Have you ever wanted to tour the Southern Italian countryside while learning how to cook from a Food Network star? “Iron Chef” judge and Michelin-rated restaurateur Donatella Arpaia, of New York’s Prova and Kefi restaurants, has announced that she will be leading two gastronomic tours in Puglia this June with culinary travel specialists Southern Vision.Space is limited, and it will likely be out of price range for many hungry Italian food enthusiasts. However, the week-long tour does include hands-on cooking classes with Arpaia, lunch at the Arpaia ancestral home, an olive grove tour and olive oil tasting, a winery tour, and a homemade pasta class with local chefs in Bari.
“My earliest and best memories occurred while spending my summers in my mother’s small home town in Puglia, surrounded by my cousins, my aunts and of course the bounty of Puglia,” chef Arpaia told The Daily Meal. “I’m thrilled to share this little-known region with the rest of the world.”
The experience practically sounds too good to be true. Visitors will get a chance to explore the culinary traditions of the Puglia region (better known as the “heel” of Italy), where wine, olive oil, grains, vegetables, salumi, and seafood reign supreme on the stoves and plates of the Southern Italian people. Guests will stay in a 17th century manor overlooking a lemon grove.
Are you drooling yet? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot this summer.