Newsletter August 2016
The founder of The International Kitchen, Karen Herbst, recently returned from over a month of travel abroad in Italy. From her inaugral "Travels with Karen" week to some site inspections, and filming with NBC Extra's Mansions and Millionaires, Karen has quite a lot of fond memories. That's why, without further ado, I turn this month's newsletter over to her.
"As the founder of the company I have been often asked to accompany trips. That was not a possibility for me until I passed the reins of the company to Richard and Peg and now have the time to devote to these women only, small group special departures. The first trip was May 28-June 3 in Tuscany and the "Travels with Karen" group was a resounding success. We were based in Florence for a week of food, wine and adventure. We did three different cooking classes, one with our favorite Chef Claudio in Figline Valdarno, one in a very upscale kitchen design and remodeling studio, and, lastly, a laugh filled bread and pizza class in a delightful small bakery in the San Niccolo neighborhood. The group of women (with the exception of two people) were all strangers to one another (and me) and yet we were able to bond and become fast friends within a very short time. (Lots of vino helped!) I hope those of you who are interested but were not able to make that trip will be able to join me on one of our future departures. I am working on the 2017 trips right now! (For news about future Travels with Karen trip, be sure to subscribe to our general interest newsletter.)
"But that's not all! I also rented an apartment for a month in Florence, giving me sufficient time for pleasure and a little work! I took two days out to spend at our program in Lazio, La Cucina Romana in the Sabine Hills. It was the first time I had been to the property since they did a complete renovation, and it was fantastic! The stunning teaching kitchen -- which can accommodate from two people to large groups -- faces out with beautiful views and is equipped with state of the art appliances and amenities. The hands-on classes were wonderful, followed by the meal outside on the terrace watching the sun set on the beautiful vistas. The highlight for me was a visit to the amazing Villa d’Este. Despite having visited Rome countless times, this was my first time to the villa, which, in a word, is spectacular! This is a terrific program, I highly recommend it.
"My last week in Italy was spent with the TV crew from NBC Extra's Mansions and Millionaires. Prior to our going to the Amalfi coast to film at Mediterranean Cooking Experience (more on this on our blog soon!), we spent a few days in Rome. I had arranged for a class with our new offering, Cooking Lesson with a Noblewoman. Wow, this was incredible. She lives on the top floor of a 16th century building, which has been in her family since the 1800’s. Not only does she have a gorgeous apartment, she has three levels of terraces, the top one with a panoramic view of Rome. The class was so much fun and we had an absolutely delicious lunch on the second terrace level, quite an experience."
For an unbelievable and amazing experience of your own, contact us at any time to book your cooking vacation adventure.