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Professional Italian Cuisine
Tradition & Evolution
in Italy's Gastronomic Heartland
12 DAYS FULL IMMERSION & ALL INCLUSIVE OF ACCOMMODATIONS,
ALL MEALS, COURSE
MATERIALS & CULTURAL TRAVEL TO ITALY'S TOP RESTAURANTS AND WINE
& FOOD PRODUCERS
Presented in Tuscany, Italy with Epicurean Travel to Florence, Umbria,
Chianti and more!
11 - 23, 2013
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all inclusive course combines full immersion training for
classic and modern cuisine, baking and wines with fine dining
and cultural gastronomic travel throughout Tuscany and Umbria.
preparation of advanced base recipes cover both traditional
and the latest regional Italian, European and Continental
dishes. These preparations include demonstrations and hands-on
and focus on in-depth analysis of raw ingredients, seasonal
propriety and appropriate substitutions based on availability
and cost factors. Preparations center on modern healthier
cuisine using reduction techniques, infusions and the correct
use of oils: techniques that synthesize haute cuisine with
the simplicity of the Mediterranean.
these progressive principles, participants are introduced
to new recipe development as traditional Regional and Mediterranean
cuisine meets the modern gastronomic principles of balancing
flavor, texture, color and quantity. Appetizers, first and
second courses, mezzi, the four types of European buffets
and the fashionable Menu di Degustazione are all covered.
special category, Neither Meat nor Fish, includes vegan and
vegetarian dishes that are interchangeable on the menu and
whose preparations accentuate modern plating technique and
WINE AND CULTURAL TRAVEL
and gastronomic travel highlight the second week of this program.
Several specially selected and meticulously planned excursions
bring participants to two of the most important regions in
Italy for food and wine: Tuscany and Umbria. Each of the cities
and towns have been chosen based on their international importance
for the production of products that have become hallmarks
of Regional Italian Cuisine and household names throughout
special recap of the program and the importance of Italian
regional cuisine on the international scene is presented by
Italy's most famous chefs. As the second part of the program
explores Italy, the evolution of Italian cuisine is experienced
as much during travel and dining as it is in the lab...
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PROGRAM DATES 2013
Arrival and welcome dinner
in Valdichiana, check in the hotel
Meet in lobby to proceed to a Welcome Dinner and Reception featuring
a Tuscan feast and special guests and friends, situated amongst beautiful
green gardens and waterfalls with ICI Director John Nocita and other
members of the equipe.
and overnight at the hotel
Sunday - Raw Ingredients & Flavor Perception; Extra Virgin Olive
Oil Analysis; Technical Overview; Base Preparations; History of Cuisine
Lecture, demonstration, tasting
dish is only as good as the raw ingredients that are used to construct
it. This intensive introductory day gives participants a profound understanding
of the most indispensable products used in regional Italian cuisine
and patissier. Degustation and gustatory analysis are the processes
by which culinarians taste and analyze each single ingredient and classifies
them according to intensity and region thus enabling him or her to create
dishes and recipes authentically and, if necessary, to make suitable
substitutions based on a clear guideline.
day culminates with the preparation of 'component' ingredients, the
technique by which raw materials that are personalized for specific
clienteles and which recognize the limitations in availability of some
Italian products allowing participants to create authentic Italian haute
cuisine anywhere in the world.
Monday - Pasta, pasta, pasta...
