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New Courses!

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Every year we add a new course: here are the two new courses that you may not about yet.

Our new Bici (Bicycle) / Vino / Cucina course at the castle. Imagine going for a bicycle ride among the olive groves in Southern Italy, only to round a corner to see that the staff has set up tables in the countryside, the water in the makeshift cauldron already coming to a boil for the pasta you made that morning. We’re excited about this one!

And our Olive You. Our course dedicated to learning about extra virgin. We’ll taste, cook, pick and then press, approaching the subject at 360 degrees. It’s one of the most adulterated products on earth but once we know how to choose it, we’ll never be swindled again.

Here is a break down of ALL of courses. 

Even if you can’t make it this year drop a line and tell what you think of the changes to the site. We want it to reflect the region that we love. Let us know what you think.

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Silvestro Silvestori
Sommelier / Owner / Director of The Awaiting Table Cookery School, Lecce, Italy

<p>Silvestro Silvestori, the owner, founder and director of The Awaiting Table Cookery School, Lecce, Italy has been teaching the food and wine of Puglia and particular- Italy’s Salentine peninsula since 2003.</p> <p>In addition to his knowledge of Pugliese food and culture, Silvestro is a nationally-certified sommelier in Italy, and a staff writer for Wine & Spirits magazine, covering all their Southern Italian food and wine content. He has also appeared on American, Australian, Belgian, British, Chinese, Dutch and Italian television, and Italy’s most respected newspaper called him, ‘A national treasure’, and ‘THE anthropologist of the traditional cuisine of the Salento’ for his work in preservation and promotion of Salentine’s food and wine.</p>

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