Italian cooking holiday, small group

“An immersive seven day food adventure, discovering the flavours of Tuscany, enjoying cooking classes and meeting chefs, producers and winemakers.”

Highlights

Cooking lessons | Buffalo mozzarella farm tour and cheese tasting | Organic Tuscan rice farm tour | Fishing trip | Pienza | Pecorino farm tour | Cycle tour to vineyard | Wine tasting | Gourmet feasts | Rural setting in southern Tuscany | Accommodation in apartments | Pool

Description of Italian cooking holiday, small group

This small group Italian cooking holiday is an immersive seven days of tastings, workshops, cooking classes and exceptional eating. You will be based in a quiet and little known part of southern Tuscany, where you will meet superb local chefs, winemakers, producers and makers. This is a chance for anyone who loves Italian food to meet the people who know it best, learning the ancient methods fascinating stories behind this regionís local dishes and ingredients.

Accommodation is in lovely apartments with a backdrop of olive groves, and a pool thatís available to use from June to September. Your hosts are Oli and Flo. Oli is an experienced chef and pasta maker and Flo is an events organiser from London. They believe in offering responsible, intimate experiences of Tuscanyís food, with personal cooking instruction from a chef and pasta maker, and behind-the-scenes tours of local, small producers. Their aim is to provide an understanding of the details and traditions of food production in this part of Italy and to offer cooking classes that will equip you with the skills to create amazing food forever. They also place sustainable food production at the heart of this holiday, and this is vitally important to all the producers youíll meet, too. Each one respects nature, uses green energy and prioritises quality and integrity in all they do.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

01273 823 700

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01 Oct 2018
£ 1300
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09 Jun 2019
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23 Jun 2019
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01 Sep 2019
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29 Sep 2019
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13 Oct 2019
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Responsible tourism: Italian cooking holiday, small group

Environment

We are passionate about connecting people with the source of their food, emphasising the importance of respecting ingredients and the environment that creates them. We only promote businesses who are at minimum organic or preferably use green energy and/or sustainable innovation. Our producers not only make magnificent food, but respect nature, innovate with clean energy, and put quality and integrity above profit margins.

Our courses include meeting fishermen who are fighting the destruction caused to the marine environment by trawler fisherman, mozzarella farmers making biofuel from their own buffalos' waste, olive oil producers using the stones of the used olives to power their factory, rice growers who use only ancient techniques, and beer brewers who power themselves from the earth's geothermal energy.

We use more or less only local products for our cookery lessons and the meals we cook for the guests and stick to the seasons so as to keep food miles low.

We have a very low footprint, are completely paperless and avoid air travel where possible.

Community

In our day to day operations in southern Tuscany, we provide business and exposure for small, sustainable and responsible businesses who are operating in an economically challenging environment.

Young people are abandoning this area due to a lack of opportunities, and we hope we can help combat this difficult local situation.

Our aim is that our guests have a memorable experience, while we also drive business towards people who are doing business in a way that is sustainable and responsible.

Our profit-based business activities in Italy have their own social positive impact in terms of connecting people to positive and sustainable ways of producing, consuming, and understanding food. However we also aim to have an equally powerful positive nonprofit social impact.

Both founders Oli and Flo have worked in a number of capacities using food as a force for good, including running food programmes in refugee camps in France and running healthy food cooking classes for children in deprived areas of London.

We aim to use this experience, and the reach we can develop through our business activities, to use food as a power for good working with, for example, refugees, children with disadvantaged backgrounds, people with learning disabilities, and ex convicts looking for social and economic reintegration.

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Reviewed on 09 Sep 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Learning to make filled pasta outside in the garden under Oliís excellent tutelage.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


To get the most out of this holiday, go prepared to have a hands on experience. We did, and came away with lots of practical tips and a real insight into the beautiful simplicity of Italian cooking.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. Oli and Flo are committed to using local produce, working with local people and showcasing several local enterprises that are environmentally and ecologically friendly.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent! We went with high expectations and were not disappointed.

Reviewed on 04 Jul 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing a quiet and unspoiled part of Tuscany. Meeting the local food producers who are passionate about their work and their commitment to sustainable production.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't be afraid to ask questions. Oli and Flo are very knowledgeable and
flexible with the itinerary

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. It also taught us about sustainability.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent! A very relaxed yet busy itinerary. Very knowledgeable people
who are passionate about the area and what they do.

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