Food for Thought:
Cooking tours offer dreamy getaways

By Loretto J. Hulse, Herald staff writer

Does our dreary winter weather have you dreaming of warm climates and cozy Italian kitchens? That’s what the organizers of Cooking Vacations Italy, a tour company offering one-of-a-kind getaways, is hoping.

The company, based in Boston, regularly offers cooking vacations to various locations in Europe. This year they’re adding tours called "Cooking For Love" on which couples — to quote the news release — "immerse themselves in romantically designed cooking classes that explore the sensory pleasures of the kitchen rekindling their relationship."

Each class is centered around a romantic location: farmhouses in the countryside, villas and private estates. Each class is limited to the single couple and includes visits to Italian markets, cheese makers and tours to capture the history, culture and flavors of Italy. Couples who enroll will learn authentic Italian recipes for lunch and dinner accompanied by wines from their chosen region — Rome, Positano, Capri, Ravello, Umbria, Tuscany or Lake Cuomo.

For more information — or just to dream a bit on a raw January day — go to