Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

facebook 32linkedin 32 youtube 32  image006.png pinterest_2.jpg

November News from Active Gourmet Holidays

 Active Gourmet HolidaysGreetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!

Active Gourmet Holidays takes you to Italy for a variety of delicious tours - a fabulous cooking school in Tuscany, a whirlwind tour introducing you to the best parts of this beautiful country, and a short visit in lovely Umbria with a welcoming family. 


"The Flavours of Tuscany" is another bestseller of ours. An incredible cooking vacation with talented chefs full of personality! This will no doubt be an experience you will hold in your heart for years to come. 

Our next featured tour is one you can customize if you want to spend less or more time in Italy. The tour incorporates all the must-sees of Italy and is a true winner with tons of fabulous touring and foodie experiences - "The Best of Italy". "Cooking in an Umbrian Homegives you the unique opportunity to be a guest in a true Italian home, taking cooking classes from your gracious hosts.

Please follow us on FACEBOOK where we share trip specials, new tours and recipes.

Click here to LIKE US and please share photos of your trip!

For more information on specific tours or pricing, please email Jo-Ann Gaidosz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website at

To ensure delivery of your Active Gourmet Holidays emails, be sure to add This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to your Address Book or "Known Senders" list!

The Flavours of Tuscany  
  Nov 2016 News - Flavours of Tuscany
Tuscany, Italy - 6 nights
Available April to July, September to November 
Whether you are a novice or experienced cook, this holiday will teach you all there is to know about Tuscan cuisine. Classes are taught by experienced and professional instructors in a beautiful state of the art kitchen where lessons are truly hands-on and conducted in English. Located between Viareggio and Lucca, the school lies within a beautiful 16th century old estate and all rooms have ensuite bathrooms and air conditioning. In your down time how about some bicycling, horseback or kayaking? One of our best selling cooking holidays! If you already have a place to stay, ask about joining in a day cooking class or truffle hunt followed by a truffle based lunch!

Nov 2016 News Best of ItalyThe Best of Italy
Venice-Florence-Tuscany-Umbria-Cortona-Amalfi Coast - 15 nights
Available year round  
The Best of Italy trip is for those who either have been to Italy before but perhaps did not have time to experience all of the "must-sees" of this beautiful country or for those who are making this their first trip to bella Italia. Make your trip to Italy an experience of a lifetime! Take the guessing out of where to go and what to see. This tour has it all, taking you from Venice, Florence to Rome and the Amalfi Coast. See the Chianti region of Tuscany with its fabulous wineries, as well as the Umbrian countryside. You will understand why people talk about Siena and San Gimignano and Cortona. Taste the famous Brunello wines in Montalcino and have lunch at an Italian farmhouse.

Nov 2016 News Ck in an Umbrian HomeCooking in an Umbrian Home
Umbria, Italy - 3 nights  
Available year round

Learn to cook with an Italian family who will show you the secrets of Umbrian cuisine. Your hostess has been conducting cooking courses for many years and invites you into her restored nineteenth century country house for day cooking classes or residential cooking programs. You can either choose to arrive on your own so you will have your own vehicle (the non-escorted tour) or if you choose not to have a vehicle you will be picked up at the train station and be accompanied during your tours and wine tasting.
  Client Testimonial 


Nov 2016 News - Client Testimonial - Pond   

 "This trip exceeded our expectations! Everything was taken care of by the nicest and most professional guide, hosts and drivers. We loved it and cannot wait to go on another trip with AGH!."

Suzanne and James P., Portland, Oregon

(" Cooking in an Umbrian Home"  Program
A fabulous autumn recipe from our friends in Umbria, Italy.

For pumpkin gnocchi­:­ 
300 gr (1.25 cups) potatoes (boiled)­ 
150 gr ­(.63 cups) pumpkin­ 
200 gr (.84 cups) plain flour and extra to dust­ 

For potatoes gnocchi­:­ 
300 gr (1.25 cups) potatoes (boiled)­ 
150 gr (.63 cups) plain flour and extra to dust­ 

For the sauce:­ 
350 gr (1.5 cups) pumpkin­ 
Pecorino cheese­ 

Salt and pepper­ 
Extra virgin olive oil­

Nov 2016 News - Cooking Umbrian Home

For pumpkin gnocchi:­ 
Boil the peeled pumpkin in some water an­d then drain it very well. 
Mash potato and pumpkin and mix them ­ together. 
Add flour and mix to make the dough. Add­ the flour little by little. 

For potatoes gnocchi:­ 
Mash potato.­ 
Add flour and mix to make the dough. Add­ the flour little by little. 

For both:­ 
Cut dough into pieces and roll them on a­ floured board. 

Cut the rolls in pieces of to 2 cm and r­oll them one at a time on a fo­rk to give them the traditiona­l shape. The lines help to keep the ­ sauce giving them the tr­aditional Italian look. 

Bring to the boil a saucepan of salted w­ater and add the gnocchi. When­ they come up (2-3 minutes) th­ey are ready. 

To serve: 
Saut√© in the pan, with some extravirgin ­olive oil and salt. The boiled­ pumpkin cut in pieces, put 

in­ the cutter to obtain a cream. 

Serve the gnocchi on a plate with the sa­uce, add salt and pepper, extr­a virgin olive oil and some 

gr­ated pecorino cheese.


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  


"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

Designed by NKS