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Cooking in Tuscany
Introductory Courses and Immersion Courses at Villa Pandolfini (near Florence)

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The Chianti Travelers' Center
~ Castellina in Chianti ~

A unique new travellers' center offering the full Chianti experience.

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  • Cooking classes

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Choose from two different cooking classes - our most popular introductory class and an advanced class for the gourmands whom desire a more intense day of gourmet cooking.
  • You'll receive a copy of our 150 page 'Tuscan Recipe's Cook Book' in both of the classes and in the longer 5 hour class also our signature apron.
  • Hands-on instruction throughout the day and a wealth of new tips and techniques from our chefs.
  • With great pleasure we recommend some of the finest local vino to accompany the different foods.
  • Taking photos is encouraged, as well as drinking wine and singing along with your favorite Italian opera as we prepare our feast.

Enroll now for our cooking and wine classes. For current classes and rates available, please read more about our classes and tours. Register early because enrollment is limited.


A First Taste of Tuscany
Introduction to Tuscan Cuisine
140.00 euro per person

Enjoy a full day, hands-on cooking lesson with our Italian chefs for an introduction to authentic Tuscan recipes.  Discover step-by-step how to make a satisfying, full Italian meal from appetizers to dessert, including the art of making pasta fresca. Learn to create such pastas as ravioli, tagliettli, gnocchi in this fun, hands-on pasta-making adventure.

After you prepare your pasta, the chef will help you to prepare tantalizing sauces such as fresh basil pesto, tomato and basil, Ragout of wild mushrooms and sweet onions, meat or duck ragout and an array of other sauces.

'Optional Additional' - Market visit with the chefs 45 per person Minimum 2.

Recipes vary according to the season, utilizing only the freshest ingredients available and providing you with a deeply individual Tuscan experience. The best part is the conclusion: indulging in the success of your creations.

  • 09.30 Meet our driver at our central meeting point in Florence and begin your short 20 minute ride to the Villa Pandolfini where you will meet your chef and begin your culinary adventure.
  • 10:00 Begin instruction, highlighting the history of Tuscan cooking and presenting the day's menu. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves for hands-on preparation of a glorious meal in one of our two authentic kitchens.
  • 13:00 Enjoy the fruits of your labor! Eat the epic feast that you just created complemented by the estates own Chianti wine and extra virgin olive oil.
  • 14:00 Return to Florence or your next destination with a full stomach, a Tuscan recipe book and memories to share with your family and friends.

An Italian Immersion
5 Hour Tuscan Cooking Class
190.00 euro per person

Do you want to expand your collection of Italian recipes? Get ready to savor some traditional and innovative Tuscan specialties. Learn how to prepare a decadent Tuscan meal that will impress even the most experienced 'foodies'. This class focuses on stuffed pastas such as ravioli, colouring the pasta, making the sauce, how to make a perfect risotto beginning with making the broth, second course of meat/game and of course dessert.

This meal will be 5-6 courses and comprises of two antipasti, two first courses ( ravioli, risotto or gnocchi) , a second course with one or two side dishes and dessert. Each of the menu selections is unique to the area in flavor and in execution - when you add these well tested recipes to your repertoire, you will be bringing home a slice of Tuscan culinary history!

'Optional Additional' - Market visit with the chefs 45 per person Minimum 2.

As with all Good Tastes of Tuscany classes, indulge in the fruits of your labor accompanied by the Chianti wine & extra virgin olive oil produced here on the estate.

  • 09:30 Meet our driver at our central meeting point in Florence and begin your short 20 minute ride to the Villa Pandolfini where you will meet your chef and begin your culinary adventure.
  • 10:00 Begin instruction, highlighting the history of Tuscan cooking and presenting the day's menu. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves for hands-on preparation of a glorious meal in one of our two authentic kitchens.
  • 14:00 Enjoy the fruits of your labor! Eat the epic feast that you just created complemented by the estates own Chianti wine and extra virgin olive oil.
  • 15:00 Return to Florence or your next destination with a full stomach, a Tuscan recipe book and memories to share with your family and friends.

Each class is uniquely designed to meet the needs of the participants and vegetarians are well catered for.

Interested in a specific menu, shopping excursion or private cooking tour? Please do not hesitate to ask one of staff members or add your request to our reservation form and we will be happy to accommodate your needs. If you need information about additional hiking and sightseeing tours of the area we also have available upon request.

Transfers:
lease mention if you would like the driver transfer when booking. The cost per person is 10 euro's payable in cash at the class. Please try to have the correct money! If you do decide to drive to the villa, complete directions will be provided. It is only 13 kms from the centre of Florence and the drive takes about 25 minutes.

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