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Good Tastes of Tuscany caters to Wild Oats Cooking classes in Tuscany: U.S natural food supermarket chain reward employees with a Tuscan cooking class



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Good Tastes of Tuscany caters to Wild Oats Cooking classes in Tuscany: U.S natural food supermarket chain reward employees with a Tuscan cooking class










Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) October 5, 2005

Wild Oats, with a family of over 110 stores in 24 states and British Columbia, and an annual sales figure of more than $ 1 billion dollars, chose Good Tastes of Tuscany, a division of Connextions Group, to reward its employees for good performance.

The chosen staff members underwent a one-day advanced cooking class in Tuscany at the 13th century villa. The grand finale was a dinner party at Villa PandolfiniÂ’s ornately frescoed dance hall. The heady mix of gourmet cuisine, vintage wine and soul-stirring music in an ambiance bursting with tradition and culture left the guests replete.                                                

The Villa Pandolfini, which, in its rich past, accommodated such guests as Napoleon Bonaparte and King Charles VIII of France, has high vaulted ceilings, a fireplace in the kitchen, a loggia looking out into a breathtaking renaissance garden and gold gilded mirrors and antique furniture.

About Tuscany Cooking Classes:

Good Tastes of Tuscany provides hands-on coaching in traditional Tuscan cuisine and offers intensive, single-day classes tailored to meet specific needs and varying proficiency levels, as well as more prolonged courses. The cooking classes in Tuscany are customized to suit individual requirements and there is even a course for young chefs. “Wine appreciation classes and tours are also conducted,” says Massimo Brogi, Media Relations Manager.

The highly experienced cooking instructors, Lisa and Maurizio, both native to Florence, impart tips that canÂ’t be found in any cookery book and teach traditional Tuscan recipes. Participants learn to make a complete Italian meal, from appetizers to dessert. The extra virgin olive oil and the wine come from the scenic estates of the Villa Pandolfini itself.

The Villa Pandolfini is a mere 10-minute drive from Florence and pick-up facilities are available from the city. Rooms can be rented out at the villa itself, and visitors can make it their base, not only for the cooking courses but also for sightseeing trips.

The Courses Covered by the Cooking Classes in Tuscany:

Good Tastes of Tuscany offers lessons in Italian cooking round the year, and more classes were added this autumn. The courses are affordably priced, and there is something to suit every requirement, regardless of cooking experience, knowledge of the region or proficiency in the Italian language.

Wild Oats offers a complete range of natural foods and supplements, and features environmentally conscious and cruelty-free body care and household products. It is committed to providing customers with the best of natural foods and health products and imports extra virgin olive oil from Tuscany for its stores.

Good Tastes of Tuscany, which uses only locally available, seasonal and freshly procured ingredients for its cooking courses, was a natural choice for Wild Oats to give its valued employees a rewarding experience. “A highly-enjoyable event that was very helpful for our business and also for our knowledge,” was how one satisfied participant described the trip of a lifetime.

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Renaissance Cooking Courses Offered in Tuscany, Italy



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Renaissance Cooking Courses Offered in Tuscany, Italy










Florence, Italy (PRWEB) December 1, 2007

Good Tastes of Tuscany Cookery School introduces daily and weekly cooking classes specializing in Renaissance Cuisines.

Good Tastes of Tuscany, a cooking school that provides hands-on experience in cooking the traditional Tuscan way in Tuscany, Italy. Good Tastes of Tuscany has added new items to its portfolio. In 2008 the it is offering courses in Renaissance cooking, sharing with you the gastronomical splendors of this fascinating period of Italian history.

The Renaissance is well known for the many frontiers it breached in art & science, but great heights were scaled in the culinary arts which is lesser known, says Massimo Brogi, Media Relations Manager of Good Tastes of Tuscany.

The cuisine of the period was as rich and varied as the art and literature of the time, the menus of the day redolent with spices were replete with succulent meats and decadent desserts. There was great interest in the medicinal properties of food and religion had a strong influence on menus with the Church dictating that certain foods were to be avoided at certain times of the year.    

