Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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(Options: Chianti Cooking Course, Cooking in Your Villa)
Florence, Italy - Day Cooking Classes
Available year round 

 

This is an opportunity of a lifetime! Step into a private Florentine home located in a quiet upscale residential area and enjoy a unique culinary experience. Enjoy a market visit and cooking class with a woman who has lived in Italy for over three decades, and who is an author of several books on Tuscany and is an expert on the area. She will not only share simple and delicious Tuscan recipes but will also talk with you about what everyday life is like in this enchanting part of Italy.

 

This exclusive culinary workshop is held in the Italian kitchen of a private Florentine home located just minutes from the historical center. Participants will meet with the instructor at 10:30 a.m. and stroll over to a quaint outdoor market in the Cure district of Florence. There you will hand pick produce for the day’s menu. The market visit lasts about 45 minutes. 

 

Then it’s off to the local wine shop to choose wine(s) to pair with the selected menu. After a quick stop at the baker for freshly baked bread it’s off to the kitchen for your hands on cooking lesson, lasting about 2 1/2 hours. Students will prepare a four course lunch, making one antipasto, a homemade pasta (ravioli, tagliatelle or gnocchi) with a seasonal sauce, an entrée (chicken, beef, pork or vegetable) and side dish. A dessert may or may not be included in the hands-on portion of the course depending on the menu selected, but a dessert will be served at meal’s end and the instructor will supply students with the recipe. *If you would like to invite one guest for lunch, please inquire. Your guest should arrive at 1:30pm for the meal.

 

Afterwards, guests will be ready to set off for their day in Florence around 3 p.m., choosing to visit museums, shop, or just explore this fascinating city.  


Below is a sample menu. Keep in mind Tuscan food is simple. It is not elaborate or time consuming to prepare. It is the exquisitely fresh with seasonal ingredients that make this so called ‘peasant’ fare one of the world’s most sought after cuisines.    


SAMPLE SPRING AND SUMMER LUNCH MENU

 

Antipasto: Creamy artichoke canapés; stuffed, fried zucchini blossoms OR Panzanella – typical Tuscan summer bread salad made with garden fresh vegetables and dressed in a rich herbal vinaigrette

 

First Course: Homemade pasta (tagliatelle, ravioli OR gnocchi) dressed in a seasonal sauce.

 

Entrée: Chicken, Pork, Beef or Vegetable & a seasonal side or garden fresh salad.*

 

Dessert: Biscotti di Prato (Almond cookies) and sweet wine OR a seasonal dessert.

 

**Wine, bread and coffee are included in the meal. All wines are from local vineyards. 

 

If you prefer a luncheon experience without a cooking class, to just sit back and enjoy good homecooked food over stimulating conversation as you learn about what living in this enchanting Renaissance city is through the eyes of a local, please inquire. Lunch is served at 1pm. Allow at least two hours for this luncheon experience. Minimum 2/3 persons.

 

*Special dishes may be requested.  

  

*Fall and Winter Menus are structured much like the above. Since Tuscan cooking is seasonal, the hostess will select the freshest produce and meats the season has to offer. Dishes like: Polenta smothered in a wild boar sauce are included in winter menu choices while Porcini mushroom risotto may take the limelight in an autumn menu. Ribollita (Tuscan bean and cabbage soup) is a first course choice in winter, when black cabbage is in full bloom, while homemade spinach & ricotta ravioli dressed in a traditional Bolognese sauce is a hearty first course in autumn. Special entrée requests are always welcome. 

 

Do you have a villa rental in the Tuscan countryside and would like a private cooking class for your group? If you have a group of 6-10 persons we can arrange a cooking class for your friends and family. (Pricing depends on menu chosen and number of guests) 

 

 

GROUP SIZE

 

A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 5 participants.

 

(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)

 

 

 

HOW TO ARRIVE

 

Florence. Nearest Airport: Florence Peretola.

Nearest Train Station: Campo di Marte (about a 12 minute stroll) 

 

*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.

 

 

BOOKING INFORMATION

 

2017 Fees Per Person

 

Cooking Participant/US$185
Dining Guest/US$60 

 

*Please inquire about fish, truffle menus or Fiorentina steak dinners where extra fees will apply

 

*Please inquire about pricing for groups of 5 or more

 

*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation

 

Deposit

 

After availability is confirmed, full payment and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation.

 

2017 Dates

 

Available year round on request.

 

Included

 

*Market visit
*Two and a half hour hands-on cooking lesson 
*Four course meal with wine (one bottle for every two participants), mineral water and coffee 
*Apron and recipes 

 

*Hard liquor not included

 

Airfare, transfers and personal expenses are not included.


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CANCELLATION POLICY

 

Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

 

 

 

CLIENT REMARKS

 

Sarah A., Vancouver, Canada

"We had the most wonderful time and this was the highlight of our 3 weeks in Italy. Our experience with Active Gourmet Holidays was incredible. The service we received from the moment we considered booking through to after we returned home was nothing short of spectacular."

 

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MAP*

This exciting region is depicted below. You can also access Google MapsTM by clicking HERE

 

 

*In some cases mapping may give clients a general sense of location due to changes in venue. Please inquire about specific location.

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THE FLAVOURS OF TUSCANY

"Dear Jo-Ann - We just had the most amazing week. It was everything we could have hoped for and more. We are already planning a "make your own pasta party" at our house to introduce friends to the very unique flavours we tried and made! Jo-Ann, the others who came through Active Gourmet - Ed, Cathy and Kelly were all very complimentary about the service they had received from you, as were we. I was hugely impressed with your immediate attention to every detail and I will certainly recommend friends to your website if they are considering similar trips to ours." - Joneen and Ray S., Auckland, New Zealand

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