Join Chef Elena on her estate in the beautiful countryside of Siena for a unique hands-on cooking and wine experience. Both Elena and her husband are passionate winemakers, sommeliers and experts in local cuisine.
Stroll round the vegetable and herb garden then head to the kitchen to learn how to prepare the perfect pappa al pomodoro, sformatino di formaggio pecorino con marmellata di cipolle, gnocchi or pizzicotti al sugo finto, tiramisù & crostata con pere e cioccolato. Recipes come from Elena’s family recipe book and as you cook, Elena will share cooking tips and stories on local culture. Classes are fun and informative and include a visit to the estate’s vineyard. After class, enjoy all the foods you’ve created, each accompanied by a different type of wine produced on the estate.
Your experience begins with a visit to the cellar. Your host will lead you through an in-depth discussion on the grape varieties, methods and production of the great Whites & Reds of Tuscany. After the tour & discussion, move to the kitchen, tie on your apron and get ready to start! A selection of seasonal herbs and vegetable from Elena’s garden will feature in your class. You’ll transform delicious fruit and vegetables into local specialties such as spinach gnocchi, vegetable quiche, bruschette with zucchini marinated in lemon juice, larded pork with fennel and onions and delicious hot apple pie with orange sauce. Chef Elena’s classes are informative and light hearted, and during each lesson you’ll prepare an appetizer, a first course, a second course and a dessert. Afterwards, enjoy all the foods you’ve created for lunch or dinner, each accompanied by different types of wine.
Antipasto: Learn the secrets of making traditional crostini: Tuscan bread baked and toasted with farmer’s vegetables, chicken sausage or chicken liver; Florentine crepes stuffed with ricotta and spinach; garden squash flowers stuffed with ricotta; grilled eggplant stuffed and rolled with herbs and cheese and Tuscan pumpkin or bean soups.
Fresh Pasta and Risotto: Also on the menu are gnudi, a pasta-potato dumpling in sauce, fresh and hand-made pici, strapponi, ravioli, tortelloni stuffed with cheese or cheese with seasonal mushrooms, pumpkin, herbs or even truffles, when in season. Also of choice, gnocchetti verdi di patate con pomodorino fresco e basilico, green potato gnocchi with fresh tomatoes and basil – a farmer’s favorite.
Main Course: There is pappa al pomodoro, a Tuscan bread tomato soup, peposo – a Tuscan pepper beef stew, filetto d’orata al gratin di patate, fish with potato gratin, staccato alla Fiorentina, a slow-cooked stew of onions, carrots, garlic, celery, tomatoes, sage, rosemary, red wine in a terracotta pot. Brasata al Montecucco, Tuscan sausage with rape, Buglione d’agnello, cinghiale con fungi e polenta, sedana ripeni alla pratese, la tegamata di Pitigliano, bistecche di maiale con cavolo nero, pollo grillettato con piselli, cinghiale alla cacciatora con marinatura.
Dolce: Tuscany is known for its simple but delicious desserts based on whatever the season offers. Summers might bring baked peaches stuffed with amaretti, a fruit crostata or a creamy liqueur-laced zuccotto. When the weather turns chill, expect frittelle di castagne, chestnut-flour fritters, schiacciata con l’uva, grape cake or a warming budino di riso, rice pudding with lemon and cinnamon. And all year round, you’ll find biscotti di Prato, golden almond biscotti, brutti ma buoni, toasted almond biscuits, and cantucci, all perfect for dunking in a glass of vin santo.
One-Day Cooking Class Includes:
- Visit of the wine cellar with discussions.
- Welcome Aperitivo
- Hands-on cooking class with the preparation appetizer, first course,
second course and dessert, all using the best and freshest ingredients of the season.
- Lunch or dinner follows with the foods prepared in class. Paired
wines included. Additional wine & beverages at a surcharge.
$325 per person, based on minimum 2 people.
Morning classes start at 10:30am and afternoon classes start at 4:30pm. Classes last approximately 5 hours.
* Please note: One-day cooking classes do not include transportation, accommodations, or any other excursions. If you would like to add on transfers to and from your hotel or cruise ship port ~ please let us know your group size and we will be happy to provide a price and reserve the transfer(s) for you. If you have a non-cooker who would like dine, but not cook, please let us know and we will send you pricing.