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Cooking class at a Farmhouse in Tuscany


Description

A full day hands-on Cooking Class in a stunning setting in the Tuscan countryside including a food tour through the historic central food market of Florence. Led by a local food-lover guide, you will enjoy tastings and experience Tuscan food like a real local as well as buying the ingredients in this vibrant market.

On arrival in our beautiful farmhouse, you will start creating a complete menu, from appetizer to dessert, using only the freshest seasonal ingredients, the majority of which come from the vegetable garden of the farmhouse!

Be prepared to role up your sleeves and learn to cook as Tuscan grandmas and mums do every day in their kitchens for their families. Master the secrets of traditional dishes that you will easily re-create at home for your friends and family. The cooking lesson is suitable for beginners and for those who can already cook.

Then finally we will all sit together on a terrace hosting incredible views over the Tuscan hills and just like a big Italian family, we will take time to enjoy the food we have prepared together. Buon appetito!

Highlights

  • Small-group Italian cooking class at a breathtaking farmhouse set in the rolling hills of Tuscany!
  • Florence morning food tour with tastings
  • Explore San Lorenzo's colourful Mercato Centrale
  • Hands on experience: learn to make Bruschetta, home-made Pasta, Tuscan roast pork with potatoes and Tiramisù
  • Enjoy your freshly cooked meal accompanied with wine after the class

What you can expect

First discover Florence's historical food market where the locals do their daily shopping. Blend in with the locals. Meet the bakers, the butchers, and the farmers selling vegetables from their fields. Their stalls are full of items such as fresh fruit, vegetables, cheeses, cured meats, balsamic vinegar, sun dried tomatoes, olives and many other Italian food specialities. Shop for the ingredients to use for the cooking class and learn to choose the best seasonal products.

Then it's time to start your cooking lesson at a farmhouse in Tuscany. This isn't just a demonstration, you will actually take part in creating a full traditional Tuscan meal with our chef's help. You will learn to make real Italian fresh pasta by hand with freshly laid eggs and learn to make a traditional meat sauce using ingredients from right outside the door!

Learn to prepare classic bruschetta with fresh bread, homegrown tomatoes and the farmhouse's own extra virgin olive oil and then take a break to enjoy the bruschetta with a glass of Chianti wine.

After the break it's back to the lesson where you will learn how to prepare traditional Tuscan roast pork, arista and Tuscan roast potatoes using fresh herbs collected from around the farmhouse. To finish the class, you will learn the secrets of the wonderful Italian coffee and cream dessert, Tiramisù.

At last sit down to enjoy a wonderful meal. Each course will be paired with a carefully selected wine from the region to compliment the flavors of the food you have prepared. At the end of your meal, your driver will be waiting for you for a short drive back to Florence, so it's time to say arrivederci after an unforgettable experience in Tuscany.



Prices

  • Adult 110 each person
  • Youth 105 each person
  • Group fares get an extra 5 off per person if you are in a group of six or more adults/youths

What includes

  • Florence Food walking tour
  • Transportation from Florence to the farmhouse and back
  • Cooking lesson and lunch with wine
  • Recipes
  • An Italian cooking diploma for your hard work!

Things to note

  • On Sundays and public holidays NO VISIT to the San Lorenzo's Mercato Centrale (instead there will be a visit of the vegetable garden at the estate where you can pick the fresh ingredients)
  • Due to uneven and steep surfaces, we are unable to accept anyone with walking difficulties or wheelchair users
  • We regret that vegetarian or other alternative dietary requirements cannot be catered for

