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Truffles, Tortellini, Tagliatelle & Secrets Of The Perfect Bolognese™

Truffle Hunt, Cooking Classes & Wine Tour, Bologna~ 4 Day

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Join us in the hills of Bologna for hands- on cooking classes and an authentic truffle hunt – a unique and delicious experience unlike no other.  Learn how to make fresh tortellini, tagliatelle, lasagne and the secrets of the perfect Bolognese sauce.  After each cooking class, enjoy the food that was prepared in the class accompanied by a glass of Pignoletto or Sangiovese and the company of your Michelin-Star chef.

Farm-to-table is the method for this authentic hands-on cooking experience with our Michelin-Star chef using truffles.  Experience local products from the green farms of this rich agricultural area just 35 minutes outside of Bologna – including country-raised chicken  cattle and pigs.  These farm animals whose diet is from green pastures offer a tender and clean kind of meat product.  Experience an organic garden growing beautiful fruits and vegetables of the seasons – chestnuts, apples, pumpkin, spring peas, porcini mushrooms, and truffles!!!

Michelin Star Chef Cooking Classes Making Tortellini, Tagliatelle, Lasagne Perfect Bolognese Sauce

Truffles, Parmigiano Reggiano, aged aceto balsamico (aged vinegar) and prosciutto are the highlights of this top culinary experience in the hills of Bologna.  Not only will you be experiencing how these foods are made, but you will be learning the story of each one, enjoying samples along the way and cooking with a Michelin Star chef.

Our Michelin Star Chef invites you into the kitchen where you will take natural farm-to-table products and turn them into glorious local cuisine.  Bologna, where the Slow Food movement began, is the pinnacle for this authentic cooking experience.  Not only will you learn how to take locally sourced produce and prepare them like a chef, but you will also learn cooking techniques, bread baking skills and wine tasting notes too. Learn how to make tortellini, tagliatelle, lasagne and Bolognese sauce, along with artisan breads such as tigelle and  piadina.  Learn to make desserts such as chestnut and pumpkin semi-fredo drizzled with aged balsamico, and pinza, a local cake.

 

Truffle Hunting

When you are not in your hands-on cooking class, you will visit the beautiful adjacent forest with our prized truffle dog and truffle hunger.  Follow his tracks he will lead you to black or white truffles – depending on the season.   

The trifulau, truffle hunter, and his trusty dog show you the way in search for black Scorzone or Marzuolo truffles, white truffles, or Bianchetto truffles.  Prized hunting dogs are trained to sniff out the truffles and point.

Following your truffle hunt, is your hands-on cooking class with a Michelin Star chef.  Learn how to prepare truffles with homemade egg pasta such as tigelline or tagliatelle, hand-rolled potato gnocchi, and golden polenta.  Second courses include, seared sirloin with truffle glaze, and farm-fresh eggs with truffle shavings – to name a few.  Our chef shares knowledge and know-how on the truffle while in the kitchen.  Dinner follows and includes the foods that were prepared in the cooking class.  A toast of local wine is included.

This cooking program combines an extra farm-to-table experience, and old world tradition with a Michelin Star Chef.

Bologna – Luxury Guest House Accommodations

Check in and unwind in the hillside of Bologna at the stylish boutique guest house.  The property is just off the main piazza, and a minute’s walk from the kitchen.  Home to five unique rooms, each accommodation is decorated with Murano glass fixtures,  modern accents, comfortable beds, and all the dreamy amenities to make your stay as coxy as possible.  Antiques, art, fine linens and modern bedding along with a private ensuite bathroom make each accommodation complete.  Each room is equipped with a TV, satellite radios, independent heating, internet connection, free Wi-Fi, books, and style magazines in each room.  Sweeping windows open onto the quiet street below.

Emilia-Romagna

The Emilia-Romagna region spans from Bologna the capital, to Parma known for its Prosciutto, to Modena known for its  Aceto Balsamico, Ferrari cars, and the Apennine Mountains.  The land is rich and produces wheat, proscuitto, black and white truffles, Parmigiano Reggiano, porcini, and the prized balsamico.  It is also known for its famous pasta including tortellini and tortelloni.  And if its cuisine weren’t enough to lure you in, there is also ancient opera and theatre with Verdi and Pavarotti!

