Mirepoix USA’s “Truffles & Treasures of Italy” Luxury Culinary Tour Confirmed For October 20 – November 4, 2013

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Only six spots remain for “Truffles & Treasures of Italy”, a unique, small group luxury culinary tour through the heart of Italy, escorted by Mirepoix USA founder, Laurel Pine.

“Truffles & Treasures of Italy” is an exclusive culinary tour, which will focus on Italy’s celebrated white truffles, exquisite regional cuisine, and artistic treasures in Umbria, Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany.

“Truffles & Treasures of Italy” is an exclusive culinary tour, which will focus on Italy’s celebrated white truffles, exquisite regional cuisine, and artistic treasures in Umbria, Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany. Mirepoix USA, a leading online purveyor of specialty gourmet foods, has announced that the company’s tour is confirmed for October 20 – November 4, 2013, with eight participants currently registered. The tour is limited to a maximum of fourteen participants.

“Truffles & Treasures of Italy” begins Sunday, October 20, 2013 in Rome, and concludes on Monday, November 4, in Milan. November 2 - 4 are an optional extension to Peidmont for the Truffle Festival in Alba. The tour includes three nights in Assisi, three nights in Bologna, one night in Polesine Parmense (on the Po River near Zibello), six nights in Vorno (near Lucca), and two optional nights in Grinzane Cavour (near Alba). Mirepoix USA’s culinary tour includes exclusive tastings, chef-led cooking demonstrations, private guides in every city, dining at Michelin-starred restaurants and accommodations in unique, four and five-star properties such as Nun Assisi Relais and Spa Museum and the Grand Hotel Majestic in Bologna.

The tour will be escorted by Mirepoix USA founder, Laurel Pine. Since the company was founded in 2004, Pine has prepared and published hundreds of luxury food recipes, many of which can be seen on Mirepoix USA’s YouTube Channel, blog, and various culinary social networks. Pine has been featured in Bloomberg, Reuters, The San Francisco Chronicle, ABC, CNBC, France 2, The Nation’s Restaurant News, among others.

The culinary tour, designed by Laurel Pine, will include multiple meals featuring Italy’s famous white truffle, a truffle hunting excursion in Umbria, private tastings of premium olive oil, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, local specialty foods and local wines, a dinner at the private home of a Bolognese Countess, a six-day culinary program at a Tuscan villa (Villa Lucia), and for those who choose to stay for the extension, two days at the Alba Truffle Festival.

During the six days at the Tuscan cooking program, a total of seven meals will be demonstrated in the villa’s expansive kitchen. Some examples of the fine Italian cuisine include: Oso Buco alla Milanese, Porcini Carpaccio Salad, Pigeon Risotto, and Squid Ink Pasta, Lobster Tails, and a Lobster Caviar Cream Sauce. The villa’s executive chef, David Verzello, is an Italian American who has earned multiple honors while studying at the renowned California Culinary Academy. Mr. Verzello works with the cooking school at Drager’s in San Mateo, California, and is currently writing his first cookbook on seasonal Tuscan cuisine.

“Truffles & Treasures of Italy” is an all-inclusive trip, where everything is arranged and handled for the participants. Breakfast and at least one large meal including DOC wines, mineral water, and coffee provided daily. Entrance fees to all museums, private tours and tastings listed on the itinerary, service charges and tips for meals designated on the itinerary, and tips for drivers and guides are all included. Transportation in New Mercedes GT air-conditioned, 21-seat minibus, is included. Air transportation not included.

“Truffles & Treasures of Italy” is priced at $11,225 per person, based on double occupancy in a deluxe room. Upgrades to suites available at most properties at increased rate; standard rooms available at reduced rate.

Since 2004, Mirepoix USA has been sourcing the highest quality specialty gourmet foods and traditional French foods from manufacturers and importers across the United States. The company currently offers over 40 foie gras selections; fresh truffles including summer truffles, Burgundy truffles, Perigord black truffles and Alba white truffles and well as truffle based products; French charcuterie, and a wide selection of caviar. In recent years the online retailer has expanded product offerings to include Wagyu and US Kobe beef, French cheeses, and gourmet gift baskets and gourmet food. Mirepoix USA began offering culinary travel and events in 2012.

For more information about Mirepoix USA and “Truffles & Treasures of Italy”, visit http://www.mirepoixusa.com or call 866-992-9559. The full itinerary and accommodations details are posted on the website.

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