Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Greetings from Carmela's Cucina,

Here is a special offering to experience autumn in Tuscany first hand. And to do it at a 2007 U.S. dollar price. Join us, Carmela Tursi Hobbins, Doris Fortino and Doug Haynes-for an immersion into Italian culture and cuisine. The three of us will be your hosts, tour guides and translators for the Culinary Event Week of September 20-27, 2008.

This will be a week of hands-on cooking classes where you"ll learn from area experts and well-known chefs. You'll learn classic Italian culinary skills and will return home ready to impress your family and friends with local Tuscan recipes.

Of course, not all of your time is spent in the kitchen. We'll take time to dine at the famous and the small and charming restaurants and of course, we will be sampling the fine wines of Tuscany. We have also planned excursions to Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano and the beautiful seaside coast of Cinque Terre with a seafood lunch in a fortress tower. September is the perfect time to visit Tuscany, the weather is warm and you will tour without the crowds.

For this all-inclusive week, we have every detail covered-from pick-up at the airport to local historic tours and, of course, food! Book now because space is limited to 12 people for each week. Special culinary Event Week price (excluding airfare) is $2,995.

Visit www.carmiescucina.com for more information and to reserve your place.

And according to my travel agent Besse Maragoes at Shilling Travel the air fare at that time will be just over $1,000. Or go to www.northwestairlines.com for complete air fare details.

I hope to see you in Tuscany this fall.

Buon appetito,

Carmela Tursi Hobbins

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