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Tuscan Culinary One-Day Cooking Class

Cortona, Italy
+39 339 199 3070
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Bucket list -- cooking in Tuscany

From shopping in Cortona to preparing two different kinds of zucchini blossoms, the day was a great... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Linda S
Fantastic cooking class

We were a group of 4 women who all enjoy cooking. Shirley is a delightful person and an excellent... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2018
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Our One-Day Cooking Class is informal, fun and hands-on. The class taught in English and designed around a typical Tuscan meal with fresh local in season ingredients. You will start the full day course by meeting the instructor, Shirley Ofria at a café in the historic center of Cortona. Over a typical Tuscan breakfast of cappuccino and pastry, you will choose from our recipe booklet what you want to prepare. After breakfast and menu planning, you will go to the various markets to collect all the necessary ingredients.When you finish with the shopping, it’s off to our home in San Egidio, just ten minutes above the wall surrounding historic Cortona. When you arrive at the house, the aprons go on and the work begins. You will start by making appetizers that will later serve as a light lunch break. After lunch, it’s back to work to start on the first course, second course, side dishes and of course desert. When everything is ready you will sit down to enjoy and critique your creations. The meal can be served inside or out, weather permitting.The course includes; menu planning, shopping, breakfast, lunch, dinner (all food and wine) and the recipe booklet. Dietary restrictions are welcome and if there is something specific you want to do, please contact us several day in advance of your class day.
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Cortona, Italy
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+39 339 199 3070
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From shopping in Cortona to preparing two different kinds of zucchini blossoms, the day was a great success! I would recommend Shirley for a full day -- we prepared lunch and dinner and got to try our hand a t a variety of recipes.

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Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

We were a group of 4 women who all enjoy cooking. Shirley is a delightful person and an excellent teacher with lots of great tips. We made several dishes ; fettuccini, gnocchi and spinach ricotta ravioli - all from scratch, delicious zucchini blossoms, stuffed tomatoes...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2018

Shirley is a super knowledgeable cook who loves to share her passion for Tuscan food. We were four women who met her for coffee, planned the groceries, learned how to (and how not to shop) in local markets and made two feasts - lunch and...More

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Reviewed 27 June 2018

The teacher Shirley is first class, We spent a full day cooking Great food (real Italian).and so good I would recomend this school for anybody visiting Cortona and wishing to learn to cook the Italian way, Shirley is the one to visit

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Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

VERY, very recomendable cooking class . It was the best culinary experience in tuscany . The food was much better than at even any restaurant that we tried during our stay. In this serious course we started selecting top quality raw materials from the Cortona...More

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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

What a fun experience! Meet the instructor for coffee then shop for groceries, prep and cook lunch and diner. Shirley and Chuck were perfectly lovely, informative, and fun! Jean from Florida

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Reviewed 10 June 2018

We met Shirley in a small cafe in Cortona and immediately felt e had made the right choice. From the shopping experience to the trip to her magnificent house in the hills to lunch through dinner, we had a wonderful experience. The cooking was fun...More

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Reviewed 24 April 2018

Owners of our villa rental referred us to this cooking class. It was fabulous, it more than exceeded our expectations. Francesca and her daughter were lovely, and good teachers. It was fun, lots of laughter and we learned a lot. The food was delicious. In...More

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Reviewed 14 November 2017

We were an oversized group of 9 great friends with widely varying levels of experience, from professional to "I don't cook, period." Shirley managed to accommodate, educate, incorporate and delight all of us for an entire day. The grounds and kitchen are both like a...More

Thank Michael K
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

Can't say enough wonderful things about our fun filled day in Cortona with Shirley. First the shopping in Cortona at all of her favorite shops. Then off to cook at her lovely home on the hillside. My husband and I loved the class all and...More

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MarylinLakeland
9 January 2018|
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Response from IL_Rifugio | Property representative |
Sorry about that. I will check into it and send you an email now. Chuck
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neil i
24 July 2017|
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Response from IL_Rifugio | Property representative |
Can you please contact me by email? It's easier for me to correspond and keep track of bookings that way. You can find our website at TuscanCullinary on the internet for details. Thanks, Chuck Ofria
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