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Eddie’s Fun!: Roman Cooking Experience – Rome, Italy

ITINERARY – 4 Hour Day Tour

    • 10am pick up from our Eddie’s Fun main office, Via Aleardo Aleardi, 16. (Center of Rome off the main street of Via Merulana)
    • Quick Italian breakfast at a typical pasticceria. (Coffee and pastry)
    • Travel to specialty markets to purchase fresh items to prepare for a gourmet lunch (spend less than €10 total)
    • Walk through the city center before arriving to the gorgeous personal home of the Chef.
    • Cooking lesson and ingredients listed, for duplication in your kitchen. (She has been cooking for her large family for over 50yrs!!! So you probably won’t be using microwaves and electric stoves =))
    • Lunch with wine pairing
    • Return to our main office.

What’s included:

-Native cooking lesson and meal
-Experience the city as a local with our tiny group size and personal attention
-One tour buddy per group, one local
-Personally Plan and Organize your tour
-Cell Phones distributed for 24 hour service
-Tourist trap protection throughout your vacation
-Private online photo gallery of tour
-Personalized Map indicating our scouted out favorite venues in Rome, and cultural comparison articles
-Language assistance throughout

Price: €99 plus tax (Pricing is in Euros. Children under 12 are half price. €10 market item purchases are not included)

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Villa San Michele: ‘Italian Intermezzo’ by Sharon O’Connor

Stay: 6 days and 5 nights

Cookery lessons: 2

The renowned creator of “Italian Intermezzo” — a collection of recipes accompanied by music — presents a week devoted to the table, to taste, to beauty and to Florence. Expect an extraordinary cultural and gastronomic experience.

Day 1: Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome cocktail to meet the other participants on the course, followed by dinner together at the hotel restaurant.

Day 2: Meet the chef of Villa San Michele, Attilio Di Fabrizio, then begin the first lesson in the kitchen to the sound of music, followed by a delicious lunch with the class, based on the specialities cooked that morning. The afternoon is a time for leisure, when you can laze by the pool or head into Florence on the free hotel shuttle. Dinner à la carte in the hotel’s restaurant.

Day 3: Enjoy the day in Florence, and have lunch in a typical trattoria (not included in the programme). In the evening, travel to the theatre for a Maggio Musicale performance. Dinner is at leisure (not included in the programme).

Day 4: Second lesson on traditional Tuscan cuisine at Villa San Michele with Chef Attilio, followed by lunch—with your classmates—based on the specialities prepared earlier. In the evening, sample a cocktail in the Villa’s sumptuous bar followed by an unforgettable Renaissance-style dinner, featuring decor and dishes inspired by Caterina de’ Medici, and served by waiters and musicians in costume.

Day 5:  In the morning, transfer by private minibus to Florence for a guided tour of Palazzo Pitti and Museo dell’Accademia, where you will see Michelangelo’s David. After a morning devoted to art, be treated to a gourmet lunch at Trattoria Cibreo. In the evening, enjoy an à la carte dinner in the Villa San Michele restaurant.

Day 6:  Breakfast at leisure, followed by departure. Check-out is by noon. The Front Desk takes care of luggage. Supplement for late check-out on request.

During your entire stay it is easy to visit central Florence, thanks to the hotel’s free shuttle service that runs every 20 minutes. You also have at your disposal the pool and gardens of Villa San Michele, as well as the magnificent cuisine of the hotel’s Loggia Restaurant. It’s a dream week: give yourself a treat!

Dates:
22-27 May 2011

Rates per person*
€ 3.240 in a superior double room
€ 4.065 in a double room for single use
€ 3.050 for a non-participating companion

*price subject to 10% VAT

Package Includes:
Five nights’ accommodation, transfers, all activities in the programme, lessons and all materials and necessary ingredients.

Please note:

  • The courses are reserved for guests staying at Villa San Michele.
  • The lessons are held in English and Italian; other languages are available upon request.
  • The courses are for a maximum of 10 participants and the approach is highly personalized.
  • The lessons are held in the morning (from 10.00 to 12.30)
  • Hours not taken up by lessons and all the evenings are free.
  • At the end of every lesson, the dishes prepared will be served for a lunch to be enjoyed in the company of the Chef.
  • The complete list of the dishes taught during the lessons with recipes will be handed over upon arrival.

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Villa San Michele: A Symphony of Pasta

Stay: 4 days and 3 nights

Cookery lessons: 3

With the participation of :  Renato Piccolotto (Chef of Hotel Cipriani in Venice), Attilio Di Fabrizio (Executive Chef at Villa San Michele), Mimmo di Raffaele (Chef of Hotel Caruso in Ravello), Corrado Corti (Chef at Hotel Splendido in Portofino) and Roberto Villa (Chef of Splendido Mare in Portofino).

