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Best Cooking Class in Tuscany?

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Best Cooking Class in Tuscany?

Looking for a day long cooking class in Tuscany (with transport from Florence). Husband and I to arrive for 3 days in late May 2012....want a beautiful and authentic experience. Suggestions?

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Yes, we've a suggestion! In September, we were met at the train station :(SMN) by Eugene Martinez of tgi.Florence. He escorted us to the Central Market where we were treated to a fascinating tutorial on Tuscan food, including tasting of wines, cheeses, meats, vinegars, oils and other delicacies. (We could have spent the day there, given Eugene's connections and knowledge.) We were then driven - a gorgeous drive - by Eugene to his home in a deconsecrated church in Chianti and greeted by Chef Antonio Albani who had planned a cooking lesson that seemed to include everything one could dream of for a perfect Tuscan meal. The cooking lesson in this incredible venue was a rare treat (especially since it was accompanied by some very special wine) and the ensuing meal was a true occasion. We were given a printout of the recipes with "American" proportions and we've since prepared some of them with success. Three wines of the region - more amazing ones - accompanied the meal and the dolce alone was worth the day's investment. My boss is a restaurant owner and he was impressed and enthralled with this culinary adventure. I don't think you could go wrong...in fact you'll cherish this day as a unique Tuscan souvenir. As to beautiful: the deconsecrated church that is "home" to this experience looks out over the Antinori vineyards...the view from the kitchen window is a photo op of rare opportunity.

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I have contacted Eugene and will see what there is to know about this excursion. I really appreciate your suggestion. I have looked at so many cooking classes etc that it is all a jumble....

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If you can get to Mama Gabriella in Bagni di Lucca, she'll pick you up at bagni train station.... its further out but its well worth the trip.Around 95 euros per person for a private class for 2

She specialises in mountain mushroom dishes, pastas, and wild boar roasts

email her at:-

mama.gabriella.toscana@gmail.com

Regards

John

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My partner and I were very impressed with the Cook Eat Italian http://www.cookeatitalian.com cooking class in Florence. The chef Mauro taught us how to make an authentic Pappardelle al cinghiale (pasta with wild boar sauce) including making the pasta from scratch. It was a nice little group, 6 of us, so there was no sitting back in this class.

We both got a lot out of the day, our last in Florence, and even now keep in touch with Mauro and the Cook Eat Italian class through facebook. Highly recommended.

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anyone know of any in or near Sienna?

sounds like such a wonderful Idea!!

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I am still trying to decide the best option in Tuscany with transportation from Florence (maybe with a market tour). Any more suggestions?

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do you have eugene's contact information? If so, please send.

thanks,

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Hi Katianna,

Last year I did a day with Judy from Divina Cucina, here is her website www.divinacucina.com.

Had a wonderful day, visiting a local market and then back for cooking lesson and of course eating the results.

Had so much fun and learnt so much that have already booked for June this year when I go back to Florence with my sister.

I hope which ever cooking class you choose you enjoy the adventure.

Mitch.

Edited: 03 January 2012, 23:35
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Mama Gabriella in Bagna di Lucca! She was so accomodating and generous. We contacted her just a week and half before arriving in Florence. I have allergies to shellfish and my friend is allergic to gluten.

Mama Gabriella first had Susan make her gluten free pizza crust with a special flour then the rest of us made a normal one. After all the pizza were assembled we enjoyed a nice salad and wine, after the pizza We learned Mama Gabriella's grandmothers' rice cake recipe - yummy!!! We completed the class with instruction on traditional lasagna! Just when I thought I knew how to make the perfect lasagna.....here in America we have been wrong for so long- there is no riccota cheese in lasgna- it is a Bechemel sauce! And what a difference that makes!!! No more feeling like youv'e eaten a lead balloon- this lasagna was light and flavorful. We ate it the next night after class - as we had rented a small house for this trip.

Mama Gabriella has 2 beautiful houses available in the Bagna di Lucca area too.

She was so much fun! and it was so special to be in a real Italian kitchen learning from such a wonderful cook!

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Hi luvtravelng

near Siena you can check Toscana Mia www.welcometuscany.com . They are 2 Italian sisters, speaking English fluently and they have excellent reviews on TA. Some friends enjoyed a lot their experience with them