This authentic gastronomic cooking program shares exquisite cooking executed by a Michelin Star Chef in the heart of the green hills of Bologna where Mother Nature is at her best.

Itinerary ~4 Days, 3 Nights

January to May cooking programs start Wednesday or Thursday. June to December cooking programs start Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. This cooking program is not available August 15 to September 10.

 

Day 1: Welcome & Chef’s Full Course Tasting Dinner

  • Pick-up and transfer from Bologna Airport or Train Station to the property.
  • Arrival & check-in. Relax and enjoy your Welcome Bag including  your itinerary and Chef’s apron for your cooking program.
  • Later in the evening, you will enjoy a full course Chef’s Tasting Dinner.  Dine on a Michelin Star cuisine wine included.  Additional drinks are not included, and are available at a surcharge.

Day 2: Parmigiano Tour, Truffle Hunt & Cooking Class 1

  • Breakfast is served.
  • In the morning, with your guide, take the country road as you visit the DOP Parmigiano Reggiano and see where sweet creamy milk magically be turned from liquid into big wheels of cheese.  The method for making the prized Parmigiano can be traced back to the Monks in the marshland who were making it over 700 years ago.  Although the process is quite lengthy and time-intense, you will see how the cheese artisan, often called a Master, turns, polishes, & taps every piece of cheese, to insure it meets all the criteria for the official seal which gets branded around its rim. Tour & tastings included.
  • Next, we continue on to visit a prized aged balsamic maker with a tour and tastings included.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • In the afternoon experience a truffle hunt with prized truffle dog and their master Tartufaio.  Though we cannot guarantee you will find truffles every time, the fun is in the hunt itself!
  • Return to the kitchen for your hands-on cooking class which includes the preparation of an antipasto, pasta, main course and dessert.  Dinner follows and includes the foods that were prepared in the cooking class.

Day 3: Food Lover’s Tour, Tour Winery & Cantina With Wine Tasting & Cooking Class

  • Breakfast included.  Food Lover’s tour discovering the cuisine of Emilia Romagna. Visit to the artisan purveyors with tastings.
  • After your Food Lover’s Tour, your driver takes throughout the hillside of Bologna to an artisan ricotta farm.  Following your tour, continue on to a precious vineyard and winery.  Enjoy an authentic wine tasting with light bites.
  • Later in the afternoon, your driver will return to the property for your cooking class.
  • Return to the kitchen for your hands-on cooking class which includes the preparation of an antipasto, pasta, main course and dessert.  Dinner follows and includes the foods that were prepared in the cooking class.

Day 4: Departure~

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Check out.
  • Transfer to Bologna Airport or Train Station. Ciao & see you soon!

 ***Additional nights, may be added on, please call us for availability.

Note: This schedule may vary due to inclement weather, saint days or festivals. All activities, in the event of rescheduling, are always included during the program.

Program Includes:

  • 4 days, 3 nights accommodations, based on double occupancy.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • 2 cooking classes with dinner following on the foods prepared in class.  Toast with a glass of local wine; additional beverages at a surcharge.
  • Full course Michelin Star Tasting dinner with wine included
  • Truffle Hunt, with guide & master tartufaio.
  • Visit to Parmigiano Reggiano farm and producer with English-speaking guide. Discussion and tastings included.
  • Food Lover’s Tour with tastings.
  • Visit to a winery and vineyard with wine tasting and light bites included.
  • Welcome bag with chef’s apron, and Prosecco toast.
  • Arrival & Departure transfers from Bologna Airport or Train Station.
Program Prices:

$2,695 per person, based on two guests

For Single Guests: If you are traveling on your own, please call us for the best group price. We are happy to welcome you into an already scheduled group.

Check Availability

2021 Dates: This program is available throughout the year, except August 15 to September 1o. You can check in and start your program Wednesday or Thursday from January to May or Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from June to December. Rates are subject to change based on currency exchange. Call for updated rates. Airfare not included. Group transfers for any cooking tour or tours that include transfers, are for the group and are not private. Transfers before, after or to another destination outside of your cooking tour are not included in the program price. If you would like to add on a private transfer or transfers, let us know and we will send you pricing.

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