Trip Summary: Piedmont, Italy | 8 Days

Trip Dates:  Year Round

Group Size: Capped at 16

Trip Cost: $3200 per person

PIEDMONT, ITALY CULINARY TOUR

Piedmont, Italy’s staid northwestern region, is famous for the country’s most tradition-bound cooking—insanely eggy pastas, vitello tonnato, the boiled-meat dish bollito misto—plus rivers of pedigreed red wines like Barolo, Barbera and Barbaresco. But there’s a little-known fact: Piedmont, which also happens to be Italy’s most developed and industrial area, is forging a new identity as its most exciting and progressive restaurant region, where young local chefs have been playing catch-up (and forming close ties) with Spain’s avant-gardists.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Travel by car to the beautiful hillsides of Piedmont, Italy. Soak up the stunning variety of landscapes: astonishing view over the alps, cliff-top roads, medieval towns, and winter landscape.
  • Learn and cook with local chefs with French and Italian cuisine and visit local markets to purchase fresh, seasonal produce, hands-on lessons and an introduction to wine-tasting. 
  • Enjoy vineyard visits, wine tasting, truffle hunting, and a cheese/prosciutto visit to complete your culinary tour and excite your taste buds.

Itinerary | 8 Days

Day 1 Piedmont:  Today you will arrive in the beautiful Piedmont region - check into your hotel and have an opportunity to explore the surroundings around you.  Stroll the medieval city-like town and beyond the car factories, Piedmont is notable for everything from its fine cuisine (from rice to white truffles) to it’s pretty pastoral landscapes – noted to be more beautiful than nearby Tuscany.  Enjoy a traditional welcome dinner in the evening as we begin to discuss the culinary week ahead. Accommodation: Ca Alfieri al B&B

Day 2, Taste of Tradition | Cooking Class:  Y After a delicious breakfast buffet, you will have the opportunity to learn the roots of traditional Italian and French cuisine during your first cooking class.  You will cook four dishes including appetizers and desserts such asItalian chocolates, biscuits, Baci di Dama, and torcetti. Your afternoon course will end with a "snack sinoira" or a meal of all the dishes that have been cooked.  Sit down and enjoy your email with a combination of a glass of wine from the region.  Accommodation: Ca Alfieri al B&B 

Day 3, Piedmont Cuisine | Cooking Class:   In this case you will cook a full 3-course French/Italian menu. Cook dishes such asrisotto, roasted rabbit with barolo sauce, peaches with chocolate, the “bunet”, and many more. After completing the course, Bruno (the chef) will prepare for you a table in the garden in good weather or basement if colder and they will serve your food to which Bruno will help you pair a good wine of their regionAccommodation: Ca Alfieri al B&B

 Day 4, French & Italian Cooking Workshop:  Enrich your holiday experiencing in person with the famous Piedmontese cuisine! In your hands-on cooking course, learn how the best of Italian and French cooking comes together to create delicious dishes.  Learn the secrets of the traditional recipes with dishes such as hand-pulled tajarin, ravioli stuffed with their roasts, Bagnet vert or ross, peppers with "Bagna cauda”, and "wet freida”. Accommodation: Ca Alfieri al B&B

Day 5, Vineyard Tour & Wine Tasting: Your day will begin with a visit to one of the best-known producers of sherry wine, a vineyard founded in the eighteenth century.  Here you will have the opportunity to learn about the production of wines and taste each variety.  After a leisurely visit through the vineyards you will return to the Finca to relax and enjoy time at the pool overlooking the beautiful alps. Accommodation: Ca Alfieri al B&B  

Day 6,  Village Visit & Truffle Hunt:   Today you will have the opportunity to experience a real truffle hunt.  You will be greeted by your guide and the special Truffle Dogs, and venture into the nearby woods in search of truffles. During January to April, you may find the winter black truffle, in May to November – The Summer Black Truffle and in September to January – the famous White Truffle! The region of Piedmont is particularly renowned as the Italian truffle capital.  Accommodation: Ca Alfieri al B&B

Day 7,  Cheese & Prosciutto Experience: Today you will have the opportunity to visit several artisans who produce both fine cheese and fine meats, where you will learn about the curing and aging process of creating such fine products.  At the end of your workshop, you will have the opportunity to enjoy different kinds of specialty cheese and salami in Piedmont -  pared of course with the standout wines of the region. Accommodation: Ca Alfieri al B&B

Day 8, Departure

Trip Cost: $3200 per person, based on double occupancy. This is an all-inclusive package including accommodation for all nights, in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight, lecture and instruction materials from our expert guides, all activities, and meals as listed on the itinerary. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included. Registration Requirements:  Completion of registration form and confirmation of $500 Deposit.

Trip Cost: $3200 per person, based on double occupancy.

This is an all-inclusive package including accommodation for all nights, in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight, lecture and instruction materials from our expert guides, all activities, and meals as listed on the itinerary. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included.

Registration Requirements:  Completion of registration form and confirmation of $500 Deposit.

Expert guide:

Chef Marisa & Sonia: Passionate about cooking from childhood, Marisa and Sonia gives pride of place to their talents as chefs in their family-run hotel in Piedmont, Italy, an establishment they've been running for years and where they offer guests a getaway devoted to the Piedmont way of life.  In the kitchen, fresh produce, fruit and vegetables from their local markets and Piedmont condiments find their way to the table by way of recipes prepared with love and skill.

Chef Marisa & Sonia: Passionate about cooking from childhood, Marisa and Sonia gives pride of place to their talents as chefs in their family-run hotel in Piedmont, Italy, an establishment they've been running for years and where they offer guests a getaway devoted to the Piedmont way of life.  In the kitchen, fresh produce, fruit and vegetables from their local markets and Piedmont condiments find their way to the table by way of recipes prepared with love and skill.

What to Expect of a Culinary Adventure: Embark with our team as we immerse and cook our way throughout Piedmont, Italy, exploring tradition, history, and culture, while being mentored in French/Italian and travel cuisine.  This is a great opportunity to develop your skills as a cook, or simply come home with a variety of recipes to share with friends, and explore some of Piedmont's hidden mountains, cliff-top roads, and wineries. At the end of your trip, you’ll receive a greater love for diverse cooking including French, Mediterranean and Italian cuisine that you can use when you go back home.

What to Expect of a Culinary Adventure:

Embark with our team as we immerse and cook our way throughout Piedmont, Italy, exploring tradition, history, and culture, while being mentored in French/Italian and travel cuisine.  This is a great opportunity to develop your skills as a cook, or simply come home with a variety of recipes to share with friends, and explore some of Piedmont's hidden mountains, cliff-top roads, and wineries. At the end of your trip, you’ll receive a greater love for diverse cooking including French, Mediterranean and Italian cuisine that you can use when you go back home.