While visiting Siena for a weekend, I took one of Gina's one-day cooking classes, which turned out to be the highlight of my whole month in Italy. The class consisted only of me and one other couple. Under Gina's guidance, we made a four-course meal that we then ate over a leisurely lunch with 3 different wines to accompany it. Gina is extremely knowledgeable about both cooking and Italian history/tradition, which gives the recipes and their ingredients cultural context. She also knows a lot about wine, but I'll admit that this part was a little over my head! She is very sweet and easy-going, and at the end of the class we all felt as though we had made a great new friend. As an aside, I found the rest of Siena to be very touristy, but Gina's class made my trip totally worth it! I'd recommend it to anyone, from novices to well-seasoned chefs.
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