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Italian Food Artisans/Pamela Sheldon Johnswww.FoodArtisans.com
Trip Planning, Italy, Cooking Classes and Tours
Cookbook author Pamela Sheldon Johns' organic Tuscan farm: B & B and cooking school
Location: Montepulciano, Tuscany and other regions of Italy
Tuscan B&B and cooking class
2 nights bed & breakfast in Tuscany at Poggio Etrusco
A regular visitor to Italy since 1983, Pamela has spent the last fifteen years working there, overseeing week-long culinary programs and exploring the backroads of Italian food culture as she researched her 15 cookbooks. She lives in Tuscany with her family. Pamela is an international juror and lifetime member of Slow Food, a former national board member of the American Institute of Wine & Food, and a professional member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.
Reaching south from Florence, the province of Siena ripples with the gentle forested hills of Chianti into the rich valleys of the Chiana and Orcia Rivers. The area bubbles with the earthly pleasures of hot mineral waters and agricultural wonders. It is a region of contrasts.
Depending on the season, travelers are treated to the visual splendors of the blazing colors of reddened grape leaves or cheery sunflowers, soothed by billowing fields of wheat. Beyond Chianti, the road is less traveled by tourists, less touched by the winds of commercialism. It is not uncommon to see deer, porcupine, pairs of pheasant, and perhaps even wild boar as you drive or walk the area. Many quaint and traditional food-making practices still exist here. The highlighted foods of this area are the olive oil, pecorino cheese, truffles and porcini mushrooms, and Chianina beef.
We will enjoy the many wonderful wines of Tuscany: Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Morrelino di Scansano, and the Rosso and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (some from our own organic vineyard).
You’ll also be introduced to some uniquely local products such as our handrolled pasta called pici and a pork sausage called finocchiona, which is salted and cured in a coating of aromatic wild fennel flowers and black pepper. Accommodations are in the countryside at Pamela Sheldon Johns' gracious farm, Poggio Etrusco (near Montepulciano, halfway between Florence and Rome).
On 15 acres, Poggio Etrusco has an active oliveto with 800 olive trees.
Our goal is to introduce you to the true traditional cuisine of this part of Tuscany. You will learn from the local men and women, from home cooks to chefs, farmers to artisan producers. You will have experiences that are unique to where we live, including dinners in private homes, market visits, mushroom hunting, or helping with the grape vendemmia or olive harvest, in season. You will return home with recipes and a new inspiration for using Italy’s traditional ingredients.
Company: Italian Food Artisans/Pamela Sheldon Johns
Name: Italian Food Artisans, LLC
Street: 27 W. Anapamu St. #427
City: Santa Barbara,
Zip/Postal Code: 93101
Phone: 39/0578.798.370 or US voice mail: 805-963-7289
Website: www.FoodArtisans.comE-mail: Click here to send an e-mail inquiry
Listing #1842, on Slow Travel since 8/19/2005
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