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Tuscan Culinary One-Day Cooking Class

Cortona, Italy
+39 339 199 3070
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Tuscan Culinary exceeded our highest expectations

When we scheduled our one-day class, our hope was to gain just a taste of the art of Northern... read more

Reviewed today
Grand Rapids, Michigan
via mobile
Terrific intro to the area and local cuisines

If you are in the area for a few days, do this class first. You get to meet other couples from the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Aalsmeer, The Netherlands
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Our One-Day Cooking Class is informal, fun and hands-on. The class taught in English and designed around a typical Tuscan meal with fresh local in season ingredients. You will start the full day course by meeting the instructor, Shirley Ofria at a café in the historic center of Cortona. Over a typical Tuscan breakfast of cappuccino and pastry, you will choose from our recipe booklet what you want to prepare. After breakfast and menu planning, you will go to the various markets to collect all the necessary ingredients.When you finish with the shopping, it’s off to our home in San Egidio, just ten minutes above the wall surrounding historic Cortona. When you arrive at the house, the aprons go on and the work begins. You will start by making appetizers that will later serve as a light lunch break. After lunch, it’s back to work to start on the first course, second course, side dishes and of course desert. When everything is ready you will sit down to enjoy and critique your creations. The meal can be served inside or out, weather permitting.The course includes; menu planning, shopping, breakfast, lunch, dinner (all food and wine) and the recipe booklet. Dietary restrictions are welcome and if there is something specific you want to do, please contact us several day in advance of your class day.
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Cortona, Italy
+39 339 199 3070
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Reviewed today via mobile

When we scheduled our one-day class, our hope was to gain just a taste of the art of Northern Italian cooking. Shirley delivered well beyond our expectations. We met in a cafe in the charming town of Cortona to plan our menu, then accompanied her...More

Thank RobertoJanet
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are in the area for a few days, do this class first. You get to meet other couples from the area as well as you have leftovers to eat for the following days! Yum! We learned a lot and made lots of dishes...More

Thank wattsrd
Reviewed 26 May 2017

My friend and I took this course and it was beyond fabulous! Shirley met us for pastries and coffee in the morning and then we discussed our menu plans. She was very open to any suggestion. I loved that she took the time to show...More

1  Thank hornerd
Reviewed 14 May 2017

My boyfriend and I were on a two-week trip through Italy. The cooking class was definitely one of the best part! Shirley was amazing, and the whole day we spent with her and the rest of the group was great. We did more than ten...More

Thank laurence20172017
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

We can highly recommend the cooking course. It is a perfect day with a great host. The course takes place in a beautiful house with a really nice atmosphere. You learn a lot about the local food and way of living. Enjoy the course with...More

Thank eike_kallerhoff
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Wow! This was a fabulous day. We met Shirley (and another couple) in historic Cortona, developed a menu, and visited her favorite butcher, cheese, and vegetable markets. I learned so much... tips for picking the perfect produce, kitchen gadgets, cooking techniques and Tuscan food history.

Thank J7516YZdanac
Reviewed 21 April 2017

We are a family of 6 adults (parents at 50+ and children at 20+) and had an amazing full day cooking class with Shirley in her lovely place . Started with the day planning and shopping in Cortona which was an important experience and then...More

1  Thank Ud59
Reviewed 21 April 2017

This was the consummate Tuscan day: meet at a cafe for coffee, choose a menu for lunch & dinner, go to the local markets and butcher to buy fresh ingredients and then cook, eat and drink wine at the beautiful farmhouse of a welcoming couple,...More

Thank peakaysee
Reviewed 20 April 2017

We had a truly amazing experience doing the cooking class with Shirley. We researched a lot before we booked, and I can say without any doubt that it's worth every penny. There are plenty of other offers, but Shirley was informative, genuinely knowledgeable and helpful....More

Thank Adina Ioana U
Reviewed 19 April 2017

After choosing our dishes to make with Shirley, we were off to the the local Cortona markets to buy ingredients. So fun to check out the markets and get to buy vegetables that we don't get at home. We went to Chuck and Shirley's beautiful...More

Thank cactusgirl
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neil i
24 July 2017|
Response from IL_Rifugio | Property representative |
Can you please contact me by email? It's easier for me to correspond and keep track of bookings that way. You can find our website at TuscanCullinary on the internet for details. Thanks, Chuck Ofria
Mary R
12 June 2017|
Response from IL_Rifugio | Property representative |
Hi - I just checked the link and it seems to me working fine. You can also go to the website and send an email from there. I'm sorry but TA doesn't allow email addresses or web addresses in this response. I prefer to work... More
Fortino L
5 May 2017|
Response from IL_Rifugio | Property representative |
I responded by email...