Our cooking programs we will let you savour the real taste of Sicily
COOKING CLASSES & GASTRONOMIC TOURS IN PALERMO
Experience a private hands on cooking class in a noble Palace in the heart of Palermo historic centre . You will meet the cook at her own Palace for the visit of the food market to find the freshest ingredients of the season. Back to the Palace, you will be taken to the organic gardens on the terrace to pick fresh herbs, flowers and lemons that will enhance the flavors of your dishes . Then, in the large, welcoming kitchen, you will create a mouthwatering Sicilian menu under the chef’s expert guidance. Afterwards you will enjoy the fruits of your labor in the comfort of the Palazzo’s elegant dining room.
A guided Gastronomic tour through the food markets in Palermo is a different way to discover this fascinating city along with it local delicacies.
Walking through the heart of Palermo you will visit the main food markets such as Vucciria and Capo and you’ll learn about the local culture, people and traditional food. Along your way you will taste “panelle” and you won’t miss a pastry tasting in one of the most appreciated pastry shops in town. Final stop will be a tasting of Sicilian street food.
COOKING CLASSES IN TAORMINA
Join Chef Massimo in Taormina as he leads you through a guided market tour discovering Sicily’s colorful foods. Visit the fruit & vegetable vendor to find out what’s in season and the fishmonger to choose the best fresh catch of the day in Taormina’s historic fish market. Pick up the ingredients for your hands-on cooking class while learning about the local in-season products, Massimo’s family recipes and traditions. After the market tour, head into the kitchen for your hands-on cooking class featuring Sicilian specialties such as Ricotta-stuffed zucchini flowers, a rainbow of fresh sautéed vegetables such as peppers, eggplant and zucchini caponata, stuffed artichokes with Chef Massimo’s secret stuffing recipe, fresh egg pasta and either a fish, meat or vegetarian main dish such as involtini (rolled stuffed beef), local fish cooked Taormina-style, or polpette (meatballs). Each hands-on cooking class includes the preparation of a full Sicilian menu including a typical Sicilian dessert. Lunch follows featuring the foods prepared and it’s accompanied by local Sicilian wines.
COOKING CLASSES IN IN MODICA
Your cooking lesson will be held by the chef of a famous restaurant in Modica who also organizes teaching laboratories for Slow Food. His enthusiasm for transmitting his culinary knowledge to people of other cultures makes him the perfect ‘master’ for the lessons. He will speak of the importance of selecting the very freshest local and seasonal ingredients. In fact, the menus for the lessons change according to the seasonal availability of these foods. His recipes are carefully chosen so that they may be prepared once the traveler has returned home, transmitting the culinary tradition of Sicily even farther afield. Some examples of the dishes you will be preparing, according to seasonal availability of the ingredients are: arancini, agnello agrassato, minni ri vergini, riso al nero di seppia, biancomangiare di mandorle di noto e crema al limone. The fish you prepare will be bought fresh from the morning’s market.
We propose also private hands on cooking lessons held by professional chefs in Palermo, Agrigento and Ragusa.