Kim, Chef Walter and Glenda
Kim and Walter Eagleton were married in 1985, and had their first “travel adventure” to England and France in 1986. Since that time, they have traveled throughout the States, Europe, the British Isles, New Zealand, the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, the Caribbean, and Mexico. After one “surprise” trip to France (Kim has a history of planning trips with destinations unbeknownst to Walter until they arrive at the airport!) in which they spent a glorious week at the Walnut Grove Cookery enhancing their cooking skills in the beautiful Loire Valley, they have both fallen in love with the countryside and the lifestyle, and now reside in the western Loire Valley of France. Kim and Walter have two wonderful sons.
Artistic Gourmet Adventures is the result of many friends and acquaintances expressing a desire to “tag along” on one of their trips. After many cruises, tours, and excursions, Kim and Walter decided they really enjoyed the “small, intimate group” experience, and in 2014 they launched Artistic Gourmet Adventures to provide such an experience to others.
In June of 2018 Walter graduated from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu-Paris Culinary Institute with the honor of the Le Cordon Bleu’s highly acclaimed Diplôme de Cuisine which is a classical chef training course that offers the most rigorous and comprehensive programme in French culinary techniques and international cuisine available today.
In addition, Walter has prepared many private multi-course dinners for up to 16 guests in an intimate venue and for charity. As part of a giving back to the community, Walter and Kim began donating a series of five-six course dinners to be auctioned off at charitable events. One such dinner sold for over $5000 and ‘beat out’ a dinner to be prepared by the namesake of a famous restaurant chain! On all our Adventures, Walter works his magic in the kitchen for our Adventurers using locally grown and available produce. Truly the Taste of the Region!
Walter is also a professional photographer (*PPA Certified, Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman), a photographic instructor, and had owned a portrait studio in Denton, Texas www.eagletonphotography.com from 1994 – 2018. He was an actor and also has an MME (Master of Music Education) with emphasis in Jazz.
By profession, Kim is a Board Certified Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner with a Master of Science degree, but loves the challenge of planning and organizing travel adventures, and caring for people, as well as co-hosting many gourmet private dinner parties with Walter.
Glenda Lemons has been with AGA since the first Adventure where she was a guest. “We couldn’t keep her out of the kitchen”, so she retired early and came to work with AGA! Glenda is also a Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner. Kim and Glenda worked happily together prior to the conception of AGA.
Both Kim, Walter and Glenda enjoy making people happy, be it through the service of food, travel or photography instruction. Every attention to detail is considered to make Artistic Gourmet Adventures an experience of a lifetime.