It has been a fantastic two months of food-focused tours in Tuscany! We had exclusive wine tastings in friends’ organic estates, cooking classes with world-class chefs, and meals made by incredibly talented home cooks in their villas.
We explored olive groves, harvested extra virgin olive oil, experienced traditional trattorias, and shopped at the Prada and Gucci outlet stores. We enjoyed early mornings at the markets in search of the freshest pastry, and we spent the nights tasting traditional aperitivos in the piazza’s bars. We had tours of the Pitti Palace, learning about etiquette and celebratory customs in the Renaissance, dreaming of the decadence of the Medici’s lifestyle as we strolled through the Boboli Gardens.
We had the pleasure of meeting and visiting with the Mutti Tomato team: makers of the best Italian canned tomatoes. We feasted on Parma’s best Black Pig Prosciutto, with the expert farmers who raise them.
We foraged fresh Porcini mushrooms from the small Tuscan mountain of Abetone and made creamy forest fresh risotto on the same night. At my friend’s restaurant, we ate black truffles shaved over Carpaccio. The memories and connections we made that day will last a lifetime!
The food-focused tour is a constant source of unique, intimate, fun and richly varied experiences. The people we connect with, friends and colleagues alike, are overflowing with knowledge and passion; deepening our experiences of the Tuscan hills, friendships and sharing.
Next week I will be teaching my Tuscan cooking class in Abu Dhabi and at the Krafty Kitchen in Muscat, but this week I’m back in Sydney booking a busy season of adult cooking classes, children school holiday classes and catering events for the Christmas season!
Let’s cook, my friends!