About Salt & Wind Travel

Salt & Wind is the premiere boutique travel company for food lovers.

When it comes to travel, we’re specialists because everything we do revolves around food. In fact, our founder is food and travel expert, Food Network personality, and chef, Aida Mollenkamp. She believes you don't know a place until you've broken bread there and created Salt & Wind to help food lovers taste the world.

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 The Salt & Wind Way

Started by started as an editorial site so we curate our travel experiences like editors: through storytelling! Each Our guests say that our travel experiences are like a hybrid of a travel documentary, an insane food tour, and a really good party!

Each destination — from Mexico to Italy — is meticulously researched, each travel partner handpicked, and each activity personally planned, all in the name of introducing you to the locals, the foods, and the sights that make these regions deliciously unique.


Our Team

The Salt & Wind Travel team is a group of professionals with expertise in all things food and travel – from media to hospitality. We have lived or worked in every destination where we travel, so we have trustworthy advice and insider access to the top makers, locals, and experts.

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SALT & WIND FOUNDER

Aida Mollenkamp

Aida is a food and travel expert, author, Food Network personality and founder of Salt & Wind. She has a made her career in food travel media and hospitality and has crisscrossed the globe to search out the best food destinations.

Aida has extensive background in hospitality, food, and media spaces. She studied at the Cornell Hotel School and Le Cordon Bleu Paris cooking school before joining CHOW Magazine where she worked as Food Editor. Aida then moved to television and hosted the Food Network show, Ask Aida, FoodCrafters on the Cooking Channel, In The Pantry on Yahoo!, and the TasteMade series, Off Menu. Her cookbook, Keys To The Kitchen, is a go-to for home cooks who want to become more adventurous cooks. 

Aida believes you don't know a place until you've broken bread there and is on a mission to help food travelers taste the world. She speaks four languages, has lived abroad in France and Italy, and personally researches every boutique group trip for Salt & Wind Travel.

For more on Aida, visit aidamollenkamp.com or find her on social at Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest  

 
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MEXICO TRIP CO-HOST

Kristen Kellogg

Kristen is a travel expert, filmmaker, and creator of the wanderlust website and content creation agency, Border Free Travels. A resident of Mexico City, when she’s not on the road, she finds inspiration by literally running around exploring her own backyard. All the Mexico boutique group trips and two of the Italy trips are co-hosted by Kristen and Border Free Travels.

 
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BOLOGNA TRIP CO-HOST

Sher Castellano

Sher Castellano is the health coach and chef behind the popular food blog With Food + Love, which celebrates simple, seasonal, plant-based recipes and was a finalist in the 2015 Saveur Blog Awards. Sher’s work has been featured on Better Homes and Gardens, Buzzfeed, Feast Magazine, Food52, Livestrong, MindBodyGreen, Self Magazine, Shape Magazine, The Kitchn, Urban Outfitters, Vegetarian Times and Wolf Gourmet amongst others. Sher is based in Dallas, Texas but says New York will always be home.

 

Trips Coordinator & Concierge

Jackie Bryant

Jackie is a food and travel writer who can often be found in some phase of entering or exiting Mexico. She lives in San Diego and is using her Baja expertise to help design Salt & Wind Mexico trips. 

 

Trips Intern

Julia Cartwright

Julia Cartwright is a senior studying at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration where she is concentrating on the Food and Beverage side of hospitality. She is a native Californian who loves cooking, traveling, and doing both with friends.

 

Photographer

Joanne Pio

We first met Joanne on a girls' trip to Baja California and we instantly fell for her unique knack at visual storytelling. She will be traveling with us on our Mexico trips to help chronicle our adventures.  

 

Photographer

Christine Davis

Before we ever met Christine IRL, we were fans of her photography. She is a native New Yorker now living in Milan and does an amazing job snapping the city, which is why we asked her to join our Italy trips.


Travel Partners

Salt & Wind loves to work with like-minded brands on everything from events to giveaways to collaborations and strategic partnerships. For partnerships, PR, or marketing inquiries related to trips, please write Grace at marketing@saltandwind.com.