My friend and I booked a once in a lifetime girl trip to Italy in September. She found "In Italy Tours" that offers cooking classes in Susan Vanallen's book "100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go" and booked it right away. Tania, the owner, worked closely with us via email to design the menu we were most interested in learning. Once we arrived in Tropea, Tania checked in with us early in the week and treated us like her long lost sisters! She booked a beautiful sailing trip for us and informed us throughout the week of other activities going on locally she thought might interest us. She assisted us with a phone problem we were having and did everything she could to enhance our entire trip (not just the cooking class).
The evening of the cooking class was magical. Tania picked us up at our hotel and drove us to Pepe's family farm. There we found Pepe and his entire family in a beautifully modern, Italian rustic kitchen. We spent the next 6 hours making a dozen traditional southern Italian seafood dishes as we requested and a traditional Calabrian pasta. The kitchen was well stocked with fresh food from the family farm and they offered appetizers and some delicious wine Pepe made. We cooked and snacked and drank and laughed and toured the farm with Tania, Pepe, his wife, children, and sister-in-law before sitting down to eat. Our meal was served at a long outdoor table under a pergola with linens and rustic finery that you can only imagine from the movies. Tania's easy manner made everyone feel right at home and she made sure all the guest at the dinner were comfortable. Sitting together, enjoying the dinner under the candlelight felt familiar and easy. We ended the dinner with a lovely dessert and some amazing liqueurs made by Pepe's wife. Yum! We were each encouraged to take some of the food home, there was a lot!
Pepe is a professional chef and a great teacher. He is generous with his knowledge and experience, as well as his family and farm. Tania is generous in spirit. She is warm, funny, and kind. She runs a professional business and delivers on every promise, and more. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone wishing to have an authentic Calabrian experience, make and eat great food or just have a kick of a time. Thanks Tania for making this one of the most memorable experiences of our trip. Too fun!
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