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Venice Bites Food Tours: Off The Eaten Path – Venice, Italy

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By visiting our local family-owned and operated businesses, our mission is to honor and celebrate their work and their perseverance in preserving what is left of the fabric of Venice, which is gravely endangered.  We have a dual purpose:  Yes, we want to get travelers “off the eaten path,” away from the tourist zones and help find great places to eat.  But we also want to support the families who work tirelessly, day after day, to serve the city and the people they love.  It is often a thankless job.  We want to bring them recognition.  We want to introduce travelers to their crafts, and hopefully, people will return and tell their friends.  But most importantly, we want to help financially support them to help them stem the tide from the foreign investors and international chains that are plaguing our city.  Every day we do a tour, it’s another day they can stay in business.  We know that each and every meal counts, and with your help, we accomplish this together.  We are thankful every day that like-minded travelers like you are there to help in this effort.

Every location we go on our tours has been chosen by us for exactly this purpose.  We pay full price for everything.  We have not, nor will we ever ask for a discount from them.  We do not accept kickbacks or commissions.  To that end, we also do not offer discounts for our tours.  All of these things pull against the nature of our main goal, which is to support Venetians in their efforts to save themselves and our beloved city.

  • Enjoy a day in the life of a Venetian!
  • 7+ stops in neighborhood eateries, which includes all food and five alcoholic drinks.
  • Taste authentic Venetian specialties including cicchetti, tramezzini, and risotto.
  • Get “Off the Eaten Path” — home cooked food and a chance to support local businesses!
  • Eat and drink like the locals do, and we do it good!
  • DEPARTURE TIME: 11:00am
  • DURATION and DISTANCE: 3.5+ hours covering 2 miles (3 km)

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Venice Bites also operates a Progressive Dinner Through Cannaregio tour

 

 

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Eating Italy Food Tours: Daylight Trastevere Tour – Rome, Italy

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With its narrow cobblestone streets and laneways, Trastevere is the quintessential Roman neighborhood. While by night it is a happening destination for tourists and locals, during the day, Trastevere is like a small village with its timeless and artisan shops serving the same local families for generations.

On this 4-hour guided walking food tour we eat our way through the neighborhood enjoying 10 delicious food tastings. Visit the local, colorful outdoor food market and meet the wonderful families working hard to preserve Roman food traditions. This tour features some unique cultural and historical sites that few tourists get an opportunity to see. Join us for a day like no other.

  • Sample the fresh ingredients at one of Rome’s most historic outdoor food markets
  • Meet the Polica family who have been selling meats and cheeses at Antica Caciara, their famous delicatessen since 1900
  • Find out quickly why Romans love their suppli’ (mouthwatering fried risotto ball)
  • Homemade ravioli and two other daily pasta specials with wine and fresh bread at a local Osteria
  • Meet Signora Vera, the neighborhood resident pastry chef for 40 years, and taste what she created fresh that day
  • Get educated on real-deal gelato at Fatamorgana, the gelateria that introduced Romans to gourmet gelato
  • Enjoy award-winning homemade dessert at Spirito di Vino, the 35th ranked restaurant on TripAdvisor out of over 5000 in Rome.
  • Savor Italy’s famous moscato (dessert wine) in a wine cellar that’s older than the Colosseum

What’s Included

  • The price includes 10 food tastings, and an always entertaining and personable English speaking guide.
  • You’ll also receive our Food Lovers’ Guide to Rome: a printed guide full of insider’s tips about where to eat in the Italian capital, as well as details about each of our tour stops.

What’s Not Included

Transportation to and from the tour is not included, and we are unable to arrange this for you. Detailed information for how to arrive to the meeting point will be provided at time of booking. At the end of the tour, our guides are always more than happy to call a taxi for you or point you in the right direction.

The Schedule

Daily at 10:45am, 11:30am and 12:15pm (except Sundays, Italian national holidays and all of August). The tour takes place in the neighborhood of Trastevere which is well connected by public transport. Exact meeting address and detailed directions are provided with your booking confirmation. The tour ends not too far from the meeting point and we can point you towards public transport or call you a taxi.

