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One Day Cooking Classes at LecceWe have three. They vary in content and length so it’s best to read below to fully comprehend your options. When in doubt, send us an email.  Many if not most do both lunch and dinner courses the same day but it’s up to you. We add new day courses all the time so if you don’t see the one you want, write us. We’d be happy to add it.  Large groups should send us an email directly.

If we have space, a spouse or friend can join us for the actual meal. Write us for details.

Pranzo di Pesci e Rosati

145 Euro per person (2017)
Limit 7 students.

Fish market visit, pasta making, fresh fish cookery lesson, and rosè-tasting and lunch in Lecce.

We’ll start with an introduction to the culture, history and viticulture of Southern Puglia, followed by a walking tour to a local fish market, where you’ll learn about Mediterranean fish, and begin to conceive of them as having only 4 really categories, and thus, only 4 essential cooking methods. We’ll buy our fish for lunch.

We’ll head back to the Lecce school to make fresh pasta from scratch, have a hands-on lesson, about fish cookery and then a chalkboard talk about the history of rosè wine in general, and why the rosès of the Salento are so justifiably famous. You’ll learn to taste critically, to distinguish three different rosati and this will segue into lunch, of an antipasto, primo, secondo, contorno and dolce, all produced by your own hands. Wines selected and taught by our owner, a nationally-certified sommelier (here in Italy).

The Logistics at a Glance

Lecce Cooking School

Location: Our Lecce School

Length: From 10 am to around 3:30 pm

Taught in: English

Where to meet: Under the column of Sant Oronzo, in piazza Sant Oronzo. Lecce

Cost: 145 Euro per person (2017)

Who thrives: Those that want to learn more about fish and matching it to world-class rosati.

Who doesn’t: Those that don’t like to eat or touch fish. Those who don’t like pink wine.

If you’d like to eat more fish but feel intimated by buying and preparing it, this is the class for you.

Cena della Dieta Mediterranea, con i Rossi del Salento

145 Euro (2017)
Limit 7 students.

Market visit, Pasta Making, Cookery lesson and Tastings of the Reds of the Salento, Lesson and Dinner in Lecce.

An introduction to the culture, history and viticulture of the Salento, followed by a walking trip to a local fruit and vegetable market. You’ll learn how to select (and in Italy, to ask for, in Italian) the best of the best of local produce from both a green grocer and a local forager.  You’ll learn about legumes and why you should be eating more of them. We’ll head back to the Lecce school and make fresh pasta from scratch. You’ll learn all about vegetable cookery, and why it’s the foundation of true Mediterranean Diet. We’ll move over to the chalkboard and you’ll learn about il negroamaro and Salice Salentino, one of the south’s great wines. You’ll learn to distinguish and taste critically three wines as we segue way into dinner of an antipasto, primo, second, contorno and dolce, all produced by you, all in family style. All wines taught and selected by our owner, a nationally-certified sommelier (here in Italy).
Students for One Day Cookery Course

The Logistics at a Glance

Location: Our Lecce School

Length: From 6 pm to approximately 11 pm.

Taught in: English.

Where to meet: Under the column of Sant Oronzo, in piazza Sant Oronzo. Lecce

Cost: 145 Euro per person (2017)

Who thrives: Those that want to learn more about the food and wine of the Salento.

Who doesn’t: It’s hard to imagine.

Guest Student

Cookery School in Lecce, ItalyOccasionally throughout out the year we’ll have a week long course in Lecce or at the castle that for whatever reason is under capacity. You can join these groups for a day, as a guest student. It’s fun, everyone loves it, and you’ll get to hear from the other students about their experiences. Write us, even if the calendar is full. We will tell you if it is possible. What we’ll actually being doing that day depends on the course but we’d love to have you if we have space.

The Logistics at a Glance

Location: Our Lecce School OR at the Castle

Length: From 10 am to approximately 11 pm, with a three hour break in the middle of the day.

Where to meet: If for a Lecce course, then under the column of Sant Oronzo, in piazza Sant Oronzo, Lecce. If at the Castle we’ll email you directions and more specific instructions when booking.

Cost: 195 Euro per person (2017)

Who thrives: Those that want to learn more about the food and wine of the Salento.

Who doesn’t: If at the Castle, those that don’t do well with groups.

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