Bountiful Piedmont

By now their names are familiar everywhere: Barbaresco, Barbera, Nebbiolo, and most famous of all, Barolo. The Langhe area of southern Piedmont, the land of some of Italy’s most prized wines, has become a well-known destination for wine connoisseurs and truffle-lovers, and is a great spot for cookery courses featuring authentic Italian cuisine. Less known, however, are its other charms: the number of stunning medieval castles that dot the countryside, standing majestically on the Langhe’s tall hills; the awesome sight of the snow-covered Alps that can be seen encircling the region on a clear day; the genteel hospitality of the residents, who will welcome you into their homes and hearts and impart their pride of place to you; the breathtaking views of steep hills and valleys, blanketed with vineyards.

The cuisine of the Langhe area of Piedmont encompasses the best of Italian cooking and embraces the land’s proximity to France: emphasis is placed on starters and main courses, while first courses feature such staples as home-made pasta al ragù (meat sauce), and melt-in-your-mouth gnocchi in a creamy sauce flavored with the region’s famous cheeses. Not to be missed are the second courses, such as the traditional “Brasato al Barolo,” or veal marinated and cooked in Barolo wine, and desserts such as the earthy torta di nocciola (hazelnut cake) in chocolate sauce.

Bountiful Piedmont

By now their names are familiar everywhere: Barbaresco, Barbera, Nebbiolo, and most famous of all, Barolo. The Langhe area of southern Piedmont, the land of some of Italy’s most prized wines, has become a well-known destination for wine connoisseurs and truffle-lovers, and is a great spot for cookery courses featuring authentic Italian cuisine. Less known, however, are its other charms: the number of stunning medieval castles that dot the countryside, standing majestically on the Langhe’s tall hills; the awesome sight of the snow-covered Alps that can be seen encircling the region on a clear day; the genteel hospitality of the residents, who will welcome you into their homes and hearts and impart their pride of place to you; the breathtaking views of steep hills and valleys, blanketed with vineyards.

The cuisine of the Langhe area of Piedmont encompasses the best of Italian cooking and embraces the land’s proximity to France: emphasis is placed on starters and main courses, while first courses feature such staples as home-made pasta al ragù (meat sauce), and melt-in-your-mouth gnocchi in a creamy sauce flavored with the region’s famous cheeses. Not to be missed are the second courses, such as the traditional “Brasato al Barolo,” or veal marinated and cooked in Barolo wine, and desserts such as the earthy torta di nocciola (hazelnut cake) in chocolate sauce.


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Everything about our trip was fantastic! The Bricco dei Cogni was so pretty, comfortable and inviting. Livio, Claudia and "Mamma" took us in like family. We so thoroughly loved the two cooking classes, and the food was divine. Our driver was from Alba and knew every place like the back of his hand. The fact that he spoke English AND we had him all to ourselves for five days was incredible. We covered so much territory, saw so many charming cities, wineries, etc. We can't stop talking about it. One really neat highlight was the visit to the cheese farmer. We know that Slow Food had its beginning in the region, and it is clear that everyone has really embraced the concept. We've told everyone we know about this wonderful trip, we certainly hope to do another International Kitchen tour, who knows, perhaps the same one! Kathleen & Donald B., TX

Trip Details

Your 2 cookery courses are given by your host or hostess in either the B&B kitchen or the trattoria kitchen, depending on your accommodations for the week. They will share not only their recipes, but also their love for the Piedmontese cuisine, land and culture. During each class you will participate in the preparation of a full meal. A very special experience, in one of Italy’s most beautiful areas. (Please note classes can be either in the morning followed by lunch or in the evening followed by dinner, depending on availability).


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