Discover the secrets of pasta, a true art in Italy, and learn how to accompany it with a wide variety of condiments and the tastiest ingredients.

Get to know many of the varieties of pasta and learn traditional recipes, as well curious and surprising variations. Three masters of haute cuisine introduce the secrets of their kitchens.

Upon arrival there will be a welcome cocktail reception and dinner with regional wines to allow participants to get to know one another.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome cocktail followed by dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, with the other participants.

Day 2: Chef Attilio Di Fabrizio will interpret and prepare pasta in the Tuscan tradition, after which lunch is served. Later, there is free time to relax in the hotel or visit Florence.

Day 3 and 4: You will be taught by two other participating hotel chefs, according to the list below, followed by the same daily programme.

Depart either in the afternoon, or after breakfast on the following morning should you wish to stay an extra night (supplement applicable).

Rates per person*

€ 1.965 in a Superior Double Room
€ 2.430 in a Double Room for single use
€ 1.465 for a non-participating partner

*price subject to 10% VAT

2011 Dates:

28 April – 1 May
16-19 June
15-18 September
6-9 October

Package includes:

The price is inclusive of 3 nights (half-board), regional wines, 3 lessons, and all materials and necessary ingredients.

Please note:

  • The courses are reserved for guests staying at Villa San Michele.
  • The lessons are held in English and Italian; other languages are available upon request.
  • The courses are for a maximum of 10 participants and the approach is highly personalized.
  • The lessons are held in the morning (from 10.00 to 12.30)
  • Hours not taken up by lessons and all the evenings are free.
  • At the end of every lesson, the dishes prepared will be served for a lunch to be enjoyed in the company of the Chef.
  • The complete list of the dishes taught during the lessons with recipes will be handed over upon arrival.

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Villa San Michele: Learning with the Chef

Short but comprehensive, this course immerses you fully in Tuscan gastronomy courtesy of our chef, Attilio Di Fabrizio. If you are in Florence for a few days or just passing through, take advantage of this opportunity: all you need do is book one day in advance.

Following demand, this year we are offering courses on three days to ensure you get the best out of your stay:

– Monday, use your time constructively on the day the shops and museums of Florence are closed
– Thursday and Saturday, start your holiday weekend with a lesson on Florentine cuisine.

The cookery course is held from 10.00 to 12.30 and is followed by lunch together with the Chef.

The main themes are the preparation of pastas, risottos and soups, with a particular emphasis on Tuscan culinary traditions.

Dates:
Lessons start on Saturday 2 April, 2011 and end on Saturday 12 November 2011. The cookery lessons will not be hold in the month of August.

Rates:
Individual rate: € 200 per person
Group rate for more than 5 people: € 180 per person

10% VAT is not included in the rates.

Includes:
The price includes the activities, the portfolio of recipes, the School of Cookery apron, and the lunch served with Tuscan regional wines.

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Anna Tasca Lanza Sicilian Cooking Courses

The Cooking School

The cooking school, created by Anna Tasca Lanza in 1989, is designed for anyone who has a passion for food and wants to try new recipes, based on excellent raw materials, and accompanied by distinguished wines. Passion, joy and quality: these are what we try to offer our students in various courses of one, three and five days.

Our teaching style, intensive or not depending on the preferences of our guests, is leavened by the informal approach of Venceslao and Fabrizia, and by the fact that the only prerequisites for our courses are curiosity and enthusiasm.

With the help of Fabrizia, beginners learn to cook recipes that are simple, delicious and never banal, while more expert cooks can concentrate on sophisticated dishes.

The school’s culinary philosophy draws on traditional Sicilian cooking, both that of the Monsù (from monsieur), the cooks of the great aristocratic families, as well as peasant fare, rich in vegetables and greens, including field greens.

The courses offer both practical training, during which students can roll up their sleeves and practice kitchen techniques, as well as classroom moments, with brief asides on ingredients and recipes.

But Case Vecchie above all offers an unforgettable holiday in the heart of Sicily, where, immersed in an unspoiled environment, our guests can enjoy a landscape of archaic beauty, and savor an excellent way of life.

Classes

The cooking courses are pitched at various levels, so as to meet the needs of our guests, whether they be beginners, food lovers, or culinary experts.

One, two or four days of lessons by Fabrizia provide what you need to translate your passion for cooking into concrete, creative results.

Choose a course according to number of days or your requirements from the options offered below. Or, on request, you can have a program tailored to your specifications.

More information here or email info@annatascalanza.com

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