The cuisine of the rich was vastly different from that of a poor man’s home, until gradually the distinctions became blurred. Today, the Renaissance influence still echoes in many of the Tuscan dishes that has become world-famous, like the Ribollita, Minestrone and Tripe.

During these cookery classes, you will have the opportunity to learn about seasonal and regional factors that had a bearing on the food served at the Renaissance table. Presentation was also of utmost importance in that era – learn how food was served in artistic and innovative ways.

There will be two different formats offered for the courses in Renaissance cooking. While one is a single-day format, the other will be a week-long experience incorporating not only time in the kitchen but also excursions out into the countryside to enjoy some of the villas, gardens and monuments still present from the Medici era. Participants in the Good Tastes of Tuscany cooking courses will learn how to prepare and make a complete meal, from appetizer to dessert and we promise that you will carry a piece of the Golden Age of Italy back home.

The classes are held at Villa Pandolfini, a gracious 13th century estate, just 15 minutes from Florence, Italy. The wine and the extra virgin olive oil used in the cooking classes are sourced from the estate. Pick-up facilities are available for those who make Florence their base, but rooms can also be rented at the villa itself.

Good Tastes of Tuscany Cookery School offers lessons round the year. The classes, which are suitable for both the novice and the experienced, are affordably priced and can also be customized to cater to larger groups.

For more information, please contact Max Brogi at: mbrogi @ connextionsgroup.us or cooking @ tuscany-cooking-class.com

For inquiries in the US:

Good Tastes of Tuscany

2825 East Cottonwood Parkway

Suite 500, Salt Lake City, Utah 84121

USA

Tel 801 6062843

For inquiries in Italy:

Telephone: +39 335 8361633

Fax:(39) 02 95441357

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Good Tastes of Tuscany, at the “Metro Cooking & Entertainment Show” Washington DC November 2010



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Good Tastes of Tuscany, at the “Metro Cooking & Entertainment Show” Washington DC November 2010










Florence (PRWEB) November 6, 2010

Good Tastes of Tuscany… a “Cooking Class with a difference”, will be showcasing its culinary programs and cooking talents at the Metro Cooking & Entertainment Show to be held at Washington Convention Center, Washington DC , USA from November 13-14th 2010.

There are thousands of cookery treats and giveaways in store for the customers who visit the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show. They include several hundred exhibitors; live cooking demonstrations, tasting workshops, food and wine pairings, celebrity events, events for kids and various food and wine related seminars. There are general admissions and special ticketed events.

Good Tastes of Tuscany can be found at Stand # 704 where they can provide information on their wine tours, olive oil tours, and most importantly their popular cooking classes that include Single day, Multiple Day and a 7 Day Culinary Adventure. They will be doing “live demonstrations” of fresh pasta making giving you just a ‘taste’ of what they offer in Tuscany during our classes.

Encompassing the old with the new, blending modern cooking technology with ancient culinary wisdom has been the principle on which this cooking school has operated from the kitchens of a wine and olive oil farm called the Villa Pandolfini Estate, located near Florence in Tuscany Italy.

In keeping with the times, the Good Tastes of Tuscany by Connextions Group Inc can be followed on facebook, twitter and their recent technological foray is the free application ‘Tuscan Foods’ which can be downloaded free onto your iPhone.

The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show is open to the public from 10am to 7pm on Saturday, November 13, 2010 and from 10am to 5 pm on Sunday November 14, 2010.

For additional information

Massimo Brogi

Connextions Group Inc

Suite 500, 2825 East Cottonwood Parkway,

Salt Lake City , UT 84121, USA

Phone: (801) 606 -2843

info(at)tuscany-cooking-class(dot)com

http://www.connextionsgroup.us

http://www.tuscany-cooking-class.com

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Cooking Tours of Tuscany Create Memories of a Lifetime

Cooking is a passion for many worldwide. Learning recipes from different regions of the world enables chefs to tour the globe without ever leaving the kitchen. Of all varieties, Italian cooking is perhaps the most enjoyed and studied. Amateur and advanced chefs alike both work hard to master the preparation of exotic Italian dishes. Even within Italy itself the culinary styles vary greatly, with Tuscany generally being renowned as the best. Tuscan cooking focuses on simple yet delicious dishes which combine simple, fresh ingredients with advanced cooking techniques. There is no better way to learn the art of Tuscan cooking than a cooking tour of Tuscany.

