COOKING HOLIDAY IN PUGLIA, ITALY
17-24 OCTOBER 2015
Nicoletta Tavella and Daniela Caretto of Italian cooking school La Cucina del Sole (www.cucinadelsole.nl) organize a fantastic culinary holiday for a maximum of 12 participants. This little getaway is perfect for those who want to discover the beauty and gastronomic charisma of one of Italy's most attractive and interesting regions.
The "heel of the boot", Puglia, is well-known for one of the purest cooking styles in the whole of Italy, made of simple and yet very tasty dishes. Everything is prepared with the best vegetables in the world, pulses and grains full of energy derived from the Apulian sun, the freshest fish, great meats and wonderful dairy products (think of day-fresh mozzarella, burrata and ricotta, provola, salted ricotta and more).
The simple, peasant-style Apulian cuisine is full of pure and intense flavours that will sweep you off your feet and make you fall madly in love with the culinary traditions of this beautiful region.
You will stay at a charming B&B in Conversano, 35 km from Bari (capital of Puglia and main airport). A beautiful big garden with lots of comfy spots to rest and relax, the large swimming pool, the fruit and vegetable orchard, the restaurant and the fully equipped kitchen for our cooking lessons are just a few of the comforts this B&B offers.
The rooms are simple and yet stylish, all with one or two private bathrooms, TV, fridge, hairdryer and roof fan. See pictures at the end of this document.
Our lovely Bed & Breakfast in Conversano.
During our 4 cookery lessons (lunch or dinner) you will learn how to make some great Apulian dishes (among which fried panzerotti filled with mozzarella and tomato, roasted bell peppers with mint and garlic, a millefeuille of aubergine and scamorza cheese, a delicate citrus-ricotta tart, "apostle fingers" and more) and lots of other classic Italian dishes. You'll learn the secrets of perfect pasta-making preparing filled pastas and gnocchi plus a whole range of elaborate antipasti (starters) that will make a wonderful tapas-like lunch (menus might vary slightly based on workshops previously followed by some of the participants to the cooking holiday). We'll also be baking bread and pizza for the most genuine home-made Italian meals ever made with fresh local ingredients.
It is also possible to bring with you someone who will not be cooking and who will enjoy the meals we prepare and all other activities included in the program.
Enough spare time to enjoy your holiday at its fullest and interesting food and culture-related excursions will be the perfect complement to our "adventures" in the kitchen. The market on Friday for the freshest produce to use during our last lunch cooking lesson, an organic dairy and mozzarella farm, a wonderful bakery producing the famous Altamura bread (the most wonderful bread in the world!), an organic wine producer and an organic olive oil producer (all with tastings and/or lunch) represent the culinary part of our holiday.
For the cultural one we will visit the amazing and mysterious Castel del Monte castle and the beautiful town of Alberobello with its famous conical houses, the trulli. And we'll have dinner at one of Alberobello's best restaurants.
Conversano, where the B&B is located, is a peaceful, ancient little town full of history and magic. The beautiful small streets where only pedestrians are allowed will naturally lead you to the main town attractions: the medieval castle and the Romanesque cathedral. Enjoy a wonderful gelato in one of the little cafés in front of the castle and take a stroll in the little streets paved with the beautiful, cream-coloured local stone, or just sit on a bench and enjoy the view of the locals going about their business.
Day 1, October 17:
arrival at the B&B in Conversano with aperitivo and welcome dinner at the B&B's restaurant (included).
Day 2, October 18:
the day is free with free lunch; dinner at Vita Pugliese restaurant in Conversano (included).
Day 3, October 19:
MORNING: visit to bakery in Altamura with tasting of their products (Altamura bread, focaccia etc). plus visit to organic wine producer with tasting and lunch (included). Back to the B&B for a little rest.
AFTERNOON: free and, starting at 17.30 hrs, cooking lesson with dinner (included).
Day 4, October 20:
MORNING: visit to Castel del Monte and free afternoon (lunch not included). Back to the B&B for a little rest.
AFTERNOON: starting at 17.30 hrs, cooking lesson and dinner (included).
Day 5, October 21:
MORNING: visit to the organic mozzarella farm with tasting and lunch (included). Back to the B&B for a little rest.
AFTERNOON: visit to Alberobello and dinner at Casa Nova restaurant in Alberobello (included).
Day 6, October 22:
MORNING: visit to organic olive oil producer with tasting and lunch (included).
AFTERNOON: free afternoon. Starting at 17.30 hrs: cooking lesson and dinner (included).
Day 7, October 23:
MORNING: early visit to the market in Conversano and cooking lesson with lunch (included).
AFTERNOON: afternoon and evening free (dinner not included).
Day 8, October 24:
MORNING: departure from the B&B.
The cooking holiday includes: 7 nights at the B&B, all breakfasts, 1 aperitivo with welcome dinner, 4 cooking lessons with lunch or dinner, 2 restaurant dinners, 4 food-related excursions with tasting and 3 lunches, guided visit to Castel del Monte with English speaking guide and visit to the city of Alberobello (free), transport for excursions and visits included in the program.
The cooking holiday does not include: flights or any other form of transport (except for the above-mentioned excursions), transport from and to the airport of Bari (either by train, bus or taxi to Conversano, see "Transport suggestions"), transport from and to other Italian airports , lunch/dinner when not included in the program (1 lunch, 2 dinners; it is possible to have lunch/dinner at the B&B's restaurant for a fixed price), car rentals, bicycle rentals, travel/health insurances, plus all that is not mentioned in the "The cooking holiday includes" section.
TRANSPORT SUGGESTIONS: FLIGHTS: Transavia offers direct flights from Amsterdam to Bari. TRAINS: https://www.fseonline.it/index.aspx; TAXI SERVICE from Bari airport: http://advanced.shuttledirect.com/searchresults/quote (please remember to choose the currency you prefer otherwise you'll get the prices in British pound sterling as a default).
Rooms will be assigned based on a "first book, first serve" principle (double rooms with double bed, double rooms with double bed and staple beds, apartment-like rooms with two rooms and several beds).
Your reservation will be definitive once the minimum number of participants (10) has been reached. To ensure your participation to the cooking holiday your advance payment will have to be done upon receiving confirmation/invoice from us. In case of your cancellation advance payments (€ 300,00 p.p.) are non-refundable.
Double room: € 1495,00 per person
Single room: € 1995,00 per person
Double room without cooking lessons (+ meals + all that is included in the holiday): € 1245,00 per person
WHO ARE WE?
Nicoletta Tavella is owner of Italian cooking school La Cucina del Sole in Amsterdam and is a cooking teacher and cookbook writer since 2000.
Daniela Caretto is an agronomist specialized in organic certification, olive oil and honey who loves cooking and the healthy life.
Some of the rooms at the B&B