Our day cooking with Carmela and Isak was one of the best days we had on our recent trip to Italy. It started with a very informative tour of the open market where bread, produce, and meat was selected. We then headed to a Tuscan commercial kitchen in a farmhouse not too far away with breathtaking views. The Farmhouse has amazing cooking facilitites for students to actually prepare ingredients for dinner. Carmela and Isak were entertaining as they gave direction on every step of the preparation stages. Students helped, drank a little wine, and enjoyed interacting and cooking. It was fun and light (no pressure). Once everything was ready, everyone contributed their own efforts to create community culinary, then we were served beautiful meals from stuff we created!!!! So Fun! One of the highest highlighs from our trip (and best photos)!! Will urge anyone headed to Tusdany to try this class,Thank you to Isak, Carmela, and the crew that kept everything moving, cleaned, and organized. The site was so beautiful, making cooking so much fun!!Great event!! When we get back to Florence, we will take this class again!!
This was an eye opening experience that we will always treasure and we look forward to doing again during our next visit. For starters both Gloria and Isak are amazing hosts and really made the experience special. Walking through Florence and the Central Market with Gloria was wonderful as she talked about the history of Florence that always went back to food. The Central Market where we collected our local ingredients was especially fun as we tried different food items as Gloria talked about how the Italians use these staple items (these 2.5 hours breezed by). Afterwards, we walked a few more blocks to an awaiting shuttle that whisked us away into the countryside (the bonus we were not far at all from Florence) to the farmhouse to make our traditional tuscan meal. I do not want to ruin any surprises but taking in the scenery and the 5-course meal itself was divine. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who is looking for a magical experience. An added bonus we saw double rainbows during the time we were creating and then enjoying our meal.
This was an amazing experience for our family! Our guide, Gloria, was so cute, bubbly, and a fun guide. We started with our walk to the local market which was so cool. She gave us a tour while we shopped for our ingredients. It was fun to see her interact with the local shop owners. We were able to ask questions while walking around. Then we took a short bus ride to the Farmhouse. The scenery was stunning and the lite rain made it the perfect day to be inside cooking! We were greeted at the Farmhouse by Carmella. Gloria did all the interpreting throughout the afternoon, but Carmella made it a point to learn each of our names. And, it was interesting to hear Italian being spoken the majority of the time. We learned cooking tips, had fun participating in making the meal, and then enjoyed eating it along with sipping vino :) The only suggestion I would make would be to limited the group to 12 people. Our group was 24 ( too big ) and we would have like to have more hands-on throughout the entire meal preparation. That being said, we would still highly recommend this experience. Thank you!
This was one of our favorite excursions while in Florence! Isak was truly amazing - his culinary skills with his comedic delivery made the whole day enjoyable! Carmela was an Italian gem. The farmhouse had amazing views and you felt transported into Tuscan heaven! The cooking was so on-hands and being with others just as eager and appreciative made it a remarkable day, one my husband and I are still talking about!