Tuscan Epicure Food Tour: Truffle Hunting, Local Wine, Artisanal Cheese and Home-cooked Meals

Truffle Hunting copyMaybe you remember when I wrote about this last year here, about my friends Maddine and Joe who spend half the year living on the Lower East Side and the other half in their place in Tuscany.  Pretty sweet situation, right?  Even though most of us haven’t figured out how to spend half a year in Tuscany, the good news is that Maddine and Joe open up their home every year to 10 lucky folks to explore the food and culture of Tuscany.

For all the information and pricing check out their website.

It takes place in November, which you know will be here before you can blink and enrollment is very limited and usually full up by May.

Imagine this….you spend the day hiking through the rolling hills of Tuscany in search of white truffles (their place is close by to some of the best spots).  Once home from your white truffle trek you get to help in making yourselves an amazing meal from the truffles you’ve just dug from the ground.

Hell, the price of that many white truffles in NYC is more than this entire week would cost!  I’m really trying to figure out how I can go this year – whose coming?

For more information on dates and pricing write them directly here or you can reach them vis their website here.

(Did I mention the wine, cheese and olive oil makers you get to visit? And sample…)





About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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