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Cooking Italian With Mamma Maria & Lauren In Boston-5 Days

Cooking In Boston With My Mamma Maria And Me!

Join my family and me in Boston for an extra ordinary culinary experience – in my home town.  My mom, who everyone calls, Mamma Marie, leads you in hands-on cooking classes creating delicious Italian cuisine.  Chef, pasta maker and baker, she shares our family recipes and love of food, art and music with each and every guest. We welcome you to our kitchen and introduce you to the art of Italian cooking sharing our family recipes.

You will create delicate fresh pasta, antipasti, main courses, and desserts – in small groups of four to six guests. You’ll discover and enjoy precious wines with my Italian husband and wine expert Rino.  Rino’s grandfather was a famous wine maker in San Felice a Cancello in Campania.  Rino is proud of his Italian heritage and loves to share his knowledge.

Our delicious food adventure includes: two hands-on cooking classes, a Food Lovers’ Tour with tastings and a Chef’s Tasting dinner. We’ll visit the North End, stroll Charles Street and walk along the cobblestones of Beacon Hill.  Also included is a visit to the Isabella Gardner Museum – home to a major collection of Italian art. Mrs. Gardner was a pioneer in entertaining during the 1800s at her Back Bay villa on Beacon Street and is remembered as a Renaissance woman still today.

Tie on your apron and get ready to slice, dice, sip and swirl, while enjoying excellent food and wine with our family!

Boston Cooking Classes & Wine Pairings

My mom and I learned the secrets of Italian cooking from my two Italian grandmothers; and in each cooking class, we share these family recipes with you.

Let’s start with antipasto!  When in season, we’ll prepare fiori di zucca ripieni – stuffed squash flowers, or zucchini oreganata – thinly sliced baked squash garnished with breadcrumbs, or involtini di melanzane, stuffed rolled eggplant, or polpettini di melanzane, eggplant bites – to name a few.  You’ll learn the art of rolling out gnocchi, stuffing ravioli Capresi and preparing authentic risotto.

Main courses follow with specialties such as spigola al limone –  sea bass with organic lemon sauce, or pesce all’acqua pazza – cod steamed with a light cherry tomato sauce, or vitello Positanese – veal Positano style, or pollo con le erbe e limone – pollo with herbs and lemon.  Every lunch or dinner ends with a hand-made dessert such as: torta, Italian cake, semi-freddo, biscotti or crostate – Italian pie.

Following each cooking class, everyone enjoys the food that was prepared in class accompanied with red or white wine. We cater to food allergies.  Menus change with the season.  We also prepare Italian and New England menus upon request.

Learn about the local cuisine of Boston –  New England clam chowder, Boston Cream Pie and clam cakes as you stroll through Copley Square and Charles Street.  There are many interesting artisan food shops and markets in the neighborhood.

The hotel during your stay is located in the heart of the Back Bay with a private ensuite bathrooms, modern comforts including a restaurant and health spa.  Your home-away-from home is steps from the Public Garden, Copley Square, Prudential, and Boston Common.  If you love food, art, music and the literati scene, you’ll love this tour!

A History Note On Boston

America was founded in Boston by a brave group of English Puritans who fled their country for religious freedom in 1620. When they arrived at their new land, they named it Boston, after Boston in England. These men and women were patriots who fought for lives, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

I love my city and am so happy to be able to share this culinary tour with you. We welcome you with our Italian hospitality and American culture into the city coined, “The Cradle of America!”

Boston Cream Pie, Colonial Chocolate & Baked Beans

Boston may be best known for its famous Boston Baked Beans, Boston Cream Pie, Fenway Park and Fenway Franks, the Boston Marathon, and its all-star sports teams, but dig a little deeper and you’ll discover what makes Boston one of the greatest food cities on the planet!

There are the Charles Street, North End and Copley Square markets.  Did you know that hot chocolate was made the beverage of choice in the 1700s and was served by Martha and George Washington to all their guests.

During your stay, we will visit the Old North Church, where Paul Revere hung his lantern, shouting, “One if by land and two if by sea.”  At the Old North Church, you will be able to purchase the original chocolate and recipe that belonged to Martha Washington.

The Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride & The U.S. Constitution

On December 16, 1773, the citizens of Boston rebelled against the high tax on tea.  Then, at Griffin’s walk they threw all of the tea overboard into the Boston Harbor. This act was called the Tea Party Revolution, a political and mercantile protest by the Sons of Liberty.  American colonists strongly opposed the “taxation without representation,” in the Townshend Act as a violation of their rights. In turn, they dumped 3,442 chests of tea imported by the British East India Company into the Boston Harbor.

During you stay, you may visit the Tea Party Museum.  Hosts dressed in original garb greet each guest and gifts of the era are available for purchase in the gift shop.

Then, there’s Paul Revere who made his famous ride – with the secret message, one if by land or two if by sea, at the Old North Church on April 18, 1775.  Just steps from the Old North Church, you may see the Green Tavern Dragon – where the US Constitution was ratified on April 6, 1778.  Step inside the historical pub and walk in the footsteps of Sam Adams, John Hancock and Paul Revere.

Boston is home to Old Ironside in the Navy Yard; The Freedom Trail; Monument Square where the Bunker Hill Monument was erected to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill. The Battle of Bunker Hill was the site of the first major battle that took place between British and Patriot forces in the American Revolutionary War on June 17, 1775.

Faneuil Hall, America’s first marketplace, opened in 1743.  The Hall a public gathering place where Samuel Adams, James Otis and the Sons of Liberty gave many speeches.

Discover ACity of Firsts!’

Boston is a city of firsts with America’s first public park, the Boston Common (opened in 1634); the first public school – Boston Latin (opened in 1635), the first subway system in the nation and the first telephone.  Facebook was also discovered in Boston!  It was also the first city in America to administer anaesthesia – performed by Boston dentist William T.G. Morton on October 16, 1846 at Massachusetts General Hospital.

It’s the home of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts – 17th largest art museum in the world showcasing over 450,000 works of art; the Boston Public Library founded in 1848; the world-famous Museum of Science; the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Berklee College of Music; the Huntington Theatre Company; the Boch Center, and the Opera House.  You’ll never run out of things to do!

Boston is ranked 8th in the entire world as the best student city -– nicknamed the Athens of America.  It’s home to Harvard, MIT, Boston University, Boston College, Emerson and Tufts.  When you come to Boston, you may never want to leave!

Accommodation

Boston Itinerary: 5 Days & 4 Nights

Day 1: Benvenuto & Chef’s Tasting Dinner

Arrival & check-in. Refresh and relax with an aperitivo, a Prosecco toast. Read over the contents of your welcome bag including helpful information that will acquaint you with Boston and brochures for you during your stay.

Later in the evening, enjoy our Chef’s Tasting Dinner with wine included.

Day 2: Cooking Class & North End Food Lovers’ Tour

Tie on your aprons and get ready to cook! You’ll be slicing, dicing and participating in hands-on making antipasto, pasta and dessert. Step by step my mom and me will lead you in the kitchen making delicious food. Everyone enjoys the foods that were prepared in class together at the table. Rino pairs and pours, then everyone toasts with a glass of local red or white wine. Buon appetito!

Later in the afternoon, we’ll visit the North End, the Italian neighborhood, for a Food Lover’s Tasting tour.  We will visit the small local shops owned and operated by Italian families for generations.  Tastings included.

We’ll included a stop at one of the most famous Italian caffès owned by Signora Adriana for an afternoon coffee or drink. She bakes the pastry and makes gelato every day while entertaining guests who exchange everything from soccer scores to recipes.  This landmark spot has been making serving Italian delights since 1960. Learn about Italian pastries, biscotti and gelato – and the food history of Italians when they first made their way to Boston’s North End.

Next, we’ll visit the Italian market and bread shop with the finest Italian products and produce.  Ingredients are fresh and include, artisan cheese, Prosciutto, spices, bread and olives – to name a few. Following, we will visit a famous panificio, bread shop, featuring loaves of golden baked beauties of bread. Tastings included.

We’ll walk to the Old North Church, the oldest standing church in the City of Boston, founded in 1723.  This church was made famous by Paul Revere’s midnight ride. Learn about the story of chocolate and how it first arrived in Boston, and how Martha Washington brewed her own recipe for hot chocolate and spiced it with cinnamon, fennel, chilli pepper and nutmeg. Sip Martha’s hot chocolate and purchase a bag of her original recipe in the gift shop.

