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Turkish Flavours: Urla Cooking Class and Farmer’s Market Visit – Urla, Turkey

We will pick you up from Izmir/Çeşme/Alaçatı or environs and accompany you to the quaint seaside town of Urla where an old fashioned slow and relaxed lifestyle still exists.

Taking a stroll through the town we will stop at a local bakery where everything is still made by hand with the best quality ingredients. Here we will get to know each other while tasting local delicacies such as homemade pastries, cookies and walnut baklava accompanied by Turkish coffee.

With a short and leisurely walking tour through the Arts Street featuring ceramic, mosaic, woodworking and painting studios, we will enjoy the artwork along with 150 year old stone buildings and the narrow streets of central Urla.

We will then arrive at the fruit and vegetable market where all produce is freshly picked in the early morning.

Here we will choose our seasonal produce and fresh cheeses and arrive at the cooking workshop. We will learn how to prepare Aegean style foods featuring the strong influence of the regional culinary heritage using the freshest ingredients and dishes cooked in local extra virgin olive oil.

After cooking a delicious meal together, we will sit down and enjoy a family style late lunch with the food we prepared, accompanied by a selection of award winning local wines while enjoying the wonderful views of the region.

Sample seasonal menu: Aegean style wild green and fresh cheese appetizers, lamb slow cooked with herbs and lemon peel, handmade savory pastry, rice with pine nuts and currants, slow cooked artichokes in olive oil, semolina cake with lavender ice cream, Turkish coffee and chocolates.

We will drive you back After the Urla culinary experience.

Urla is 35 km from İzmir in the Aegean Coast near Ephesus.

A farmers market tour and Aegean Turkish cooking class -6,5 hours

On Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays

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Culinary Quests – Delights of Turkish Cooking

Istanbul Cooking Class Vacation

Like the spice market, Istanbul’s cuisine combines the best of the Mediterranean diet with Middle Eastern culinary traditions.  Join Selin, a self-trained home cook, for private, hands-on cooking classes in her Turkish home.  We say make yourselves at home and we mean it!  Recipes are geared to the home cook.  Cooking classes are designed to be a full immersion into Turkish gastronomic culture and include the preparation of authentic Turkish dishes, traditional recipes and the learning of the basic techniques of Turkish cooking.  Recipes vary according to the season, utilizing only the freshest ingredients available and providing you with a deeply individual Turkish experience.  The best part is the conclusion: Tasting your creations!

During your cooking class vacation in Istanbul, you will stay at a boutique, luxury hotel in the desirable Pera district.  Your hotel is conveniently located a short walk to the popular Beyouglu area restaurants and just steps away from the tram to the historic Sultanahmet district.  Your welcome and farewell dinners have been carefully crafted to expose you to typical modern Turkish dishes as well as historical Ottoman dishes once enjoyed by the Sultans and lovingly recreated from the archives of the Topaki Palace kitchens.  As part of your cooking tour, Selin will accompany you to the famous Egyptian Spice Market where you can marvel at the variety of specialty culinary products available and purchase some to recreate your Turkish cooking class creations at home!  In your free time you can explore Istanbul on your own, or you can participate in one or more of our culinary and cultural excursion options.

INCLUDES:
  • Four nights accommodations in a luxurious boutique hotel in the desirable Pera neighborhood, including breakfast
  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner, including wine
  • 2 cooking lessons followed by 2 lunches based on the class, including wine
  • Visit to the famous Egyptian Spice Market
  • Transfers to and from the Ataturk airport and hotel
  • Transportation to and from the welcome and farewell dinners
  • Recipe booklet of the dishes learned
  • A souvenir apron
  • Taxes and service

Price: $2445.00

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Culinary Quests – One Day Turkish Cooking Class

If you don’t have time for a full culinary week, choose our one-day cooking class, which always includes the meal with wine after the lesson.

Join Selin, a self-trained home cook, for a private, hands-on cooking class in her Turkish home.  We say make yourselves at home and we mean it!  Recipes are geared to the home cook.  Guests are supplied with aprons as well as detailed recipe booklets that are theirs to keep.  Meanwhile, non-cooks can relax with a glass of wine and a book or enjoy the neighborhood until lunch or dinner time.  Recipes vary according to the season, utilizing only the freshest ingredients available and providing you with a deeply individual Turkish experience.  The best part is the conclusion: Tasting your creations!

Classes are available upon request, based on confirmation of availability, for a minimum of 2 for the lunch-based class and a minimum of 4 for the dinner-based class.  Class runs from 10:30 AM through 2:30 PM for lunch.  Class runs from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM for dinner.

Price: $200.00

Includes:
  • Class preparing a 4-course menu in Selin’s kitchen
  • Lunch or dinner based on your creations, with wine
  • Apron and recipe book

*A guided market visit is available upon request for a supplement of $65 USD per person.*

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