THE LAND AND ITS ROOTS
In Tuscany with Silvia
Discover the most precious and secret Tuscany together with me!
The recipes I propose are from the Tuscan cuisine, some of them specifically from Cortona and the Chiana Valley territory. I select from our tradition and elaborate upon the recipes to make them possible using modern techniques and to make them palatable for modern tastes. My joy is to share with our aspirant chefs our history and our folklore.
Take for instance the day, which we dedicate to the Etruscans: it is rich in local history and culture and very ancient recipes furthermore enrich it so that our friends and participants will be able to immerse themselves in a completely bucolic and goliardic atmosphere. No less interesting is the time dedicated to the simplicity of the local traditions thanks to special, yet homey recipes that are easy to replicate for a dinner party with family and friends, accompanied rigorously by Tuscan wines!
I never underestimate the experience our friends will have with Tuscan wines. I use the word Friends because after a couple of days spent together we will feel like Friends! Tuscany is also rich in wine tradition with wineries that are open for tastings promising moments that transcend the simple visit and tour. The techniques that our good vignerons have handed down and are happy to teach us are very precious and these “lessons” are always spiced up by amusing and witty stories.
From each corner of Tuscany you’ll be able to enjoy breathtaking panoramas and idyllic scenery full of flavors. You will be able to smell and taste, not just see. Do you already have in mind a postcard, images from a documentary, or maybe even the movie Under the Tuscan Sun with its beautiful shots of the Cortona countryside? All of this will be even more beautiful because the protagonists of this adventure with me will be you!
- FOR GROUPS OF 12 PEOPLE 1 GRATUITY FOR THE GROUP LEADER
For groups from 6 to 12 coming from the same airport we can offer the transfer from and to the airport of Florence.
Program subject to modification according to the season and by personal request. Classes are limited to 12 people and are hands-on, with lessons concentrating on the successive stages of a meal. Our courses will be conducted by Richard Titi, chef of the Relais Il Falconiere with one Michelin star and by Silvia Regi, owner and professional sommelier. Together they will teach the history and traditional Tuscan techniques of cooking. The owner, Riccardo Baracchi, will personally take care of the program in order to guarantee a pleasant stay. Option to do intensive courses, on request.
- Six nights accommodation
- Buffet breakfast daily
- Welcome dinner
- Four cooking lessons, with highly qualified staff
- All mentioned meals including wine tasting
- Excursions listed above
- English speaking guide
Day 1 Sunday: 20:00 Welcome cocktail with Silvia & Riccardo Baracchi, your hosts for the week. The aperitif will be followed by a delicious Tuscan meal.
Day 2 Monday: After breakfast first Cooking lesson “Pane, olio e fantasia”. Lunch: your creations accompanied by great Tuscan wines. Afternoon 05.00pm visit to a local farm (preparation of cheese and dinner with the farmer’s family). We will cook the following recipes: Stuffed eggplants with almond, tomato comfit and basil, traditional Tuscan bred, ribollita, saltimbocca of pork fillet with sage, juniper berries and bay leaves, cantucci
Day 3 Tuesday: In the morning a guided sightseeing tour in Cortona, for a visit of the city with its flavors and shopping. Lunch break at 01:00pm in a typical tavern or (in November) in a local mill to see the olive oil production process. Olive oil tasting with bruschetta. Back to the Relais in time for the second Cooking lesson at 04:00pm: “Along Etruscan traces”. Dinner: prepared dishes with a selection of “Super Tuscans”.
In this lesson we will prepare the following dishes: Traditional wild herb pie with parmesan sauce, zuppa di farro, local lamb in crust of Tuscan bread, sautéed greens , fruit berries cake with mascarpone cheese mousse
Day 4 Wednesday: Guided sightseeing tour of Assisi and lunch in a typical Umbrian Restaurant in Torgiano with wine tasting and visit at the Wine Museum. Return to the hotel. Evening at leisure
We can propose some different nice possibilities to spend a wonderful evening together with us or on your own!
Day 5 Thursday: All together to the local open market. In the market we can buy specialties from the area. Lunch buffet in our cellar. Visit our winery with wine tasting. Meeting at the hotel reception at 16:00 for the third Cooking lesson: ”The Joy of Home Life” in the restaurant of Silvia’s mother ( 10 minutes by car ).
Dinner: prepared dishes with a selection of Tuscan wine. On this lesson you will prepare: pansanella, pici pasta with tomato and aromatic herb sauce, tagliatelle with duck sauce, ricotta and nettle ravioli served with sage and butter, scottiglia with polenta, lattaiolo
Day 6 Friday: Breakfast - departure from the hotel for a wine tour in a Montepulciano cellar. Guided sightseeing tour of Pienza & Montepulciano. Lunch and return to the Relais in time for your last Cooking lesson: ”The Fish and its Secrets”. Farewell candlelight dinner and Issue of the cooking certificates.
We will cook: basic fish broth, wrapped bacon scallops with potato puree and bay leaves, ricotta gnocchi with sea food and saffron sauce, casserole of monkfish and scampi, napoleon of custard and pears with melted chocolate and pine nuts. Farewell candlelight dinner and Issue of the cooking certificates.
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