Need an excuse to visit Paris???
Cook-Dating (des cours de cuisine pas comme les autres roughly translated: "a cooking course
unlike the others") intrigued us ever since we noted a mention on its singles-only cooking classes in the
New York Times Style Magazine. For details, click: Cook-Dating
NEW cooking classes from Chef Paolo Monti's Cucina
Italiana, featuring an Italian Cooking School and Gourmet Cooking & Wine Tours.
Here's a sample:
"Under the Tuscan Sun" Cooking Class in Tuscany with Chef Paolo Monti and Tuscan chef and friend,
Chef Gianluca Pardini.
* 3 "hands-on" Cooking classes in Tuscany
* 1 Fish class and fish market visit in Portovenere
* Visit to Pisa, Siena, Lucca, Greve in Chianti and wineries in the Chianti and Montalcino wine areas. Plus
a mozzarella-making and a Chocolate Lesson with world-class Chocolatier Andrea Slitti.
Dates: May 15 - 22; June 19 - 26
Price: Euro 2090 [$2703] per person - double room
Chef Paolo Monti comments:
"A large percentage of my clients are single, mostly female; about 25% are couples.The majority of them
are American with a few Australians and British.
The single supplement varies from Euro 300 [$388] to Euro 450 [$582] depending on the place and the length.
In some cases, in the low season November to April I waive the supplement.
Usually with cooking, eating and drinking together, all become friends by the 2nd or 3rd day and have a lot
of fun for the rest of the trip. It's a great way of socializing, learning something useful and having fun!"
Planning (dreaming about) travel in Italy? The Home Cooking organization may enrich your plans. A
network from Puglia to Piemonte, 100+ home cook members open their homes to strangers. For details, click: Home Cooking
In celebration of SoloDiners' EAT OUT Week February 1-7. 2006, SoloDining.com invites the public (singles,
solos and couples, too!) to nominate their favorite communal table dining restaurants for publication in a new
section of the SoloDining.com website.
To check out the growing list of communal table dining restaurants, or to submit your nomination, visit: SoloDiners' EAT OUT Week
Apicius - The Culinary Institute of Florence specializing
in regional Italian and Tuscan cuisine asks, "What's your pleasure?"
* Individual cooking instruction? (Propose the menu according to your special interests or select among Apicius'
special theme menus.)
* Group cooking classes, plus Italian language classes, plus wine tasting? (Program "B" offers 4 hours
of Italian language per day; 4 cooking classes once a week; and 4 wine tastings once a week.)
* Group cooking classes in Italian, plus 2 hours a day of Italian language classes?
Note: A vast array of other Non-Professional Group courses are also available throughout the year, as are market
tours, gastronomic tours and culinary lectures. (Ask about Apicius' diploma program.)
SoloTravelPortal.com asks and receives answers:
What percentage of your cooking school students are solo (single or married, but not traveling with spouse)?
What is the gender mix of your solo students?
60% female, 40% male
What are the countries of origin of your solo students?
USA, South America, Japan, Israel, Korea
The International Cooking School of Italian Food &
Wine Bolgna, Italy Classes: May through October.
The cooking school is located in a sixteenth-century palazzo, a private Renaissance palace located in the Historic
Center of Bologna.
represents 11 cooking schools in Tuscany, Sicily, Bologna, Rome, Venice and the Neapolitan Riviera, Italy.
Classes: April to November
The International Kitchen
Represents cooking schools in Amalfi Coast, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardia, Piedmont, Sicily, Tuscany, Umbria, Veneto,
Classes: April to December.
Peggy Markel's Culinary Adventures Tuscany,
Morocco, Sicily and Elba Classes: April to June and September to November.
Villa Delia Cooking School Tuscany, Italy
Classes: April through November.
Canadian celebrity restaurateur Umberto Menghi conducts classes in a restored 17th century villa.
Per the website: "Group situations are great for singles and couples."
Toscana Saporita Cooking School Tuscany,
Italy. Classes: Spring through mid-November.
Here's a sampling of what we wrote when we included them in the May/June 1999 issue of SoloDining.com:
The culinarily deprived are welcome and so are serious cooking aficionados at Toscana Saporita Cooking School!
Learning how to cook (and eat!) like a Tuscan appealed to kitchen novice Karen Sophiea. But of more interest,
at least initially, was the location of the school. Located in a 500 year old estate only 30 miles from Florence,
Italy, it offered a perfect base for touring Tuscany.
This Southern California-based marketing director was amazed by vacations end. The school experience had become
the highlight of her excursion."
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