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La Passeggiata: A Culinary Stroll through Southern Italy & Sicily April 8-18, 2015

Guided by Italian culinary experts Rynn and David Caputo Owners/Cheesemakers of Caputo Brothers Creamery* *featured in the May & December 2013 issues of Food & Wine Magazine!

lapasseggiattaHave you ever dreamed of quitting your job and hopping on a plane to Italy to sample all of the culinary delights this beautiful country has to offer? Are you curious what inspired Rynn and David Caputo to do just that? Have you always wondered what it would be like to make artisan cheese, cured meats, and wine? “Absolutely” you say?? Then we would like to invite you to join us on a very special culinary stroll – or as the Italians say it, “La Passeggiata”- April 8-18, 2015.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Caputo’s culinary journey, it all started in Calabria, Italy where they attended culinary school in 2006. It was in this unique and wonderful region that they first fell in love with cheesemaking and learned first-hand what traditional, regional Italian cuisine meant. They then spent the next two months traveling through all 20 regions of Italy, specifically focusing on the food, wine, meats and cheeses of each region. During that time they developed relationships with amazing artisans, and discovered hidden gems that regular travelers might not ever experience…that is until now!

Living like a local is what this experience is all about! We won’t just eat good food – we will meet the artisans that produce it and get a deep understanding of the traditions that drive this amazing food culture. You will explore markets and wander with amazement through streets filled with the most beautiful produce, meats, and delicacies you have ever seen. We keep the tour groups small enough to ensure that each participant gets the absolute most out of this incredible experience.

The following is a brief overview of the tour. We will also have a detailed, day-by-day itinerary that will give you a more in-depth look at this ‘off the beaten path’ trip.

A few of the places we will visit:

  • Tropea*
  • Limbadi
  • Siracusa*
  • Modica
  • Catania
  • Soverato*

*locations for overnight stays

Caputo Brothers Creamery – 6403 Pahagaco Road – Spring Grove, PA 17362

SoveratoJust a sample of some of the adventures we will experience:

  • Daily feasts designed to highlight the traditional recipes and dishes from each region or town
  • Visits to some of Italy’s most famous markets for meats, cheeses, fresh fish and fruits & vegetables
  • Educational tour & tasting at an Olive oil production facility

Pricing

  • Experience cheese-making in the same caseificio where Rynn & Dave first learned to make cheese
  • An afternoon of pasta making
  • Cultural excursions around Sicily
  • Many local and educational wine tastings
  • A visit to the oldest chocolatier in Sicily

We know that financial planning for a trip like this can sometimes be challenging, so we have tried to make the pricing as straightforward as possible. We have structured the trip in such a way that all expenses will be included in the price.

Transfers, lodging, meals, excursions, transportation, and cooking classes will all be included in the price of the trip. The only exceptions to this would be the airfare, meals (1-2 lunches) or beverages during any free time, and any souvenirs or products you might want to bring home. We have also included a pre-trip Farm Table dinner at the Caputos’ Creamery in Spring Grove, PA. This will be an opportunity for you to meet other members of the touring group before departure (Skype can be facilitated for those that do not live locally).

Flights

Each member of the tour will be responsible for booking their own flight into and out of Lamezia Terme (airport code: SUF). These flights would leave the US on April 8th, arriving in Italy on April 9th.

Payment Details:

  • Double occupancy: $3,850, Single Occupancy: $4,500 (if you are traveling alone and willing to be paired up to room with another single traveler, please let us know. There is limited availability for solo travelers due to room availability in some smaller hotels.)
  • Deposit of $1250 is due upon booking.
  • Final payment is due 60 days from departure.
  • Cash & check accepted. Checks should be made out to Caputo Brothers Creamery and mailed to the address below.

Cancellation Information:

  • All cancellations must be accepted in writing.
  • If cancellation occurs within 30 days of making deposit, then 50% of deposit will be refunded. After 30 days, no portion of the deposit will be refunded.
  • If cancellation occurs within 60 days of departure, no refund (of deposit or balance) will be distributed. There is no refund for no-shows and/or any unused portion of a tour.

Make your reservation today!

Contact Kyle Carter at kyle@caputobrotherscreamery.com with any questions

Caputo Brothers Creamery – 6403 Pahagaco Road – Spring Grove, PA 17362