COOKING with JULIE - Wine Country Cooking Classes in Napa
Napa Valley cuisine reflects a deep appreciation for nature and the seasons and at Cooking with Julie the classes show case the abundant produce and legendary local products. You'll learn to cook delicious meals with authentic wine country style.
Highlighting the best each season has to offer, my ingredients come mostly from local small family farms, who provide us with everything from fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs to artisan cheeses, wine vinegars and olive oils. I use organic milk, and cream from local dairies, as well as sustainable free-range chicken, beef and lamb from nearby ranches.
The hands-on classes emphasize the theory and technique that allow ingredients to shine. Convivial classes are taught by Julie and special guest chefs. Afterward, the cooking class becomes a special culinary keepsake, as you use your new found expertise to prepare memorable meals for family and friends. We invite you to join Julie and savor a fresh taste of the Napa Valley.
"A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine." Brillat-Savarin
The Tuscan Table in the Autumn: White Truffles
Our sojourn in Tuscany is an opportunity to experience white truffles— rare and precious with its’ intoxicating aroma, a hidden treasure at the height of the season. The trip includes early morning truffle hunts, cooking classes, and visits to small boutique wineries. The olive harvest will be in process at this time too. You’ll learn how to evaluate extra-virgin olive oil. We’ll visit small producers of artisan foods of the region. There will be several hands-on cooking classes that focus on the best of Tuscan cuisine, using local ingredients from the villa and our daily trips. Tuscany in the fall is special -the end of the grape harvest and the beginning of the olive. It is a foodie paradise. Nowhere else in Italy, offers the spectacular scenery, incredible food and wines in such a compact area. You’ll experience Tuscany through its people and its food. (read more)
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