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July News from Active Gourmet Holidays

July 2011

 Active Gourmet Holidays

Greetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!



We have just returned from the amazing Amalfi Coast in Italy and it is even more breathtaking than I remember. From our reliable  driver Giuseppe to the beautiful accommodations and gracious hosts, the trip was unforgettable. Below we feature just a few of the culinary programs offered in this area. The coast boasts stunning views, delicious cuisine, top rated restaurants and superb hotels - so if you are looking for a holiday that you will not soon forget, take a read below and please give us a call to help you choose that perfect escape...   


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July 2011 News - Sorrento's KitchenSorrento's Kitchen 

(Options: Day Cooking Classes)

 Sant'Agata, Italy - 4 or 6 nights



Available year round

Learn to cook authentic dishes from southern Italy and Sorrento by participating in hands-on cooking classes in a beautiful professional kitchen. Your passionate and imaginative chef with a huge personality will share with you the secrets of this cuisine leaving you ready to return home to impress your family and friends. You will stay in a luxurious boutique hotel with a gorgeous view located in the beautiful Sorrento peninsula . The hotel was once an ancient home which has been carefully and tastefully restored offering you incomparable comfort.


Read more: Sorrento's Kitchen


July 2011 News - Flavours of the Amalfi CoastThe Flavours of the Amalfi Coast

 Ravello, Italy- 6 nights 
Available March to November (excluding Easter and Sundays)




Join Mamma Agata for cooking classes in her beautiful home on a cliff top overlooking the spectacular Amalfi coastline. She has been the chef for many famous Hollywood actors and actresses, journalists and politicians and now invites you into her home to share her simple, yet elegant, traditional Southern Italian recipes. We just visited here and had the most magnificent time - a wonderful family who made us feel right at home with great guests, divine food and a view that one only dreams about!


Read more: The Flavours of the Amalfi Coast


July 2011 News - Villa Cooking in SorrentoVilla Cooking in Sorrento

Sorrento, Italy - 3 or 7 nights

Available year round  





Choose from a day cooking class or a three or seven night culinary program in spectacular Sorrento, Italy. Your hands-on cooking lessons from your chef will take place in an amazing, private and manicured garden. You will be surrounded by an impressive array of old palms, English meadow, colorful flowers and fountains with lemon and orange trees, a swimming-pool, typical "Pergolato" and ceramic decorations. The property guarantees you complete privacy during your cooking classes.




Read more: Villa Cooking in Sorrento  








 Client Testimonial




July 2011 News - Client Remark Photo 


"Just want to tell you that Ruth and I had an absolutely fabulous time. Carol really did a great job of showing us around the area, keeping us entertained, arranging the cooking classes and overall being a great lady to be around. I would very highly recommend this cooking tour!!!


Carol R., Aurora, Colorado

Recipe of the Month



("Amazing Amalfi" Tour)


Try this amazing dish given to you by a one star Michelin chef on the Amalfi Coast!


Ingredients for 4 people:


320g of mezza maniche pasta from Gragnano

400g of Scorpion fish and gournard fish

100g of fresh cherry tomato from the Vesuvius

2 peaces of garlic



90g of extra vergin olive oil


8cl of white wine

250cl of water


July 2011 News - Recipe Photo


Clean the fish under water drawing the entrails out and fillet it. Take the head and the bone and prepare the sauce in a pan with 60gr of extra virgin olive oil, garlic and chili pepper . Wait a couple of minutes and add a glass of white wine, let it boil off then add small tomatoes slices and the water. Let it boil in a pan ( with the cover ) for 20 minutes. Seep it in a white filtering cloth. In another pan heat up the extra virgin olive oil with the garlic , take the garlic out of the pan before it's brown then add the slices of fish . Cook it for 5 minutes then add the sauce you have prepared before. Cook the pasta in the salt water, drain it when is still firm and add the pasta in the pan where you have the sauce and mix very well. Serve it hot, dusting the dishes with chopped parsley




Contact Information
Active Gourmet Holidays
Jo-Ann Gaidosz
Phone: 1.203.732.0771
Fax: 1.203.734.6903
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Skype: active.gourmet.holidays 


“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

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