Cooking classes take place in the villa's well-equipped kitchen and are taught by the experienced restaurant chef. Participants will learn how to prepare refined menus for special occasions and local recipes for simpler meals. All lessons are hands-on and last approximately 2 hours.
Day 1: Arrival at the charming villa on your own. Hotel check-in. Free time to relax and explore the surroundings before enjoying a full course welcome dinner in the villa's gourmet restaurant.
Day 2: Breakfast. Excursion to San Daniele del Friuli, famous all over the world for its exquisite prosciutto, whose genuine and special taste derives from the particular "microclimate" of this charming hilltown overlooking the Friulian countryside. Visit to a prosciutto factory followed by a sampling of this delicate food and tasting of other typical local products. In the afternoon, cooking lesson # 1. The class begins with a theoretical and practical lesson on the execution of a refined menu for special occasions. You will start with the preparation of the hors-d'oeuvres followed by a "primo piatto" (a first course). Sample dishes may include ombrina marinated in coriander and orange or turbot pudding with vegetable broth as starters; zucchini mousse with scallops braised in thyme and open ravioli with parsley and seafood ragout as first course. Dinner follows the lesson and complimentary wines are introduced.
Day 3: Breakfast. Visit a prestigious winery located on the border between Veneto and Friuli. Take a walk through the vineyards in the company of the owner, visit the aging cellars, learn how the wine matures and refines in the precious oak barrels before sampling five excellent wines and crus with a short tasting course, discovering the techniques, perfumes and flavors formerly unknown. Then will be your second cooking lesson. The class lesson continues with the planning and preparation of a "secondo piatto" (second or main course) and dessert. Sample dishes may include wild duck breast cooked in lard and cassata with blueberries. Dinner follows the lesson and complimentary wines are introduced.
Day 4: Breakfast. Hotel check-out and arrivederci.
Note: For this tour, participants must have their own vehicle. Please contact us for assistance with low cost car rentals.
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