As a gift to my mom for her 60th birthday, and as a way for us to spend some much needed mother/daughter time together, my mom and I attended Maria's Course in May. We stayed at Maria's beautiful Tenuta Castel Venezze, and did the 4-day cooking class, which is really 4 nights of accommodation and 3 days of cooking, plus a visit to a winery and a local salami factory.
We made all kinds of pasta from scratch, ravioli, tortellini, & lasagna, we made gnocchi, and risotto... we made rabbit, and chicken, and saltimbocca... and well the list goes on. It was all so wonderful and Maria and her staff (including Mario, the sommelier) are great.
The atmosphere of Tenuta Castel Venezze is casual and relaxed. The grounds are beautiful and although it's large it feels as if you're staying in someone's home. There were only a few other guest there at the time (we were the only ones participating in the cooking classes), and it was nice share our days efforts in the kitchen with the other guests at dinner each night.
By the end of the third day I was so full, I hardly needed to eat anything for the rest of our trip!
I would absolutely recommend this to anyone looking to learn about authentic and traditional Italian cooking.
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