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Why an Olive Oil program at The Awaiting Table?

The Awaiting Table, Cookery School in Lecce has put together an Olive Oil program which brings together many local cultural, agrarian richness, gastronomy aspects in one of the most beautiful regions of Italy, Puglia. You will be immersed in the study of olives and olive oil while taking part “in a grass-roots movement designed to protect this endangered Italian crop.”

The program, following the hands on practice and out of the ordinary line of The Awaiting Table courses, offers a multi-disciplinary approach and gives participants the possibility to:

  • Meet the growers.
  • Learn how to taste olive oil.
  • Show the beauty of Puglia and the region’s richness.
  • Teach you how to cook with it.

For more information about this program click HERE

To watch the video presentation click HERE

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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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