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Tuscan Culinary One-Day Cooking Class

Cortona, Italy
+39 339 199 3070
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Delicious!

My husband and myself along with our two young children had a wonderful time in this class. We had... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kirsten E
Absolutely Wonderful!

Our group of 9 friends enjoyed a wonderful day with Shirley Ofria at Il Refugio. From the shopping... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Our One-Day Cooking Class is informal, fun and hands-on. The class taught in English and designed around a typical Tuscan meal with fresh local in season ingredients. You will start the full day course by meeting the instructor, Shirley Ofria at a café in the historic center of Cortona. Over a typical Tuscan breakfast of cappuccino and pastry, you will choose from our recipe booklet what you want to prepare. After breakfast and menu planning, you will go to the various markets to collect all the necessary ingredients.When you finish with the shopping, it’s off to our home in San Egidio, just ten minutes above the wall surrounding historic Cortona. When you arrive at the house, the aprons go on and the work begins. You will start by making appetizers that will later serve as a light lunch break. After lunch, it’s back to work to start on the first course, second course, side dishes and of course desert. When everything is ready you will sit down to enjoy and critique your creations. The meal can be served inside or out, weather permitting.The course includes; menu planning, shopping, breakfast, lunch, dinner (all food and wine) and the recipe booklet. Dietary restrictions are welcome and if there is something specific you want to do, please contact us several day in advance of your class day.
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Cortona, Italy
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+39 339 199 3070
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and myself along with our two young children had a wonderful time in this class. We had a train to catch and Shirley was wonderful about us getting a great cooking experience AND getting us to our train onetime. It was a fun...More

Thank Kirsten E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our group of 9 friends enjoyed a wonderful day with Shirley Ofria at Il Refugio. From the shopping experience during the morning, through the various food preparations and the ultimate enjoyment of our creations, everything was perfect. We all learned a lot and our interactions...More

Thank vmb
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I signed up for Shirley's cooking class prior to our trip, after reading reviews. Shirley and her husband Chuck are ex-pats from the US who have been in Tuscany for many years. I appreciated Shirley's outside-looking-in perspective as we talked about the...More

Thank Tophergirl
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and our friend signed up for this cooking class as you can’t go to Tuscany without taking a class and boy did we sign up for the BEST one ever!! Shirley met us at a coffee shop with two others from Chicago and...More

Thank audrey5bells
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my husband wanted to do a cooking class while staying in montepulciano. We drove to cortona and boy was the drive worth it-not only because of the scenery but the cooking class was one of our top highlights while staying in the Tuscany...More

Thank Tracy G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My personal experience was.... Shirley was knowledgeable, taught us about Italian culture and cooked a lot of Italian food. Her mountain house was really beautiful. Unfortunately, our personalities did not work well together.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I signed up for a cooking class with Shirley and met her and a couple from South Carolina in Cortona at a cafe. Over tea and coffee, we picked the recipes we all wanted to cook. Then we went shopping for the...More

Thank Cooksey280
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From start to finish Shirley was engaging and shared her cooking knowledge. At the start we were given a thoughtfully put together cookbook (to take home) where the 5 of us could make our choices. Shopping at the various markets was a great experience. Cooking...More

Thank iseko
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This cooking class with Shirley was one of the highlights of our 27 days in Italy! It is just as described with the students' involvement in the meal planning, shopping, then preparing and eating in Shirley's kitchen. We decided our meal tasted as good or...More

Thank Sherre M
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Met with Shirley in a great little cafe in Cortona where we planned the menu and then went shopping in the local market and stores. It was just my friend and myself and it was fun shopping at the local butcher, cheese, bakery shops and...More

Thank dewit2012
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neil i
23 July 2017|
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Response from IL_Rifugio | Property representative |
Can you please contact me by email? It's easier for me to correspond and keep track of bookings that way. You can find our website at TuscanCullinary on the internet for details. Thanks, Chuck Ofria
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Mary R
11 June 2017|
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Response from IL_Rifugio | Property representative |
Hi - I just checked the link and it seems to me working fine. You can also go to the website and send an email from there. I'm sorry but TA doesn't allow email addresses or web addresses in this response. I prefer to work... More
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Fortino L
5 May 2017|
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Response from IL_Rifugio | Property representative |
I responded by email...
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