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Life in North & South Italy & Pasta, pasta, pasta!
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Evolution of Italian Haute Cuisine
The Foundation of Italian Regional Cuisine, Tastings and Base
Preparations, Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Vinegars, Pasta, pasta,
pasta, Antipasti, Mediterranean, Vegetarian and Alternative Cuisine,
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(For the full description of this program which also initiate's
Making, Curing Meats & Seafood, Pickling
Farm Visit and Selecting Livestock, Meat, Fish and Vegetable Fabrication,
Sausage and Prosciutto Making
Advanced Techniques for Pastry, Cakes, Desserts, Petit Fours,
Chocolate, Sugar and Gelato
Cooking and Wines
Advanced Techniques during Hands-on Real Life Cooking Executions
and Hearth Baking
Focaccia, Pizza, Grissini, Specialty Breads and more...
and Gastronomic Travel
Special Excursions, Open Air Markets, Artisan Food Makers
and Winery Visits
Dining & Nightlife
Eating, Imbibing and Nightlife
the standard arrival date is Saturday, our participants start arriving
as early as the Thursday before the course. All are welcomed to arrive
as early as you wish. We make your reservations and you just pay for
any extra nights. (The programs include 7-90 nights hotel accommodations,
depending on the course). Upon arrival, we welcome you with a cocktail
and stuzzichini (Italian savory hors d'oeuvres) and a Grand
Welcome Dinner. Our Information Package includes Indications on how
to travel by train or bus during free time as we are close to Venice,
Florence and Bologna in the North and Sicily, Naples and the Amalfi
Coast in the South and many more popular destinations. During your
time here, you will have plenty of time to discover the myriad of
of cultural, gastronomic, shopping and nightlife venues that are available
at your doorstep in Calabria or Parma where we are located.
Tastings, Olive oil tasting & Base Preparations
Why do Italians
have a different menu structure? Why is Italian food so popular? What
is the best pasta or rice to use in Italian cooking? Why has Italy
been the top European travel destination for Americans for the past
10 years? These are some
of the questions that you will
come to discover during your time here. And, like Italian cuisine,
the simplicity of the answers define a complex but definitive path
to success and global popularity.
to understand in what direction you will be going in the following
days, it is important that you taste all of
the raw ingredients that will be incorporated within the recipes
and techniques used in the course as well as
those that you will experience at dinner and while traveling Italy.
Hence, on the first morning we begin to taste everything. In the
following days, we continue to taste as we move to different ingredients
(both raw and processed) until we have a clear understanding of
why Italian food tastes different in Italy and how
is the best way to reproduce it in other parts of the world.
extra virgin olive oils are tasted according to the strict guidelines
of the Institute's director who is a Maestro Olearo (olive oil master
of Italy). Additionally, everyday we do pairings of the foods that
we prepare with 1 or 2 wines, depending on how much time we have
begins participants take part to prepare the misenplace and start
up our base sauces and semi-lavorati ("prepared" condiments
and "component recipes") which will be used throughout the
course. Contemporaneously, our chef instructor demonstrates some uncommon
reduction and emulsion techniques.
Italy, restaurateurs know that it's not a question 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
objective is ambitious: to make your pasta repertoire
greater than most chefs in Italy. Whereas Italian chefs concentrate
on pastas of his or her own region, together, we prepare them all.
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.
At the end of the day, alongside the master we have prepared
over 50 types of pasta, gnocchi, risotti, etc. Given that each of
these recipes has several variables depending on color, stuffing,
sauces, cooking procedure (boiled, baked, gratin, etc.), you now have
techniques for new recipe development that enables you to prepare
hundreds of unique dishes.
Although we still refer to them as antipasti, or appetizers, modern
Italian cuisine does not compel us to "assign" a particular plate
to a particular place on the menu. That's why we concentrate on antipasti
that work great as appetizers but can also be used as mezzi
or even a main course depending on their size and accompaniments.
Again, you prepare numerous dishes to familiarize yourself with the
technique of assembling flavors and colors and ultimately new recipes
depending on availability in your area, cost and need for speed...
and Alternative Cuisine
combining all of the knowledge gained thus far, participants will
now prepare dishes alongside the master in this unique combined program.
By utilizing the fundamental rules that have been covered, recipes
are replaced by techniques as culinarians are able to create personal
recipes that can either be traditional and authentically Italian or
can be modified according to a specific clientele or guest.
Italian Mediterranean Cuisine is already based
largely on vegetarian and even vegan tastes. You take traditional
regional recipes and/or techniques and modernize them based on taste,
availability of raw ingredients, updated healthy eating tendencies
and plate art. The results are new exciting dishes for vegetarians
and the principles necessary for new recipe development.
Neither Meat nor Fish
is where modern Alternative and Vegetarian cuisine are combined and
presented with a thoroughness and clarity unique to the industry even
The techniques used in these preparations give participants the ability
to create literally hundreds of unique, healthy and colorful "express"
dishes in under ten minutes. Our dishes will be seasonal and change
to proceed to the next page of a day by day look at our latest course.
first day alone features tastings of 30 types of cheese, 20
types of cured meats and fish, marinated vegetables, truffles,
wines and much more!
perception is indispensable in order to eventually combine
the perfect ingredients while assembling a plate in authentic
Italian Regional and Mediterranean Haute Cuisine
are over a thousand preparations of olives in Italy. Chefs
may not need to know all of them but familiarizing our palates
with at least twenty is imperative.
virgin olive oil is the heart of Italian Regional Cuisine
and since nineteen of the twenty regions of Italy produce
it, it's of the utmost importance that culinarians are able
to identify and choose the proper oil to use with the appropriate
is the cornerstone of your time here. Food truly is art with
FLAVOR as the objective. Making it beautiful is methodical.
Cuisine simply implies using science in the kitchen to
make food better and more appealing. Al cartoccio calls
for 1/4 the oil used for assemblies and results in healthy,
brilliantly colored preparations- stand alone or with other
ingredients. Ideal for volume service, most ensembles can
be prepared hours in advance and, once cooked, retain temperature
even during a long serving process.
Black and White Truffles make any 'antipasto' VERY important...
tartare with aged balsamic vinegar and candied tomatoes.
Tomato Soup with Fresh Goat's Cheese and Basil.
seabass carpaccio with triple pesto sauce.
Green Pasta with Satin Tomato Concassea.