Let's cook / 2003 SECRET TUSCANY RATES

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Having a personal cook means getting in touch with Italian cuisine and wine, and learning how to mix different flavours taking into account these two important elements of the Italian culture. Tuscan cuisine has a down-to-earth character and its food has strong, flavourful and naturally genuine flavors. Mix this all with the right wine and you will be half way to understanding the complete concept of Italian cooking. Our chefs love to pass on this kind of knowledge, acquired through their gastronomic education and experience. Beginning with the choice of ingredients with the combining of wines, from the preparation of dishes, to finally getting to the very heart of Italian cuisine: the dinner, the moment of joining together. This is a very important moment for us Italians in which we have the chance to indulge in some of our most hidden pleasures.


COOKING COURSES: let's cook at a private house in Florence with a tour of the fresh local market.

This Tuscan cooking lesson is designed for those who wish to spend their holiday in Florence learning about local cuisine traditions and feel the magic atmosphere of the fresh food market. The day starts with a guided tour of the local market to buy the fresh ingredients needed to cook. The cooking class will take place in the beautiful kitchen of a luxury house in the centre of Florence. The house is in an historic palace built in 1860 by the famous architect Giuseppe Poggi (the same who built Piazzale Michelangelo). This cooking course will give you a complete overview of traditional Tuscan cooking. Under the supervision of Chefs Jacopo and Anna you will learn the theory and practical aspects of the traditional Tuscan way of cooking. d920f4c.JPGBy yourself, you will prepare a complete meal, from Antipasto (Appetizer) to Dolci (Dessert) in a pleasant atmosphere. Special attention will be given to the choice of the ingredients - all local and exceptionally fresh. The cooking lesson is followed by lunch, where you will enjoy the dishes you have just prepared. You will finish at about 2 p.m.

The advanced course lasts 5 days and is especially geared to those who already have a reasonable culinary skill and wish to extend their knowledge. Every day you will learn to prepare one antipasto, one first dish, one second dish with vegetables and a dessert. Special attention will be given to the preparation of fresh pasta and to the choice of wines. The lessons will take place in the morning for five days starting at 9:30, followed by lunch. Total Hours: 25

The 3 day course will give you an interesting panorama of typical Tuscan specialties. You will learn to prepare "crostini", fresh pasta and special desserts such as "cantuccini". The lessons will take place in the morning over 3 days starting at 9:30 followed by lunch. Total Hours: 15

In the 1 day cookery lesson You will learn to prepare typical dishes using seasonal produce: fresh grapes, newly pressed olive oil, local mushrooms and Tuscan black cabbage. Total Hours: 5

1 person      Euro 305,00
2 person      Euro 259,00 per person
3 person      Euro 199,00 per person
4/8 person    Euro 172,00 per person

Fresh food Market Tour.
A three- to four-hour cooking class with a professional chef.
All the ingredients and cooking necessities to prepare the Menu.
Written Recipes.

TRANSPORTATION to the place where the cooking lesson take place and back to your apartment is not calculated in the price, but we are certainly able to arrange this as an extra service.

Starting with the fresh food market tour at 8.30 am, the course finishes around 2:30 pm (lunch included).
Available from 1 day lesson to 4 weeks, ask us for pricing.

Crostini toscani (Toasted bread with liver pate) / Ravioli di spinaci al burro e salvia (Spinach & ricotta ravioli with butter and sage) / Pollo alla cacciatora (Chicken cacciatore) / Cantuccini di Prato ( Almond cookies).

Risotto agli asparagi (Risotto with asparagus) / Spezzatino al Chianti (Beaf stew with Chianti wine) / Piselli alla fiorentina (Florentine style peas) / Torta della nonna (Grandma's cake).

Ravioli di spinaci al burro e salvia (Spinach & ricotta ravioli with butter and sage) / Lasagne alle verdure di stagione (Lasagne with seasonal vegetables) / Tagliatelle paglia e fieno al pomodoro e basilico (Green and yellow tagliatelle with tomato sauce) / Torta di cioccolato (Chocolate cake).




CATERING: catered meals and cooking course at a private villa or apartment in Tuscany.


Our "catered meals" program - in collaboration with Communicart(www.communicart.it) - which offers some of the most amazing private villas in Tuscany and apartments in Florence, is a high-quality service that can be personalized according to the client’s needs and applies especially to those who choose to spend their vacation renting a private villa or apartment in Tuscany. Our chefs are a couple who have worked together for many years. d920f60.jpg

The dinner made will not only be prepared but also served. Our chefs can arrive in the Florence, Siena, Arezzo, Pisa and Lucca region but it is very important to know, in advance, if there is the availability to welcome them a few hours ahead of time and to make sure the kitchen is equipped with all the necessities to prepare the dinner. Catered meal fares change according to the number of people.



We have chosen to include wine expenses. Naturally we will provide a good table wine (especially Chianti Classico), and upon specific request of vintage wines, which our chefs will be able to suggest, naturally we will need to add an extra charge for the wine expenses.
d920f6a.jpgWe also offer cooking lessons in which those who are interested in the group can participate in the preparation of the meals; afterwards the whole group sits down to enjoy their meal. 

