If you love Italy, you’ll love living like a native!
Cook with Deborah Krasner, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, and experience Italian life like a native. Shop local markets, visit village cheese makers, taste regional wines, get to know life like a local. We will cook and explore, dine and relax, and enjoy life as Italians do - one glorious day at a time. On different days we'll take various excursions, both near and far. In season we'll visit an olive oil mill, go to local food festivals, and tour a local winery. We will spend one whole day exploring to a farther-away attraction, but every day will be a compelling mix of food tourism, cultural tourism, leisurely breaks, and great cooking fun. We’ll see cheese being made by hand and we’ll try our hand at home-made ricotta. All week long you'll taste and learn to create the authentic flavors of Italy's matchless cuisine.

Each culinary vacation explores local food, each culinary vacation explores local foods and culinary traditions of different (and fascinating) regions of Italy.

Each year we offer a culinary vacation on a rustic olive oil estate near Agrigento, Sicily, exploring classic Sicilian foods and Classical sites, or cooking traditional Sicilian Easter and other holiday foods. This working farm is lovely, with vegetable gardens and fruit and nut trees. The main house has a wonderful and evocative kitchen that will be reserved for our use, giving us a chance to really experience cooking in Sicily the way it has always been done. High on a hill near Agrigento, you can see the sea in the distance, and look down on olive groves surrounding the house. You can see more at http://www.fattoriamose.com

In addition, we offer culinary vacations on a beautiful and elegant estate near Siena, in Tuscany, where we will celebrate the bounty of the Tuscan harvest, and another that looks at the three building blocks of Tuscan cuisine: olive oil, local wine, and local cheese. This location feels like walking into a movie set in Tuscany — buildings painted in mellow shades of apricot, melon and rust; Cyprus trees silhouetted on the horizon, neat fields planted in rows that match the curves of the hills and valleys, and an attractive traditionally-styled house that will accommodate all of us easily. You can see more at http://montestigliano.it/

I can't stop thinking about -- and talking about -- our trip. What a wonderful experience. To keep myself sane, I've have changed my screen saver to the photo of us eating under the pergola! Linda, NYC I cannot tell you what a great time I had with all of you. I keep looking at pictures and daydreaming. I also cannot get enough arugula, parmesan, sea salt and oil and balsamic vinegar! I miss everyone and Italy so much. It was very difficult for me to leave on Saturday. I would love to return in the fall. So many people here at work have asked me for details and how they can go to your classes in Italy. Jayne, NYC

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Awards and Accolades

The James Beard Foundation is a national not-for-profit organization based in New York City dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and nurturing America's culinary heritage and diversity in order to elevate the appreciation of our culinary excellence.

The James Beard Award is the industry’s highest honor for culinary books.

CCP - Certified Culinary Professional

The CCP program is designed not only to further elevate professional standards and evaluate individual performance, but to recognize and distinguish those who have reached the highest level of culinary achievement. The CCP designation is highly regarded by peers and is becoming known and appreciated as a symbol of leadership, competency and accomplishment.

International Association of Culinary Professionals

IACP is a not-for-profit professional association which provides continuing education and development for its members who are engaged in the areas of culinary education, communication, or in the preparation of food and drink.

Gourmand World Cookbook Award

An award which helps the readers find the best out of the 26,000 food and wine books published every year. The nominees for this award hail from over 60 countries worldwide, in 4 languages.

To have a similar experience without crossing the Atlantic, Vermont Culinary Vacations offer “Italy in Vermont”.