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Cinque Terre Cooking and Walking
(Options: Day Cooking Classes, Hiking)
Immerse yourself in the delicious Cinque Terre cuisine with a chef who was born and grew up in this area and has formerly owned some restaurants in Liguria. Your hands-on lessons will feature typical Ligurian cuisine and simple, yet fresh and flavorful ingredients, most of which will be picked up from the garden of the 17th century estate where you will stay. You will also have a couple of guided walks in the area and if you'd like we can even add some other more challenging hikes. If you already have an accommodaton but are in the Cinque Terre, we also offer an afternoon cooking class.
Savory and Sweet Southwest France
Gascony, France - 3 or 5 nights
For an extraordinary cooking vacation, we invite you to a quaint village in southwest France. It is here where you will learn classic French recipes as well as the cuisine from the Gascony region. Your instructors are two talented and professional chefs. Classes will take place both at the cooking school which is on a hill overlooking beautiful fertile farmland, as well as in the nearby restaurant, walking distance from the school, where the owner here will provide his expertise as a French chef. Your lovely accommodations are right next door to the cooking school.
Traditional Cuisine of the Amalfi Coast
(Option: Day Cooking Classes)
Become part of the culinary traditions of this special gem on the Amalfi Coast. Learn authentic Mediterranean recipes passed down from generations when you partake in hands-on cooking classes from an experienced chef. You will stay in a beautiful four star hotel with views of lemon groves and whose location is perfectly situated to explore the coastal towns and sites of the area. Your host is an active participant in organizing events based solely on the area's food and wine so if you want to immerse yourself in the flavors of this pristine spot, this is the perfect choice.
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