One of the many things my family enjoys about traveling to different places is experiencing a regional flavor through one’s stomach. When my husband recounts his travel experiences it usually involves the experiences recounted via his ‘eating tour’.
In many parts of Europe ‘foodies’ can easily locate cooking schools to provide you with the hands-on experience of the process and the enjoyment of many flavors of local cooking. Most regions of Italy will feature local ingredients in their cuisine and for an extra cost; some will offer a wine tasting to be paired with the meal. Some cooking school links I Iooked at in my planning research are listed below:
Prices and packages vary widely depending on the experience. In our case, since it was a family adventure, I choose a moderately priced class for the ‘novice chef’ to experience. Whatever venue you decide, I recommend and always check for feedback on Trip Advisor because anyone can be creative and make an experience sound fabulous, but other traveler reviews or lack of traveler reviews speak volumes.
Our menu consisted of:
- Pizzettes (essentially appetizer pizzas with tomato and basil or garlic and oil)
- Gnocchi with tomato sauce (a potato based pasta dough)
- Sea Bass with lemon
On a scale of 1-10, my family would give it a 8.5 only because not everyone likes eating Sea Bass at 11 in the morning. However, the experience and time with the family…….priceless.
We all unanimously agreed that the next trip abroad will include another cooking class.