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April News from Active Gourmet Holidays

Active Gourmet HolidaysGreetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!

"A Taste of Peru for Foodies" has proven to be one of our clients' favorite foodie tours, providing delectable cuisine in this huge culinary destination. Our "Discovery of the Amalfi Coast" tour allows you to learn techniques and recipes from a Michelin star chef in a breathtaking setting, whereas our "La Rioja Wine Discovery

introduces you to the delicious wines of this special region of Spain, with exclusive winery visits and premium wine tastings, and guided walking tours. 

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April 2016 News - Discovery of the Amalfi Coast
Discovery of the Amalfi Coast 
Amalfi Coast, Italy - 7 nights
Available April to October - Sunday to Sunday
Have you ever had the opportunity to work with a Michelin star chef in preparing delectable dishes? With your chef, you will savor the freshest vegetables, meats and cheeses in your hands on cooking classes. They will put your taste buds to the test and improve your ability in the kitchen. Daily gourmet excursions and visits will enchant your visit on the Amalfi Coast. Your home for the week long adventure will be in a 4 star hotel in downtown Sorrento with cooking classes taking place within walking distance at a beautiful villa. This is a full immersion discovery into the cuisine of this breathtaking region of Italy!

April 2016 News - Taste of Peru for FoodiesA Taste of Peru for Foodies
Lima/Cusco, Peru - 7 nights
Available year round
Experience and learn how to cook the most important dishes of a culture that has more than 1000 years of legacy from mixing many techniques and ingredients from many parts of the world. Discover one of the New World's Seven Wonders: Machu Picchu; and get there walking through the same path once used by the Incas. You will also horseback ride around Inca streets of Cusco and walk around the Colonial buildings of Lima; this will be mixed with a touch of adventure biking along the Sacred Valley of the Incas through their ancient paths and rafting their golden rivers. A millenary culture, majestic geography and friendly people are the framework of one of the trendiest cuisines in the world.

April 2016 News - La Rioja Wine DiscoveryLa Rioja Wine Discovery
La Rioja, Spain - 4 nights  
Available year round

Welcome to La Rioja, an internationally famous region for its acclaimed wines and gastronomy. Join us for an outstanding gourmet wine vacation, tailor-made for groups or individuals who would like to enjoy excellent wine and amazing food. Visit La Rioja, one of the most famous and prestigious wine-producing areas in the world. Choose the fixed departure date for the actual Rioja Wine Festival which takes place annually in September or choose any other dates year round.

 Client Testimonial 
Client Remark - April 2016 News  
 "I had paid for a one week cooking school near Tuscany and had arranged my entire stay in Italy around those dates, when I received word that it was cancelled. I put myself in Jo-Ann's hands, told her my whole story and she searched for a quality school that had a program in Tuscany for exactly the same dates! My vacation was saved, and she found me the best quality program in the world. I ended up much better off. She rescued me from a moment that felt like the end of the world, and handled me with kindness, encouragement, reassurance and efficiency. She stayed in touch until I arrived safely. Thank you Jo-Ann!"
Kathryn H., Berkeley, California
Ingredients for 4 people:

1 onion
1 "Chioggia" radicchio head (the red round one)
Salt and pepper 
4 tbsp olive oil
50gr (2 oz.) Parmesan
50gr (2 oz.) shelled walnuts
1 cup cream
500gr (1 lb.) pici

April 2016 News - Recipe - Cooking, Hiking, Yoga Tuscany 

Chop the onion and stir it in a pan with olive oil.

Wash and drain the radicchio then cut it in very thin stripes. Add it to the onion, season with salt and pepper, stir and let sauté for about fifteen minutes until is cooked. Separately blend grated Parmesan cheese, walnuts and cream. Mix them with the radicchio sauce.

Meanwhile cook the pici-pasta in salted boiling water for a few minutes, follow the given boiling time on the package. If pici are homemade, they will cook in 4-5 min. Add the pici to the sauce, stir them, season with some salt and pepper if needed and serve.


Contact Information
Active Gourmet Holidays
Jo-Ann Gaidosz
Phone: 1.203.732.0771
Fax: 1.203.732.5125
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Skype: active.gourmet.holidays 


Hi Jo-Ann - We wanted to let you know that we had an AMAZING time at the cooking school. My mother and I could not have had a better time. Paola and Simonetta were such wonderful hosts and teachers. We were treated like family. The house and property were beautiful. The hands-on cooking classes were so much fun...we learned so many great recipes that I cannot wait to test on my friends back home. I will definitely be recommending this experience to all of my friends and colleagues. Thank you so much for all of your help in setting up this once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation. It is something neither one of us will ever forget!


Best, Erin S. and Flor V.,
New York, New York

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