The Original Farm To Table Experience.
Our culinary workshops are a combination of interactive preparation, wine selection and intimate conversations with local chefs that will leave you with a deep appreciation and understanding of the cuisine and culture of Puglia.
We think it is important to not just learn recipes but understand the building blocks of the cuisine. That is why we spend equal time in the kitchen preparing food as we do out exploring what makes it so unique - we will make pasta in a small family trattoria, see how olive oil is produced at a centuries-old olive mill, and learn how to make (and eat!) fresh mozzarella. Each venue and host has been selected to share recipes and traditions unique to each meal.
It would not be a Friends in Puglia experience without immersing you in the rhythm of Southern Italian life. Days are structured but with a relaxed pace, allowing for both discovery and down time.
Puglia is the breadbasket of Italy with fertile soil, mediterranean sun, surrounded by water on three sides, and over 60 million olive trees. Pugliese cuisine is marked by an abundance of vegetables - grilled and simply dressed with olive oil, or simmered to perfection in pasta sauce. The region is also known for fresh made mozzarella, burrata and goat cheeses from the rocky inland murgia. The landscape is dotted with Masserie, fortified farmhouses from the days when pirates roamed the coastlines, where meat, cheeses and vegetables are all produced on site for the ultimate “farm to table” experience. To top it off, the full flavored tomatoes and peppery olive oils are complemented a juicy, well structured Primitivo wine that traces its lineage from the Phoenicians, while a crisp rose of Negro Amaro goes perfectly with fish eaten al fresco with a view of the sea.
Our Base: Monopoli
The bustling port town of Monopoli is the perfect home base for our workshop. Staying within the walls of the old city you can relax into a daily routine, wandering the pedestrian streets and alleyways to enjoy an espresso or aperitivo on one of the hidden piazzas, or sitting among the fisherman on the old port. A two minute walk outside the town walls takes you to the beach with turquoise water, and on your way back home you can stop at one of the best gelaterias in all of Italy (we don’t say that lightly).
A sample day in our culinary workshop:
After breakfast, meet to go to a local farmhouse for a tour of the gardens and olive groves, followed by a cooking class by the owner and lunch of what we have created.
Afternoon free to explore or just relax at the beach or in the piazza.
Early evening aperitivo wine tasting and local cheese pairing with Sommelier.
Dinner on your own (if you are still hungry!), we have recommendations and three nights we will all cook and eat dinner together.
What is included:
All transportation to and from cooking classes and cultural events.
Three lunches and three dinners (beverages & wine included).
One aperitivo (wine, light appetizers).
Instruction and cultural tours.
Support and recommendations to ensure you fully enjoy your time in Puglia.
Accommodations are NOT included in the price.
Accommodations are not included in the price. Why? There is such a variety of accommodations available in the old town of Monopoli and we want to ensure each guest gets what they want and need. Some people prefer an Airbnb with a kitchen, others prefer a five star hotel with a pool. Once you book the workshop we will help you book the right accommodation for you.
$1800 per person
Please inquire using our contact form for 2020 dates