Have you always dreamed of a glorious trip spent in Italy, learning to cook like the locals do, while enjoying some of the greatest food, wine, and sights? Each year CO Dame Michele Morris takes a group of guests on a special food and wine adventure to Rome and southern Italy, and this year’s trip will be to join in the fun of the cooking school’s annual birthday celebration at the castle. Spend 11 glorious days and nights in Italy, learning to cook, learning about southern Italian wine, and making new friends!Traveling to Italy to attend a cooking school is an incredible experience. I love Rome and the Puglia region and the people so much I take groups on culinary adventures each year. I do all the planning and preparation for these trips, and help you organize everything from how to pack and what to wear to how to book your flights and how to manage jet lag. You’ll receive monthly newsletters from me beginning 9 months prior to our travel full of information to help you learn about the trip and to whet your appetite, both literally and figuratively!
We begin our adventures with two days in Rome, my favorite city in the world, adjusting to the time change, sipping our espresso macchiato, seeing the sights with a culinary slant, dining in the local home of a friend of mine in Rome, and practicing our Italian. I lead the group to all of the centro storico highlights in Rome, including the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navonna, the Pantheon and Il Vittoriano.We share a guided tour through historic Campo dei Fiori and the Jewish ghetto, essential to understanding much of the culinary history of Rome. Optional guided tours are available for St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican, the Borghese Art Gallery, and Ancient Rome. Our hotel is the Albergo Santa Chiara, perfectly located smack in the middle of the historic center of Rome, within walking distance to everything you’d want to visit.
After our short visit in Rome, we travel south by train to the region of Puglia, located in the very southernmost heel of Italy, to the beautifully preserved Baroque town of Lecce. We’ll spend two nights at a lovely boutique hotel right in the center of the preserved historic city. We’ll enjoy seeing the sights through a short guided tour of the town and you will have some free time for relaxing and shopping before we head to our week at the cooking school.
The Awaiting Table Cookery School
On Monday, we’ll meet up with Silvestro Silvestori, the director of the The Awaiting Table cookery school and will transfer to a castle in Spongano, our home for the week, just south of Lecce, for the school’s birthday celebration and our week of cooking. During this special week at the castle, the students work with the school to make the annual tomato sauce. It’s an all day affair, with ice cold beer providing the inspiration to keep stirring the giant cauldrons of simmering tomato sauce as we work in teams at the bottling stations, producing enough sauce for the school for the entire year.
During this once a year special week, we grill out a little more than our other courses and of course we linger over the meal in the baron’s wine cellar, the chill a welcome break from the late summer sun. We’ll make fresh pasta from scratch nearly every meal, we’ll lunch on intriguing local summer salads, and take to roasting local DOP potatoes until they perfect little roasted nuggets, perfumed with the local extra virgin. We’ll simmer summer fruits in sweet wine and serve them over impossibly-fresh ricotta, and linger over the local sparkling wine, deep in the refreshing cool stone of the baron’s private underground olive mill. If cooking in a castle and finishing your meals by bobbing in the baron’s pool sounds good to you, this just might be your perfect course.
On Sunday morning, after saying your goodbyes to everyone, you will head back to Rome on the train where you’ll spend Sunday night before departing for home the next day.$5,500 double / $6,000 single – full details can be found here