Check in is at 4 pm the first day of the tour,
and after you settle into your private room, we'll start off with a welcome reception: a little wine,
some finger foods to nibble on, and the opportunity to meet your fellow travelers; this will be followed by a welcome
dinner at the estate; the masseria is known for its regional cuisine, featuring their own vegetables, private label olive oil and wine in most of their preparations.
The next morning, we'll enjoy our first hands-on cooking lesson in the estate's kitchen, followed by lunch, an afternoon
of sightseeing and culinary discovery, and dinner in a nearby town.
This will be the pace of our week together: cooking in the mornings, lunching together, and discovering Puglia and Basilicata
by private bus in the afternoons.
We'll include wine tastings, olive oil tastings, encounters with local food artisans, and more on our daily itineraries,
so every day will bring a new adventure. We are working on a visit to a cheese making factory
so we can see first-hand how southern Italy's famous cheeses are made, and a
gelato tasting; we'll keep you posted!
Since we'll be exploring small medieval towns, there will be some walking involved,
including some stairs or moderate hills; we suggest comfortable walking shoes.
Hands-on Cooking Classes at the Estate:
Italian food is extremely varied and deeply regional. From making fresh pasta by
hand to kneading focaccia dough, roasting and braising meats, poaching fish, whipping up amazing desserts, and more,
each class at the estate will focus on key Italian culinary techniques and will culminate in a full Italian meal. By week's end, you'll
have perfected many essential culinary skills and learned dozens of Italian dishes.
Puglia and Basilicata are famous for their extensive repertoire of semolina pastas, breads, and focaccias; an abundant use of cultivated and wild vegetables, a delectable array of fresh farmhouse cow's milk cheeses, robust meat preparations, simple fish dishes, and Greek-influenced desserts.
We have selected restaurants in nearby medieval towns where you can enjoy a taste of the local cuisine. Some restaurants will be elegant, others cozy, but all will provide us
with a memorable gastronomic experience. The only prerequisite is to bring your appetite, because the meals will be generous and wine is always included!
Please note that due to the nature of the hands-on cooking classes (intended to provide a breadth of knowledge and perfect a wide range of skills), as well as the
group nature of the regional dinners we will be experiencing at local restaurants,
there will be no way to accommodate gluten-free, vegan, or dairy-free requirements.
Waiver & Medical Form:
We ask that all tour participants complete a waiver and release form as well as a medical form for their own safety. Any medical information shared will be
kept absolutely confidential and will be used only to facilitate communication with medical personnel
in the case of an unforeseen medical emergency while in Italy; please rest assured that this is the ONLY purpose of the medical form.
All paperwork will need to be completed and returned with final payment three months prior to the start of the tour at the latest to secure your spot(s).
Deposit & Final Payment:
A deposit of $1,000 per person is required to reserve. Final payment is due three months prior to the start of the tour at the latest. Deposits and final payments are non-refundable.
Price is subject to change as a result of international currency fluctuations that may
affect the cost of air/land/sea transportation, hotels, or other related services.
Refunds: In the event that we must cancel a trip, you will be given a full refund of all deposits and payments. We do not give refunds of deposits or final payments
for tours that commence as scheduled, including for unused portions of the tour. We do give credit for cancellations as noted below.
Cancellation Credit: In the event you cancel your tour for any reason, we allow credit for payments (but not deposits) in the following way:
- 100% credit for future tours given with 90 days notice.
- 60% credit for future tours given with notice of 60 to 89 days.
- 30% credit for future tours given with notice of 30 to 59 days.
- No credit given for cancellation less than 30 days prior to start date of the tour.
- No credit for the reservation deposit.
- All cancellation credits are good for two years from the start date of the originally scheduled tour.
There are two ways to make the reservation deposit payment for the tours - you can use the paypal buttons below and the payment will be processed instantly. There is a 3% surcharge if you choose this
option to cover for credit card fees ($1030 per spot). You can also pay by check in which case there is no surcharge ($1000 per spot). If you choose this option please contact us by email
and we will send you all information including the payment address (which is different from the Rustico Cooking address in Manhattan...)
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