Sarasota, FL 34239
Groton Long Point, CT 06340
Home office in Sarasota: 941-330-8738
Website: Holly Chase Travel Consultant
- Free-lance writer, editor, & public speaker
- Coordinator & leader of cultural travel programs abroad
- Ability to convey complex information to non-specialists; multilingual communications skills
- Extensive experience with niche markets in diverse fields:tourism, indigenous arts, specialty coffees and foods, publishing
- Successful collaboration with local and international non-profit and non-governmental organizations
- Facilitator of cross-cultural cooperation
- Commitment to dialogue and activism in support of worldwide biological and social diversity
- Coordinator & leader of cultural travel experiences in the Middle East, Mediterranean, & India for universities, museums, alumni groups, & individuals.
- Specialty: tours of rural and urban Turkey
WRITING, EDITING, and LECTURING
SPECIALTY PROMOTIONS & RESEARCH (1970 — 2000)
- La Gazzetta Italiana, Italian-English newspaper.
Editor and co-author
- AlmostItalian.com an online cookbook and culinary history.
- Sarasota Soundings a weblog on food, culture, & identity.
- A variety of reviews, articles, and photography on multicultural topics, including agriculture, food history, arts, and travel for these and other publications:
Antiques—Arab Perspectives—The Christian Science Monitor-
Garden Design—Gourmet—Hali (The International Journal of Carpets &
Textiles)—Journal of Gastronomy—Los Angeles Times—Mediterraneans.
- Assorted proceedings of the Symposium of Food & Cookery (Oxford);
International Food Congress (Istanbul).
- 1990: Wrote the "Islamic Art" curriculum guide for New York State high
- 1993: Author of Turkish Tapestry, A Traveller's Portrait of Turkey;
- 1994: Wrote "The Meyhane or McDonalds? The Evolution of Fast Food in Istanbul" for Culinary Cultures of the Middle East; I.B. Tauris (London)
- 1996: Wrote the historical introduction to Istanbul for Istanbul: The Hali Rug Guide (London)
- 1998: Keynote speaker: Turkish Ministry of Tourism Conference on Handicrafts.
Slide lecture for multinational audience on the importance of craft preservation and development in the contexts of rural community stability and tourism.
- 1999: FIRST-PRIZE WINNER for "Sustainable Agricultural Practices," Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Award for concept paper on a
coffee-based mutual fund to provide credit to small-holder coffee farmers and micro-enterprises within their communities.
- PUBLISHING and importing multicultural titles; proprietor of Bosphorus Books.
- Frequent talks and slide presentations on the social and natural environments, arts, & cuisines of Asia and the Mediterranean for both academic and non-academic audiences.
- Programs for the Smithsonian Institution, Christie's, University of London, U.S. Navy, Turkish Ministry of Tourism, Whole Foods Market, and other organizations.
- Product design & procurement of Asian crafts for Primitive Artisan
(importer of crafts from developing nations).
- Owner of retail shops dealing in antique and contemporary crafts, carpets and textiles.
- Crafts marketing advisor for the Development Foundation of Turkey, an NGO focusing on rural development; conception and set-up of DFT's
non-profit retail crafts shop in Ankara, Turkey.
- Commission from the American Museum of Natural History (New York) to collect and document ethnographia in the Sultanate of Oman.
- (Artifacts collected are on permanent display in the Museum's Hall of Asian Peoples.)
- Study and documentation of the date-palm (Phoenix datcylifera) in pre-industrial Middle Eastern societies.
- Pre- & post-project assessments (including environmental impact issues), skills transferals, and/or written proposals for sustainable production,
micro-enterprise development, & craft preservation in-
- Hungary for International Executive Service Corps (IESC)
- Bahrain for Bahrain Ministry of Labour & US Information Agency
- Kenya, Jamaica, Haiti, Venezuela, & Morocco for IESC
- Uganda for Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (VOCA) and National Association of Women's Organizations of Uganda (NAWOU)
- Haiti (native coffee & crafts exports) Institut Interamèricain de Coopération pour l'Agriculture (IICA)
- Bolivia (indigenous textiles) Domestic marketing advice and museum development for Antropologos del Surandino (ASUR); project facilitated by ACDI-VOCA
Comprehensive green-spaces revitalization proposal for Kampala, Uganda.
Landscape design and installation for subtropical & temperate settings. Current work in Sarasota, Florida and coastal New England.
Multicultural cooking and food-styling
Photography: to illustrate my lectures, articles, & online publications
Technical proficiency in drawing, embroidery, weaving & other applied arts
Horticulture (compatible with my landscape designs); floral arrangement
LANGUAGES (in order of proficiency):
English (mother-tongue), French, Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Arabic;
Knowledge of other Central Asiatic (Turkic) languages and Latin;
Familiarity with Hungarian, Persian, and Kurdish;
ESL (teaching English as a Second Language); willingness to learn new languages
FOREIGN RESIDENCE & TRAVEL
Periods of residence in Turkey, Portugal, Uganda, & India (on a coffee & tea plantation)
Extensive work & travel in Western & Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, East Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Haiti, Mexico, Bolivia.
1990: Modern Standard Arabic (total immersion language course) Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
B.A., High Honors - History & Literature, Charter Oak State College (Connecticut)
1977-78: Courses in Arabic literature & language The Middle East Institute, Washington, DC
1972: French language; L'Alliance Française; Paris, France
1971: Graduate of Miss Porter's School; Farmington, Connecticut