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The fascinating and privileged world of Bordeaux wines

Learn more about the fascinating and privileged world of

Bordeaux wines!

July 18th – 22nd, 2011

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The recommended French and Wine course takes place in Bordeaux and has been designed for wine connoisseurs and lovers, gourmets or professionals. Its content enables participants to learn the many secrets of the “Art of Tasting”, but also to appreciate the mind-bending complexity involved in making Bordeaux wines. Discover more about the vineyards of Bordeaux and their world famous wines!

Perfect your knowledge of the wine growing area and discover the great originality of Bordeaux wines.

Weekly Program:

20 general French morning lessons

3 afternoon sessions at a local Wine school

2 afternoon excursions (visiting chateaux) per week

For more information about this program please contact: abroad@EducationandTravelConsultants.com

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Live a week the French way

Would you like to live a real typical week the French way?

Then join an unforgettable French immersion program where you’ll learn or improve French language adapted to your level in a wonderful surrounding to better understand the secrets of Savoir Vivre: French Etiquette with its table and society codes, the rules of wine tastings, local market tour, Classical French Cuisine classes, French visit of a Château with wine tastings …. This week “à la Française” includes an unthinkable weekend in Paris.

Dates: June 13th – 17th  and October 24th – 28th

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Summer Program: Food Landscape in Florence

Food and Wine have always been closely linked to Italian Culture and Art! Savethe dates and join this program to discover and taste the great food and wines ofItaly. This is a culinary voyage which will include outstanding food writing andfood styling and food photography taught by an exceptional faculty. Tuscany is the regional focus of the trip. You’ll learn the cultural rules of foodconsumption, the comparison with the rules of music, dancing and poetry, the relationships between food and religion, gender, tradition, art, lifestyle. You’ll meet chefs, sommeliers and at the same time, you’ll experience the beautiful artworks and landscape of Tuscany!

Dates: July 16th through July 24th, 2011

Day 1:

– Arrival in Florence, students will be picked-up and escorted to hotel. Housing check-in. Welcome dinner.

Day 2:

– Orientation and Program Overview: “Food Landscape of Italy”

– Architectural Walking tour of the Renaissance Center of Florence and visit to the internal part of the Duomo and Baptistery.

Day 3:

– Lecture & Workshop – Regional cuisine, Tuscany and its summer specialties. The workshop will include an introduction to the food styling and plate design, will be followed and combined with the Food Photography class.

– The participant’s styled plates will be used to collect photographic materials for the final Food Writing and Photography project.

– Workshop on Food Photography I: The basics of photography: camera settings (white balance, file quality, ISO speed, manual and automatic mode, lightmeter)

– Basic tips for lighting and food shooting. Artificial light: tungsten. Processing, presentation and print: photo editing and post production.

– Food Writing Workshop I: Regional Cuisine

Day 4:

– Visit to San Lorenzo Fresh Food Market, the central produce market where the reshest ingredients are available. The top floor houses all of the finest fresh fruits and vegetable, while the ground floor displays a variety of meats, fish, cheese and bread.

– Workshop on Food Photography II: Practical work with natural or artificial lightin a kitchen. Shooting the chef in action at GANZO (basics of portrait photography).

– Food Writing Workshop II: Gastronomy

Day 5:

– Lecture & Workshop: “Olive Oil in Tuscan Cuisine”, differences and usage of Olive Oil in the Culture and Diet.

– The workshop will include a food styling andplate design and will be used also to collect photographic materials for the final Food Writing and Photography project.

– Workshop on Food Photography III: Food styling. Tips, tricks and props to improve the shooting.

Day 6:

– Lecture and Workshop: Wines of Italy, an introduction to the art of pairing food and wine.


– Workshop on Food Photography III: An introduction to wine and spirits Photography.

– Food Writing Workshop III: Wine

Day 7:

– Lecture and Cooking Class

– Italian cuisine and the Mediterranean, exploration ofthe Italian cuisine as a part of the Mediterranean culinary culture. The workshop will include food styling and plate design and will be used also to collect photographic materials for the final Food Writing and Photography project.

– Lecture and final review on Food Writing and Photography. An Introduction tographic layout.

