Active Gourmet Holidays
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September News from Active Gourmet Holidays

  Active Gourmet HolidaysGreetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!

Active Gourmet Holidays features a few of our day or evening cooking class options. Already have a place to stay? Why not take a cooking class with your fellow travelers? It's a great way to learn about the cuisine of the area to which you are traveling. 
"Roma!" gives you the opportunity to learn from trained chefs in a fun and welcoming atmosphere. Learn delicious dishes you can share with family and friends.  Our  "Cooking in Paris" experience offers market visits and several different cooking classes including macaron, bread making and more.  Lastly our  " Florence Home Cooking is a wonderful choice if you want to learn authentic Italian recipes from a warm and talented instructor in her Florence home. 

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Sept 2016 News - Roma!Roma! 
Rome, Italy
Available year round
Welcome to Roma! During your stay why not delve into the culinary traditions of this very special place? Take a pasta cooking class and enjoy a walking tour along cobblestone streets in this enchanting city of Rome. You will be taught by an experienced chef who will share with you the knowledge of authentic Italian cuisine. You can also choose a traditional Italian cooking class taking place in a medieval village about 30 minutes outside of Rome.

September 2016 News - Cooking in ParisCooking in Paris
Paris, France
Available year round 
Interested in learning more about French cooking? Join a cooking class in Paris and learn all about the secrets to famous French recipes. You can have fun while learning a variety of recipes in a relaxed atmosphere. Classes are tailored to small groups and you can choose from a Parisian cooking class with market visit or a Macaron, Desserts, Baking and Bread Making class. There are also multi day cooking class packages if you want more than one type of class.!

Sept 2016 News Florence Home CookingFlorence Home Cooking
Florence, Italy
Available year round

Discover the secrets of Italian cuisine by taking a hands-on cooking class in a family kitchen in Florence. Your instructor, who is Sicilian and now lives in Tuscany, will teach you about the steps involved in preparing a traditional Italian supper, including an appetizer (antipasto), pasta (primi piatti), main course (secondi piatti) and a dessert (dolci). You can choose to have a meat, fish or vegetarian dish as your main course. A delicious meal follows your lesson, where you can sit down and relax, dining on your creations.
  Client Testimonial 
Sept 2016 News - Portuguese Ckg Alentejo      
  " Paula and I had a great time cooking and learning of the history of Evora. We can't say enough about Sofia and her depth of information and her warmth provided in her home. Everyday was beyond our expectations. Thanks for your help and finding this experience. We have been telling everyone about the two trips that we have done with Active Gourmet Holidays and how you seem to find these special places.   Thank you."
Bill N. and Paula K.,  Austin, Texas
(" Cooking in Paris"  Program

12 zucchini blossoms (with the green zucchini body if possible)
20 gr. / 0.7 oz. capers
300 gr. / 10.6 oz. skatefish 
30 gr. / 1.1 oz. black olives pitted and chopped
2 TBS herbs, basil, parsley, tarragon
1 small tomato (peeled and diced) 
salt and pepper
roasted tomato and pepper sauce (see recipe below)
Boiled 2 litres of water with a bouquet garni, salt and pepper
Add the skate fish and cook for 5 minutes on a simmer. Let cool down in the broth, drain when lukewarm and clean. Remove the skin and the bones (cartilage) and mix the fish with all the other ingredients. Season well and keep cold in the fridge 
Filled up the blossom with the fish mixture and steam at 150 celsius for 10minutes. serve hot or cold with our tomato and pepper sauce.
SEPT 2016 News - Zucchini Blossom - Cooking in Paris
1 red bell pepper 
2 spring onions
2 tomatoes peeled 
salt pepper 
extra virgin olive oil 
1/2 lemon juiced 


Cut the pepper in half, remove white stuff 
Cut the tomatoes in half, remove seeds 
Cut the onions in half 
Put them in a oven sheet pan skin up, drizzle some olive oil and put under the broiler of your oven until it is really dark. 
Let cool down, peel the pepper and the first layer of the onions 
Add all in a blender, add the rest of the olive oil, the lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix well and reserve 
Serve with fish, white meat, grilled vegetable or zucchini blossom or a good homemade crabcake. 


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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