The International Kitchen Press Release Archive: Beyond Deluxe Cooking Vacation
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Introducing Our Exclusive Cooking Vacation, Beyond Deluxe: Five Star Dream in Tuscany

December 13, 2012 – (Chicago, IL)

The Grand Hotel Villa Cora recently joined the prestigious Relais & Chateaux brand, a premiere group of hotels in Italy. This deluxe property also now works with The International Kitchen to offer an exclusive five-star cooking vacation, Beyond Deluxe: Five Star Dream in Tuscany, perfect for food lovers who want to visit the heart of Tuscany!

The deluxe Villa Cora is a 19th-century five-star mansion that features a spa, gastronomic restaurant, and a heated swimming pool, as well as world-class amenities in and outside the rooms. Set amidst the Tuscan hills and the beautiful Viale dei Colli gardens and plane trees, it is the perfect place for guests to relax while not straying too far from the beautiful city of Florence.

In fact, cooking vacation guests will get to see a whole new side of the Tuscan capital. Through a variety of excursions and tours, guests will explore a few “borhi” or neighborhoods of Florence—including the Oltrarno, full of beautiful 15th century palaces and beautiful gardens; and Sant’Ambrogio, home to a famous food market—as well as the towns of Cortona and Montepulciano. Five dinners are included in this cooking vacation package, with meals at such prestigious restaurants as Le Logge del Vignola and Trattoria il Parione.

The three hands-on cooking classes are taught by renowned Chef Federico Vannini in Villa Cora’s kitchen. He’s worked throughout Europe, including in the kitchen of a 1 star Michelin restaurant in Brussels, as well as in Geneva, Tokyo, and Spain. In the kitchen of Villa Cora, he promises to teach guests his secrets to true Tuscan cuisine.

At The International Kitchen, we believe that food and cooking are wonderful ways for tourists to learn about a place’s culture and people. Our credo and promise to our clients: a top quality, authentic, intimate cooking experience with lots of laughter, friendship, and memories to last a lifetime.

Prices start at $3900 per person (based on double occupancy) for this all-inclusive cooking vacation in the heart of Tuscany. More information and reservations for Beyond Deluxe: Five Star Dream in Tuscany can be made online at


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