Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries is an award-winning eco-agritourism network. We organize seminars to celebrate and help protect our cultural and natural heritage. We share our heritage through the window of traditional, healthy cuisine and sustainable organic farming practices. Seminars are conducted in the field -- rural communities, organic farms, natural areas and historic sites. CCS collaborates with over 40 small businesses, ecologists, community-based tourism managers, organic farmers, historians, and individuals working to protect their heritage. We implement projects that help provide tangible benefits and green jobs to communities facing challenges from unsustainable tourism and development. CCS Seminar attendees have an opportunity to discover sustainable living practices that can enrich their lives, while supporting programs that help protect Crete's heritage.
CCS also organizes private accredited study tours for academic institutions and professional researchers of agriculture, ecology, history, traditional cuisine-nutrition, Mediterranean Diet concepts, sustainable tourism, community-based tourism, and sustainable living practices.
CCS was founded in 1997 by Nikki Rose, a Greek American professional chef, writer and food-conservation activist. CCS is an award-winning program for best practices in Responsible Travel and featured in UN Convention on Biological Diversity Success Stories, National Geographic publications, Lonely Planet, NPR, New York Times, O Globo (Brasil), TV New Zealand, and many sustainable tourism and nutrition publications.