Italy, restaurateurs know that it's not a question of IF a patron will
order pasta, it's just a matter of WHICH one. Internationally, what
was a trend has now become an essential part of menus in Italian and
Continental restaurants, and hotels throughout the world. For restaurant
patrons, pasta represents a healthy, tasty, colorful dish. For chefs,
pasta represents unlimited creativity and for restaurateurs it represents
addition to hands-on preparation, participants learn Regionalism: understanding
where each pasta comes from in Italy enables culinarians to identify
the appropriate sauces or condiments for that dish. It also gives a
clear idea of how to pair that dish with the perfect wine and, most
importantly, create an entire regional menu with pasta as the starter.
this one day lesson, participants work hands-on alongside the master
preparing over 50 types of pasta in just one day!
at the hotel
history of pasta and the role of pasta in regional Italian cooking
and the F&B sector generally.
natural colors and dyes
still boasts the world's most innovative pasta and pasta assembles.
is tinted with all natural colors and either shaped or stuffed
in a myriad of ways.
pasta with sheep's cheese ricotta and borrage in saffron sauce.
preparation of a series of white, colored and multicolored egg based
preparation of a series of white, colored and multicolored stuffed
preparation of a series of eggless and alternative flour pasta:
technique of matching pasta and sauces according to gustatory perception,
aesthetics and menu position.
regional stuffed pastas and baked "gratinati" will be
new series of innovative stuffed pastas and baked "gratinati"
will be introduced demonstrating the technique of developing new
recipes based on market availability and cost factors.
Preparation of traditional and innovative pasta pies, torts and "timballi".
of gnocchi: potato and vegetable based "low carb" pasta.
at the hotel.
- Artisan Breakfast Feast; Express Mediterranean Cooking; Making Perfect
Risotto; Visit to an Enoteca, Gastronomy and Fashion Designer Outlet
Degustation, Demo and Hands-on, Travel
at the hotel.
Italiana alla Artigiana"
the age of frozen breakfast pastries, packaged breads and individually
made condiments, the classic Italian breakfast has become as exclusive
as fine dinning is at many other time of the day. Assorted hearth
breads, freshly prepared creams of nuts and chocolate mass and jams
made with seasonal fruit highlight this ´colazione´
or first meal. So rare, even in Italy an artisan breakfast can only
be found at select cafes at triple the price of a common continental
breakfast. A Brief explanation of the meal and its importance to
your future clients is followed by a tasting of this artisan feast.
Italian and Mediterranean Cooking
side by side preparation of inter-regional Italian cuisine where
dishes are prepared in the traditional manner and then elevated
to the standards of modern cuisine, aesthetics and health standards
clearly demonstrating the evolution of Italian cuisine.
Cucina Espressa" Mediterranean Cooking in under 10 minutes.
techniques used in these preparations give participants the ability
to create literally hundreds of unique, healthy and colorful "express"
dishes. Our dishes will be seasonal and change accordingly.
delicacies are prepared using one of the world's most precious ingredients.
the best rice.
and execution of perfect risotto
Feast (Part II)
afternoon for shopping at Tuscany's most popular fashion designer outlet
as well as an array of stupendous gastronomy and wine stores for buying
at the hotel.
- Cultural Gastronomic Travel in Siena and Pienza
Exploring an Open Air Market in Siena; Visit to Pienza, Tuscany
at the hotel
for Mercatino in Siena for shopping and tasting. A typical
Italian open air market offers culinarians an insight to the country's
most traditional aspects as well as an opportunity to browse foods,
cheeses, wines and cured meats that are still produced by artisans,
many of which are unavailable even in other parts of Italy less the
compare and taste the difference between these products to those of
the industrial sector and, most importantly, discover delicacies still
unknown to most...
survived the dark ages, Pienza was named 'Utopia' at the birth of
the Renaissance. The great thinkers of the time considered its architecture
an design to be a perfectly balanced relationship between man and
nature. Nowadays, this charming Tuscan town is best known for its
bustling winding cobblestone streets, myriads of shops and, of course,
its sublime wine and cheese at every corner.
in a traditional trattoria in Pienza
free for shopping or for an aperitif in one if the many outdoor cafes.
evening return and dinner at the hotel.
- Cultural Travel in Florence and Chianti
Visit to Florence; Dinner at a Famous Restaurant in Chianti
at the hotel.
in 59 BC by Julius Caesar as "Florentia," Florence (Firenze
in Italian) was first built on the Arno river as a Roman colony.