Visitors to Tuscany who opt for a quality guided tour will learn the culinary arts from experienced local chefs. Chefs, guides, and sommeliers will accompany guests to local markets to discover how to pick the perfect ingredients and match them to a proper wine. Tuscan cooking style requires lot of fresh vegetables, spices and wine, all readily available in Tuscany. Many of the recipes for Tuscan style cooking which guests learn have been passed through generations and these dishes are cooked in the same manner as they were cooked thousands of years ago.

On a cooking tour of Tuscany , guests learn to cook side by side with their host chefs. Chefs are happy to offer constant guidance and supervision, offering expert instruction in a fun atmosphere. Cooking classes are generally best taught in small groups so that everyone can get complete attention from the chef and learn to cook in the authentic Tuscan style.

Along with cooking, a tour to Tuscany would not be complete without a visit to Italian wine orchards and wine cellars in Tuscany. Visitors will enjoy a sampling of famous Italian wines. Once the cooking classes are over, there is quite a lot to explore in the quaint towns and villages of Tuscany, which are filled with beautiful villas, sprawling meadows and friendly people.

If you are planning to visit Tuscany and be a part of a cooking tour of Tuscany contacts TuscanyCookingCourses.com. Their expert planners will work with you to create the perfect trip. Whether you are looking for simply a villa rental or a complete tour package including a cooking tour of Tuscany, Italian Tuscany wine tastings, visits to historical locations and much more at very affordable prices contact them to today. Please browse through www.tuscanycookingcourses.com for more information.

Ian Darrah – Co-owner & President. Ian developed Tuscan Way’s Sales and Marketing programs and launched the office in Miami, Florida. He also is involved in business development and adding new Tuscan Way programs. Ian’s love for Tuscany began when he was still a student and an aspiring professional triathlete: studying in Italy and biking the hills of Tuscany. Ian has led triathlon training tours and organized yoga retreats in Tuscany.


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Tuscany Cooking Villas

Tuscany is the most popular region in Central Italy due to its food, wine, culture, and people. A visit to Tuscany’s magical landscape, complete with rolling hills and sprawling valleys, yields amazing memories which last a lifetime. The region is popular with tourists because it offers them not only a fun getaway, but also great opportunities to learn Italian cooking and wine pairing and appreciation.

Tuscany cooking villa accommodations are very popular with tourists, as villas give them an authentic Tuscan experience. Tuscany villa accommodations have in-house kitchens where the guests will learn cooking from expert chefs who have years of cooking experience. A stay in our Tuscany wine villas is a great experience as the guests learn more about popular Tuscan wines and enjoy them at numerous wine tastings. The villa accommodations in Tuscany are the best choice for travelers who want to make the most of their Tuscany holiday.

Finding the right Tuscany cooking villa which meets your expectations can be a challenge. For the average consumer it is quite difficult to locate the perfect villa with the amenities you want at an affordable price. Choosing the right villa to suit your individual needs can be difficult and time-consuming.

This is why some offers only high quality properties in Italy all in extraordinary luxury estates; from large group villas to small intimate cottages all of our properties are personally chosen by us. We carefully consider the needs of each guest and suggest an appropriate location. Some provides an excellent service to travelers looking for that perfect food or wine vacation in Tuscany.

The firm also employs guides who, as Tuscan natives, have a deep understanding of Italian art and history, the ancient architecture, and the wonderful sights which add to the appeal of the Tuscany cooking villas. All the villa accommodations in Tuscany offered by the company are spacious and equipped with all the facilities needed for a comfortable stay. Our collaboration with Tuscan Way, the top provider for Tuscan food and wine tours, enables us to offer luxury villas at affordable prices. online hotel booking

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Florence Cooking Lessons | Florence Wine And Tuscany Culinary Tours | Florence Uncorked

Italy food lovers visiting Tuscany beware! Guests traveling to Florence in Tuscany be prepared to enjoy the finer things of life. Great Italian food, great Tuscan wines and wonderful Renaissance settings!