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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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Culinary Escapes: True Downtown Dining, Detroit, MI

Indulge yourself in the flavors and history of Detroit’s downtown. Experience and rediscover the foods and restaurants of the renaissance city. Featuring:

An Eclectic Irish Pub

An old school smokehouse

Soulfood with a twist

Small bites, big flavor

Steeped in traditions of Italy

Celebrate authentic Cuban cuisine

A taste of Americana

Price: $47 per person

Dates: Alternating Saturdays

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Gianni’s Italy: Food Adventure in Emilia Romagna

Every year, Gianni takes a food pilgrimage to Italy. In the past, he’s met up with groups of friends and led them on culinary adventures through various regions, opening  up local worlds of Italian culture that are often unavailable to the common tourist.

This year, he’s inviting you to join him. In partnership with Vanessa DellaPasqua, an Italian native living in California, he’s designed an 8-day trip to the culinary heart of Italy that includes all lodging and in-country transportation, plus hands-on cooking instruction, and cultural exploration to activate all your senses.

It’s limited to 20 people to keep it intimate. Some of the things you’ll experience during your voyage:

  • Learn pasta-making from a real Sfoglina, a dying breed of dedicated pasta wizards.
  • Hunt wild mushrooms in the Apennine mountains.
  • Witness the creation of oils, cheeses, and balsamic vinegars at their sources.
  • Explore medieval villages and lesser-known food markets for vegetables, meats, and fish.

Day-by-Day Itinerary, 2011 Tour

Sunday, September 25 – Arrival

Gianni and Vanessa will pick you up at Bologna International Airport at 5 p.m. Our luxury bus will take us to our first stop, Cesenatico, on the Adriatic Coast of Emilia-Romagna.

Cesenatico is a quaint but prosperous town frequented primarily by Italians, Europeans, and lovers of gastronomic delights. It was born as a harbor, with a centrally located canal designed by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1502.

You’ll stay at Hotel Sirena, a family-run 4-star hotel where you’ll be welcomed as family. Enjoy a traditional Italian fish dinner and meet your fellow tour members.

Monday, September 26 – Pasta Making

After breakfast we will head to Villa Delle Rose, the renovated traditional farmhouse where we will be taking our first cooking class, making homemade pasta from scratch the traditional Romagna way.

We’ll learn about Tortellini, Lasagne, and Strozzapreti from the family’s Sfoglina, the pasta dough maker. This is a traditional Romagna job role, and the Sfoglina does nothing but make pasta for the family. (It is said the person needs the arm of a bodybuilder in order to handle the rolling pin properly.) The fact that in Romagna there is a special word to describe the person carrying out this activity indicates that this job is crucial. But, sadly, it is also disappearing, so this is a true treat.

Lunch will be served during the class and consist of the pasta we prepare together.

Later, we head to Forlimpopoli to explore a culinary compass of Italy’s epicurean traditions – Casa Artusi, home of the museum of Italian home cooking.

In 1891, Pellegrino Artusi, a native of Romagna, wrote the very first comprehensive Italian cookbook, Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well.  Artusi’s book dignified home cooking and promoted the importance of local food resources. The museum has a restaurant where we will enjoy a typical Romagna dinner.

Tuesday September 27 – Fish and Cheese

Morning starts in Cesenatico’s fish market, along the Leonardo Da Vinci-designed harbor. We’ll explore the fish selection, the fish auction, and the Conserve – the ice pits used for fish preservation before the advent of modern refrigeration. Afterwards, Chef Roberto shares his secrets and we’ll lunch on the fish he prepares.

Later in the afternoon we visit Sogliano al Rubicone, the homeland of formaggio di fossa, a local sheep cheese left to season in pits dug out of the soil. We’ll tour Santarcangelo di Romagna, a beautiful medieval town.

We dine at the renowned La Sangiovesa restaurant, a true Romagna Osteria housed in the stables of an ancient noble palace. Fellini designed their logo. We start with piadina, a local flatbread served with salumi, and move on to more Romagna specialties.

Wednesday September 28 – Mushroom Hunting and the Apennines

We’re up early, and head to Portico di Romagna for a mushroom excursion in the Apennines. We’ll hunt for porcini mushrooms, the prized Italian varietal – hiking will be involved. Enjoy your picnic lunch al fresco before heading back to Portico for a leisurely afternoon exploring this small medieval town and its charming stoned pathways and ancient bridge. Later we will enjoy the expertise of the family of Signora Marisa and prepare a mushroom-based dinner that we will enjoy together in the beautiful arched dining room of Il Vecchio Convento.

