Active Gourmet Holidays
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December News from Active Gourmet Holidays

December 2011

 Active Gourmet Holidays

Greetings from Active Gourmet Holidays!



Join us in Italy for a wonderful Yoga and Cooking Holiday in Le Marche, Italy which is being held October 13-20, 2012. Please inquire about special pricing for this particular date! 


Don't forget to ask about our Girlfriend Getaway to Burgundy only being offered between April 22 and May 20, 2012. Here is the link so check it out! Culinary and Wine Adventures in Hidden Burgundy. A perfect holiday gift for that special woman and a 10% discount for clients booking by the end of 2011! We have gift certificates!


There is still time to register for "The Active Foodie in Provence"  which is the perfect foodie tour for our clients so we are offering it April 29-May 5, 2012 with special pricing for this date!


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Dec News Buon Appetito Florence


Buon Appetito Florence
Florence, Italy - 3 nights
Available year round


Enjoy practical hands-on cooking lessons from an Italian woman who learned how to cook at a very young age. You will stay in a lovely bed and breakfast which is located in the heart of historical Florence - a perfect spot for you to explore Florence and the surrounding Tuscan countryside.



Read More: Buon Appetito Florence



April 2011 News - Hiking and Wine Cinque TerreHiking and Wine in Cinque Terre
Piedmont/Cinque Terre, Italy - 6 nights
Available May and September - Sunday to Saturday



This hiking and wine tour spotlights two diverse regions: the Barolo wine zone of Piedmont and the Italian Riviera seacliffs of the Cinque Terre. Enjoy the best of both worlds: vineyards and seascapes, woodland cuisine and seafood, majestic red wines and white wines as light as a sea breeze.


Read more: Hiking and Wine in Cinque Terre 


Dec 2011 News Cooking Under the Tuscan SunCooking Under the Tuscan Sun
Cortona, Italy - 3, 5 or 6 nights

Available year round  


Il Falconiere Relais & Chateaux is a 17th Century property located in the quiet countryside located just over one mile from the beautiful walled Etruscan town of Cortona which has been written about in the ever so popular Frances Mayes books. Il Falconiere Relais & Chateaux invites you to their beautiful Tuscan oasis for an unforgettable culinary experience with hands-on cooking classes taught by two Michelin starred chefs. 



Read more: Cooking Under the Tuscan Sun 








The holidays are right around the corner. Inquire about a gift certificate for a loved one. A culinary trip is a perfect gift for that foodie in your life!


 Client Testimonial




Dec 2011 News Badia Client Remark Bruno


"Hi Jo-Ann,

Everything about the day was just so wonderful. It was definitely a once in a life time experience! Thank you for the apron as well. I will definitely impress guests when I entertain with that!"

  Maxine B., Guilford, Connecticut


Recipe of the Month


("Buon Appetito Florence" Tour)



450 gr (3 1/2 cups) Flour

200 gr (1 1/2 cups) warm water
20 gr (4 teaspoons) brewer's yeast
1 kg (2 1/4 pounds) red wine grapes
sugar and salt
anise seeds
extra-virgin olive oil



Here is the "schiacciata con l'uva! Delicious and very easy ... it is a recipe of the poor Tuscan farmers. When it is harvest time, the women in the country prepare the bread dough to make this sweet "little sweet". You must spread the dough and put a lot of black wine grapes over it and then sugar, anis seeds and of course olive oil and then in the oven. There is also an "urban version" using seedless grapes. Your hostess for this tour knows perfectly well that the taste is different because the wine grapes are more rugged but she offers for breakfast at her B & B since she wants her guests to avoid expensive dentist bills!


Dec 2011 News Recipe Buon Appetito


Knead the flour with water, adding 20 grams of yeast diluted in water with a pinch of salt and 4 tbls of olive oil. Grease a shallow, broad baking tin with oil and lay half of the dough in it. Lay two thirds of the grapes on top and shower with 3-4 spoonfuls of sugar and the seeds.
Cover this with the remaining dough and then press in the remaining grapes on top, and again shower with sugar and the seeds, drizzle with oil. Allow to rise for ¾ of an hour and bake in a preheated oven at 200°C for 30 minutes.






Contact Information
Active Gourmet Holidays
Jo-Ann Gaidosz
Phone: 1.203.732.0771
Fax: 1.203.734.6903
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

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