Italy, Food, Wine, Travel……what is not to like.

Room for only 12 but not the last supper…..

You do not have to be an Italian American to dream of visiting Italy
And you do not have to travel only as a tourist, visiting the BIG THREE, Rome- Venice- Florence.   Love to cook?  Love Italian food?  Then visit PULGIA, one of the secrets of Italy!     Combine this adventure with a unique immersion in Italian food and culture with the Food & Wine Lover’s Journey in Puglia…
Your instructor Kathy Ayer
Personal Chef,  Food & Travel writer, culinary Instructor, Kathy Ayer will be your guide through this wonderful adventure of food, lifestyle, culture and traditions of Puglia.     Ms. Ayer, with the help of Lecce native, Ylenia   Sambati of YLTours, created a special 9-day/8-night   food and wine tour.
Offered on September 1 through 9th, 2012, Ms Ayer describes the event,  “ You will not only taste the many delicacies of the region, but you’ll also cook them! “   This is far more than a ‘cooking class’, the lucky 12 participants will reside at the elegant-rustic Masseria Provenzanni,   located outside of the Baroque city of Lecce and close to the sea and experience the best that Puglia has  to offer.       
Your stay is scheduled with cooking lessons, demonstrations, wine and olive oil tastings,   guided tours of many local towns and villages, home cooked meals, visits to the local market, gelato and pastry shops.  There will also be time to enjoy the beach or relax at the pool at the Masseria Provenzanni.    All your arrangements are provide as well as a local guide. 
Imagine preparing local seasonal dishes at a winery and then dining on these dishes with the local wines.   Making handmade Pugliese pasta and traditional meals with an Italian mamma. Watching fresh cheese being made and digging into the still-warm freshly-made, creamy ricotta. Sampling seafood right out of its shell just minutes after it’s been caught. Visiting a pastry shop to learn about the sweet side of Salento, with samples, of course. Walking tours of Baroque Lecce, the fisherman’s village of Gallipoli, the seaside resort town of Otranto, the Trulli of the Itria Valley and the “white city” of Ostuni. These are just a few of the highlights of this trip, and there’s so much more…” is how Ms Ayer describes this event.

More than a vacation, this is an experience to ‘live Italian’ the way most tourists ever can.   And if you have Italian roots you can reconnect with foods and techniques that may have been ‘in the family’ for decades. 
See a complete daily schedule at:                                                                                              
Kathy’s web page:
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Published by Lee Laurino

A traveler not a tourist, searching for experiences not in travel books. Solo traveler who travels as long and far as possible sharing photos of the people and places I discover

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