Thursday September 29 – Olive Oil

After breakfast we head to Brisighella, just a few miles North of Portico at the Apennine foothills. Brisighella is a medieval town famous in Italy for its high quality extra virgin olive oil production.  We experience an olive oil tasting (and shopping), and then we’ll have lunch in the town center. After lunch we will make our way toward Bologna, Italy’s good food capital.

Friday September 30 – Parmigiano and Balsamic Vinegar

We take off bright and early and head to Parma for a tour of an artisanal Parmesan cheese producer and see a wheel of Parmigiano cheese being made. We lunch in the center of Parma.

On our way back to Bologna we stop in Modena and tour Acetaia Malpighi, a traditional balsamic vinegar producer. We learn all the rules for making a great traditional balsamic vinegar.

Saturday October 1 – Market and Bologna

For our final full day of activities we explore Bologna: From the markets in the heart of old downtown, to lunch at Tamburini with Mortadella and crescente, we will experience food in ways that you might have thought had disappeared! You’ll get some time to shop around town before our cooking class in the afternoon preparing traditional dishes and enjoying dinner with a typical Bologna feast!

Sunday October 2 – Departures

After breakfast, the shuttle will take you to the Bologna International Airport for your return flight.

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Culinary Adventure Company: Chef’s Tour of Little Italy, Toronto

Chef’s Tour of ‘Little Italy’

Eat where chefs eat! Discover a whole new way to enjoy a dining experience as you join us on a Chef’s Tour of Little Italy. We give you a behind the scenes look at the restaurant biz as our chef shares with you his favourite spots, some culinary secrets and introduces you to his culinary peers. No menus, no wine lists… just leave your tastebuds in the hands of some of the cities finest chefs & mixologists.

Our journey begins at a secret pre-prohibition private club for cocktails and appetizers before moving on to a hidden gem of a restaurant where we feast on molecular gastronomy before ending our evening at one of Toronto’s top 10 new restaurants. Let the Culinary Adventure begin!!!

Space is limited as we want to keep an intimate setting. Event runs rain or shine. Must be 19 years of age or older. Easily accessible by public transit, take the 506 Carlton Streetcar and debark at Clinton St. in front of Cafe Diplomatico. Price includes food & selected cocktails & wine pairings, restaurant taxes & gratuities.

Every Tuesday Night, 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm $135/pp + HST

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Artisans of Leisure: Gourmet Northern Italy

(10 Days – Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, TuscanyThis tour focuses on the superb food and wine of northern Italy, uncovering how geography and history have influenced regional variation. Begin in Piedmont, birthplace of the Slow Food Movement and famous for its truffles, French-influenced cuisine and the world-renowned red wines Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera and Dolcetto. Spend three nights at a former monastery converted into a charming hotel located in the midst of a picturesque vineyard. During a private tour, visit the beautiful market towns of Asti, known for its sparkling white wine, and Alba, home of the prized white truffle. Drive through the rolling hillside to tour villages such as Barolo, Castiglione Falletto and La Morra and sample the area’s finest wineries. During truffle season, perhaps join a trifulau and his dog on a truffle hunt. One day, enjoy a cooking class at a villa located amidst vineyards and fruit orchards. During leisure time, try some of the regional specialties such as vitello tonnato (veal with anchovy and caper sauce), agnolotti del plin (a delicate, filled pasta), and gianduja(chocolate with hazelnuts) in a variety of forms.Continue with your private driver-guide to Emilia-Romagna, arguably the best-known center of gourmet fare in Italy, and famous for its rich cuisine. Stay in Parma and enjoy a cooking class at the acclaimed Academia Barilla Culinary Center. On a private excursion, visit producers of the region’s celebrated Parmesan cheese, Parma prosciutto, and the traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena. Also enjoy a tour of old-town Parma, including the Piazza del Duomo, site of a magnificent 12 th-century cathedral—featuring Correggio’s exuberant fresco in the dome— and adjacent baptistery. Perhaps stop for a tour of Bolognaen route to Tuscany.Continue to Tuscany, where the enchanting landscapes, superlative art and fine wine combine with the simple yet delicious cuisine to create a harmonious experience. Using a luxury hotel on the River Arno in Florence as your base, one day enjoy a full-day tour that includes favorite “insider” spots in the city, and savor the local products available at the Mercato Centrale. Also take a cooking class at a villa outside of Florence. There will be ample free time to enjoy Florence and its restaurants, shops, museums and other highlights independently. Another day, take a full-day wine, olive oil and cheese-tasting excursion through Tuscany, visiting wine estates in Montalcino and Montepulciano or in the Chianti region, and stopping in historic towns such as Pienza or San Gimignano.