Day 8:

– Field Trip to Casamonti and Farewell dinner

Day 9: Departure from Florence

Cost: USD $1.980

Accommodation: Hotel Option:USD 700-(Single Rooms supplement USD 370)

Program cost includes: Orientation session, Information/Orientation folder•, Educational excursions and transcripts•, Student Services, Extra curricular activities•, Lab fees•, Listed Visits (including entrance fees and reservation), Licensed Art History Guide and/or Program Coordinator/Professor escorting during visits and field trips, Transportation with Private Bus or Train during field trips (as listed on day by day program)•,  Airport Pick-up and upon Arrival and drop off on Departure•, Cell phones (outgoing calls will be charged individually)•, Free Internet Access in School facilities in Florence•, Free access to the Gym•, Meals listed in the day by day calendar, on field trip if listed and after the cooking classes, Special Dinners & Lunch.

To register and for more information:

www.StudyAbroadOpportunities.ning.com

info@businessprojects.us

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My Love for Cooking

I have always been passionate about Food and Wine, a beautiful table setting, hosting events, cookware and pretty much everything related to cooking and the dining world. Besides enjoying the act cooking, it is something which makes me feel closer to my family as it brings great memories of my childhood, time at home and my mom’s amazing cooking skills which I like to think she has passed on to me. Everything I know about cooking is thanks to her.

I have recently joined social networks and Facebook groups which are dedicated to Food and Wine, and I have participated actively most of all on the culinary ones. I have created recipes that decided to share and have been happily surprised with the feedback so I have committed myself to do it more frequent.

One of my recent creations is a salad which in honor of a delightful group of friends I have called, Epicure Salad. Baby spinach, strawberries, pecan nuts and vinaigrette that I describe as a silky smooth reduction of Balsamic vinegar with a raspberry touch.

For the recipe in English and Spanish please visit the Network where I have shared it step by step. You can also take a look at the recipe in Spanish in VinoGourmetbook and TVCocina , where it was featured.

 

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Azienda Agricola Casamonti, home of The Tuscan Pig

 

A trip to Tuscany would not be complete without visiting Azienda agricola Casamonti!  Casamonti is an agricultural development consisting of five planted acres of olives with specialized drip irrigation, a vineyard and an area dedicated to the raising of Cinta Senese.

Photo Raymond Lamothe

Have you heard of Cinta Senese breed? I knew where its name came from (white band around its black hair) but very little about all other aspects until I learned about Raymond Lamothe. Raymond is the “largest breeder in the Siena area and in Casamonti he produces and ages the exquisite traditional Tuscan products: prosciutto, salami, finocchiona – all certified by the Protected Denomination of Origin, Cinta Senese DOP. I welcome you to learn about this now off the endangered species at Cinta Senese’s Blog.

Photo Raymond Lamothe

Casamonti produces three wines: IGT Elogio, Chianti Classico and Chianti Riserva and all processes from fermentation to  bottling takes place under the it’s supervision.

The Extra Virgen Olive Oil produced at Casamonti comes from a tree count of 4000. It is ideal to use alone as a condiment, added to sauces or to any dish!

Participants of the Food Photography Workshop will visit Casamonti next week! They will tour the location, attend a tasting and will have the opportunity to photograph, buy and order products. Products from Casamonti’s store are sent  “door to door” anywhere in the world, the business is very proud of its international clientele, lovers of wines, oil and pork products.

Azienda Casamonti

53011 Castellina inChianti

Tel/Fax: +39 – 0577/740380

casamonti@cintasenese.com

 

To learn more about Cinta Senese click HERE

To visit the Cinta Senese’s Blog click HERE

To follow Raymond Lamothe on Twitter click HERE

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Tuscan Wine School, the place to learn a lot about Italian or Tuscan Wines

The Tuscan Wine School is the first English speaking Wine School in Tuscany.  It is easily accessible and located in the most historical part of Siena in the “Contrada della Pantera” (the Panther Neighborhood) of the city just in front of the Panther Fountain.

The institution offers a great opportunity to learn about Tuscan and Italian wines while enjoying the time in a relaxing atmosphere.  The classes are offered on a daily basis, several times a day and are “crash-courses“, characterized by a “down to earth approach” and tasting of high quality wines. You will learn a wide variety of aspects such as:

1 – How to read the label.

2 – Denominations.

3 – Diversity of grapes varietals and much more!

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Classes are available for a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 20. The school also organizes private wine tastings at all levels at any time of the day. The group of participants of the  Food Photography Workshop are looking forward to to be part of the group class that will take place on October 13th. Not only they will have an amazing time and learn some much about the best Italian wines, but they will also visit a place where they will be able to take wonderful photographs!

