What a great day. The market tour and the cooking class were fantastic, and the views from the farmhouse just as good. Isaac and Carmella made the day very fun. Carmella's energy was great. We have looked for years for a cooking class in Italy to do and this one was perfect. I cant wait to make the recipes at home for my friends and family. Would definitely recommend it to all.
Cooking class and market tour hosted by Isaac and Carmela were excellent. The energy levels from the hosts were infectious and made for an extremely enjoyable day. The menu was diverse and provided opportunity to learn and practice a number of Tuscan cooking techniques. The class culminated in a magnificent lunch.
Our day cooking with Carmela and Isak was one of the best days we had on our recent trip to Italy. It started with a very informative tour of the open market where bread, produce, and meat was selected. We then headed to a Tuscan commercial kitchen in a farmhouse not too far away with breathtaking views. The Farmhouse has amazing cooking facilitites for students to actually prepare ingredients for dinner. Carmela and Isak were entertaining as they gave direction on every step of the preparation stages. Students helped, drank a little wine, and enjoyed interacting and cooking. It was fun and light (no pressure). Once everything was ready, everyone contributed their own efforts to create community culinary, then we were served beautiful meals from stuff we created!!!! So Fun! One of the highest highlighs from our trip (and best photos)!! Will urge anyone headed to Tusdany to try this class,Thank you to Isak, Carmela, and the crew that kept everything moving, cleaned, and organized. The site was so beautiful, making cooking so much fun!!Great event!! When we get back to Florence, we will take this class again!!
This was an eye opening experience that we will always treasure and we look forward to doing again during our next visit. For starters both Gloria and Isak are amazing hosts and really made the experience special. Walking through Florence and the Central Market with Gloria was wonderful as she talked about the history of Florence that always went back to food. The Central Market where we collected our local ingredients was especially fun as we tried different food items as Gloria talked about how the Italians use these staple items (these 2.5 hours breezed by). Afterwards, we walked a few more blocks to an awaiting shuttle that whisked us away into the countryside (the bonus we were not far at all from Florence) to the farmhouse to make our traditional tuscan meal. I do not want to ruin any surprises but taking in the scenery and the 5-course meal itself was divine. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who is looking for a magical experience. An added bonus we saw double rainbows during the time we were creating and then enjoying our meal.