Market Tour, Shop With The Chef & Hands On Cooking Class ~ Chose from 1 day Cooking Class Only or with Market Tour!
Join Chef Lorena for a colorful outside market tour, shopping for ingredients for your cooking class & a one day hands-on cooking class in the heart of Florence. Step into her kitchen and learn how to create authentic Florentine foods and other Italian classics, while participating in hands-on cooking and discovering new techniques for each recipe. The hands-on cooking classes include preparing antipasto, pasta, fish or meat dish, and delicious desserts. Chef Lorena will lead you through each step using only fresh in season organic vegetables that she buys daily at the nearby Ambrogio Market.
The Ambrogio Market Tour, Shop With The Chef
Join Chef Lorena as she starts the morning with an early morning visit to the Sant’ Ambrogio Market located in the ancient neighborhood of Camaldoli. Artisan vendors display their seasonal goods – fresh, local and piled high. It is a colorful scene as vendors shout out their specials of the day, and Florentines negotiate the best product and price. Our market tour takes you through the Sant’ Ambrogio market under the wings of Chef Lorena and introduces you to the foods of the region. From artisan bread and cheese, to fruits and vegetables, fish and meats, to savory salumi and sweet baked goods, the market is an authentic place to purchase foods for all tastes. Look for the cavolo nero, Tuscan black cabbage, grown in this region and only in season. Some of the fresh ingredients are bought for the cooking class and used are as an informal tasting before one of the cooking classes. Return to the kitchen and get cooking.
Learn the art of Florentine cooking under the direction of Chef Lorena. Her passion started when she was a child and continued ash she said, “it was always in my heart and soul.”
You will learn from start-to-finish how to make Florentine bread including,-coccoli con prosciutto, schiacciata all’olio, and bruschette. There is fresh pasta, such as crespelle alla fiorentina, tagliatelle ai fungi porcini, and ravioli di ricotta. Also learn to make a great Tuscan pappa al pomodoro or Panzanella. Main courses or secondi, include,-pollo in fricassea, scamerita col cavolo nero, and polpette della nonna. Desserts include,- torta di mele, cantucci, and tiramisù al vinsanto to name a few. Following the seasons, recipes vary.
Everyone joins around the table and enjoys the foods that were made in class following. Local wine, dessert and great conversation always included. Chef, food lover, and member of a professional choir at the School of Music in Fiesole, there is always music in Lorena’s kitchen!
Chef, food lover, and member of a professional choir at the School of Music in Fiesole, there is always music in Lorena’s kitchen!
The cooking classes, whether one day, two day or more, will have you cooking up some of the regions most treasured recipes! She welcomes each and every guest into her kitchen, while sharing the secret addresses of Florence for food, wine, artisan products and local produce.
Additional select Tuscan wines are available for you during your cooking classes. Chef Lorena will suggest and help you order them, please let us know.
Classes begin at 10:30am and end approximately at 2:30pm.
- Market Visit, private with English-speaking Chef. (Please note that the morning market is not open on Sundays or public holidays)
- Hands-on Florence cooking class including the preparation of a first course (such as pasta or risotto), second course (such as meat, fish or vegetarian), side dish and dessert.
- Lunch follows and includes the foods that were prepared in the cooking class. Local wine included. Select wines available at a supplement.
Cooking Class $285 per person, based on 2 guests
Market Tour & Cooking Class $385 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.
* 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 also send you pricing.