Tuscan menu
Crostini di fegatini (Tuscan Crostini with Liver Paté)
Bruschette pomodoro e basilico (Tomato and Basil Bruschette)
Ribollita (Tuscan Bread Soup with Vegetables)
Ravioli fatti in casa di spinaci al burro e salvia (Handmade Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with
Butter and Sage)
Pollo cacciatora alle olive nere (Cacciatora style Chicken with black Olives)
Verdure di stagione (Seasonal Vegetables)
Biscotti di Prato fatti in casa con Vin Santo (Handmade Almonds Cookies with Vin Santo)
Torta della nonna (Grandma's Cake)

Vegetarian Menu
Bruschette miste di peperoni, melanzane, pomodoro, olive (Mixed Bruschette with Bell Pepper, Eggplant, Tomato and Basil, Olives)
Lasagne di verdura di stagione (Lasagne with seasonal Vegetables)
Pappa al pomodoro (Tomato and Basil Bread Soup)
Verdure di stagione ripiene (Stuffed seasonal Vegetables)
Sformato di verdure (Vegetables Pudding)
Clafutis di ciliegie (Cherry Clafutis)
Torta di mele al rum (Apple Cake with Rum Cream)
Group of 4 people    Euro 293,00
Group of 6 people    Euro 333,00
Group of 8 people    Euro 373,00
Group of 10 people   Euro 413,00
Euro 20,00 each extra person.

Fish Menu
Acciughe marinate alla menta (Marinaded fresh Anchovies with fresh Mint)
Salmone marinato all'aneto e ginger (Marinaded fresh Salmon with Dill and Ginger)
Zuppa di vongole, cozze e ceci (Clams and Mussels in Chick-pea Soup)
Risotto al nero di seppia (Squid Ink Risotto)
Pesce fresco al forno o alla griglia (Grilled or roasted fresh Fish)
Verdure di stagione al forno (Baked seasonal Vegetables)
Bavarese al limone (Lemon Bavarois)
Gratin di mele con salsa alla vaniglia (Apple Crumble with Vanilla Sauce)

Group of 4 people    Euro 346,00
Group of 6 people    Euro 413,00
Group of 8 people    Euro 479,00
Group of 10 people   Euro 545,00
Euro 35,00 each extra person.
Meat Menu
Verdure grigliata all'olio extravergine (Grilled seasonal Vegetables with Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
Cipolle di Tropea in agrodolce (Sweet and sour Tropea Onions)
Risotto al Chianti Classico (Chianti Wine Risotto)
Ribollita (Tuscan Bread Soup with Vegetables)
Coniglio in porchetta (Stuffed Rabbit with fresh Herbs)
Arista alla senape (Chine of Pork with mustard)
Patate al rosmarino (Baked Potatoes with Rosemary)
Verdure di stagione (Seasonal Vegetables)
Torta Caprese (Almond and Chocolate Cake)
Panna cotta con salsa ai frutti di bosco (Cooked Cream with Forrest Fruits Sauce)
Group of 4 people    Euro 320,00
Group of 6 people    Euro 373,00
Group of 8 people    Euro 426,00
Group of 10 people   Euro 479,00
Euro 27,00 each extra person.

RATES Rates are total or per person.

TRAVEL AGENCIES COMMISSION All rates include a 10% agency commission that will be payed via money transfer or cheque 30 days after the client’s date of arrival.

TAILOR MADE HOLIDAYS Let us know if your customer has any special desires for we would be delighted to offer you a customised holiday tailored to your customers needs and wishes. We really want to make sure that when they leave our country, they can take with them not only the memory of our art and culture, but also our warmth and friendship. Please contact us for prices, as these are custom itineraries and
expenses vary depending on the size of the group, mode of transportation and season.

HOW TO BOOK To book a Secret Tuscany service request our booking form and send it back to us by fax.

We can book you one of Secret Tuscany’s packages only upon agreement of the itinerary, dates and costs and upon sending us the completed booking form. Upon receipt of the booking form, we will send you a written confirmation with an Invoice / Voucher by fax or by e mail.

BOOKING & PAYMENT Booking is considered valid when the booking form has been sent, followed (within three days) by a deposit equal to 30% of the entire fee. The remaining 70% must be paid within 20 days prior to the arrival date.

CANCELLATION Cancellations must be made in writing at least 20 days prior to the date of your arrival. The deposit is non-refundable, so in case of cancellation, 20 days prior your arrival, Secret Tuscany will refund 70% of the total fee. If cancellation occurs after you have confirmed and paid the total fee (20 days before your arrival date), no refund can be issued.

Should we need to cancel, we will advise our customer at the earliest date. If, for any reason beyond our control, we are unable to provide you with the tour/s or cooking classes which you have booked, we will refund the full amount paid to us for the tour/s or classes but we shall not be liable for any cancellation charges of other travel arrangements. In unforeseen circumstances, we can occasionally make some changes in the scheduled itinerary.

INSURANCE Please note that all Travel Insurance coverage for travel within Italy, including the departure from and arrival to your place of origin, is your responsibility. While participating in Secret Tuscany activities, our trip /course insurance will cover health, travel and personal accidents as well as baggage loss.
Luxury Holidays  in Tuscany and Umbria
Mariaclaudia Gherardini - Managing Director
Lungarno Vespucci, 10 r  -  50123 Firenze
Ph +39 055.288633 +39 329.6716184
Fax +39 055.288636

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