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Tuscan Culinary One-Day Cooking Class

Cortona, Italy
+39 339 199 3070
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Beautiful place, teacher and class

We were an oversized group of 9 great friends with widely varying levels of experience, from... read more

Reviewed 14 November 2017
Michael K
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Renton, Washington
Fabulous Tuscany Cooking Class

Can't say enough wonderful things about our fun filled day in Cortona with Shirley. First the... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2017
carl c
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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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Reviewed 14 November 2017

We were an oversized group of 9 great friends with widely varying levels of experience, from professional to "I don't cook, period." Shirley managed to accommodate, educate, incorporate and delight all of us for an entire day. The grounds and kitchen are both like a...More

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

Can't say enough wonderful things about our fun filled day in Cortona with Shirley. First the shopping in Cortona at all of her favorite shops. Then off to cook at her lovely home on the hillside. My husband and I loved the class all and...More

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Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

We stayed in Cortona for 5 days and took Shirley's cooking class! What a treat! Shirley met us for coffee and Danishes in a local coffee shop. We planned our menu with her suggestions and her cookbook. We then headed off to the local markets...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

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

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Reviewed 16 October 2017 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

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

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

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Reviewed 10 October 2017 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

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Reviewed 4 October 2017 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
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 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 30 September 2017 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

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MarylinLakeland
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Response from IL_Rifugio | Property representative |
Sorry about that. I will check into it and send you an email now. Chuck
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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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