Cooking in Montalcino with Italians. Come and spend a day with us from the field to table at an organic farm in Montalcino
If you would like to experience the heart of Italian culture, this experience in the kitchen and the garden is perfect for you. The teachers for the day are smart and skilled Italian chefs who will expertly introduce you to the Italian tradition of quality food during a walk through the property, visiting the vegetable garden, the chicken coop, and the vineyard.
You will help in collecting the eggs, picking herbs and vegetables then, in the kitchen, you will learn how to cook an original Italian full-course meal including starters, homemade fresh pasta and its sauce, main course with its side dish, and a dessert. Finally, you will enjoy the meal with the family.
The lessons take place everyday, excluding Sundays, and last for about 3 hours starting at 10 am.
Once you have arrived at the farm, you will be welcomed by the owners under the pergola facing the garden. All the participants meet here and, after a brief introduction, will be guided through the vegetable garden to learn more about the classic Italian vegetables and herbs grown here to be used in the kitchen.
Depending on the time, weather ,and interest of the group, the walk can continue towards the chicken coop, the vineyard, and the olive grove: the classic parts of a typical Tuscan family farm. This is where everyday life takes place and where most of the food and raw materials come from.
Back in the kitchen, you will learn how to cook an original Italian full meal including starters, homemade fresh pasta and its sauce, main course with its side dish and a dessert. Depending on the season, you will be guided to prepare different dishes just like we Italians love to cook.
Finally, you will enjoy the meal under the pergola “al fresco” with a beautiful view over the Val d’Orcia valley. A bottle of their wine will be opened for you. At the end of the lunch, usually around 2.30 pm, you could enjoy the garden and its views a little bit more on a sunchair or on the lawn.
Only 8 people per lesson are admitted (if your group is bigger or if you prefer a private and more intimate experience, you may consider a private cooking lesson)
Lazy members of your party (spouse, friends, etc.) can join you later for lunch/dinner.
- the farming and cooking lessons as described
- the lunch with wine (1 bottle every 2 persons)
- detailed instructions and recipes of the dishes you prepared, sent to your email after the class
What's not included
- transfer from/to your hotel/the farm (ask a quote if interested)
- anything not listed in the section “Included”
If you prefer to reserve a private lesson with just your family and friends: GO PRIVATE! Contact us and we will organize a private lesson on your preferred dates
Are kids admitted to the class?
Yes, we love kids in Italy, and they are always welcome. Let us know in advance so we can set up a special menu for them
I’m vegetarian/vegan/I have celiac’s disease/etc. Can I join the class?
Yes, knowing in advance about your specific diet requirements, we can study a special menu for you like gluten free fresh pasta, vegan main course, lactose free tiramisù, etc.
Can you pick us up in Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano, Siena, Firenze, San Gimignano, Chianti, at our hotel/villa, etc.?
Yes, of course. Before the booking, we will provide you with a price quote for this extra service.