Another Way to Use Octopus
Preparing for the Olive
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In the Garden
Sandra loves her students!
The Flavours of Tuscany
Enjoy seven days of authentic
Tuscan cuisine with a full immersion cooking course at Toscana
Saporita cooking school, situated in the
Campomarano Estate. The school’s
modern, professional kitchen occupies the ground floor of a 15th
century villa. For hundreds of years, this large majestic room was
used to house the estate’s fine wines, stored in huge wooden
barrels. The barrels are gone, but the terra cotta floors and
original wood-beamed ceilings are still with us. Classes involving
instruction in bread, pizza and foccacia-making are held next door,
using a wood-fired oven that baked the estate’s bread for hundreds
of years. During your stay, you will live above the school, in
bedrooms that are charmingly decorated with Italian country
(Option: Day Cooking Classes)
Tuscany, Italy - 6 nights
Your host and founder, Sandra
Lotti, is known
throughout Italy for her cookbooks on Tuscan regional cuisine. She
co-authored with Anne Bianchi, 'Dolci Toscani', the
definitive compilation of Tuscan dessert recipes and is a
contributing writer for Intermezzo Cook Magazine. Sandra
Lotti embodies the essence of the Italian spirit in her warmth, her
zest for life and her passion for great food. These qualities,
combined with her outstanding skill as an ebullient teacher make
Toscana Saporita the perfect place for eager students to learn the
art of Tuscan cookery.
encompass every level from culinary beginners to accomplished chefs
who come to study the unique nature of Tuscan cuisine. Taught by
three experienced, professional instructors, all classes are small
in size, completely hands-on and conducted in English. No matter
which of our three programs you choose, the school’s instructional
emphasis is always focused on the same three things: traditional
Tuscan technique, innovative use of ingredients, and esthetic
presentation. What changes is the seasonality of the food.
classes focus on the wondrous foods that emerge in April and May:
wild leeks, new potatoes, spring onions, wild asparagus, succulent
shellfish, spring lamb and fresh new cheeses.
Abundance classes are
built around juicy tomatoes, fragrant basil, white eggplants,
yellow, red and purple peppers, apricots, peaches and melons.
programs emphasize mushrooms, chestnuts, truffles, newly-ground
polenta and freshly-pressed olive oil. Each course devotes special
attention to pairing foods with appropriate wines. There is plenty
of opportunity to eat, drink, discover …and simply relax! The food,
the fun, and the scenery will be unforgettable!
The package price for each
program includes accommodations, lessons, all meals (paired with
excellent wines), daily sightseeing tours, taxes, tips and airport
or train transfers to and from Pisa airport or Viareggio train
station. There are no hidden costs or extra charges.
Your Week in Tuscany
You arrive on Sunday and are
welcomed with lunch served on the main lawn. The remainder of the
day is yours to settle in, explore the estate and enjoy a delicious
four course dinner prepared by your instructors.
Monday through Friday, lessons are held from 10:00-1:00. Classes are
small, completely hands-on, and make use of all-natural,
seasonally-fresh ingredients. Essential Tuscan techniques you will
master include: homemade pasta, ravioli, gnocchi, pizza, focaccia,
risotto, bruschette, crostini and other types of canapes, vegetable
and grain soups, grilled, roasted, fried and stuffed vegetables,
fish and meat preparation, sweet and savory tarts, pastries, ice
creams and sorbets.
Lunch is from 1:00-2:30 and features foods prepared during the
mornings’ lessons. Each meal consist of three courses accompanied by
local wines and served at a formally set table situated on the main
lawn. Like any respectable Tuscan, you will then rest for a
while after lunch, perhaps choosing to sun yourself in a comfortable
chaise by the pool. Or you might prefer to stroll the grounds of the
estate, pausing to pick wild herbs, photograph the hillside
panoramas, or even peek in on workers harvesting grapes or pressing
olives in the ancient frantoio opposite the school’s kitchen.
Afternoon tours take place from 3:00-7:30 and are led by
professional, English-speaking guides who will introduce you to such
undiscovered treasures as Lucca (an 11th century walled city
surrounded by 3 1/2 miles of perfectly preserved walls), the seaside
resorts of Viareggio and Portovenere, and Pietrasanta, famous for
its marble works.
