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Cooking In Milan With Chef Ceci™

Cooking Classes At Home With Chef Ceci ~ 5 Day

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Chef Ceci is your hostess for our hands-on cooking class program in the heart of Milan, Italy’s business and fashion capital.

Wine sommelier and cook, Chef Ceci will make you feel right at home as you learn the art of Italian cooking by her side in her home kitchen. Ceci leads you step-by-step in preparing antipasto, pasta, a main course and dessert with café too – recipes that you’ll be able to make again at home: a very special souvenir for your family and friends!

Included in your cooking vacation is also a Chef’s Tasting Dinner with Chef Ceci for your first evening, as a wonderful introduction to Milanense food, wine and hospitality, a visit to the local market to pick out the fresh ingredients for your cooking class, a tour through the countryside to one of Italy’s most famous wine makers, and a food & art tour in Milan’s famous Pinacoteca di Brera.

Cooking Classes

Meet Chef Ceci around 9:30am for tea or coffee and discussion of the menu of the day. Italian cooking is always seasonal and local, and Chef Ceci elaborates on the foods in season from the local market and the menu of the day.

Then tie on your apron and head into the kitchen to cook together, hands-on, a complete Italian four-course meal. Start by preparing the antipasto such as fresh tomato bruschetta, prosciutto e melone or insalata caprese, then a first course such as homemade pasta, risotto, gnocchi or vegetarian minestrone, a second course including meat, fish or a vegetable dish and a dessert such as tiramisù, chocolate cake, or fresh fruit salad with gelato. All ingredients are top quality, 100-percent Italian and fresh from the local market. Menus vary based on the season, food allergies, diet needs and special menu requests.

Each cooking class lasts about 2 ½ hours in the kitchen, lunch follows and includes the foods that were prepared in class. Everyone sits down together to eat as Chef Ceci, also a wine sommelier, discusses the local wine choice & pairing. End with an Italian espresso and Chef Ceci awards your cooking diploma!

Milan

If Rome evokes images of ancient times, Florence of the Renaissance, Milan is without a doubt the epitome of the Belle-Époque. Imagine ladies and gentlemen dressed in their finest stepping out of horse-drawn carriages, to see and be seen at La Scala Opera House, trams buzzing through town as carriages gave way to the first Fiats with white-gloved drivers and passing through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II for a café before stepping out into the Piazza Duomo, home of Milan’s cathedral.

Milan is home to numerous art galleries such as the Pinacoteca di Brera, with works by Piero della Francesca, the Castello Sforzesco, home to numerous collections of paintings, statues and sculptures, and modern art & galleries perfect for design enthusiasts. Milan also hosts numerous events each year including the Milan Fashion Week, the Salon Del Mobile, modern furniture & interior design fair, FieraMilano for exhibitions and sports lovers can see games by AC Milan or FC Internazionale Milano (Inter), Milan’s two soccer teams.

Milan is also a gastronomic paradise with historic shops, restaurants, pastry makers and cafés lining the historic center of the city. Sample risotto alla milanese, traditional golden risotto with saffron, el rostin negàa, veal medallions braised in white wine, panzerotti, golden-fried calzones filled with provola cheese & tomato, and desserts such as panettone, a sweet candied-fruit speckled bread served only at Christmas in the rest of Italy, but year round in Milan, and tortelli dolci, cream-filled bigné.

Accommodations

Your host Signor Mario welcomes you to the charming boutique hotel nestled in the quiet courtyard of a 19th century historic palazzo in the center of Milan, just steps from Santa Maria Delle Grazie & Da Vinci’s famous Last Supper. The hotel is located nearby metro & tram stops for ease of traveling around the heart of Milan and its surroundings.

Guest rooms have been recently renovated to maintain their original character with modern comforts and each room overlooks the internal courtyard or the garden. Amenities include air conditioning, heat, hairdryer, safe, satellite TV, direct dial telephone and free wi-fi internet connection.

A continental breakfast buffet is served each morning with fresh croissants, pastries, yogurt, fruit juices and steamy cappuccino, tea or espresso, and tables are just cozy enough that you can chat with fellow travelers about their plans for the day, a great place for a Milanese aperitivo or simply enjoy your cappuccino quietly.

Itinerary ~ 5 Days, 4 Nights

A Thursday check in is suggested with other check-in days possible on request.

Day 1: Arrival & Welcome Dinner

  • Arrival & check in to your Boutique Hotel in the heart of Milan. Signor Mario is available to answer all your questions and give you the advice of a local for your stay.
  • In the evening, meet at Chef Ceci’s home for your Chef’s Tasting Dinner. Ceci prepares a seasonal menu and introduces you to the local cooking style. Local wine, water and coffee included as well as her sommelier tips on pairings. Additional wines at a surcharge.
  • Return to the hotel after dinner.

