chef characters eating & drinking for 12-hours around a table and was hooked. I knew then and there that France had my heart and I was never going to leave.”
Can Wendy Show Me Around Paris?
With pleasure. When she’s not traveling to eat, Wendy takes private clients on sell out private food & wine tours in Paris – and honoured to have been named:
One of the Top 10 Food Guides in the World – The Wall Street Journal
One of the Top 6 Food City Tours in the World – The Sunday Times
The “Ultimate Food Insider” and “On a First Name Basis With Every ‘it’ Chef” – Travel & Leisure Magazine
Wendy Lyn is the “hyperconnected private guide behind Paris Is My Kitchen” – Food & Wine Magazine
Any Great Recommendations In Other Food Cities?
Paris may be my heart and home, but check out my other City Guides for insider recommendations from my travels with industry friends.
Do She Accept Special Treatment, Free Meals & Travel?
Not ever. Solicitations are not responded to nor ever accepted. She pays for her own meals and travel except when she is on assignment and reimbursed for expenses associated with the job. It is why she refuses ads on this site, Wendy wants you to trust that where she sends you is where you will also find her eating.
How Does She Not Weigh 300 Pounds?
Wendy swears by the French diet… she wears black.
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ABOUT WENDY’S FOOD TOURS:
What to know before you register for a tour
If you are kind, fun, open-minded, adventurous, curious and cannot wait to jump head first into French food culture while eating & drinking everything with Wendy – then you’ll get along like a house on fire… that’s splendidly to Southerners.
Please read through the following checklist of FAQ before you register.
You will be prompted to agree that you have read & agree to these “Terms & Conditions” upon payment check out.
Which private tour is for you?
The morning private food & wine tours are for those of you short on time but still want the perfect taste of Paris via the bakery, cheese shop and wine bar experience. The 5-hour full day tours are for those where 3- hours isn’t enough.
The evening cocktail & wine bar tours are for those of you focused on soaking up the tapas & natural wine bar scene that you’ve been reading about.
What is included / not included
Included: A private, fun, informative tour. Wendy’s time, expertise, knowledge, organisation, and a great day/evening out.
Not included: Food and wine are not included simply because Wendy wants you to be in total control of what YOU want to eat & drink. You are adults and don’t need someone telling you what you can and can’t drink because a set price is involved especially if you eat like a bird or drink like a fish. She doesn’t judge, this is your vacation.
Average prices: Small sharing plates & glasses of wine are from 5-12€. At bottle shops, you the choose the bottle at wholesale price (14-40€) and pay only a 7€ corkage fee to open it.
Alcohol, allergies & substitutions
The point of the experience is to eat & drink seasonal food to gain an authentic idea of French cuisine.
Wendy does her best to accommodate travelers with one legitimate food restriction/allergy, but it is not possible for Wendy to create an entire tour around those who choose not to eat certain food groups. Questions? Don’t hesitate to ask Wendy first.
I am traveling solo, can I join a group?
Because the tours are private for 2-4 people already traveling together, the registered travelers are specifically requesting to be alone with Wendy and not to have strangers join their group.
You will be on your feet for the duration of the tour with few opportunities to sit. If you are not able to stand on your feet for long periods of time, the tours are not be suitable. If you have any questions, of course reach out to Wendy first.
Same day international flight arrivals
Unless you’ve been on Europe time for a while prior to the tour, please do not reserve this tour on a same day international flight arrival. Wendy would rather meet you when you are refreshed and rested, not stressed about luggage, traffic, the hotel room not being ready, jet lag, no wifi to tell Wendy that you landed late, etc.
She’s seen & heard it all and it just not a good idea.
Are the tours for children?
When we got back to the states and saw the article in the WSJ, watched Anthony Bourdain’s 100th show, and read Hemisphere magazine we affirmed our believe that our ‘Wendy time’ took us to the center of the food universe! Our time with her was amazing!…– Peter G.
“If only there were a ‘Wendy’ in every major food city in the world…Barcelona, New York, Venice, London, etc. She’s that good.” – Steve and Molly
Yes, she is the most expensive private food tour out there but, wow, is she worth it. Within thirty seconds we realised we’d hit the jackpot with a star. She is a natural teacher, she opens your eyes in ways you didn’t think possible, she’ll put you in the know of the real Paris food world that you never knew existed so that you see Paris through different eyes for the rest of the trip. Cliché macarons? Forget it. Try drinking wine with chefs for lunch at a wine bar and cheese tastings that will blow your mind. She took two strangers (us), embraced them as if she’d known them the whole of her life, and educated them on le vie a Parisienne (et tout de France!) We still talk about the trip and for me it was the best birthday present ever. No WAY we are going back to Paris without another Wendy date.
-Anne and Luke
I’m ready to do a tour with Wendy, what next?
Its easy as 1-2-3.
1.) Check the calendar and time to see if the date is available. If it is, take it quickly as they tours sell out months in advance. You lust choose a date AND time before you are able to register.
2.) You’ll be prompted to answer a few food & wine questions on the registration page. Here you can share as little or as much as you’d like about yourself – so that Wendy can incorporate your areas of interest into your time together. Reading your notes is a highlight for Wendy, as she usually discovers you have mutual friends.
3.) You will receive a one time confirmation immediately (to a personal non-corporate email that you provide), with Wendy’s details, where to meet, etc. Please stay on line and be sure you receive it either in your inbox or spam folder. No need to print it out or bring with you.
FYI: SAVE the info in your phone ASAP so you have it – as it cannot be resent on the fly. Wendy’s tech team put a LOT of time and resources into making sure that ALL confirmations & details are sent to the email you provide. If Wendy is in another country, she will not be able to resend your specific tour details from the road.
I didn’t receive my confirmation?
Certain email provers and corporate addresses have a challenge with the server. If you haven’t received your confirmation within one minute sent to the email that you provided, please check your spam filter first and then send Wendy a message with an alternate email and telephone number. She’ll contact you as quickly as possible.
Since the tours are scheduled around Wendy’s hectic travel schedule, all reservations are nonrefundable and cannot be rescheduled or exchanged because your space is being guaranteed for your private tour, no exceptions.
Late arrivals beyond 15 minutes will be treated as no shows and canceled. You should be on the way 30 minutes before a scheduled tour.
If you reserve it, she’ll be there – acts of God, transportation strikes and severe illness as exceptions. If there is severe weather (heatwave, blizzard, lightening, etc.), you will be contacted in advance to reschedule or offer a refund. Cancelation policies also apply to any agreed upon rescheduled tour. If there is an emergency cancellation on Wendy’s end due to acts of God, transportation strikes and severe illness, refunds will made 30 business days after the canceled tour.
Purchase of comprehensive insurance is strongly recommended so that if you need to cancel your trip due to unforeseen circumstances such as loss of job, illness, death, volcano ash clouds, strikes and etc. you will be covered. It only takes a few minutes to register through your credit card company.
You will be prompted to “Terms & Conditions” upon check out to acknowledge this policy and it will be enforced and documented in accordance to guidelines set forth by all credit card issuers & processors.