7 Day Italian Private Culinary Vacation in the Apennines
The Ultimate Italian Cooking Adventure
Join in for a week of fun-filled culinary adventures to make you into a great Italian chef! This package is focused on learning how to cook the great regional dishes of Italy. Your trip begins in Bologna where you will be greeted by your personal chef with a visit to the local markets. You will then head to the Apennine Mountains and cook in the mountain retreat of Chef Stefano Corvucci.
You will stay at a hotel or apartment in the small village of Balze. You will be given personal cooking lessons by Stefano. He will teach you the culinary secrets of Pellegrino Artusi, the father of modern-day Italian cuisine. Writing only two decades after the unification of Italy, Artusi was the first to include recipes from all the different regions of Italy in a single cookbook. He is often credited with establishing a truly national Italian cuisine for the first time.
However if you prefer to skip a few days of cooking, you can take advantage of the beautiful cultural, historic, and natural sites to visit in the mountains between Tuscany and Bologna. Your chef will be your guide and personally take you to some of his favorite spots.
You will stay in a local hotel or bed and breakfast.
This tour is designed for people who want to take a deep dive into Italian cuisine. This is private and custom, designed for your interests and skill level. Whether you are an amateur or professional, you will acquire practical knowledge reinforced by having hands-on experiences by a professional chef.
The schedule includes lunch, a time to relax, and dinner. After lunch, relax, and resume early afternoon for more hours of cooking lessons. You will be preparing both lunch and dinner, and eating together with the chef and maybe his family.
The Apennine mountains provide a wide range of options if you prefer to skip a day or two of cooking. There are wineries, butchers, and cheesemongers to learn from along with a host of cultural and natural sites to visit. Your chef will be happy to take you to visit some of his favorite places.
Stefano believes that cooking must be a shared experience. His job is to question and then to listen. He views himself more as a facilitator, imparting knowledge, answering questions, and coming up with a plan of what to prepare for a meal but always starting from the student-cook taste and preference. The goal is for the students to leave with the knowledge that they can return home to wherever they live and duplicate what they made at the school. His classes are about learn cooking skills and having fun.
The Mountain Retreat is close to Mt. Fumaiolo and borders Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, and Marche. It is approximately two hours from Bologna.