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Meet the Diva, Judy Witts Francini ~ “Market Maven, Cooking Teacher, Food Writer and Italian Life Coach”

When deciding what I wanted to offer as part of the Food Photography Workshop that will take place next week in Siena, my main objective was to present participants with a  distinctive opportunity which would fulfill their expectations.  No one but Judy Witts Francini could better share an afternoon with the group and show them the best of a Gastronomic Florence!

Judy accepted to offer her program “Mondays at the Market” tour on Saturday, October 16th and this filled me with joy, not only because I would be providing such a great experience but because I am one of her fans and felt so honored! Her One Day at the Market is a walking tour of the Central Market of Florence and includes tastings and lunch. It is a  four-hour experience, that any food lover would dream of.

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Anyone who knows Judy or follows her would know what a wonderful person she is and what a great professional she is known as. An authority in culinary and author of “Secrets from my Tuscan Kitchen”, the “DIVA” of Divina Cucina has an out of the ordinary way to share the secrets of the market and the pleasure of a great meal with you.

To visit Judy’s Website, click HERE

To visit Judy’s Blog, click HERE

To check out Judy in the press, click HERE

To order Judy’s book, click HERE

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Eataly ~ The Eight-Figure Bet on Authenticity

~ Manhattan’s Eataly is the new sister of the original in Turin, founded by Oscar Farinetti. Mega-chef Mario Batali and his longtime restaurant partner Joe Bastianich (also a co-host of Fox’s MasterChef) and Bastianich’s chef/restaurateur/TV food personality mother Lidia, joined forces with Farinetti to open Eataly, which expects to attract millions of customers a year – “at least four million a year, perhaps six,” ~ Huffington Post

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Details (By NY Eater)
· Opened to the public Tuesday, August 31st at 4 PM
· 50,000 square feet
· A 300-seat, 6,000 sq ft rooftop partially-enclosed beer garden on the 15th floor,La Birreria, accessible from an in-store elevator, opening November. No preview as they haven’t even started building it out yet.
· A cooking school (“La Scuola”) under the tutelage of Dean Lidia Bastianich
· The front has a Lavazza coffee shop (that’ll open at 7AM), gelateria, and paninoteca
· Two wood-fired pizza ovens imported from Italy
· A fresh pasta counter with two dozen varieties on offer
· An Italian bank ATM
· A bakery (overseen by Nancy Silverton of La Brea Bakery and the Los Angeles Mozza) will sell bread and focaccia at the retail counter and produce bread for the restaurants. Unnamed restaurants have already put in contracts. A dedicated oven (seen through glass doors next the the counter) is expected to run 24 hours a day.
· Butcher, fishmonger (run by David Pasternack), locally-sourced produce
· A huge amount of dry goods: canned tomatoes, tomato sauces, olive oils, vinegars, jams, honey, and a large variety of dried pasta and risotto rice
· A microbrewery is planned (not built yet), headed by Teo Musso of Birrificio Le Baladin, Leonardo Di Vincenzo of Birra del Borgo in Rome, and Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Brewery, including, according to Joe Bastianich, “guest brewers every month that come from Italy to brew regionally- and seasonally-specific beers.”

The restaurants:
· Pizzeria Rossopomodoro, with two guys from Naples who only arrived in that States the other day, already producing some knockout pizza
· Il Crudo
· Salumi e Formaggi
· La Pasta
· La Verdura, the vegetable bar/restaurant
· Il Pesce, run by David Pasternack
· Il Manzo, a white-tablecloth Italian steakhouse with 80 seats, the only restaurant that’ll take reservations, headed by Michael Toscano, formerly of Babbo.

That’s in addition to the other food stands:
· Paninoteca
· Pasticceria, headed by Luca Montersino
· Rosticceria, offering roast meats
· Il Laboratoria De La Mozzarella

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The Awaiting Table, Italian Cooking School in Lecce

Recently profiled in Bon Appetit magazine, and named as one of the top cooking schools in Italy by Food and Wine Magazine, The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, is a small, intimate Italian cooking school in the most beautiful town in the entire sunny south of Italy.

It’s cooking classes in Italy offer hands-on cookery lessons designed to both improve your cooking and allow you to go deeper into the culture than you ever thought possible. You’ll get to know the locals by their first names, talk first-hand at the market with butchers, winemakers, fishmongers and proud farmers, so local that they still have soil under their fingernails.


