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20 years. students from 59 countries. 13 different classes.
"the pioneers of teaching puglia's food and wine"- the new york times
20 years. students from 59 countries. 13 different classes.
"the pioneers of teaching puglia's food and wine"-the new york times
corsi brevi-short courses

half day courses​

Fish market visit Lunch

Visit a fish market with an expert, learn to cook most fish with only 4 techniques. Learn why our pink wines win more awards. Master the local pasta.


the Med Diet course

This course is an investment that could add years to your life. Healthiest pasta in all of Italy. Plus it's delicious and the wines captivating.


puglia in 13 glasses

learn about and taste 5 extra virgins and 8 DOP and igt wines, plus 5-course, southern italian family-style feast.


saturday night wine class plus feast!

full-throttle introduction to southern italy's most iconic wines learn to taste critically. Then a massive family-style southern italian wine-soaked feast. LEARN MORE

corsi lunghi-weeklong courses

week-long courses​

Our Week-long food wine and culture Course in Lecce

Puglia's oldest cooking school, this is the classic course that started it all. learn to cook healthy local foods, make fresh pasta from scratch and fall in love with world-class wines made locally of historically autochthonus grapes. LEARN MORE

Italian language, Cooking and Wine in Lecce

Italiano /Cucina /Vino course in lecce

Italian language, Cooking and Wine in Lecce
A week dedicated to finally perfecting your Italian, plus cooking and drinking some of the best food and wine in Italy. LEARN MORE

Come eat, drink and celebrate the end of summer sun!

This is the week we join together preserve a year's worth of tomato sauce, make vincotto, give thanks for ripe grapes and consume the best the late summer has to offer.


sant martino in lecce! (puglia's best holiday). traditional cooking paired with local bubbly.

All cultures have autumnal festivals that celebrate the end of the harvests: Here in Puglia, ours lasts a week and we pair the traditional local cooking with local,world-class Champagne-method wines. LEARN MORE

Olive You and olive you 2

two courses to go deeper into the world's best food - cook, taste and help us pick in the autumn or help us replant in the winter.

The Jewish Cooking of Southern Italy

Jews have been in Italy 1,200 years longer than Yiddish has even been a language. So, why then, is so little known about the cooking of Italian Jews? And what have italian jews been contributing to italian food and wine since antiquity? LEARN MORE

How To Eat And Drink To Be 100

Eat healthy, live longer. learn from two of the world's leading longevity experts, DR MIKE ROZIEN AND DR MICHAEL CRUPAIN. AND THEN APPLY IT RIGHT AWAY IN OUR KITCHENS. live longer, live better, prolong your healthspan, deliciously.


Bici /Cucina / Vino in Lecce

AFTER A FORK, A CHEF'S KNIFE AND A CORKSCREW, WHO KNEW THAT THE BEST TOOL FOR UNDERSTANDING THE FOOD AND WINE HERE IN PUGLIA....WAS A BICYCLE? Learn in the kitchen and then bicycle the coasts and fields were all the ingredients grow.


silvestro silvestori

our owner

Silvestro Silvestori​

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. In addition to his knowledge of Pugliese food and culture, Silvestro is a nationally-certified sommelier of wine (AIs), of extra virgin olive oil (FIS), and wine writer for several publications, 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.

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