Two local companies are teaming up to offer travelers a hands-on food adventure through Italy next year.
Boston’s America’s Test Kitchen and Cambridge-based EF Go Ahead Tours will take travelers on an 11-day trip called “A Food and Wine Adventure through Tuscany and Piedmont with America’s Test Kitchen.” The immersive, culinary-led trip, taking place Oct. 8-18, 2020, will include wine and oil tastings, cooking lessons, and more, as well as a three-day stay at a Tuscan agriturismo (working farmhouse).
“This partnership is the perfect combination of the unique, local experiences we provide on all of our tours together with America’s Test Kitchen’s deep understanding of all things culinary,” said Heidi Durflinger, president of EF Go Ahead Tours, in a press release. “While on our tour, travelers will learn about recipes that have been passed down for generations while visiting a Tuscan Agriturismo. They’ll have the opportunity to attend the annual Alba White Truffle Fair and learn how experienced hunters, with their dogs, use smell to determine the key characteristics of fungi and how to select the best truffles for food. It’s truly a special itinerary that travelers will never forget.”
Travelers will sip coffee and make chocolate in Turin, shop for local fish and vegetables in Florence, visit a vineyard in Barolo, make pasta and tour a family-run balsamic vinegar villa in Bologna, and more.
“Bologna is one of my favorite food cities on the planet,” said Jack Bishop, chief creative officer at America’s Test Kitchen, in a press release. “The fresh pasta is so good, especially filled pasta like tortellini, which travelers will learn to make on this trip. Some of Italy’s most famous ingredients, including balsamic vinegar, come from the regions featured on this tour. We’re so excited to participate in this unique culinary and travel experience and to provide information and recipes that will help travelers continue the experience back in their home kitchens.”
The trip costs $3,079 per person (not including airfare) and will be capped at 28 travelers. EF Go Ahead Tours said the trip has been so well received that it will announce additional dates on its website this week.