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“Wonderful day”

Tuscan Culinary One-Day Cooking Class
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Owner description: Our One-Day Cooking Class is informal, fun and hands-on. The class taught in English and designed around a typical Tuscan meal with fresh local in season ingredients. You will start the full day course by meeting the instructor, Shirley Ofria at a café in the historic center of Cortona. Over a typical Tuscan breakfast of cappuccino and pastry, you will choose from our recipe booklet what you want to prepare. After breakfast and menu planning, you will go to the various markets to collect all the necessary ingredients.When you finish with the shopping, it’s off to our home in San Egidio, just ten minutes above the wall surrounding historic Cortona. When you arrive at the house, the aprons go on and the work begins. You will start by making appetizers that will later serve as a light lunch break. After lunch, it’s back to work to start on the first course, second course, side dishes and of course desert. When everything is ready you will sit down to enjoy and critique your creations. The meal can be served inside or out, weather permitting.The course includes; menu planning, shopping, breakfast, lunch, dinner (all food and wine) and the recipe booklet. Dietary restrictions are welcome and if there is something specific you want to do, please contact us several day in advance of your class day.
Brisbane, Australia
1 review
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“Wonderful day”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

This cooking class was one of the highlights of our 5 week trip through Europe. Shirley was a great teacher and really accommodated everyone's requests meaning we all got to learn many different dishes. She went out of her way to answer questions and identify things we'd eaten throughout Italy on our trip. Making pasta was heaps of fun and we felt that the recipes we made were things we could replicate when we got home. The only downside for us was that although we did meet in a Cafe for coffee to discuss the menu, there were no pastries so we were a bit hungry by the time we sat down for lunch - you do need a healthy appetite for the day so it wasn't too much of a problem. Also, we weren't really that involved with the shopping but it was still fun to go to the different stores and watch Shirley order what we needed for the day. Overall a really great, fun and informative day the we'd highly recommend. Thanks Shirley.

Visited October 2012
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English first
portsmouth va
1 review
“Food,wine, learning and fun”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

This was a great day that lasted 10 hours. We started out fairly simple but the menu grew as we shopped. Visiting the local shops and shopping was half of the fun. Shirley kept the class informal and lively. We had lunch outside but moved inside for dinner as the temperature had dropped. Luckily we were staying in an apartment as the left over’s feed us for the next 2 days. While both my husband and I cook the class has inspired us to try new things now that we are home. It is a day that we will long remember. I would definitely recommend this class.

Visited September 2012
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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“Amazing Day full of great food, wine... learnt so much!”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

We only booked this workshop 2 weeks prior to our visit in Tuscany and luckily Shirley still had space for my friend and I. We visited on the 5th Sept which was our first proper day in Tuscany.
We met in the centre of Cortona for Coffee and Pastries, where we met a lovely family from Canada who joined us for the workshop. There were 5 of us in total. We decided on our menus from her recipe book full of Tuscan Specialities.. but was flexible if we wanted to cook something specific. We then went shopping for all the fresh produce, and returned to her home in the hills for some serious cooking!
We learnt to make Stuffed Tomatoes, Foccacia with different toppings, Stuffed Zuchini Blossoms which were out of this world.. That was just for lunch... then we proeeded to make 4 types of pasta with 3 different sauces, then a meat dish 2 sides and a dessert. We all got involved, and learnt lots of new skills. Since returning I have already made the Olive Oil lemon cake and the 3 Cheese Ravioli.. which have been a real hit with my family. Thanks Shirey and Chuck for being so accommodating and teaching us what cooking in Tuscany is all about. I hope to return someday soon! This was a day I will never forgt, and was real value for money, we were will Shirley for the best of 11 hours and had a lot of fun..

Visited September 2012
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“A fantastic family day”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

We'd booked this from the UK before we came over and it certainly lived up to expectations. Shirley was a delightful host and the views from her home high up in the hills beyond Cortona were spectacular. The location also meant that even though it was mid August we were learning and cooking at a very pleasant temperature.

We were 4 of us, myself, wife and two girls (19 and 17). The course was exactly as described and it was easy to accommodate all our requirements including a vegetarian from the variety of recipes Shirley offered us. We all felt we learned a lot and have used some of the recipes since we've been home. We were particulary pleased with the rolled and stuffed Turkey breast which looked professional and was of restaurant standard and also the 3 types of pasta we made. We made more than enough food to eat and were able to take goody boxes home which meant we could savour the delicious foood the next day as well.

Our hard work for lunch and dinner were both accompanied by a good choice of wine and even better, Shirley ran us back to our holiday home afterwards. This was a real treat as drink driving levels in Italy are much lower than the UK.

Overall, I think the course was good value for money considering the length of the day and your involvement at each stage. This compared well to other things we saw advertised.

Visited August 2012
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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7 reviews
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“6 Americans cooking in Cortona”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

We met Shirley at 9 am on a Saturday morning in April and first decided on our menu. We bit off more than we chew and our class lasted 12 hours. Concentrate on a few items, not too many like we did. We shopped at the outdoor market and then headed up the mountain to Shirley's wonderful house. I picked Saturday so we could utilize the market day. It was a great experience and I highly recommend it.

Visited April 2012
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