Our Reviews on

AmrutaG_13
This was a great afternoon that I spent in Florence. Very professional arrangements, infrastructure and the whole experience. Short market tour in the morning was a delightful experience to look at the local daily life and experience the market. The dishes chosen for this class are very simple but very important part of popular italian cuisine, so very easy to replicate at the house. Drinking Chianti while cooking is always cherry on the top. The farmhouse is only 10 min away from the Florence city so didn't have much experience of Tuscan Farmhouse as such..but still a great experience. Our guides and cooking instructors Issac and Carmela were very friendly and offered lot of information.
Review date: 21 march 2019
GretchenP115
I took this class with my daughters and one of their friends, we all loved it. Issac and Carmela were a joy all around, providing a fun and upbeat environment, with fabulous recipes transforming them into a delicious meal! Highly recommend this tour!! Can't wait to get the recipes to make for my family and friends!
Review date: 20 march 2019
Sheri S
My husband I were so excited for this experience and it did not disappoint! Both Carmela and Isak are a great comedic duo that make this cooking class more than worth the price of admission. Isak is very knowledgeable and with his dry sense of humor and quick wit makes the walking tour part a fun learning experience. Carmela is full of energy but only speaks Italian so Isak is her interpreter. They are a hilarious pair while you are very much hands on learning traditional Italian recipes. Drinking wine while enjoying this experience is a great 'cherry on top'. Put this at the top of your to do list while in Florence, you won't regret it.
Review date: 20 march 2019
lisamL8248IE
I booked this class because it was my 50th birthday. It was AWESOME! Olivia was our group leader and Carmela was our lead chef. They were both wonderful and very engaging with all the guest. We had about 20 people in our class and everyone had lots of opportunities to help prepare and create the amazing meal. The class is seamless and very organized. While everyone was chopping herbs and dicing tomatoes, the staff would be setting up the next activity. We would turn around and move onto the next food item without any pauses. Olivia took us to the fresh market to purpose the bread, the produce, the meat, etc. Then it was a very short ride in a small luxury bus to the kitchen. We prepared bruschetta, pesto, beef ragu, pork lion and roasted potatoes, Everyone made their own portion of fresh pasta! The grand finale was making our own individual tiramasu. The entire meal was served family style in a beautiful glass enclosed patio that overlooks the land. STUNNING . It was an experience we cherish. I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone.
Review date: 19 march 2019
Heather D
After 2 years in the planning, I finally got to Florence and my cooking class. It exceeded my expectations and was a highlight of my trip. Delicious food, beautiful setting as well as knowledgeable and personable chefs Carmela and Isaac. A perfect day and such tasty dishes! I can't wait to try to make each one at home.
Review date: 18 march 2019
KMfromTX
This was a great experience from start to finish! Great fun and what a great staff!! Isaac was amazing, he remembers everyones name from the beginning and i have no idea how he remembers everyone! He is an American Chef who has been living in Italy for several years, so he knows how to relate to the english speaking groups. But when you arrive at the house then you get to meet Carmella, who is a real Italian Chef, she is fantastico!! I loved her, she is funny, witty and such a cool person. Ii would love to just hang out over at Carmela's place and eat and laugh at her great sense of humor. Everyone loved her. The food was great and if it wasn't it was our own fault. This is the best thing to do in Florence, because you meet people from everywhere, and have such a good time with the chefs and the kitchen house is great! Don't pass this up if you are even half ay interested in cooking, eating or just hanging out. Isaac and Carmela are the best!!! BowChicka BowWow
Review date: 15 march 2019
shadowtigroo
There are many reasons this experience is so popular. Isak was the best tour guide through Central Market. Gave us many insights on shopping for Italian food interspersed with a fantastic sense of humor. After a short drive we arrived to the beautiful farmhouse where Isak and Carmelo opened our eyes to the details of creating a delicious Italian feast. Carmelo was charming and so full of energy. This is a no pressure cooking class. If you just wanted to sit on the sidleines and drink wine, you could. But if you wanted more hands on opportunities that was also an option. We were in Florence for 6 days and I must say that this day was my favorite!
Review date: 14 march 2019
Chey08
From the moment we left our gathering place until we returned, we were filled with information about the Florence food scene, fabulous stories, wonderful tips in the kitchen, hands on cooking experiences, great food and good wine! We started the day walking through a market with Isak explaining local and Italian meats, vegetables, nuts, cheese and other delicacies. The rest of the say was spent chopping, mixing, assembling and cooking the most delicious Italian meal. We all totally enjoyed listening to Isak and Carmela as they taught us how to make, sauces, bruschetta, pork, pesto, pasta and dessert. I still can’t believe I made raviolis! The entire time we were there we enjoyed one another’s company and beautiful views. We met people from many countries and states. While in Italy we did a lot and saw many sites. We enjoyed all of it but this day was definitely the highlight of our vacation.
Review date: 13 march 2019
erinwalnut
When I booked my trip to Italy, a must do for me was to take a pasta making class. I did my research and found this class and I am so glad I booked it. It starts with a tour of the Centrale Mercato where you learn about the different ingredients that go into the dishes you are making but also the history of Tuscan foods. We then went to a farmhouse on the hillside over looking Florence where we met Carmella who along with Isaak showed us how to make Pesto, Bruschetta, Ragu, Pasta, Ravioli, Pork Loin, and Tiramisu. Everyone got a hand at making the foods and the wine was FLOWING. Each person gets to make a serving of pasta and individual tiramisu so parts of the class were group while parts of the class were individual. I went as a solo traveler which was great but this is also a great place for couples or groups of friends. The food turned out AMAZING and the experience was on of the best parts of my trip. Already planning on hosting a dinner party where I put into practice what I learned. Worth every penny.
Review date: 13 march 2019
danielwC8945XR
You start the tour by exploring the Florence market place to gather some ingredients and then hop on a bus to the most beautiful kitchen on the side of a mountain. The multi course meal was extravagant. Highly recommend!
Review date: 13 march 2019