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Italian Food Artisans/Pamela Sheldon Johns


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Cookbook author Pamela Sheldon Johns' organic Tuscan farm: B & B and cooking school

Location: Montepulciano, Tuscany and other regions of Italy

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Special Offer

Tuscan B&B and cooking class

2 nights bed & breakfast in Tuscany at Poggio Etrusco and a cooking class for two or more persons with cookbook author Pamela Sheldon Johns, Euro 225 per person.

  • Cookbook author Pamela Sheldon Johns invites you to her organic Tuscan farm/Bed & Breakfast near Montepulciano. In addition to staying in one of her lovely apartments (see our Slow Trav ad), Pamela offers one-day or week-long culinary workshops. Immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of Tuscany by experiencing the passion of food and wine in the kitchen, at the table, and in the marketplace. Each day includes either hands-on cooking classes or demonstrations at local restaurants, along with visits to each region's food artisans. The classes are taught in English or fully translated, and offer you the experience of regional, seasonal Italian cuisine.

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.
We have an organic kitchen garden to pick our fresh, seasonal produce from. Our three neighboring farms provide us with organic fruit, wine, and pecorino cheese. The views are breath-taking from every angle. In the distance we can see the charming hilltown of Cortona, and nearby we see the ancient towers of the historic town of Chianciano Terme. In warm weather, we can enjoy the swimming pool and dine al fresco. In cool weather we can dine in the family dining room and sip our after-dinner drinks in front of the fireplace.

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. 

  • A day in the Tuscan countryside: One-day workshops also available for a minimum of two people (if you're coming from Florence or Rome: no car needed, we will pick you up and return you to the Chiusi train station)
  • Pamela also takes groups to other regions, such as Piemonte, Campania, Veneto, Puglia, Sicily, and Emilia-Romagna. See the itineraries at the website, www.FoodArtisans.com.
  • Groups of six or more may book an exclusive week year round. Please see our website, www.FoodArtisans.com for dates, sample itineraries and more information about Pamela’s cookbooks and Poggio Etrusco, her Bed & Breakfast in Tuscany.

Contact Information

Company: Italian Food Artisans/Pamela Sheldon Johns

Name: Italian Food Artisans, LLC

Street: 27 W. Anapamu St. #427

City: Santa Barbara,

State/Province: CA

Country: USA

Zip/Postal Code: 93101

Phone: 39/0578.798.370 or US voice mail: 805-963-7289

Fax: 39/0578.798.370

Website: www.FoodArtisans.com

E-mail: Click here to send an e-mail inquiry

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