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon in the North Eng, shop in any one of the boutique clothing and artisan shops. You may also hop on an Old Town Trolley for a tour of the city.  Additional suggestions include: Old Ironside, in the Charlestown Navy Yard, the Boston Tea Party Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, or stroll the Freedom Trail and soak up some American history!

Day 3: Cooking Class with Olive Oil Tasting & Charles Street Stroll

Cooking Class

Tie on your aprons and get ready to cook! You’ll be slicing, dicing and participating in hands-on making antipasto, pasta and dessert. Step by step my mom and me will lead you in the kitchen making delicious food. Everyone enjoys the foods that were prepared in class together at the table. Rino pairs and pours, then everyone toasts with a glass of local red or white wine. Buon appetito!

Following the cooking class, we’ll take a stroll along Charles Street. Learn about our founding fathers who came, conquered and pioneered America’s first city. We visit the Boston Common, duck pond and the famous bronze ducklings from the book, Make Way For Ducklings, written by Robert McCloseky.  You’ll learn about John Blackstone, one of the first Puritans who arrived on Beacon Hill in 1630 and built the first Public Garden.

Then, we continue to Louisburg Square to American historical landmarks – not to mention seeing the beauty of Beacon Hill homes – where Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women and John Singleton Sargent, painter, and Charles Bulfinch once lived.  During the tour, we’ll stop for a steamy coffee or tea and soak up the caffe society.

After the break, we will continue our stroll to a famous market that’s filled with prized farm-raised produce, artisan cheese, jams and marmalades, poultry, meat fish, and many products of Boston and New England. You’ll learn about Boston baked beans, Boston cream pie and clam chowder – even locally grown cranberries. This historical market is owned and operated by a well-known Bostonian family who has owned the store since 1919 – even President John F. Kennedy, and historian Samuel Elliot Morison shopped here.

Day 4: Isabella Gardener Museum

We’ll head to the Fenway and visit the Isabella Gardner Museum, designed after after a 15th century Venetian Palazzo. Ms. Gardner was a passionate patron of the arts and spent her life collecting European, Asian, and American art including Sargent, Rubens and Whistler. The museum is home to a delightful bistro and gift shop filled with artisan jewelry, prints and rare books.

Take time out for coffee, tea, snack or lunch.

Afternoon is free and on your own.

 Day 5: Ciao and good-bye until next time.

*Note: This sample itinerary schedule may vary due to inclement weather, holidays or rallies on the Boston Common.  All activities, in the event of rescheduling, are always included during your tour. 

Program Includes:

  • 5 day and 4 nights in a hotel in the city center with private ensuite bath, cafe, restaurant, and health spa.
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes, with lunch or dinner following. Red or white wine included.
  • Full course Chef’s Tasting Menu on your first night arrival with a toast of wine included.
  • A delicious Food Lovers’ Tour – visit the North End, the Italian neighborhood, with tastings.
  • Charles Street Stroll with a coffee break included.
  • Olive Oil Tasting with informal discussion and tastings.
  • Prosecco toast.
  • Visit to the Gardner Museum, with museum tickets included.
  • Welcome bag with chef’s apron and recipe booklet.

Program Prices

$2,295 per person based on 2 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.

*Note: This sample itinerary schedule may vary due to inclement weather, holidays or rallies on the Boston Common.  All activities, in the event of rescheduling, are always included during your tour. 

Program Includes:

  • 5 day and 4 nights in a boutique style hotel with private ensuite bath, cafe, restaurant and health spa.
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes, with lunch or dinner following. Red or white wine included.
  • Full course Chef’s Tasting Menu on your first night arrival with a toast of wine included.
    (Additional wine, beverages, after-dinner liqueurs and caffè available at a surcharge).
  • A delicious Food Lovers’ Tour – visit the North End, the Italian neighborhood with tastings.
  • Shopping with the Chef Food Lover’s Tasting Tour – visit through the Back Bay, Beacon Hill and Public Garden.
  • Olive Oil Tasting with informal discussion and tastings.
  • Prosecco toast included.
  • Visit to the Gardner Museum, with museum tickets included.
  • Visit to the Waterfront for tour and lunch at Boston’s oldest fish markets – vegetarian options available. Welcome bag with chef’s apron, recipe booklet, and information booklet and a bottle of Cooking Vacations olive oil.
  • Welcome Prosecco cocktail.
Program Prices

$2,495 per person based on 2 guests.

If you would like hotel suggestions or round trip airport transfers, please let us know.

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.

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