Each year we try to change things a little - adding a new course to the cooking calendar, adding new elements to the exciting courses - well in general - shake the bag a little once in a while.
The cooking course are spaced out through the whole year - on our web site - www.ilghiottoneumbro.com - we have the cooking calendar with all the dates and availabilities for the year to come.
Most of the courses takes place at the house in Todi, where you will stay during the course.
This is our new cooking course for 2019.
A whole new concept at Il Ghiottone Umbro - we will relocate to bella Roma for a long weekend both in the spring and autumn.
For 3 days we will be eating and cooking our way through the delicious roman food and other regional delicacies. We have borrowed the charming kitchen from our friend Alice at Latteria Studio - a cooking studio on the border between Trastevere and Monteverde.
The 2 cooking lessons will be "market to table" cooking - nothing is planned - we will go to the market together in the morning and see what's available - and together we will walk back to the kitchen to cook up a nice lunch. We will be making lots of delicious antipasti, different homemade pastas, gnocchi, sauces, pestos and tasty desserts.
You will also enjoy aperitivi at local enotecas, welcome dinner at the one and only Armando al Pantheon and pizza night at Emma pizzeria.
The dates are:
4th to 7th of April 2019 - just 1 spot left - grab the last spot for €525
10th to 13th of October 2019 - 4 spots left
The price is € 600 per person and include: welcome aperitivo, dinner, 2 market to table cooking lessons, aperitivo and pizza dinner. The price does NOT include accommodation in Rome.
Italian Summer Cooking
This course will celebrate all the sun ripened veggies of the summer - not strictly vegetarian - but vegetables will be the main player. During the 3 cooking lesson, we will concentrate on all the delicious anti pasti and primi dishes of the summer - fill the table each night with simple dishes, that you can easily recreate back home.
We will also visit a local organic farm, that makes some of the best goat's cheese around. We will go for a walk in the stables and talk to Anne-Line about life in the Umbrian country side, see the animals, then of the dairy for a talk about how to make cheese and finally a tasting of the different cheeses produced on the farm.
Wine will also be part of the course - one day we will visit a local biodynamic vine yard - that more or less makes wine, like in the old days - everything is concentrated around the concept, that you should always give more back to the earth than you take. We will go for a walk in the vine yards, talk about this biodynamic way of making wine, then of the the cellar for more info before we sit down for a tasting of the wines.
The dates are:
24th to 28th of July 2019
The price is € 850 per person. This include 4 night stay in a double room, breakfast, welcome dinner, 3 cooking lessons and visits to organic farm and vinery.
The summer is still full on and hopefully the garden and the fields are full of sweet tomatoes - this course is all about tomatoes. A part of the course will be all about preserving and canning the tomatoes for the winter to come. Peeled tomatoes and passata for the larder. We will also be making the sicilian sun dried tomato paste - Strattu. Each cooking lesson will be filled with red and sweet tomatoes in various anti pasti, primi, secondi and even sweets.
We will also visit a local vinery for a great tasting of biodynamic wines.
The dates are :
21st to 25th August 2019
The price is € 750 per person and include a 4 night stay in double room, breakfast, welcome dinner, visit to local vinery and 3 cooking lessons.
Here we pay special focus on our beautiful region of Umbria and all it has to offer - a week long cooking course emerged in Umbria and all its glory. During the 3 cooking lessons we will cook all seasonal food, packed with flavour but still easy to do. Expect lots anti pasti, home made pasta, gnocchi, rich soups a hearty stew, breads and sweets.
One of the mornings we will be spending time with a local guide from Assisi - getting to know this amazing town and all its history and about the legend Francesco of Assisi. This is followed by a rustic country lunch full of grilled meats.
We are also going truffle hunting one morning - we will spend a few hours together with Bruno and his dogs looking for this priced mushroom. All the walking and hunting will have left us hungry - so we will walk to the restaurant for a truffle lunch.
We will also be visiting a vine yard and have a tasting as well as making a visit to a farm with production of organic goat's cheeses.
A busy week - but still time to relax and absorb all the experiences of bella Umbria.
The dates are:
16th until 22nd of September 2019
The price is € 1500 per person - this include a 6 night stay with breakfast, 3 cooking lessons, guided city walk in Assisi with lunch, truffle hunt with lunch, visits to vine yard and farm with tastings.