I know I’m not alone when I say I have a passion for food, in particular, seeking out fresh ingredients and crafting them into delectable meals. Pair great food with wine that enhances the flavors and finishes the pallet, I say “here’s to another great event”.
As I was perusing one of my cookbooks, in particular one that also provides a pictorial of Italy, I started reminiscing of my last wedding in Tuscany. I wondered if an adventurous couple would be interested in a cooking tour of a particular region of Italy and how this could be planned and successfully executed. I think it’s a great idea and would be interested in exploring this further for any couple who wants to create a truly personalized experience for their destination guests.
A few years ago I spent twelve days in the Bordeaux region of France visiting various vineyards and chateau’s known for some amazing wines. Our trip combined lessons in grape growing, harvesting and wine making along with cooking classes from a Michelin rated chef. Every day brought a new chateau, new winery and new appreciation for preparing French food. By the time our trip was over I had an entirely new understanding of the delicate balance between food, wine and the journey from sea or land to vineyard and table.
I think a destination wedding is the perfect time to create a hands-on experience for foodie couples by carefully crafting several special opportunities to explore particular regions of Italy or France. For example, Tuscany is well known for Chianti wine and Pecorino cheese so scheduling tours of wineries and farms provides guests with a greater appreciation of the processes involved with producing these fine wines and cheese so why not share these treasures during the destination experience.
Chef’s do not have to be Michelin rated to teach and create a memorable experience. The owner/chef of Beppone Ristorante in San Gimignano is the cutest little “mama” you would ever want to meet. She offered an impromptu instruction into making the very best wood-fire pizza dough and her secret to outstanding bruschetta for our guests.
So for any self-proclaimed foodies out there wanting to plan a destination wedding, consider a cooking/wine experience your guests will never forget.
Just a few images of our Chianti tour last year.