As with the Plein Air Painting program (on the same dates) you will be our guest for either 7 or 14 nights accommodations, 3 typical meals a day, the services of a professional guide, safe and reliable ground bus transportation and professional instruction by CHEF ENRICO CASINI.
During the period you are with us you will partake in several excursions (when not in the kitchen) that will take you to vineyards, wineries such as Fattoria dei Barbae and the famous winery of Banfi
, to salamie factory, pecorino and goat cheese farm, a olive oil mill, honey producer and, of course, various produce markets. In addition you will be transported to various small hill top towns in the Tuscan area. These destinations will include Pienza, Montepulciano, Montecino, Castle de Piano, Montenaro and other towns in the immediate area. We will also take a day to visit either Florence, Assisi and/or Siena.
A TYPICAL DAY IN THE TRENCHES
The actual cooking program with Chef Enrico will either take place in the morning or late afternoon. The classes will have a duration of approximately four hours and will include both demonstrations and "hands on" food preperations.
A typical day behind the stove will capture this kind of flavor. You will rise at a reasonable hour, have your continental breakfast and proceed to gather in the kitchen. You will be given your personal apron, a note book to take notes, and a menu for that day's project. Chef Enrico will discuss the merits of the recipes he has chosen. You will then learn the proper use of knifes, cooking ware and all cooking utensils. You will be assigned your kitchen tasks.....the chopping /grating of vegetables. grating of cheeses and what cheese to use with a typical Italian selection: perhaps the making of homemade bread and/or pasta, proper techniques in the handling of meats....their storage and usage. If various sauces are a part of the menu for that day......you will learn the construction of the sauce and how it is to be used. Generally speaking.....a full explanation will be available for every facet of the meal..
CHEF ENRICO CASINI