Nancy Aiello Tours offers limitless opportunities to enjoy the life of real Florence and tour Tuscany like a local. Nancy Aiello’s guests will venture inside Florence as only locals know it, tour local food markets, cook in a private Florentine home, and enjoy Florence as the Florentine do.
Tuscany is rightly considered Italy’s premier food and wine region famous worldwide for its Chianti region and famed Chianti red wine. Tuscany boasts not only the most prestigious red wines, but is also home to the finest sweet wines and excellent dry white wines. The variety of wines produced in Tuscany is staggering and we have designed the most comprehensive and tasty Florence and Tuscany culinary tours to inspire the taste of our most demanding guests.

Since 1997 Nancy AielloTours advises independent travelers visiting Italy with the finest private tours of Florence and Tuscany combined with VIP Italy travel services and private transportation to experience and enjoy the made in Italy life and style.

Nancy Aiello Tours’ team of travel consultant and licensed Italy tour guides draw on extensive local knowledge to provide detailed & customized tours of Florence to enjoy Italy art galleries and Florence museums, Tuscan healthy home cooking lessons and well-being. These Italy VIP travel services include Florence airports and Livorno ports of call welcome, recommendation of Florence hotels and luxury accommodation in Tuscany, Florence private transfers and logistics arrangements, private Florence cooking lessons and Florence markets tours.

To learn more about Nancy Aiello’s Private guided tour of Florence or to plan a Tuscany holiday and memorable trip to Italy please contact info@nancyaiellotours.com

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Tuscany Cooking Courses: Lessons from the Masters

Cooking is a skill practiced by many, but mastered by few. Plenty of school lunches are packed and after work dinners hastily made without much thought about the ingredients and how they meld together and affect the palate. Not all is lost however in today’s fast paces culture — the chef at Benihana as he expertly butterflies shrimp gets it. The old Italian pizza cook who masterfully throws the dough millimeters from the ceiling, but it never touches, gets it. The strongest remaining fortress of old world culinary delight is hands down Tuscany, Italy.

Tuscan cooking, fundamentally, is about simple, choice ingredients being masterfully p[prepared. As the world took note, and the legend of Tuscan Master Chefs began to spread a large amount of interest was generated concerning the classic Tuscan dishes and the wines they are so perfectly coupled with. Now that the secret is out, a whole industry has been created which offers tourists a range of options for Tuscany cooking courses, such as the ones offered by Tuscan Way, have guests spending time with sommeliers as well, allowing them to not only enjoy, but also understand, what goes into the perfect wine pairing. This is knowledge that is sure to stick with you after the trip, making guests the resident wine experts wherever they go. The cooking classes in Tuscany are equally lasting. Next time visitors long for the Tuscan landscape they can take what they learned and apply it in their own kitchen. As the spices began to dance across their tongues visions of Tuscany are sure to follow.

TuscanWay.com is the perfect Tuscany tour provider to choose. They offer affordable excursions and classes throughout Tuscany with a level of experience and access simply not found in the other agencies.  TuscanWay.com offers accommodations in elegant medieval villas and homes situated in enchanting locations throughout the Tuscan countryside. Hosts and property owners welcome guests with warm hearts and open arms. Personalized services let guests feel like Tuscany is their new home away from home. Cooking lessons are taught in the fully equipped kitchen of villas and by experienced chefs, many of whom are internationally renowned masters. Local guides, who have a complete knowledge of Tuscany, take guests on excursions to all the charming sights of the Tuscany. Visit www.tuscanway.com for more information.

Ian Darrah – Co-owner & President. Ian developed Tuscan Way’s Sales and Marketing programs and launched the office in Miami, Florida. He also is involved in business development and adding new Tuscan Way programs. Ian’s love for Tuscany began when he was still a student and an aspiring professional triathlete: studying in Italy and biking the hills of Tuscany. Ian has led triathlon training tours and organized yoga retreats in Tuscany.


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