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Portofino Cooking and Discovery
(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Put Liguria on your bucket list! The Italian Riviera is known all over the world as one of the most beautiful destinations. The region of Liguria is captivating and it is here where you will learn about the cuisine which is the true Mediterranean diet characterized by the use of fresh herbs and vegetables. Take two hands on cooking classes in breathtaking Portofino featuring typical Ligurian cuisine and simple, yet fresh and flavorful ingredients. Your instructor is a native chef who was born and grew up in Liguria. You will also learn about the very important olive oil of this area and explore charming seaside villages.
A Taste of Peru for Foodies
(Options: Day Foodie Tours, Market Visits, Custom Tours)
Peru has become a new and popular culinary destination as featured in Newsweek, NY Times, Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast and more. This tour mixes a taste of native, “criolla” and traditional food with the trendy fusion through hands-on cooking classes, demonstrations and tasting menus. All of this is wrapped up within a framework of history and culture that explains every part of the tour and helps our guests understand the origin of all these great tastes. A Taste of Peru for Foodies has the best balance for someone with some experience or just the love for food.
Classic Tuscan Cookery Lessons
Tuscany, Italy - 7 nights
Spend a fabulous week at a remote villa in the gorgeous countryside of Tuscany where rolling hills, ancient vineyards and Etruscan history will fill your senses. Learn to cook in a magnificent kitchen with a native born Tuscan who will teach you this wonderful peasant cuisine using the freshest ingredients available. Groups are kept small and vary between 8 and 14 participants to ensure hands-on cooking instead of only demonstration.
CULINARY DELIGHTS OF ANDALUSIA
“This was the experience of a lifetime. It was more than a culinary excursion, it was an unforgettable life experience from learning new cuisine to finding serenity in olive country. I was introduced to a wonderful world of Spanish cuisine and the down-to-earth lifestyle that defines Andalusia. I cannot wait to go back!” - Opal H., Northport, Alabama