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Cooking In A Castle™

Cooking With Chef Donato In Veneto ~ 4 Day

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Creamy risotto with Porcini mushrooms, rombo, sweet local white fish baked with potatoes, and of course of tiramisu, a layered cake with Italian cream, and a delicious Prosecco, are a sample of what you will prepare with Chef Donato at Cooking In A Castle.  Our hands-on cooking classes are a delicious experience that showcases the cuisine of the Veneto while soaking up the local culture of near by Treviso, Vicenza, Verona, Padova and Venezia.

Executive Chef Donato leads you in hands-on cooking classes in his award-winning kitchen. This young and dynamic chef has already gained fame in some of the top kitchens in Italy and has settled in the beloved region of Veneto with a deep knowledge of Italian culinary traditions. Chef Donato’s cooking is amazing – simple, fresh and seasonal, preserving the qualities and the characteristics of the ingredients. His cooking classes include a great representation of foods from the five areas of Veneto, along with themed menus such as the Doge’s Table and Marco Polo – influences of the Orient in Venetian cuisine.  Settle into the Venetian countryside and get ready to prepare authentic regional foods, experience prized wine and the art and culture in this Nobile land of Veneto.

The property, a charming Relais and Chateaux, is set amongst the rolling green fields of this Venetian countryside and the nearby Alps.  Dreamy and royal, this private estate is the perfect location and close to Venice, Trevisio and Padua.

Cooking Classes

The hands-on cooking classes with Chef Donato feature recipes that represent a roundup of true Venetian cooking, and yet touch upon other parts of Italy, too  Our rising star chef is the perfect teacher and guide in showing you how to while sharing technique and explaining a food history.  His philosophy, above all is, the use of seasonal and local products and produce.  Food is his passion.  And, even after one cooking class, you will see why.  The cooking classes are hands-on, educational and fun – with questions welcomed along the way.  Following each class, lunch is served and includes the food that was prepared in the cooking class with a toast of local wine included.

Veneto Cooking

Menus are Venetian and include such samples as:  risi e bisi – a rich and hearty rice and pea specialty or risotto nero, slow cooked rice made with fresh cuttlefish, or pennete con radicchio, small tube-shaped pasta tossed with sautéed radicchio, and lastly, bigoli, a local and healthy pasta served in a delicate anchovy and onion sauce.  Main courses include:  rombo con patate e funghi al forno, local flat fish oven baked with mushrooms and potatoes, or osso buco con riso e piselli, veal with rice and peas. And always, dessert – tiramisu, the classic creamy ladyfinger creation layered with mascapone and caffé, zaletti, polenta cookies with raisins and pine nuts, and scented with grappa.  There is also Sgropppino, a lemon chilled sorbet that includes Prosecco as a special ingredients.  Menus change with the seasons.

Venetian Alps

Our Cooking In A Castle experience welcomes you with the family, chef and professional staff.  The 17th century villa is surrounded by the picturesque landscapes of the Alps.  There is Asolo, Possagno, Treviso, Conegliano, Bassano del Grappa and Venice.  Asolo is known as the rare town where houses speak, because of the many beautiful and historical villas with enchanting gardens whose gardens are open for visits.  It is easy to see where the name Asolo, from the Latin Cooking In A Castle – translating to a peaceful village.  The land in Veneto invites guests to indulge, enjoy the Venetian lifestyle with exquisite food, wine and art.  There are museums with collections of work by the famed Antonio Canova, the enchanting Venetian Villas of Palladio, Villa Barbaro in Maser and Villa Emo Capodilista in Fanzolo di Vedelago~for art lovers.

The Prosecco Road

Veneto is home to Prosecco.  The Prosecco Road extends from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene where golden vineyards are set among gentle hillsides dotted with abbeys and farmhouse.  You will sip and swirl some of the most precious Prosecco available such as Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze.

Though Prosecco has always been present in the Treviso region, it grew in popularity in the fourteenth century thanks to trade.  From Carlo V to Enrico III, and even until today, guests enjoy this territory and wine made with the Prosecco grape.

Veneto Accommodations

The elegant Relais and Chateaux has fourteen exclusive suites along with several common areas and sitting rooms throughout.  Built in Liberty style, the property’s architect remains in original form.  Each room is decorated in classic Veneto style with Murano glass fixtures and Venetian lace bedding. Careful attention has been paid to every detail of every room – airy and spacious and with every modern comfort.  Each room has a private ensuite bathroom and shower, hairdryer.  Each room also has a minibar, telephone, Satellite TV, in-room safe and air conditioning. Some rooms have private terraces, while others have a view of the nearby monastery, and yet others have their own private flower garden.  Nestled in the beautiful hills of the Prosecco vineyards, the property is royal and noble.

Itinerary: 4 Days, 3 Nights

Check in and start your program on any day of the week.

Day 1: Arrival & Welcome Dinner

  • Arrival at the villa.  Check in to your room and enjoy a welcome Prosecco.  Meet your hosts Signor Giovanni and Rosy.
  • In the evening, a Chef’s Welcome Dinner awaits you, featuring a full course tasting menu. Beverages at a surcharge.

Day 2: Cooking Class 1

  • Breakfast is served.
  • In the morning, stroll the property, relax in one of the sitting rooms or enjoy the garden.  Later in the morning and just before lunch, meet your driver for lunch excursion at a very special place for spiedo, meat on a spit.  Enjoy this delicious lunch experience.  Make sure to bring your camera to capture the moment.
  • Return to the Villa.
  • Following lunch, join Chef Donato in the kitchen for your hands-on cooking class 1.  You will learn to prepare antipasto, pasta, main courses and desserts.  Prepare bundles of red chicory, scampi with fennel cream and herbs, along with fresh spaghetti and veal ragout with artichokes.  Or, opt for the Doge’s Table, featuring the foods of the dukes of Venice.
  • Dinner follows and includes the food that was prepared in the cooking class.  Wine and beverages at a surcharge.

Day 3: Prosecco Tasting & Cooking Class 2

  • Breakfast is served.
  • In the morning, meet your driver for an excursion to a precious wine maker, farmhouse and cantina. A Prosecco tasting is included.
  • In the afternoon after lunch, return to the kitchen for your hands-on cooking class 2 with Chef Donato, featuring a seasonal menu with an antipasto, fresh pasta, main course and dessert.  Or, opt for the themed menu of Marco Polo featuring the influences of the Orient in Venetian Cooking.
  • Dinner follows and includes the food that was prepared in the cooking class.  Wine and beverages at a surcharge.

Day 4: Departure~

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Check out and departure.  Arrivederci!

Program Includes:

  • 4 days, 3 nights in a deluxe accommodation, based on double occupancy. Click to View!
  • Welcome Prosecco upon arrival and fresh fruit in your room.
  • Daily breakfast and maid service.
  • Chef’s Tasting Welcome Dinner, wine and beverages not included available on site.
  • Two hands-on cooking lessons with dinner following including the food that was prepared in the cooking class.  Wine and beverages at a surcharge.
  • Excursion to a favorite lunch experience, lunch and private driver included.
  • Excursion to a delcious local Prosecco wine maker with Prosecco tasting included.
  • Cooking Vacations’ welcome bag with chefs apron.
Program Price

$1,895 per person, based on two guests.

Check Availability

2021 Dates: This program is available March through October. You can check in and start your program any day of the week. 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.