Florence (PRWEB) September 19, 2005
Good Tastes of Tuscany (http://www.tuscany-cooking-class.com), a Cookery School that provides hands-on coaching in traditional Tuscan cuisine, is offering intensive, single-day classes from September. The school, which has been conducting classes for the last three years, has increased its calendar days to meet growing tourist interest.
The single-day classes are tailored to meet specific needs, says Max Brogi, Media Relations Manager of the company. The course content can be adapted to suit varying levels of proficiency, from the novice to the gourmand. The regular programs are also concurrently available. Aspiring cooks can enroll for the basic First Taste of Tuscany class, while An Italian Immersion is a more advanced course and Bella Toscana is a customized two- or three-day program. There is also a course for young chefs. "The food is excellent and you learn a lot. For all those kids out there -- the best part is to put the dough into the pasta maker, I'm a professional at it," says 11-year-old Sara from USA.
The recipes taught are traditional Tuscan ones, handed down from generation to generation. The ingredients used are locally available, seasonal and freshly acquired --na shopping expedition is part of the longer course.
Participants learn to make a complete Italian meal, from appetizer to dessert. Pastas such as ravioli, tagliettli and gnocchi, sauces like Fresh Basil Pesto, Carbonara, Ragout of Wild Mushrooms and Sweet Onions, and Tiramisu are only some of the dishes taught. The ingredients and items on the agenda vary with the seasons -- truffles and porcini mushrooms in the autumn, hearty soups in winter and lemony Colomba cakes and asparagus risotto in the spring. Students also get to enjoy the fruits of their labor -- a hearty meal at the end of an enjoyable day of cooking.
The instructors, Lisa and Maurizio, both native to Florence, have years of experience as well as excellent credentials. They impart tips that can't be found in any cookery book, in an atmosphere of camaraderie and good cheer. "Our goal is to expose you to all of the Good Tastes of Tuscany. We guarantee an unforgettable experience," says Lisa. Maurizio's expertise in Italian viticulture comes to the forefront in the wine appreciation classes and tours that are also on offer.
The classes are held at the Villa Pandolfini, a gracious 13th century estate, a mere 10-minute drive from Florence, where rooms can also be taken on rent. The wine and the extra virgin olive oil used in the cooking classes are sourced from the scenic grounds of the villa. Pick-up facilities are available for those who make Florence their base.
Good Tastes of Tuscany Cookery School offers lessons round the year, with more classes added this autumn. The classes are affordably priced, and there is something to suit every requirement, regardless of cooking experience, knowledge of the region or proficiency in the Italian language.
For more information, please contact Max Brogi, Media Relations Manager, at:
max @ florencevillas.net
cooking @ tuscany-cooking-class.com
For inquiries in the US:
Good Tastes of Tuscany
2825 East Cottonwood Parkway
Suite 500, Salt Lake City, Utah 84121
For inquiries in Italy:
Telephone: +39 335 8361633
Fax:(39) 02 95441357
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