Conclude with a night at a beautiful luxury hotel nestled in the Tuscan countryside.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Milan or Turin
Arrival transfer from airport to hotel for 3 nights
Day 2 Le Langhe
Private half-day tour of Asti. Afternoon cooking class
Day 3 Le Langhe
Full-day private wine and attractions excursion to Alba and surrounding towns
Day 4 Le Langhe – Parma
Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon cooking class
Day 5 Parma and Modena
Full-day culinary excursion
Day 6 Parma – Florence
Private transfer to hotel for 3 nights, with optional tour of Bologna en route
Day 7 Florence
Private, full-day tour of Florence
Day 8 Florence
Half-day cooking class in villa outside of Florence
Day 9 Florence – Tuscany
Private, full-day food and wine tour of Tuscany. Overnight at countryside retreat
Day 10 Depart Italy
Private transfer to Rome or Florence airport
Hotels
Le Langhe: Relais San Maurizio
Parma: Sofitel Parma Grand Hotel de la Ville
Florence: Hotel Lungarno or Four Seasons Florence
Tuscany: Locanda dell’Amorosa
Cost
$12,375 Per person (double occupancy)

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Italian Connection: Savoring Sicily

This unique Cooking and Exploring Tour of Sicily reveals Sicily’s complex past through visits of amazing historical sites, while savoring a wonderfully varied cuisine influenced by the many cultures that have dominated the island. In keeping with Sicily’s diversity, we enjoy the delights of staying in three distinctive lodgings – an intimate historic inn, a seaside hotel and a stylish city hotel – and also participate in two hands-on Sicilian cooking lessons featuring different styles of Sicilian cooking.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Feast on Sicilian couscous made with pistachios grown on the lava-rich slopes of Mt Etna, and pair it with a glass of sweet Marsala
  • Visit the cutting edge cellars of the Donnafugata winery, and taste wines inspired by The Leopard
  • Plunge into the wild food market in Catania, resisting the temptation to buy a whole octopus, and cook in the home of cookbook author Eleanora Consoli
  • Trace Sicily’s turbulent history through its delectable sweets, from ancient ricotta to Moorish cassata, regal Norman marzipan to spicy Spanish chocolate
  • Pick olives and watch them being pressed, breathe in the fruity fragrance of new green oil, then pour it over rustic pane nero for a lunch of the gods

Tour length: 7 days

Meet: Palermo airport

End: Catania airport

Meals: Daily breakfast; all lunches with wine; 4 dinners with wine

2010 Price: €3095 Euro / $3960 USD

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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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Taste Florence – Espresso Academy “Crash Course”

For Coffee Lovers! Learn to make proper espresso & cappuccino. Discover interesting coffee trivia, and master latte art.

Gabriele from from Mokaflor, a local roastery, will teach you in a three-hour course in the city center.

More details about the course and what it covers

Knowledge of the coffee plant: Arabica, robusta, Jamaica Blue Mountain and Kopi Luwak. Mild and dry methods. How beans are blended and roasted in Italy. Knowledge and maintenance of the espresso machine. Perfect espresso technique. Grinding and pressing. Intro into coffee tasting, tasting of single origin and specific types of beans. How to master the foam: Latte Art: How to make perfect foam without bubbles. Knowledge of Italian Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato, Espresso Macchiato and other Italian classics.

PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE A DIPLOMA AT THE END OF THE COURSE!

  • Be sure to give us the full names of participants on your reservation form. This course is not intended for children.
  • PLEASE NOTE: As this course requires using bar equipment, we offer the lesson in a hotel setting as it allows us to offer a hands-on experience to our students without the distractions and noises caused in a coffee bar setting.

CLASS TIMES:

Monday-Friday, 3-6pm in January & February

Email in advance for availability. No last-minute reservations available for this itinerary.

  • PRICE: 55 euro per Person
  • Deposit: 8 euro

TO MAKE A RESERVATION:

To reserve, click here, then scroll down and click on “Book this tour now”
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