Day 2: Market Tour & Cooking Class 1

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Meet Chef Ceci for a visit to the market early in the morning. The market bustles first thing in the morning and fruit & vegetables are delivered from the nearby farms, fresh fish from the bay in Liguria, meats & cheeses from the Alps and oven-baked breads in all shapes and sizes. Ceci guides you through the market to learn about the local products in season and how to choose the best foods to bring back to the kitchen.
  • Then stroll back with Chef Ceci to her home kitchen to cook together, hands-on, a complete Italian four-course meal. Menus vary based on the season and can accommodate food allergies, diet needs and menu requests.
  • Lunch follows on the foods prepared in class. Sit down together to eat what you have prepared and Chef Ceci, also a wine sommelier, discusses the local wine choice & pairing. End with an Italian espresso.
  • Afternoon free & dinner on your own. Suggestion: Go out for a Milanese aperitivo in the early hours of the evening. For the price of an Aperol Spritz cocktail, bars serve full buffets of finger foods, local cheeses, salami & salumi. An evening aperitivo is the perfect (and inexpensive) solution for a light dinner.

Day 3: Visit to Franciacorta Vineyard

  • Breakfast is served.
  • In the morning, Sommelier Ceci picks you up at your hotel with a car to take you to Franciacorta, the area east of Milano near Brescia home to the main winemakers of the famous Italian sparkling wine (not only Prosecco!). After a one-hour trip, arrive in Corte Franca. This beautiful medieval village is home to the cellars of Guido Berlucchi, the first and most famous producer of Franciacorta wine. After visiting the cellars and learning about the sparkling wine production, enjoy lunch with wine tasting overlooking Lake Iseo (Note that visiting the Berlucchi vineyards is not included, alternate Oltrepo’ Pavese visit is available April, May, June, Sept & October for those who want to stroll through a vineyard.)
  • After lunch, return to Milan by car.
  • Evening free & dinner on your own.

Day 4: Food Lover’s Touring In Milan

  • Breakfast is served.
  • In the morning, meet Ceci for a walking tour of the best food lover’s spots of the city center. Start with one of the oldest shops in Milano, founded in 1883, where you can find any of the highest quality regional Italian products. Whether it’s the 25-year-aged Aceto Balsamico, balsamic vinegar, a unique Grappa from Barolo vineyards, emerald green olive oil from Tuscany, or a jar of artichokes under olive oil. This shop is a food lover’s paradise and Chef Ceci’s guidance helps you tell the Prosciutto di Parma from the Prosciutto di San Daniele. Then stroll over to the Duomo, the famous cathedral & symbol of Milan, for a coffee at the celebrated pasticceria & confetteria that opened its doors in 1936. Built in the Belle-Époque style, just steps from La Scala opera house, this café became the meeting place for the local intelligentsia. Then a quick stop at Italy’s oldest department store for a look at new trends for the kitchen and the table and any and all of the kitchen gadgets a cook could hope for.
  • Lunch follows at Chef Ceci’s favorite Enoteca, a wine store & regional Italian restaurant overlooking the Duomo. Local wine and water included, additional wine and beverages at a surcharge.
  • After lunch, meet your art-historian guide for a tour through the Pinacoteca di Brera, one of the main art museums in Milan. Your unique food & art tour focuses on the most famous Italian paintings of food! Museum tour lasts approximately 1 hour. After the museum, end with a stop in a typical café in the Brera district, the artist’s quarter of Milan.
  • Return to your hotel in the afternoon.
  • Evening free & dinner on your own. Suggestion: Check out the Opera & Ballet schedule and book box seats at La Scala. Or, for a small entrance fee, visit La Scala’s museum for a peak into the theater & history of Italy’s most famous opera house.

Day 5: Departure

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Check out & departure.
  • Arrivederci Milano!

*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:

  • 5 days, 4 nights accommodations in 3-Star Boutique Hotel, based on double occupancy. Click To View!
  • Daily Breakfast.
  • Welcome Dinner including local wine and water. Additional wine & beverages at a surcharge.
  • 1 hands-on cooking class with lunch following on the foods prepared during class. Local wine, water & coffee included. Additional wines & beverages at a surcharge.
  • Local market visit with informal discussion.
  • Full day tour to local wine maker with lunch and wine tastings.
  • Full day Food Lover’s Walking Tour in Milan including tastings, lunch & Brera museum visit. (Entrance fees not included and payable at the door).
Program Prices:

Low Season: January, July, August, November, December
$2,050 per person, based on double occupancy. Includes all taxes and Italian VAT.
Please call for single supplement pricing.

Mid Season: February – June, October
$2,095 per person, based on double occupancy. Includes all taxes and Italian VAT.
Please call for single supplement pricing.

High Season: September
$2,350 per person, based on double occupancy. Includes all taxes and Italian VAT.
Please call for single supplement pricing.

Check Availability

2019 Dates: This program is available September through June, fair weekends excluded. A Thursday check-in is suggested but other days may be available on request. Cooking programs in July & August may be available upon request. Please enquire. 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.