Cooking in the Kitchens of Pontelandolfo

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Some of the great people who follow my exploits in Pontelandolfo (BN), have asked why they too can’t experience the life in a little Italian village.  Hmmm, I thought, why can’t you!  From Saturday, May 21 to Saturday, May 28, 2016 a very small group – 5-10 people only – will be up to their elbows in Southern Italian home cooking and up to their ears in village life.

For one week, become part of a very small hill top village. No belching tourist buses unloading hordes of people. No souvenir shops filled with stuff made somewhere else. Instead, discover the heart and soul of Southern Italy through its people and food. The Italy that still rests in the afternoon. The Italy that loves to shop directly from the local butchers, pasticceria, fruit and vegetable trucks and the weekly outdoor market.

Hmmm, the scents of fresh vegetables, herbs, meats and grains waft through the kitchen. Pots simmer, pasta boards are out and a wood fire burns in the oven. Welcome to the kitchens of Pontelandolfo. Experience the Southern Italian cooking perfected by the women of the south. Not in a restaurant, not in a cooking school but in the same kitchens these women use to feed their families. Learn the recipes and techniques that have been passed down for generations. Roll up your sleeves, don your apron and get ready to cook.

A local translator will be available for all classes. Or you can practice your Italian – all the cooks and local shop owners only speak Italian.

Included Highlights:

Transportation from the Benevento Train Station to Pontelandolfo

7 nights, single room, with television, refrigerator, morning caffè and coronetto

Welcoming apertivo in a local bar.

Sunday Pranza (Lunch)

5 morning Cooking Classes with local cooks culminating in lunch.

Excursion to the Festa of St. Rita in Casalduni

Open-air market

Excursion to Roman Ruins – Altilia Ruins

Walking Tour of The City of Martyrs – Pontelandolfo 1861

Wine tasting at a local vintner

Meet the local butchers, baker and cheese makers.

Excursion to the museums and shops of Benevento

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Transportation to a different local restaurant each night.

Leave a comment asking for the particulars and I will e-mail you!

Nonna’s Mulberry Tree’s first Italian excursion to Alghero, Sardinia with great Italian classes at Centro Mediterraneo Pintadera was a smashing success.  A second adventure is scheduled for October 2016!  More to follow!

 

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8 thoughts on “Cooking in the Kitchens of Pontelandolfo

  1. Sounds like the next best thing to having an Italian grandmother, maybe better since there will be more than one.

  2. I don’t have your address. Happy Holidays! Hoping we can get together after Christmas!Lynn

  3. Mary Perugini Johnson

    Sounds wonderful … please send the information.

  4. Hi Midge, I would love to learn more about the specifics!

  5. Cynthia

    Hi Midge,
    You may not remember me, but I’m a fellow member of the Central Jersey Lovers of all Things Italian meetup group. I’m retiring to Campania at the end of March, so I am very interested in learning about your cooking program.
    I have been a steady reader of your entertaining blog, you and Jack have an enviable life in Pontelandolfo. I especially enjoy reading about your relatives and local life, and thanks so much for all the useful information on living in Italy.
    I just signed up for the San Giuseppe dinner on the 18th. So hope to see you there.
    Ci vediamo presto! Cynthia

    • Cynthia,
      Welcome to Campania!! The Cooking in the Kitchens of Pontelandolfo is full. The local cooks are really excited. If this works well, I will organize it again next year.
      Ci Vediamo in Campania.
      Midge

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