2014 Culinary Holiday Packages

Our cooking classes (featured in Budget Travel Magazine, Food & Wine and The Guardian) are hands-on & truly from the 'farm to the table' with the first stop down to the garden farm to collect fresh fruits & veggies!  Everything we eat is local & seasonal! Chef Jason shares the secrets of cucina povera (peasant cooking) in full day & half day classes as well as custom packages.

Thinking of taking a cooking class in Italy? How to decide which class to take - Amateur or expert, young & old - here's what to expect at La Tavola Marche Cooking School: Meet in the kitchen of our 300 year-old stone farmhouse, tie on your handmade apron (our gift to you) and head into the garden to collect the ingredients for your cooking class with a stop at the chicken coop to pick up fresh eggs! These are hands-on, roll up your sleeves, dive-right on in classes. We cater to our guests at every cooking level from the novice to the professional.

Enjoy the afternoon with Chef Jason in the Italian countryside with a glass of wine in your hand, cooking at ease in our family kitchen and then devour the delicious foods you have just created! Does it get any better? Creating & sharing a meal with friends & family around the table with the freshest ingredients prepared simply! 

...And if you can't make it to Italy take one of our Online Cooking Classes!

Cooking with Wild Edibles & Bottling Wine:   24 - 28 April 2014 (4 Nights) = 500 Euro/person
Fields of wild radicchio ready to be picked, young nettle perfect for tongue tingling ravioli, rich & creamy artichoke risotto - the flavors of Spring in Le Marche. Plus this is the time of year that we refill our cantina with local wines and we need your help bottling, corking & labeling the hundreds of liters of red, white & rosè!  Includes: 4 nights, guided wild edible walk, 2 half day cooking class with a custom hand-made apron, wine bottling, two meals with wine, five course dinner and breakfast daily, price based on double occupancy).

"Made in Le Marche"  D.O.C. Wine & Cheese Tour, Artisan Meat Market Trip with Chef & Craft Beer Tasting with 3 Cooking Classes 13-18 May 2014 (5 Nights) = 928 Euro/person
Celebrating the culinary traditions of Le Marche with a gourmet getaway of five nights with three diverse hands-on cooking classes teaching traditional seasonal recipes of the area, a wine tour and cheese tasting with Marco then feel like a local on Friday with our very special meat market tour & tasting (including a stop for porchetta), a visit to our favorite award winning craft brewery Collesi and then lunch at the Hunter's Hide-away!  Includes 5 nights, welcome five course dinner with local wine,  3 half-day cooking classes with meals and wine, 1 day wine tour with lunch and transportation, Pizza Night Dinner and Apecchio market tour & tasting, beer tasting and lunch at the hunter's hideaway,  breakfast daily. Price based on double occupancy 

Country, Sea & Garden Cooking Classes - 10-15 June 2014 (5 Nights) = 775 Euro/person
Learn to cook a whole fish in salt crust, pasta with vongole, rich meat heavy main courses from the woods & vegetarian delights from the garden in three diverse hands-on cooking classes, plus a full day guided wine tour. Includes: Welcome five course dinner with local wine, 1 full day cooking class, 1 half day cooking class with 3 meals and wine, custom hand-made apron, wine tour & tasting with lunch (includes transportation) & breakfast daily. Price based on double occupancy. Price based on double occupancy.  (Optional Market Tour, Beer Tasting & Lunch additional 75 Euro/person)
3 Nights Summer Special - Thursday thru Sunday starting at 715 Euro/COUPLE
Arrive to our legendary Thursday Pizza Party, the next day join the Chef & feel like a local on a tour of the hidden meat & cheese market of Apecchio (with a little porchetta along the way), a craft beer tasting & tour followed by lunch at the 'hunter's hideaway' and on Saturday enjoy a half day cooking class including wine, meal & our custom hand-made apron!

Forage, Slaughter and Butcher Your Meal 
28 October - 2 November AND 4-9 November 2014 (5 Nights) = 925 Euro/person
If you call yourself a "foodie," pig lover, wine-o, gourmet or gourmand this culinary holiday is for you! A carnivore's delight - whole hog butchering course, sausage making, chicken slaughtering with hands-on cooking classes, mushroom hunting, wine tour & cheese tasting with lunch and truffle festivals.  Includes: 5 nights accommodations, welcome five course feast, two full day cooking classes, wine tour & transportation, mushroom hunt, 2 butchery classes, pig-farm tour & lunch, breakfast daily, three lunches, four dinners, evening snack, wine with meals, heating, all taxes. (Based on double occupancy. Special discounted rate for group of 4 or more.) 

Ongoing Packages

Add a "Taste of Le Marche" to your holiday! 4 night minimum = 370 Euro/person + accommodations
1 Half Day Cooking Class with wine, meal & custom hand-made apron, Friday in Apecchio Market Tour, Beer Tasting & Lunch, Wine Tour & Cheese Tasting with lunch & transportation, Five-course Welcome Dinner with Local Wine

"Feel like a Local Friday" in Apecchio - Meat & Cheese + Craft Beer = 75 Euro/person
Market trip & tour of meat and cheese warehouse, porchetta tasting and travelling market walk, visit to Collessi for award-winning craft beer tasting & tour, finishing with lunch at "the hunter's hideaway!"  (Special price for families and groups of four or more.)

Amore in Le Marche from 630 Euro/ COUPLE 
3 nights accommodation with breakfast, complimentary prosecco upon arrival, five course dinner with local wine and half day cooking class (class includes meal, wine & gift apron)   

Gourmet Holiday, Flavors of Fall from 345 Euro/person
3 nights accommodation with breakfast, prosecco upon arrival, five course dinner with local wine, wild edibles walk & mushroom hunt and half day cooking class (class includes meal, wine & gift apron).

