New Italy Cooking Vacations and One-Day Classes
May Day is here, and the year is already flying by as it's been a busy few months at The International Kitchen. One reason it's been so busy is that we've discovered more cooking vacations and classes that we know our clients will enjoy. We've expanded our offerings in one of the most popular regions of Italy, as well as in lesser known -- but just as wonderful -- cities.
Cook in Tuscany
Discover the popular region in a whole new way during our "Tuscany By Air & Land" vacation, which is based in Peccioli in the Pisa hills. In addition to two hands-on classes in the kitchen and a truffle hunt, you'll take a private helicopter tour and fly over the stunning countryside as well as the cities of Volterra and San Gimignano.
You can also experience Tuscany by staying in a charming private villa during "Luxury Lucca Villa Cooking." Discover how to make Tuscan specialties in the villa's kitchen, and tour the area around Lucca with stops at the local cheese factory and shops. This is a great option for a group of friends or family.
We're also now offering a new one-day cookery course in Florence with the wonderful Chef Laura. After taking you to the Sant'Ambrogio market, she graciously opens her home -- and her kitchen -- to you, so you can learn true Italian cooking! A meal is never complete in Italy without wine; discover and taste Chianti wines and Super Tuscan blends that have made this region famous during a tour of Tuscany. You'll visit ancient cellars, farms, and of course vineyards, making this both a unique and exciting opportunity.
The Gastronomical Specialties of Italy
The region of Emilia Romagna is the food basket of Italy, and as such, Bologna is a haven for foodies. You can learn to make authentic specialties during a professional class in this city, no matter what your skill level.
Then there is Liguria, which is a region best known for it's pesto. During a Rapallo food and wine tasting, you'll not only learn how to make pesto, but also pasta -- such as pansoto -- and traditional desserts, including pandolce. In the coming weeks, look for even more offerings in this region rich in gastronomical, but lesser known traditions, particularly in Cinque Terre.
More Cooking Vacation and Class Options on the Horizon
These are just a handful of new options that are currently available on our site. We're also cooking up a few other Italy culinary vacation opportunities in both the region of Puglia and near Verona! Check the blog again soon for an update on our new 2013 France offerings as well.
By Liz Hall