Secrets of My Sicilian Kitchen
I lived in San Francisco on the Pacific Ocean.
You can take the girl away from the sea, but you can’t take the sea away from the girl.
Sicily is my new love. I began going about 8 years ago and trip after trip I fall more and more in love. It is a combination of all the places I adore; Mexico,Italy and Greece.
Sicily has been occupied over the centuries by over 14 different cultures and here you can find some of the best Greek ruins, Spanish style chocolate, the noble cuisine of the Monzu, inspired by the French chefs and Tunisian Cuscusu.
It is hectic and crazy at times in the larger cities and outside in the countryside you may run into a traffic jam caused by sheep!
Everywhere I go food and wine are the heart of my trips and the people that produce them.
We explore the southwest coast of Sicily. After our first night in Palermo, we tour Monreale, the city and the market before leaving for the southern coast.
Based at the Planeta Winery Estate we will visit Castelvetrano, Porto Palo, Sciacca, Selinunte, Trapani and Palermo.
This is a festival week program- we are going to attend the Festa di San Giuseppe in Menfi. This features a decorative bread making class, marzipan workshop with Maria Grammatica in Erice as well as attending the celebrations.
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year in Italy, and if we are lucky, they will be pressing the new oil!
Create your own groups- 6-8 people anytime of the year.
The 2017 tentative itinerary:
Transfer to and from Palermo airport
1 night in Palermo
5 nights in Menfi–Planeta Foresteria
Day tour in Palermo of historic center, food market, and Monreale
All meals, including wine
4 cooking classes, afternoon tours, temples at Selinunte, local villages.
Wine and olive oil tastings
Full schedule sent to registered students, events change based on local festivals or events.
Schedule is subject to change. Trip insurance is required.
$4,500 single room, $4,000 shared room
( if you are forming your own group, contact me for discounted prices)
ADD ON: Ragusa, Modica, Noto and Catania. (stay in Ortygia and depart from Catania)
For information on additional days in Palermo before the tour, contact Judy.