Our half-day cooking class began with a trip to the San Lorenzo market where we met Francesco, our guide and chef for the day. We sampled various balsamic vinegars and truffle oils as we toured the stands, eventually walking back to the cooking school near the Arno. The attendees were split into groups at the cooking stations and, with Francesco's direction, began to create bruschetta, fresh vegetables with egg pasta,and baked meatballs - all from scratch. Later, we made a simple lemon sorbet. Francesco was friendly, knowledgeable and took time with each group of students so they established a comfort level with each step. After the students were finished plating the first and second courses, we sat down to enjoy our meal in the wine cellar. Staff served us the baked meatballs with fresh tomatoes and the lemon sorbet along with several bottles of wine. It was great to have time to cook with my husband and NOT have to clean up! We never felt rushed or lost in the direction we were given. This is a great time for anyone who loves to cook. Bring your appetite!
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