Open Kitchen Travel: Italy



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Sept 16 – 28, 2018

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Day 1 – Travel on a once-in-a-lifetime experience to Northern Italy from the Institute for the Culinary Arts at Metropolitan Community College. With Chef Brian O’Malley as your guide, you’ll experience the true culinary insiders trip to northern Italy.

Day 2 – Your flight takes you to Turin where you’ll land mid-day, check into your hotel and rest up before a spectacular welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3 – Today is an exciting day spent on an Italian vineyard, the Raineri Vini Vineyard, exploring the vines with the vintner, and of course, tasting spectacular wines in the Italian countryside. Tonight, enjoy another dinner with the group, meeting the head chef, enjoying the company of your spectacular group. (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Today starts your truly unique culinary experience. You’ll be spending the next three days learning Italian culinary skills and techniques at the famous University of Gastronomic Sciences. Today’s activities include presentation of Slow Foods and their projects, a session on biodiversity and sustainability, a foraging activity in the UNISG vegetable garden and finish the day with dinner. Tonight, have a cocktail or enjoy some fresh Italian air in Pollenzo. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Enjoy a delicious breakfast before heading back to University. Today, you’ll learn about food trends in Italy, and an exploration of the evolution of human taste. Then you’ll head off to the Cookery School to cook traditional Piemontese cuisine. (B,L,D)

Dine in Italy

Day 6 – Today, train like a sommelier. Start off the day with an introduction to Italian wines, grape varieties and terrior. Continuing the process of wine-making, learn the production styles, conventional, organic and bio-dynamic. This afternoon, you’ll head over to the wine bank on campus and enjoy a wine pairing, learning how to define quality. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – The Salone del Gusto is a gastronomic experience unlike any other. Organized by Slow Foods, this world-famous event hosts hundreds of local food vendors who set up classes, lectures, pop-up restaurants, shops, tastings and more. The event is located in the city center and attended by thousands of visitors from all over the world. (B)

Day 8 – A second day in Turin at the Salone del Gusto will allow you to see the entire event. There are also a number of famous foodie location such as Giandujotti Chocolates or Grom ice cream. Perhaps even visit an attraction such as the “Shroud of Turin” or the Fiat Car Manufacturer. (B)

Day 9 – This morning, enjoy breakfast at your hotel before heading out to catch a train. The quick and scenic journey will take you to Genoa. This old fishing port city is full of winding streets and hidden neighborhoods. Your afternoon will consist of a local food tour in the heart of downtown Genoa. Your guide is a local and will take you to the best down alleys with local eateries, spice shops and the oldest confectioners shop in Italy. (B,D)

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Day 10 – Today starts a two day tour through the picturesque Chinque Terre region, otherwise knows as the “Italian Riviera.” Visit an organic basil farm, meeting the grower and his family. He’ll tell you the story of their operation and even let you pick fresh basil. You’ll have time to wander the streets of one of these gorgeous ocean villages before finally making it to Parma. Dinner is with the group tonight followed by an evening on your own to enjoy. (B,D)

Day 11 – Another fantastic Italian day starts off with breakfast and a visit to an olive plantation in the hillside, meeting the grower, learning the process, and of course tasting the olives. Then it’s off to Florence. Birthplace of the Renaissance, this historic city has so much to offer. Perhaps visit the Palazzo Vecchio or the Galleria dell’Accademia. Chef O’Malley has a spectacular place for dinner tonight, followed by an evening with your tour-mates exploring the Florence nightlife. (B,D)

Day 12 – Catch the train to Bologna or Pisa this morning. Bologna is in the heart of the Italian food scene, known for its wide variety of sausages, hams etc. Visit the famous Piazza Maggiore, a huge market of amazing food stores. Or perhaps a visit to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, in Pisa. Today, do as you please. Then, catch an evening train back to Florence. (B)

Day 13 – This morning, fill up on your last Italian breakfast. You’ll have time for a stroll in the city before heading to the airport to fly home. Having visited Northern Italy, you’ll have a new appreciation and appetite for all of their spectacular food traditions. This is sure to a an unforgettable experience! (B)

*Itinerary subject to slight variation due to weather, and availability. Specific visits or dates my change but will be substituted for similar valued excursion.

**This tour requires significant walking, various modes of transportation, and uneven terrain. Please consider this when booking your tour.

Health Insurance – Health insurance is required from this MCC approved provider. This insurance also covers cancellations etc. Use the link below to complete the application and payment. Proof of this purchase is required before leaving for Italy.

*Valid passport required


Pricing –
Double Occupancy (Land Only) $2950pp
Single Occupancy (Land Only) $3660pp

*Prices are based on Euro as of March 26. If when the final payment is due, the exchange rate has increase more than .02 there will be a surcharge on your final invoice.

Airfare –
Group Rate
(Round trip OMA to TRN, FLR to OMA)

* You may purchase airfare on your own. If so, it is your responsibility to meet the group at their current destination and all costs associated.

Deposit –
Deposit Due Date April 9th, 2018 $500pp
Final Payment due 45 days before departure.

Refunds: Deposits are non-refundable 90 days  prior to departure. Full refunds may be available with trip insurance. Once final payment is made, refunds without insurance coverage will be on a case by case basis, based on what MCC and Excite can receive refunds for.


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