The commune of Florence was established in the 12th century. By
the middle of the 13th century, Florentine merchants, whose prosperity
was based on the woolen cloth industry, were established in trade
and commerce. It was at this time that the 'florin' was used as
the first gold cold in Europe. In the 14th century, Florence was
one of the five largest cities in Europe, and the Palazzo Vecchio
(city hall) was built by Arnolfo di Cambio and two churches, Santa
Maria Novella and Santa Croce were erected.
Florence is the regional capital of Tuscany and the city is
surrounded by delightful low hills, stunning architecture and
picturesque bridges that cross the Arno river. Florence remains
an important center for commerce especially for high fashion,
leather goods, shoes, textiles, fine foods and wines, gold jewelry
and, of course, art works from the past two thousand years.
arriving in Florence, each guest will be given a program suggesting
how to spend your leisure day and which places to visit in Florence.
Since there is so much to see and everyone has his/her own taste,
guests will be assisted in making this day personal and an English
speaking guide will be available.
arrival, our first stop is Piazzale Michelangelo to view the panorama
of this beautiful city from a hilltop.
at a local restaurant.
include: the Duomo, Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, Pitti Palace, Brancacci
Chapel (Macasscio's great frescoes on the Life of St. Peter), Galleria
dell' Accademia (Michelangelo's Statue of David-1504), Church of San
Lorenzo (Interior designed by Brunelleschi), Unfinished Tomb for Lorenzo
de' Medici by Michelangelo, featuring his Madonna and Child, etc.
before he started working with Anthony Bordain, Dario Cecchini
was already a legend in Tuscany. Even as Tuscany is a gastronomic
goldmine, it may best be known for its famous Florentine meat.
Dario is the region's most famous butcher and his butcher shop
(in the family for four generations) is still right next store
to his award winning restaurant.
return to the hotel.
- Wine Lesson; Cultural Travel and Visit to a Winery in Montalcino
Wine Lesson: "The Customer is NOT Always Right" How to
Order Wine in a Restaurant; Visit to Castello Banfi for a Wine Tasting
of Brunello di Montalcino...in Montalcino, Tuscany
at the hotel.
lesson "The Customer is NOT Always Right"
satirical play on those that order wine in restaurants and those
that never should...
at the hotel.
visit to the wine estates of Castello Banfi for a tasting at one of
Italy's best known producers.
Consecutive Years ~ Italy’s Premier Vineyard Estate at the VinItaly
of the Year by both Wine Enthusiast and Wine & Spirits Magazine
Ten Wines (Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio
all’Oro) by Wine Spectator.
most gratifying of all is the praise of neighboring vintners
who acknowledge Banfi’s role in pioneering a new era in Brunello
and bringing the wine world’s attention to Montalcino. Banfi
has pioneered clonal research on the Sangiovese vine to produce
a more consistently excellent Brunello di Montalcino, and
reduced sulfites and histamines through more organic winemaking.
advances, including customized cooperage for more balanced
wines, nitrogen bottling to eliminate the addition of sulfites,
electro-dialysis to allow flavors to emerge, and development
of fermenters that combine both stainless steel and wood,
are balanced with a profound respect for tradition and deep
expression of the local terroir and microclimate. In the end,
at Castello Banfi, winemaker and nature partner to allow the
wine’s natural pedigree to emerge in artful expression.
- Visit and Seminar with an Artisan Cheese Producer; Lunch at an
Agriturismo Organic Farm in San Gimignano
Field Work, Professional Seminar, Tastings & Cultural Travel
for San Gimignano.
Gimignano is an enchanting archetypal Tuscan town that has preserved
its medieval appearance more completely than any other town
in the region. Historically, it is famous for a panorama of
numerous towers built a thousand years ago. Greve in Chianti
is everything anyone has ever imagined about a Tuscan town:
picturesque and pristine with a rustic elegance and some of
the friendliest people on earth.
at the Agriturismo
this agriturismo each raw ingredient used for production is
derived on the ground, every cheese that is produced is not
only completely organic, but each raw ingredient used for
production is derived on the grounds. Here we will even visit
the cows that are raised for the daily production of milk!
