Our most popular cooking adventure in Calabria
In Italy Tours invites you to join us for our newest and most authentic cooking tour to date - a day set on 3.5 acres of sprawling olive groves, flourishing vineyards and gardens in the rolling hills above Tropea. You'll enter as a guest and leave as part of the family after a day of cooking and feasting on made-from-scratch Calabrese cuisine with our hosts and dear friends, Peppe and Vera.
We had launched the class in 2012 and has been our best food experience to date Peppe, a noted chef with over 30 years of Calabrian culinary expertise, and his lovely wife Vera will teach you to make recipes handed down from generation to generation - all using ripe, organic vegetables and fruits, fresh seafood and farm raised meats including fresh ingredients produced straight from their farm.
From Garden to Table
Your gastronomic journey will start in the family's garden where you'll find an abundance of Tropea's famous red onions, vine-ripe tomatoes and gorgeous violet eggplants ready to be hand-picked by you for your Calabrian cooking lesson. You'll sample organic honeys made on the farm, and handpick fresh figs, sweet peaches and plums straight from the tree.
Peppe will show you around the expansive olive groves from which he produces his own olive oil and tour you through lush vineyards dripping with grapes used to make his homemade red and white wines. You'll also notice a large portion of land dedicated to his chillie pepper production which plays a major role as you taste his home made Nduja. A whimsical delight, the farm is also home to many animals, including goats, pigs, donkeys and horses.
Once back in the family kitchen and primed with your hand-picked ingredients, your cooking lesson will begin. Peppe and Vera will include you as family as they teach you recipes as true to Calabria as they are.
You'll learn to make handmade pasta, made-from-scratch sauces and an array of savory meat or seafood dishes depending on your menu choice. You'll also enjoy luscious fruit tarts and desserts, and taste a sampling of local liquors and homemade spirits, home made by Peppe and Vera.
A Calabrian Feast
After your cooking class, you'll enjoy your feast in authentic Calabrese style at a beautifully set table under an open-air canopy. Savor the robust flavors of local and DOC red and white wines, some of which are produced straight from the vineyards on the family farm.
The feast will finish with libations including Peppe's handmade limoncello and licorizia, made from licorice root, served with sweet desserts and handmade fruit tarts.
Not only is this the ultimate food experience, it is a chance to be with authentic local people and experience the 'dolce vita' with them.
About our classes click here to view our photo gallery of our cooking classes
We offer cooking classes during the day or in the late afternoons.
During the summer months, cooking classes are available in the evenings only and start at 5.30pm.
Includes transport to and from the premises.
If you are staying outside of Tropea, an extra transportation fee will be required.
We offer meat, fish or vegetarian menus and base our class on the freshest ingredients found on the day.
Coming Soon: Extended stay itinerary cooking on Peppe's farm for 2017
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