The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy

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The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy

The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
About
'The pioneers of teaching food and wine in Puglia- The New York Times. For the last 18 years, The Awaiting Table Cookery school has been the most praised cooking school and wine programme in all Puglia. (And now the oldest too). Located in the historical centre of Lecce, Italy--or during selected weeks throughout the year, in a castle an hour south of Lecce-- students from 59 countries have chosen us as the best way to go deeper into The Mediterranean Diet, and local, world-class wines. Our schools have appeared in The London Times, Food & Travel, The LA Times, Bon Appetit, The New York Times, Food and Wine, as well as Chinese, Japanese, British, American and Dutch television. The owner, Silvestro Silvestori, is a nationally-certified sommelier here in Italy, as well as a wine journalist for international wine magazines. All classes are hands-on, fun and actively spent in two of the most beautiful kitchens in all of Italy.
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J. S.
5 contributions
A must in Lecce and surroundings!
Sep 2021 • Family
It was a true joy to join this class and learn about food, wine, olive oil and Lecce! The host has passion for his work and is extremely knowledgeable. You can join for a day, multiple days, whatever suits you! Very flexible.
Written September 19, 2021
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It was great to have you with us. it's such a stimulating atmosphere to be around the table with so many nations that all love Puglia.
Written September 21, 2021
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Lecce fun
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Italian culinary party
Sep 2021 • Friends
What Fun! We went to Lecce to take a course to cook Italian… what an experience! The entire process was an adventure in a far away land! Sylvestro intrigued us with his knowledge of the local foods, wines and culture. He then guided us thru preparation of a multitude of dishes that I’m still salivating over. Each day was something new and get this: we got to drink wine while we ate the food we created! So cool… the experience of going to markets, prepping the dishes and then sitting down as a group was thoroughly entertaining. If you like food and wine, then this is the place to be! Sylvestro gave an outstanding performance in showing us how to be a little bit Italian… just for a short time as we immersed ourselves in the whole experience. I loved the entire process and count myself lucky to have had this opportunity… thank you Sylvestro!!
Written September 10, 2021
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a pleasure to have you with us! We hope to see you back with us again soon.
Written September 18, 2021
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Garrett
1 contribution
The Great Adventure
Sep 2021
What an amazing experience! The combination of education and fun with this class is unparalleled. The owner operator, Silvestro, teaches the history and customs of Puglia that have shaped the local cuisine while teaching you low tech methods of preparing the meals. The daily routine of walking to markets, prepping dishes, and enjoying family style meals is a great contrast to the busy American lifestyle. I cannot wait to share these wines and dishes with friends and family. If you are looking for an immersion experience, you will not do better than the The Awaiting Table.
Written September 9, 2021
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High praise! thank you! We look forward to your return, perhaps to a course at the castle.
Written September 18, 2021
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Donna Hix
1 contribution
Adventure Extraordinaire
Sep 2021 • Friends
Cooking adventure extraordinaire, and then some! The hands-on learning southern Italian dishes started with a walking trip through historic Lecce to the local markets where the freshest ingredients were selected under the guidance of Silvestro. From there, we headed to the colorful cooking school known as The Awaiting Table. Here, Silvestro shared not only his knowledge and technique on preparing and cooking the ingredients into delightful Italian dishes, but also his extensive knowledge of Italian wines and provided interesting facts about Lecce, Salento and Puglia. He even guided us on Italian words and phrases to enhance our dining experience! We highly recommend a trip to Lecce and this cooking course with Silvestro, an adventure that will be relished! Buon appetito!
Written September 6, 2021
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The pleasure was ours! We hope to see you again soon!
Written September 18, 2021
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Caroline W
1 contribution
Simply delicious!
Aug 2021
I have had the most wonderful experience with The Awaiting Table during my time in Lecce! Five friends and myself joined another couple in a week long cooking class where we learned all about the history of Puglia as well as southern Italian wine and cuisine. Silvestro, the founder and teacher at the school is extremely knowledgable and welcoming. Every morning we would meet at 10AM and head out to different markets to shop for our main ingredients. Then we would head to the school and get cooking! Each meal was extraordinary yet very simple to make. I cannot wait to bring these recipes home to cook for more friends and family!
Written September 3, 2021
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Thank you for coming! And yes, keep cooking what you learned here. And send us pictures each time you drink your new favourite wines from Puglia.
