Mona’s Favorite Women Only Week Cooking Vacation Memory

Our former program coordinator, Mona Penner, likes to say, “I was a repeat client long before I started working for The International Kitchen!” When not working in our Chicago office, Mona could often be found on one of our many cooking vacations with a friend or two. In one of her trips seveeral years ago, she headed to the Amalfi Coast to enjoy a 6-night Mediterranean cooking vacation, “Women Only Week.” Here she recounts just one of her many memories from that trip.

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“Chicagoans have never been shy about telling everyone that we serve great pizza in our town. But once I tasted Neapolitan pizza, I was a convert. The crisp, but still chewy, quality of the crust is my idea of perfection.

Pizza on a cooking vacation in Italy“One of the most special memories of my “Mediterranean Cooking Experience: Women Only Week” in Sant’Agata, just across the bay from Naples, was the night we made pizza dough. We then created our own pizzas, baked them in a wood-burning brick oven, and enjoyed them with a glass of wine. The gnocchi, the ravioli, and the sautéd calamari were all delicious…but I think about that pizza.

“Hopefully, during the Christmas vacation, I’ll have more time to make the dough with my grandchildren. And with the help of a pizza stone, be able to make new memories with them!”

Other highlights of this WOW getaway include touring a local farm where mozzarella is made, visiting Pompeii’s ruins, fabulous meals and accompanied by local wines, and the cooking classes with the chef.

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Originally published November 23, 2012.

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