Tuscan Culinary One-Day Cooking Class

One-Day Cooking Class in The Heart of Tuscany

Join us for Tuscan food & fun in Cortona, Italy!


Tuscan Culinary Cooking class in Cortona Italy Our One-Day cooking class is fun, flexible, informal and hands-on. The class is designed around a typical Tuscan meal with fresh local in season ingredients. Included is menu planning, shopping for ingredients, preparation, cooking and of course critiquing and consuming the dishes you create. The class is taught in English either at our home on Mt. San Egidio during the spring and summer or at our Agriturismo, Il Rifugio during the fall and winter months. Both venues are about ten minutes from the historic Medieval town, Cortona.

Itinerary: We start by meeting at a Cafe in Cortona at 9:00 AM to choose the dishes you will make from our recipe book. After a collective decision is made over a typical Italian breakfast of cappuccinos and pastries, you will go to the various markets to collect all the necessary ingredients for your menu selections. We then return to our home (by 11:00 AM) and start preparing and cooking a four course meal of several antipasti (appetizers), a primo piatto (first dish) of 2 pastas, a secondo piatto (second dish) with contorni (side dishes) and finally a dolce (desert). Then, (about 3:00 PM) you will sit down to enjoy and critique your creation. The class typically ends between 5:00 and 5:30 PM depending on the number of people in the class, the dishes you decide to make and the conversation at the table.


    Here is a summary of what you need to know:

  • Price for the One-Day cooking class is 135 Euro/person. Payment can be made in cash on the day of the class. We cannot accept credit cards or checks.
  • All food, wine and recipe booklet is included with the class.
  • Special dietary needs are welcome but please advise us in advance and we will do our best to accommodate you.
  • Lodging is not included in the price but we will be happy to recommend a B&B.
  • You will start the class with menu planning over breakfast at a cafe in Cortona.
  • Shopping for the ingredients will be done in Cortona and then you will return to our house to start cooking.
  • The class is about 8 to 9 hours long with shopping, cooking and eating.
  • There is a two person minimum requirement.
  • We have a six person maximum but can be more for family and friends.
  • A 25 Euro/person non refundable deposit is required to confirm the class.
  • We are sorry but we do not offer an 'Eat Only' option.
  • The minimum age for students is 12. It has been our experience that children under 12 are often bored and cause a disturbance after a couple of hours and it isn't fair to the other students in the class. Also due to the fact that this is a hands-on class working with hot pans, sharp knives and counters that might be too high for children, we feel there is a potential safety problem.
  • Classes can not be held on Sundays or Italian holidays due to closed shops.
  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are preferred but we can make exceptions.
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