Written September 18, 2021
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DB & JA
Silver Spring, MD16 contributions
Cooking and more
Jun 2021
We spent an evening with Silvestro and Anna at his amazing house/cooking school. Actually we started with a walk to the market for shopping and learning about the history of Lecce on the way. Once we got to the house we worked on prepping ingredients and then making fresh pasta as well as delicious bombette that we rolled and then grilled. The evening continued with tastings of wine and olive oil on top of the excellent meal. All in all a fun experience for all of us.
Written June 19, 2021
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A treat to have you with us! We hope to see you back someday!
Written July 24, 2021
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Sean G
2 contributions
Fantastic Cooking School!
Aug 2020
My wife and son and I had an amazing experience with Silvestro at The Awaiting Table. He met us at 10am in Piazza Sant'Oronzo and we then went to several markets to get the vegetables and bread that we would be using in our meal. As we walked he told us about Lecce, its history, its architecture, and about food - he is incredibly knowledgeable about all of these topics! We then went to his fantastic house where the cooking school is and met his great assistant Anna. We put our aprons on and got to work - making pasta from scratch, chopping and prepping lots of veggies, and then cooking. He did a great job of getting our 12-year-old son involved who very much enjoyed the experience. As Anna finished up the cooking, Silvestro taught us about the two wines we would be drinking with the meal, a rosso and a rosato, both very tasty. We then chatted and ate our lovely multiple course meal. We finished up some time after 3pm and Silvestro walked us back to the piazza - with the rest of the unfinished wine to take home! If I could give The Awaiting Table more than 5 stars I would and we hope to come back some day soon.
Written August 22, 2020
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It felt nice to be back at work! Yes, it was a great course, for us as well. We do look forward to your return! Sign up to watch our live streaming shows (one food, one wine). We'd love to have cook with us again!
Written August 23, 2020
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Valerie Long
Columbus, GA30 contributions
Fun Week at Awaiting Table
Feb 2020
We spent the week at the Awaiting Table with Silvestro in February 2020. Silvestro, the owner & operator of the school, is extremely knowledgeable in southern Italian cuisine, Italian history, the culture, and wines as he is also a sommelier.
We met in the mornings at 10AM, visited the markets, returned to the school to prepare lunch. We finished up around 2, took the afternoon off and met again at 6 to shop and prepare dinner. It is a very full day and the break in the afternoon was needed to walk off lunch or take a nap, your choice.
We learned how to make pasta, how to prepare fresh, healthy & delicious meals using very simple ingredients, and how to properly use raw olive oil for health benefits. On the other side, we learned how to make homemade sausages and how to stuff a meatloaf :):):)
Overall, it was a very educational, tasty & fun weekend and we hope to return when the opportunity arises.
Written February 22, 2020
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Truly a pleasure to have you with us! We look forward to having you back next year with your extended family. We hope you enjoy olive oil as well!
Written February 23, 2020
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Nancy B
Ashland, OR6 contributions
Great day of cooking with Silvestro
Jan 2020
We visited Awaiting Table for a daytime cooking course. We met Silvestro in the square at 10am, and proceeded to shop for bread, fish and vegetables at three different very local spots. Then we walked to Silvestro's home to begin cooking. Along the way, Silvestro did a great job talking to us about Lecce, about food in Puglia and about life in Southern Italy. At his fabulous home, we made pasta, cleaned and cut fish and vegetables, then cooked them on his stove and grill. After all was ready, we sat down to eat our delicious makings and drink the wine Silvestro had procured for the day. The class and lunch finished at 3pm. Silvestro is very knowledgeable and professional at all times, and his assistant Anna is a delight. I'd highly recommend this course to anyone who will be in Southern Italy and has an interest in food. We'd love to go back and take the weeklong course at the castle!
Written February 3, 2020
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Yes, DO come back! We'd love to see you both again.
Written February 4, 2020
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Julia
1 contribution
The Good Life!
Oct 2019 • Friends
Silvestros has excellent knowledge of the regional food, wine and history and creates an educational fun cooking experience. Courses were abundant, so delicious and nothing beats dining al fresco with new friends. Cycling daily to explore nearby towns and lunch at the sea made this an over all fabulous trip.
Written October 23, 2019
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A true pleasure to have you with us! Don't forget that our new extra virgin is coming on next week. Order it online!
Written October 24, 2019
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