Day Classes: Tuition for Day Classes covers coffee, trips to multiple markets, both lunch and dinner and all wines and hand-made liqueurs. What it does not cover is transportation of any kind, or lodging of any kind.

You will meet under the statue of Sant’ Oronzo at 10.a.m. and then start the day with coffee (and/or Granite) at Gracious Antonio’s. You’ll do an overview of the day, answering any questions you may have. You’ll head on to the market to meet our vendors, Simone our green grocer, Sandro our butcher, and on. You’ll head back to the school and make fresh pasta together in the stable kitchen, for both lunch and dinner.Lunch will be prepared together, and depending on the season, either eat in the stable, the wine cellar or the garden. After a break, for a nap back at your room you will meet in the main piazza for a talk about the Duomo, Santa Croce and the city’s main square and head back to the school to prepare dinner, the excellent local wine flowing the entire time.

Week Classes: There are two types of full-week classes, which are available throughout most of the year and are offered according to a pre-set schedule (see Calendar).

The full-week classes are:
Lecce Classes. The most typical and most popular class is a small-group (6 students or less), full-week course held at the school’s charming facility in Lecce.

Castle Classes. A few times a year, there will be special courses held at a wonderful Mediterranean Castle a few kilometers from the Adriatic. These courses will accommodate up to 24 people and tend to be lively affairs, with much hugging, wine, and raucous laughter. These are great for small groups or singles traveling alone as you will get a great opportunity to meet many wonderful people from all around the world. In 2010, there will be two special events at the castle. From September 12 – 18, the annual Birthday Party at the Castle will take place. Then, from November 7 – 13, a very special and unique Olive Oil class at the castle. Pricing.

Wondering which course is best for you, a week at the Castle or ‘La Settimana Tipica’?

To check the course calendar click HERE

To reserve a place click HERE

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Initiation to wine tasting: Discovery of the wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon region

When? October 18th through October 22nd, 2010

Where? Montpellier, France

Take the opportunity to improve your French skills while discovering one of the most beautiful wine regions in France! You will be immersed in a friendly and authentic French atmosphere to discover an area and taste 100% Languedoc wines.

The French language course takes place daily from 9h30 to 12h45 and offers in total 20 lessons per week.
Initiation to wine tasting and discovery of wines:
The Languedoc-Roussillon region of France possesses the largest vineyards in the world, stretching from the Rhone river to the Spanish border. Its geographical and geological diversity means there is a vast range of different soils, different climate and some surprising blends of grape varieties that make for truly unique wines.

Come discover the varieties of flavor characterizing the wines of this region participating in 3 sessions of 3 hours taught by a confirmed wine expert. You will discover the region and the pleasure of tasting 100% Languedoc wines, while learning an established method of wine tasting taught in a spirit of openness and conviviality.

1st session: Making wine is easy!

2nd session: The various designations in the Languedoc

3rd session: Vocabulary of wine: learn how to put words to feelings – how to choose the best bottle to go with a particular dish.
During each session, you will taste 2 or 3 wines from our region. Materials are provided (tasting glass, “crachoir”, file).

A “Vinorally” in the historic centre of Montpellier : 3 winegrowers, 3 places, 3 Atmospheres.
A walk through the historic streets of Montpellier, with three stops to taste wine and meet a winemaker. Included is a historic account of the “quarter” plus enigmas with wine as the theme. This evening walk is a way to discover Montpellier’s historic heritage and meet winemakers from the region. They will share their passion and their wine while the chef will serve some specialties to go with the wine.

A visit to a vineyard: On the last day you will go on a guided tour of a vineyard and wine cellar in the company of the winemaker.

1st stop: You will be welcomed by the winemaker who will show you around his domain and will tell you the secrets of his wine.

2nd stop: Visit of the wine cellar and of the wine storehouse.

3rd stop: Wine tasting. You will be invited to taste the wine in the wine cellar, thus sharing the pleasure of tasting the wine in the very place it was created.

You will be accompanied all the way by your wine teacher and will get to the domain by minibus with driver.

This interactive service based on exchanges and direct contact with specialists in the field of wines will allow you discover the major Languedoc wines in a unique environment.

The approach is based both on passion for imparting our knowledge experience and dedication to meeting our clients’ demands.

Whether you are an amateur or a wine epicurean, you will take great pleasure in this Languedoc wine tasting experience. The passion we have for our wines helps us to impart this experience. The winemakers and the wine become the real “stars” on this journey.

For more information click HERE

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