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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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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.

More info and reservations

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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.

More info and reservations

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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.

More info and reservations

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Villa San Michele: Seasonal Tastes of Tuscany

Italy is world-renowned for its delicious cuisine and there can be nowhere more idyllic to learn about the diverse and authentic flavors of the country’s vibrant gastronomic scene than at the Cookery School at Villa San Michele in Florence. New this season, the Orient-Express property is introducing ‘Seasonal Tastes of Tuscany’ for culinary enthusiasts to experiment with local, fresh ingredients.

A former monastery, Villa San Michele is nestled on a hilltop amid lush trees and terraced gardens, enjoying unparalleled vistas of Florence. In just a short time, the hotel’s Cookery School has established a reputation of excellence and with a ‘hands-on’ approach to cooking, guests can expect to work, play and taste next to internationally renowned chefs.

The one day ‘Seasonal Tastes of Tuscany’ cookery courses are the ideal introduction to fine local fare that uses the freshest produce available that month.

May 14-28, 2011: Guests will learn about spring delights such as asparagus, artichokes and broad beans.

July 9-23, 2011: Focus on summer recipes including eggplant parmigiana, tomato soup and fresh Florentine Salad.

September 10-14, 2011: Risottos created with fall mushrooms, the many varieties found in the nearby Chianti woods add rich flavors to this heart warming favorite.

October 15-22, 2011: Guests will discover the powerful flavors of truffle, one of nature’s gourmet wonders, which can transform the simplest of dishes such as scrambled eggs.

‘Seasonal Tastes of Tuscany’ joins a host of other cookery courses at Villa San Michele, including the six-day ‘Italian Intermezzo’ and the four-day ‘Symphony of Pasta,’ as well as a selection of shorter but still comprehensive half-day cooking experiences.

The ‘Seasonal Tastes of Tuscany’ cookery course starts from 275 Euros (approx. US$392*) per person, including VAT, all activities, the portfolio of recipes, the School of Cookery apron, and lunch served with regional wines. A double room at Villa San Michele starts from 946 Euros (approx. US$1,350*) per room, per night, including VAT, based on two sharing on a bed and breakfast basis.

Reservations

To book visit www.villasanmichele.com or call the Orient-Express reservations team at (800) 237-1236.

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Savor Seattle – Gourmet Seattle Food & Cultural Tour

Do you consider yourself food-adventurous? Enjoy wine and beer pairings? Then join us as we explore the “gourmet” side of Seattle’s food scene! Learn about Seattle’s sordid past as you wind your way through tree-lined streets of Belltown, downtown Seattle, and Pike Place Market.

Meet Seattle’s top chefs and artisans, and hear their stories and secrets of the trade. Learn about the history, culture, and entertainment offerings that make downtown Seattle a premiere destination for visitors and residents alike.

Enjoy a relaxed pace and comfort of sitting down at nearly every other stop of this restaurant-focused food and cultural tour.

This 3-hr walking tour includes delicious samples of:

  • Washington wine and craft beers
  • Chef Kerry Sear’s gourmet mini-burgers
  • Renowned chef Tom Douglas’s “serious” artisan pizza
  • Truffle-oil infused potato & leek soup
  • A seasonal, truffle-inspired dish
  • Seafood and saffron risotto
  • Seared duck cake and sangria
  • Locally made artisan cheeses
  • Spent-grain beer bread
  • Homemade Italian gelato and sorbet

and much more!

Note: Substitutions can be made for most dietary restrictions. Tastings subject to change without notice

Click here for a map of all the locations visited on this tour.

What makes this tour unique?

  • Taste cuisine from Iron Chef and James Beard award winners.
  • Try Tyler Florence’s favorite pizza, as seen on Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate.”
  • Savor the delicious mini-burgers featured on Giata Delaurentis’s show.
  • Includes three fine wines and beers paired with your food.

How do I know this tour is right for me?

  • I am definitely food adventurous!
  • I am fit enough to be on my feet for 3 hours, but appreciate the seating opportunities
    at nearly every other stop.

When is the tour available?

Daily | 2:00pm & 2:30pm

Price: $69 (no additional ticketing fees)

Find availability and book here

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