From Our Clients
My expectations were high, and were exceeded… Apart from the general delights of the day it has sparked off some fascinating thoughts about quality food. I find it wonderfully ironic that possibly the best ricotta in the world is only available to a handful of peasant farmers, and no amount of money will enable the richest people to buy it unless they make the journey up into the Tuscan hills.
Sue and I had a fabulous time learning about the local food and tasting local wines. I am interested in learning more about the Tuscan wines and will clearly have to do more homework before I next return. Thank you for showing us your Lucca and we will be following your blog. Hopefully we will meet once again.
We enjoyed the tour immensely and look back on all we did with great fondness. You are a wonderful tour guide. You took us to places we definitely wouldn't have seen on our own. I will cherish my memories forever.
A brilliant four days that we got so much out of on both the foodie and the cultural side, as well as meeting lovely and interesting people. We know from running holidays for people what a huge amount of work goes on in the background and you really gave us the works with your efficiency and attention to detail and your easy nature. It was worth every last calorie! Clare and Steven (proud members of 'the-best-course-so-far' club)
Just wanted to say how wonderful it was spending time with all you passionate people! We are all the bit wiser because of our organizers ( Erica & Giancarlo ) and the wonderful teachers we met along the way.
Thank you so much for a wonderful week, it really revives the spirit!
I just got back a few days ago and am still basking in the glow of learning and fellowship that I experienced on your course. Wow-- just WOW! As a cheesemaker, it was very important to me to meet other artisans in their unique spaces, see them work with their hands and herds, and discuss the challenges we all face in this business. Experiencing their more traditional practices will help me make more authentic products for the growing market here in the States.
The trip generated more than new knowledge about traditional Italian cheesemaking. It also fostered fellowship among us as cheese professionals, and we’re already writing regular updates and sharing best practices with one another. One of my fellow travelers, who is starting a cheese business, is even coming to visit my farmstead creamery and continue our learning adventure in real time!
We LOVED our Cheese course with you! We learned so much and the food was beyond amazing. I'm afraid that you have turned us into food snobs. David and I need to come back for another tour!
I just wanted to say thank you again for organising such a fabulous day for us on Friday, we all thoroughly enjoyed it, the highlight for all of us being the visit to Gabriella and Alfredo's house. This of course does not take away from the visit to the village and the winery, both of which were excellent. Mirko was an absolute delight! This was not because he spoke English, but because he was so engaging, genuine and he had a continuous smile to share.
The visit to Gemma and Cerasa farm inspired me to have a go at making cheese again and I made a small bit of cheddar a few weeks ago. I was too curious and we tried it far too soon (it was still rubbery and tasteless) but it looked like cheese, smelt like cheese and had the potential to taste like cheese so I am very pleased. I’ll certainly make more.
I often think of the wonderful experiences Jane and I had in the Garfagnana because of you. Thank you for your excellent personalized program for the week. Our time with you was a definite success.
We have very fond memories of our weekend with you, it was a real highlight of our holiday, so many special experiences.
Thank you to both you and Giancarlo, we had a fantastic and educational time with you guys. Every class was informative, the norcini were fantastic, generous with their knowledge as were you and Giancarlo. I do believe Sapori e Saperi is doing a wonderful service to artisan salumi producers, by exposing them to the world and allowing outsiders into their inner sanctum. I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in furthering their knowledge of (in particular Tuscan style) salumi.
Both you and Giancarlo are passionate, enthusiastic people delivering a truly memorable course. The norcini we met were true artisans with a lot of skill and enthusiasm which is always fantastic for me to see. I have come back to the UK with a new deeper understanding of air drying pork products. I must say the first evening’s meal, at Gabriella's home was FABULOUS, a definite highlight!
I want to thank you so much for making my visit to these parts so memorable—the artisan visits have all been excellent, and the artisans themselves so engaging and inspiring.
Thank you so much for organising such a wonderful tour. We all had a great trip! As much as we have enjoyed everything that we have seen, and done (and eaten), the best part is who we have met and shared stories with.
I joined the course with Heather last May as a break from home, my husband was very ill. It was the most wonderful week! We had the privilege to meet many people in their own homes and experience their passion and enthusiasm for their cheese, textiles, bread, life. The small group allowed us to be flexible and experience things a larger group would not be able to — hands on cooking, dinner in a family home. The people on the course had an interest in textiles, weaving, dyeing, woodworking making looms and spindles, as well as other varied interests. Spending a week with this group, I have met people from Canada and Vienna as well as the UK. I am currently booking my next course for next spring.
Amazing people make amazing things happen. I fully recommend this course to anyone who wants to see fine Italian meats in action, eyes wide open!! I'm blown away at the amount I have taken from this. Giancarlo Russo and Heather Jarman delivered an in-depth look at the production and the practices of some very knowledgeable Artisans. Loved every minute. If you get the chance or have time, the extension to this course is the cream of the lardo! I met a 4th-generation family up in the hills above a small wine valley. This guy, his dad and uncle and the mum and aunt are truly spot on Salumi.
The most unfortunate part of our trip was that we were only able to spend two days with Heather (Erica). Her passion for the Tuscan culture is exemplified by the lasting friendships she has created with the local artisans. As a result of these relationships, we were able to enter into these artisans' homes and learn about and participate in their crafts. Words cannot describe the intimate, personable experience that she provides. If you want a unique and memorable experience, Heather will exceed any expectation.
This is the most relaxing vacation we have ever taken. We even forgot what day it is! What a varied number of experiences. Heather has shown us an Italy we could never have seen on our own.
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