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Villa Cooking in Sorrento
Sorrento, Italy - 7 nights
Learn traditional Italian cuisine with an emphasis on Neopolitan recipes in this seven night culinary program in spectacular Sorrento, Italy. Your hands-on cooking lessons will take place in a private villa. You will be surrounded by an impressive array of old palms, English meadow, colorful flowers and fountains with lemon and orange trees and a swimming-pool. During your stay you will also have guided excursions on the Amalfi Coast including to a flagship winery and to a cheese farm where you will have lunch with the farmers!
Culinary and Wine Adventures in Hidden Burgundy
(Options: Custom Itineraries, Wine Tours, Golf, Foraging)
Experience the delights of hidden Burgundy! You will be introduced to its gastronomic secrets and will join in on hands on culinary and wine adventures with a talented chef whose style of cooking reflects the use of fresh, fragrant, colorful, seasonal food inspired by the markets and local producers. Discover the 1er and Grand Cru Vineyards with a renowned wine expert with exclusive access to some of the most famous Domaine’s in the Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune. Create delectable dishes, witness the vibrant market of Dijon, learn from the area's traditional baker and dine out at 3* Michelin Restaurant.
Cooking with Madeira Wine
Madeira, Portugal - 6 nights
Discover how Madeira’s unique climate and soil contribute to the unrivalled distinctiveness of Madeira Wine. You will be pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the hand-grown vines, planted in small plots of land on terraces supported by stone walls along the slopes of the mountains. Spend six nights on a beautiful island learning how to cook with this precious wine, take guided walks and excursions and immerse yourself in this magical place!
HOMESTYLE TUSCAN COOKING
Hi Jo-Ann - We wanted to let you know that we had an AMAZING time at the cooking school. My mother and I could not have had a better time. Paola and Simonetta were such wonderful hosts and teachers. We were treated like family. The house and property were beautiful. The hands-on cooking classes were so much fun...we learned so many great recipes that I cannot wait to test on my friends back home. I will definitely be recommending this experience to all of my friends and colleagues. Thank you so much for all of your help in setting up this once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation. It is something neither one of us will ever forget!
Best, Erin S. and Flor V.,