Culinary tours, tastings, and writing workshops in Tuscany

Our truffle dog, Ledi, finds a truffle

October 21-28, 2016 join us in the medieval hill town of Castiglion Fiorentino Tuscany2016_headerfor a week of authentic culinary tours, tastings and demonstrations that normally only locals get to experience. Combined with Cary Tennis’s writing workshops, this is a truly unique event.

As residents of this charming town, Cary and I have unique access to local producers and chefs. Fall is the best time to be in Tuscany when it comes to food. It’s the season of porcini mushrooms, the olive harvest, and the exquisite white truffle. Here are some activities we are planning:

Pasta with truffles for dinner after the hunt

• Hunt for truffles with a professional truffle hunter and truffle dog, and afterwards eat a meal featuring the day’s find.

• Experience the olive harvest! Take a tour of a local olive press (frantoio; learn how to discern high-quality olive oil from every-day, as well as what makes Tuscan olive oil different from olive oil produced elsewhere in Italy; participate in an olive oil tasting and learn how to discern the differences in oils using techniques the experts use.

• Take a guided shopping tour of the Friday outdoor food market; learn Italian phrases, market etiquette, and where to find the very best fish, meats, cheeses, and produce.

Freshly pressed olive oil

• Make  pasta from scratch at a local chef’s beautiful historic home.

• Tour local wineries.

Other possible activities include: a rare, private tour of a farm where they raise the prize chianina cows, and a tour of local traditional farming techniques and implements.

We just made pasta!
We just made pasta!

Although the focus of this retreat is on food, Cary will offer one writing workshop per day for those who are interested. The price of this retreat is similar to that of our other retreats. To register, go to our online store or, for more information, contact us at

This will be a one-in-a-lifetime experience. We look forward to sharing the tastes of Tuscany with you!


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