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Verona Culinary Adventure

with James Beard recognized Chef, Chris Maher
Culinary & Cultural Immersion Week in Verona, Italy

September 21 - 27 2023

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We selected Verona as a new destination for one of our Italian excursions for 2023 when we visited on our way back to France last fall. We had just completed a trip in Croatia and had the pleasure of driving back. Since we had never been to Verona, we decided to check it out and we fell in love with this magnificent city! That first night, we chose to introduce this new destination for our students, friends, and guests to join us for a week-long (7 days / 6 nights) food and cultural immersion. We have an amazing location in a beautiful area, close to the city center.

A little more about Verona: Verona is considered one of the principal wine towns of the Veneto wine region. The food of Verona is simple and hearty to match the robust, fruity wines.  The city of Verona is rich of Roman antiquities (the city is also known as ‘little Rome’). Nevertheless, it is mostly famous as the setting of the love story Romeo and Juliet. The symbol of the city is the great Roman Arena (Arena di Verona).

Day excursions will include local restaurant outings as well as market visits and shopping together for ingredients. There is a lot to see, both cultural and culinary related, plus it is so much fun to explore and look around. It’s truly a gorgeous little city!

Our local Italian guide will take us through some of the wonderful food related and cultural sites in Verona on one of our days together. It’s always a pleasure to experience another country through a local’s perspective!

Each morning, two students along with the chef will prepare breakfast for the group. After breakfast, enjoy some free time prior to meeting up again for the day’s activities and preparations of the recipes. On cooking days, we will enjoy a lighter, al fresco lunch and have an evening meal of the recipes we have created together.

Our last evening together, we will enjoy discussing what we have learned, fallen in love with and what we will take home from our experiences. Let’s enjoy our last taste of Italy together with new friends and recipes!

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Quick Facts

Six Nights Accommodations

• Seven Days, Six Nights Beautiful accommodations
• Welcome Dinner on arrival day, cooked by Chef Chris
• All Meals and Drinks During Your week, including dining out at local restaurants, planned in advance
• All excursions and activities - Culinary and Cultural Site Tours with guides in Verona and vicinities
• Visits to local producers/craftsmen in the area
• Multiple hands-on traditional Italian Cooking Classes with James Beard recognized Chef, Chris Maher
• Local produce market excursion for discovery and purchase of ingredients and spices for our cooking classes

We also encourage our participants to let us know if there are any particular Italian recipes they are interested in learning in advance, so that Chris may incorporate with his lineup.

Getting into Italy / arrival to our location – you can fly into several different areas, also may depend on pricing from where you are flying from and if you plan to travel on your own before or following our week together (check Milan, Rome, Florence, Venice, etc.) You will want to have a car to drive to our location and for use during and after.

You might plan to visit other areas of Italy before or after your week with us while you are there. More information and assistance will be provided to guests confirmed for the program. We also are happy to suggest a couple options for a travel agent if anyone is interested.

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Guest Support​

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Local Immersion

When we introduce you to a country and it's foods we take pride in establishing a link for you to the people and the soul of the place.

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Family Friendly

We are a family that cooks, travels, and explores life together. Our invitation to you is to join us and find inspiration and delight whether you are traveling solo, with a friend, loved one, or a group. 

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About Us​

Come have an unforgettable food adventure with your hosts, James Beard recognized Chef, Chris Maher & Executive Director, Valerie Maher. Bon Appétit!

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E: cookingstudiotaos@mac.com

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