 Italian Cooking Class Classes

Half Day Cooking Classes - normally starts mid-morning finishing with lunch, includes meal and house wine as well as an apron gift for Euro 125/person 

Full Day Cooking Classes - starts mid-morning and continues all day normally ending around 6pm; includes meal, snacks and house wine as well as an apron and The Little Recipe Book from the Kitchen of La Tavola Marche as a gift for Euro 200/person

Some class ideas to whet your appetite:  

  • Pizza from scratch using in the outdoor wood burning oven (always a hit!)   
  • Pasta & Sauces - Learn to make stuffed and cut pasta with two seasonal sauces
  • Fresh sausages from scratch
  • Antipasti & dessert - Create a menu of delicious diverse antipasti
  • Classes on technique/fundamentals: soups, sauces (for example tomato, cream, oil & vegetable), meat or fish (for example 3-4 different techniques: braising, grilling, roasting)
  • Full Menu/Dinner Party -  Learn 2 -3 antipasti, a primo, secondo & dolce! As we make each course we will dine on what you have just created!
  • Master Butchery Course (details below)
  • Sorbet & Gelato (details below)
Whole Hog Butchery Course = 200 Euro/person
Visit an organic pig farm (cinta senese breed) outside of Urbino for a memorable day butchering a whole hog and lesson in charcuterie. Start with a tour of the farm, enjoy a mid-morning snack and then dive right in! With the guidance of master butcher Carlo and Jason, they will walk your through step-step of deconstructing a pig, each cut with it's own recipe. Visit Carlo's curing rooms and learn to make sausages, rolled pancetta and other charcuterie. After the work is done we dine on a true farmers lunch! Starts at 10am finishes around 4pm. Includes bi-lingual course, tour, snack, lunch, wine. 

Gelato & Sorbet Pairing = 125 Euro/person
with guest Instructor & Master Gelato Maker, Antonio from the award-winning Artisan Gelateria Maki in Fano we spend the afternoon creating 6 diverse gelato and sorbet flavors. Pairing beer sorbet with peanuts, making tomatoes & basil gelato as well as the classic dark chocolate or vanilla bean! It is a lesson on science as much as it is on pairing the flavors of the kitchen. (includes meal, wine and apron).
    • Pasta & Sauces

      A perfect half day class for the pasta lover - making your dough from scratch, then rolling it paper thin by hand and pairing your pasta with 3 different sauces.
      125 €/person

    • Pizza class

      Fire up the outdoor wood burning oven, make the dough & sauce from scratch and become a pizzaiolo! Pizza dough, sauce and toppings with out of this world Tiramisu.
      125 €/person

    • Full Menu - Dinner Party

      In just a few hours learn to create a full menu including antipasti, primo or secondo and dolce!

      200 €/person

    Hands-on, farm to fork cooking classes in Italy

    Seasonality is the heart and soul of Italian cooking, fresh ingredients bursting with flavor. Here you will eat what you are fed. There are no menu options and everyone loves it! Guests are surprised by every dish, and you hear whispers of "What's coming next..." Here, to whet your appetite, is a bit of what to expect!

    The food we serve is created from local ingredients, inspired by local traditions

    Our meat comes from a farmer up the road with pigs and cows. Wild game, funghi and truffles from the woods behind our house! The fruits and vegetables are from our garden or from local farmers and the frutta vedure in town.

    Walk along our road or into our backyard and you will find wild edibles like greens, dandelions, asparagus, berries, nuts, peaches, apricots, apples, pears, plums, fennel, numerous species of funghi and truffles all grown wild here! It's incredible!

    Learn to cook with the seasons, make pizza and pasta or stuff sausages and cook in a forno legna (outdoor wood burning oven).

    La Tavola Marche reveals the simplicity of Italian cooking, taking the freshest possible ingredients and preparing them simply. What a great vacation to stay in a relaxing beautiful setting and learn to prepare this delicious food, taking home more than just memories, but the ability to recreate a bit of Italy at home. When it comes to the classical and most time-honored of culinary traditions, you will find that cucina povera is the best. Cucina povera are dishes that have rural, peasant roots and what we share with our guests-authentic Italian cooking!

    Program Details

    Cooking Classes are held: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday. All other days by request.

    Half-Day Cooking Classes- normally starts mid-morning finishing with lunch, includes meal and house wine as well as an apron gift for € 125/person

    Ful-Day Cooking Classes- starts mid-morning and continues all day normally ending around 6pm; includes meal, snacks and house wine as well as an apron and The Little Recipe Book from the Kitchen of La Tavola Marche as a gift for € 200/person

    • Handprinted Apron from Pascuchi
    • Copy of The Little Recipe Book from the kitchen of La Tavola Marche
    • Intimate class setting with a maximum of 6 students
    • Complimentary local wine during all classes
    • Afternoons at leisure with free time for personal exploration

    Customize Your Culinary Holiday

    • Harvest seasonal product
    • Vineyard tour and tasting
    • Outdoor oven cooking
    • Vegetable garden tour and foraging of wild fruits and vegetables
    • Sausage making and tasting-wild boar, etc.
    • Honey tasting, a specialty of the region
    • Pasta making
    • Truffle hunt
    • Yacht Trip from Fano along the Adriatc for a fish feast lunch at sea
    • Picnic lunches
    • 5-course wine paired dinner

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    Tel: +39 331.525.2753