From Our Clients
I have learnt more in four hours with Massimo Bacci than in the whole of the last four months back in the factory reading books and experimenting. It’s a brilliant experience.
Thank you for a wonderful day in the Garfagnana. We really appreciated your local knowledge and relaxed manner. It was lovely to spend time with Catia and her Mum learning the traditional way of making bread. Also to try Catia's produce including her excellent red wine. She is truly an inspiration. To top it off the scenery was spectacular and the villages so authentic and picturesque. We wish we could do it all over again.
You opened my eyes to the value of unadulterated food, especially salami! Thank you for introducing me to a dying art.
I found the course offered a fantastic insight into the otherwise hidden world of Italian artisan ‘charcuterie’. The opportunity to meet passionate and traditional craftsman at work was extremely useful and utterly mesmerising. It really highlighted the true differences between British and Continental butchery.
As an industry professional I appreciated the manner in which you conducted the course. You and Giancarlo hold a wealth of information from which I learned so much. The personal interaction and ability to talk with other experts was priceless. Pair this with the gorgeous Tuscan countryside as a backdrop, wonderful people and food around every corner and you have a gem of a trip! I would recommend this course to other industry professionals looking to get back to the artisanal way of doing things.
Pete’s photographic diary of the salumi course: https://www.icloud.com/journal/#02;CAEQARoQqxZho3s-Zu9bgrXVfjdo8A;1655B45A-9783-47E3-A434-A328BD59244A
Thank you to both you and Giancarlo for a fantastic course. I’ve been on a high ever since. I can honestly say that I enjoyed every bit of the experience, and while it was quite busy with not a lot of free time, I’m so grateful for that, as I learnt so much more and tasted such wonderful food. I would happily recommend the course to others, and can’t wait to get started making more salami now that the weather is cool. Thanks again Heather, for such a great experience, and your enthusiasm, which made the weekend all the more interesting and informative.
Amazing trip for us both. Much enjoyed every segment of our itinerary and our congenial group and coach driver! Food, our hosts, accommodation, your information and effective communication—all very good.
I want to thank you so much for the wonderful week we had with you. It was so much fun. I’m telling everyone about it.
We had the most wonderful time on our tour. I knew I would enjoy myself but I was blown away by how much Bryan enjoyed himself. I have not seen him so relaxed. We all got on so well and loved all the things we did and saw. Just wanted to say thank you for organising such a great tour. I would recommend it to anyone.
This is a tour for those who want to get below the surface. You will meet extraordinary people, share meals with them in their homes and watch as they keep ancient traditions alive. Heather's knowledge comes from her love for the Garfagnana and its people and it is infectious.
It was an absolute delight to be able to experience a cooking lesson in a real Italian home with Gabriella and her husband.We really got an idea of what it is like living in Tuscany and the traditions that are still held, like getting up early to go and pick mushrooms and salad leaves, seeing the yellow paper that is used to drain fried food, tasting the amazing spices and flours, and learning some of the traditional cooking methods.
Just a quick note to tell you HOW MUCH we enjoyed our cooking lesson. Alessandra was exceptionally ambitious, energetic, and talented--and we loved every minute of our time with her. She is an authentic Italian gem!! In addition, the meal we prepared was molto delizioso! It was truly the highlight of our visit to Italy. Thank you for being such a user-friendly enterprise, and we were delighted to benefit from your knowledge and expertise.
You provided a memorable evening with a wonderful chef. Even though I spent another whole week at a cooking school, which was very, very interesting, I think Linda did the best job of sharing her love for the country and the style of cooking so important to the people of the Barga area. It was a night to remember and the favorite of our week in Barga.
I want to thank you for arranging such a fantastic course. Both Andrew and I have returned to England with a much greater knowledge of salumi. You provided us with a real insight into Tuscan food culture. We thoroughly enjoyed all the extras you arranged; the meal provided by Gabriella and the soup competition were fantastic experiences which we would never have had the opportunity to enjoy as tourists. We look forward to putting all our new found knowledge into practice.
I learned so much from the week Curtis and I spent with you. I would certainly call it an excellent beginning, and I’m sure that we will have a much better outcome from our efforts now.
Thank you so much, Heather, for your marvelous hospitality and for giving us a delectable “taste” of the wonders of northern Tuscany. While many have taken Italian "trips", they don’t realize that they’ve missed an Italian "adventure".
I had a really unforgettable tour with you. I appreciate all the extra attention to details, and special attention you gave us. I will never forget it. ...My thank you doesn't even begin to describe what I recall regularly; last night I was thinking about the workers’ lunch...that was fun...so fitting since we had just picked olives and it was different.
It was a day, and a meal, we will never forget.
Many thanks indeed for the superb day you put together for us. There is no way we would have seen so much without you.
I made farro salads and fried polenta at home and will be trying to make the bread before too long. Great to have my culinary horizons expanded, with the understanding of the context that the produce and the food has risen out of.
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