Authentic Italian Culinary Adventure
Turin – Piedmont – Liguria
Tour Dates: September 21 – October 3, 2017
Prices: Starting at $4,999 CND for a 12 Day Experience in Turin, Piedmont and Liguria Italy
Group Size: Maximum of 12-14 people
Flavourful Piedmont & Liguria Undiscovered Villages – An Authentic Italian Culinary Experience
Join Winnipeg-based Chef Jaya as she take you on a journey to discover the heart of authentic Italian cuisine in 3 regions rich in culture, traditions, food, wine, and lifestyle: Turin, Piedmont and Liguria. Your journey begins with a flavourful week to discover the rich wines of Torino and the beautiful countryside of Piedmont, the velvety chocolate, the rare white truffles, the traditional cured meats, cheeses and the typical hazelnuts.
Wine hedonists and authentic food appreciators will fully enjoy Turin – the regional capital, and the Langhe area now UNESCO HERITAGE Site – famous for its wines and truffles. In fact, the local cuisine was shaped by the regional royal history that its inhabitants have preserved over the centuries thanks to their good taste and pairing skills. Besides admiring the Turin city center and the Porta Palazzo Market freshness, we’ll visit: organic farms, artisanal productions, vineyards and we’ll even go on a simulated truffle hunt!
After spending a few nights in Turin City you will venture to the countryside for a farmstay in Piedmont. You’ll be amazing at the beauty of this region filled with vineyards, quaint farms, and rolling hills.
The third part of your journey takes you to Liguria. This seaside region promotes the great heritage of history, art, culture, environment and traditions found in small Italian towns off the beaten paths of this picturesque coastal region. For 5 days we’ll enjoy this unique corner of Liguria, visiting a local wine maker, an olive Oil-farm and savouring meals where the locals like to gather, and walking inland to explore some of the most beautiful villages of Italy. Signature flavours on “Liguria, Undiscovered Villages” include pesto, focaccia and seafood pasta for which the region is famous as well as local white grapes such as Pigato, Bianchetta Genovese and local reds Ormeasco and Rossese.
These unique experiences will be studded with cooking classes, tasting sessions and full menus of local specialties and wines.
This experience is for all the food lovers, the culture lovers, and all those seeking a more authentic way to become immersed into the Italian lifestyle.
About your Tour Leader – Chef Jaya
Chef Jaya was exposed to traveling at a young age, having traveled between 3-4 different countries on a yearly basis. She was born in the Miami heat of Florida, however she spent her life living in Barbados, Trinidad, Minnesota, & Manitoba.
Her origins are few, but influences are of the many… watching her grandmothers interpret “Indian” cuisine, factoring in the differences of Guyanese vs India vs West Indies. No matter what country she was in or was influenced by, in that moment, food meant family & togetherness.
Growing up seeing the splendor of having Chefs cater in her home for grand events, her Mother would create… she began to grasp the concept of how food could mean elegance just as much as it meant family. Fast forward through the years of trying to be her own version of Martha Stewart, Culinary school became the only option.
Starting late at the age of 21 in the Industry was a challenge, years behind those who had grown up in Industry. She reveled in the notion that school was giving her the basics she needed but not the experience, she left with the intention of taking her education into her own hands.
The years culminated of carrying 3 restaurant jobs constantly ranging from Pastry/Breads – Culinary Chef. Studying both the art of service from the perspective of the Chef and Server, it eventually led to her taking a position within a local Manitoba company and studying for her Sommelier Certifications.
A well rounded Chef who wants to know more than just the Food, but the History & Culture around it just as much!
Learn where Chef Jaya’s inspiration came from here.
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