Maestro Caselaro (Master Cheese Maker) will thoroughly explain
the process of making fine cheeses as we observe production techniques,
the selection of the raw materials, and, most importantly, flavoring
and aging processes. This lost culinary art can even be reproduced
in the kitchen giving chef the opportunity to create true signature
dishes every step of the way.
at the agrituismo
agriturismo uniquely produces all of the fare offered at their restaurant
including their extra virgin olive oil and cured meats.
features a special tasting of theses delicacies including their
top rated homemade wines follower by a gelato party!
return to the hotel
at reception to proceed for dinner.
and overnight at the Hotel.
& Monday - Free days
Leisure Day or Independent Travel
are free days for rest, travel with new found friends or just enjoying
your beautiful surroundings in this marvelous land.
those wishing to travel, a guide and transportation will be arranged.
Rome is closeby!
those that prefer a leisurely day, all meals are included.
at the hotel.
- Cultural Gastronomic Travel and Artisan Food Maker Visit in Orvieto,
Visit to a Prosciutto and Cured Meat Maker in Orvieto in the
Umbria Region for Tastings
at the hotel.
for Orvieto in the Umbria region, famous for prosciutto, pecorino
cheese and a variety of other gastronomic splendors.
a visit of an industrial maker of ´coppa´ and salumi
where we see the production process, storage and conservation. A
testing alongside the area's famous wines follow.
prosciutto, spalla cotto and salame will all be familiar names for
participants by now. During this visit, we’ll watch the selection
of the raw materials, spicing process and production of several
of the most well known Italian meats presented by one of the area’s
featuring the Regions local dishes alongside its prestigious wine
return to the Hotel
at the hotel
- Pairing Wine and Food; Farewell Dinner and Awards Ceremony
at the hotel
they first stepped onto the Italian peninsula three thousand years
ago, the ancient Greeks called it Enotria (the land of the vines).
Inscriptions on the tablets of Eraclea, dated 4th century BC, states
that a field covered with these vines was worth six times a plot
of ordinary farmland. The Romans considered it a gift from the gods
and were the first to export it... and both the Greeks and the Romans
had little trouble finding something perfect to pair with it. Today
Italians called them vino e formaggio and the rest of the world
wants that which is still made in Enotria: wine and cheese!
this colorful day, we'll take a journey through time from the extreme
north to the extreme south of the Italian peninsula. Along the way
participants will be introduced to several of Italy's finest wines
and cheeses. We'll examine where they came from and more importantly,
where they are going: where in Italy will be the next Tuscany or
Piedmont; how to pair Italian wines and cheese; the difference between
DOC, DOCG and IGT wines and more.
free for packing and saying goodbye to new friends.
at the reception to proceed for a special farewell dinner prepared
by master chefs from the Italian Institute for Advanced Culinary
and Pastry Arts.
of certificates and awards ceremony.
and overnight at the Hotel.
ALL INCLUSIVE PRICE
3295 per person
program is all inclusive from the time of arrival to the hotel
Theoretical and practical lessons, recipe and technique books &
all related costs at the Italian Institute for Advanced Culinary and
Pastry Arts, I.P.S.S.A.R., on location, in professional establishments
and planned excursions. (30.5 hrs. full immersion + cultural excursions)
star accommodations in Tuscany, Italy. 12 Nts.
use of hotel facilities.
meals, wines and bottled water included at the Hotel, the Institutes
private ground transfers in private deluxe gran turismo motorcoach including
of Excellence, ICI; Certificate of Attendance and Completion Italian
*All meals include wines, bottled water. Taxes, VAT and gratuities
*Program does not include airfare or airport transfer
*Price is based on double occupancy - single room supplement is EURO
650 per person