Life in Sicily - An Off the Beaten Path Culinary Adventure with Chef Linda Sarris
Join The Cheeky Chef, Linda Sarris, in the Sicilian countryside for an unforgettable culinary adventure. Linda’s unparalleled love for Sicily and food, and her insider access to the best food and wine producers, makers and shakers in Sicily, make her the perfect leader for exploring all the best things about Sicilian life, culture and cuisine. This week long journey will immerse you in the joys of Sicilian cuisine, introduce you to new techniques and ingredients, and inspire your cooking for years to come.
Raised in a big Greek-American family with a Chef grandfather and a fisherman dad, Linda has been in love with food her whole life. She’s traveled to over 25 countries in search of caipirinhas, fresh octopus and oysters, volcanic wines + hardcore street food. After the French Culinary Institute and a few stints in restaurants, Linda took off to sharpen her culinary skills in her own adventurous way - working on a farm-to-table cooking school and wine estate in Sicily, spending two summers private-cheffing in Tuscany and consulting for restaurants in Bucharest, Romania and Bogota, Columbia.
Linda has spent the last few years researching and gathering insider information on Sicilian food tourism in preparation of her new venture,SNACK sicily! SNACK sicily is a printed mini magazine with down to earth recipes, interviews with her favorite Sicilians, and the best tips for travelers. SNACK sicily will be a perfect companion for travel groups, wine tours and those family trips to find the long-lost village where your Nonna grew up.
Western Sicily is the perfect place to experience true Sicilian life as a local and to immerse yourself in it’s rich culture. This less developed side of Sicily has a long history of agriculture and a diversity of cultures from Greeks to Arabs that influenced its cuisine and way of life. During this impeccably curated hands on week of cooking, eating, and exploring, Linda will share all of her knowledge and absolute best discoveries to lead you on the journey of a lifetime. She’ ll introduce you to the best purveyors of fine foods in the area, and then take you back to the kitchen to teach you how to best use them in your cooking, and she'll guide you through the simple, beautiful and flavorful experience of living a week in Sicily to the fullest, all with her signature CHEEKY style!
The charming and authentic hotel Don Giovanni will be your home base during this week long retreat. Tastefully appointed rooms with private bathrooms, wifi and a/c, connect to a center courtyard with private sitting areas throughout where you can enjoy a view of the Sicilian countryside. Cooking classes will take place in the beautiful professional kitchen of the hotel. A group concierge will make sure every aspect of your trip is as dreamy and amazing as it sounds. All food for cooking classes will be local and seasonal and chosen from the highest quality purveyors. All wines served with your meals will be hand selected by an expert. Spring is the ideal time to travel to Sicily, when the rolling hillsides are colored with a variety of wildflowers, sheep graze the fields producing the most flavorful milk for fresh ricotta and fresh sheep’s milk cheeses. The vineyards are green and the temperature is mild and pleasant. Spring is a beautiful time for local produce too, think fava beans, artichokes, peas and many different greens that grow wildly in the hillsides, and the widest variety of fish is available including fresh tuna and swordfish.
Every detail of your week will be taken care of so all you have to do is arrive and be ready to have the time of your life. The week includes 7 overnight accommodations at Don Giovanni, 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners, all local transportation as described in the itinerary including airport pickup and drop off at Palermo airport. Daily breakfast buffet includes locally baked goods and produce, fruit, coffee, tea and juice. Also included are all of the materials for cooking classes, wine tours and tasting, yoga and off site visits. Bottled water (sparkling and flat) and house wine with lunch and dinners from our expertly curated selection, plus all wine for tastings and winery tours. Not included in pricing: Airfare, all extra beverages and food outside of itinerary, additional transportation outside of itinerary.
For more information about Chef Linda Sarris visit www.lindasarris.com.
For booking questions email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973.327.2336.
*Booking will be re-funded minus any credit card fees and $100 processing fee if canceled at least 8 weeks before scheduled arrival, or will be re-funded at 50% of the deposit if canceled thereafter. No re-fund possible if booking is cancelled in the 14 days prior to scheduled arrival.*