Dinner each night is a glorious, candlelit affair featuring four
delectable courses prepared by your instructors and accompanied by a
variety of excellent local wines. One night during the week, you
will be our guest at a famous local wine bar, whose owners will
personally prepare an exclusive dinner, each course paired with
wines from their incomparable collection. Your Tuscan experience
reaches its climax on Friday night at our graduation festival
dinner, where you receive a diploma certifying your newly acquired
status as an "Authentic Tuscan Cook."
2011 FEES PER PERSON
(US Exchange Rate ($) will be calculated on day of booking)
Double Occupancy $2,750.00
If you do not wish to share a bathroom you may reserve a
private bathroom for $200.00 per person.
Advanced Fundamentals of Tuscan Cuisine Weeks, every
accommodation includes private bathroom.)
For those not wishing to share a bedroom, single occupancy
is available for an additional $500.00.
Prices quoted are based on
foreign exchange rates and therefore are subject to change.
Your cost is guaranteed once deposit has been received.
stay in fully-equipped suites in the Toscana Saporita villa.
Each suite contains three bedrooms, eat-in kitchen, living
room, and fully-equipped modern bathrooms.
Non-participating guest: The
cooking school welcomes friends and spouses who would like
to come to Camporomano without taking part in the cooking
The fee for non-cooking guests is $2,250 for all courses and
includes everything except class instruction.
A deposit of $500 per person and the completed and submitted
registration and release forms will secure your reservation.
Balance is due no later than 90 days before course date. Please
download the following forms and fax or mail them to
Passionate Palate Tours (fax number and address at bottom of
this page and on the forms.)
Participant Release & Waiver
Passionate Palate Tours strongly recommends not making your
flight reservations until your reservation is confirmed.
EXTENDING YOUR STAY
Located in the heart of Tuscany's wine and olive-growing
region and only 30 miles from Florence, the school is an
ideal base for touring Tuscany. The estate itself offers a
wide range of amenities (swimming pool, hiking, extensive
grounds and gardens) available to all guests. Those wishing
to stay beyond the completion of cooking school can do so at
the special rate of 70€ per day for a single or 110€ per day
for a couple.
April 10 - 16; April 17 -23;
April 24 - 30; May 1- 7; May 8 - 14; May 15 -21; May 22 -28
; May 29 June 4; June 5 -11; June 12 -18; June 19 - 25; June
26 - July 2
September 4 -10; September 11- 17 ; September 18 -24;
September 25 - October 1; October 2 - 8; October 9- 15;
October 16-22; October 23 -29; October 30 -November 5;
Six (6) nights' accommodations
All meals with unlimited (very good) wine
All cooking lessons
All tours with English-speaking guides Airport or rail
Taxes, tips and gratuities
(There are no hidden costs or additional expenses).
NOTE: Included transfers are only from
Pisa Airport or Viareggio Railway Station. Pickups only on
Sunday (arrival day) and drop-offs anytime on Saturday
morning (last day of program).
Arrival information must be
provided at least one week ahead of time. Toscana
Saporita is located 15 miles from Pisa International Airport
which has direct flights from Rome, Milan and most other
major European cities.
personal expenses and everything not mentioned in "Included"
are not included.
|The Toscana Saporita Tuscan Cooking
School reserves the right to cancel any course for any
reason. If a course is cancelled, all monies will be
refunded and such refund will release Toscana Saporita and
Passionate Palate Tours from any liability. In order to
cancel your registration, you must send written notification
to Passionate Palate Tours. Monies paid by you will be
refunded less a cancellation fee determined as of the date
Passionate Palate Tours receives your written notice.
Cancellation fees are:
90 - 75 days prior to course date, monies can be refunded
less an administration fee of $ 1,000.
Cancellation less than 75 days prior to course date results
in 100% of the amount is not refundable.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDS THE PURCHASE OF TRIP INSURANCE AS
CANCELLATION FEES, OUTLINED ABOVE, WILL BE CHARGED
REGARDLESS OF THE REASON FOR CANCELLATION.