The Awaiting Table condenses all that is great about the food of Puglia into a smart, stylish, and well organized culinary experience. If you're looking for a substantive, hands-on cooking school focused on one of Italy's most delicious cuisines, this is the place for you.
The immersive lessons will appeal to beginners and seasoned cooks alike. We made fresh pasta each morning and worked with a variety of fantastic ingredients: mussels from Taranto, D.O.P. rabbit, exceptional olive oil, the school's own preserved tomatoes, beautiful local produce, fresh local cheese, herbs straight from the garden. The school is run by Silvestro, whose expertise and passion shine through in every detail. He does a great job of pairing wines with each meal and we drank and learned about some truly delicious wines from Puglia and beyond. Considering the quality of the food, wine, lessons, and overall experience, the tuition for a week-long course is an excellent value.
While we learned and cooked a lot, the experience was also very laid back and relaxing. Our family-style meals were long, leisurely, and utterly enjoyable. The school's warm and talented staff of Anna, Giuseppe, and Giorgio are truly great at what they do and there were lots of little surprises and personal touches that made the experience really special. I attended on my own and can't wait to go back with friends and family.
Note that the school has two different venues--I attended a week-long course at the Castle, but there's also the school's charming space in Lecce, an appealing city with much to offer the food-minded traveller.
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