Mama Margaret & Friends Cooking Adventures In Italy
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You can never truly know Italy if you haven't been among its people. The entire essence of the country can be summed up in a single word, passion. Mama Margaret and Friends Cooking Adventures will take you to the true heart of Italy, to the people, who will share the intimacies of their kitchens, cellars, favorite market places and best of all, their families with you.
At Mama Margaret and Friends, the difference is readily apparent. We put the real Mama feeling into our Italian food and life adventures. The Italy we'll show you is redolent with the perfumes of wines, herbs and fragrant oils as you visit many home and restaurant kitchens and wineries, big and small. You'll enjoy interacting on a personal level with artisans making spectacular cheeses, salamis and aged-in-cask balsamic vinegars.
The "Mama" feeling lurks around every corner of our Italy from cooks, to farmers, to truffle hunters, to our local guides. They'll warm you with heartfelt emotions that are an important ingredient in their recipes they'll teach you to prepare and in the experiences they'll share with you. Love of this beautiful land, its peoples of the seas, mountains and rolling vineyards. You'll laugh with them, smile into their twinkling eyes and know that Mama Margaret's Italy is the one you have always wanted to spend time in.
When you need to escape your world, the best way to go is to have an authentic experience. In our smaller, cozy groups of no more than twelve, you can get to know and converse with your fellow travelers seated around tables with your enchanting chefs, winery owners and others. All of them ready to share with you an appreciation for the finest and freshest ingredients, local specialties and experiences.
These connections didn't happen overnight. They are results of company founder Mama Margaret Cowan.
Mama Margaret & Friends ran its first cooking and wine tour in 1995 and has garnered loyal travelers from every corner of the globe.
The company is a group of skilled and dedicated travel professionals who want to make your culinary and wine experience as unique and memorable as possible. From your travel team in North America to the on the ground experts in Italy, you will encounter a level of experience and professionalism that you can trust at every turn. The enthusiasm they will demonstrate for details lets you know you're in expert hands.
AddressSuite 310, 101-1184 Denman Street
V6G 2M9 Canada
"Mo and I wanted to thank you again for arranging for us a most enjoyable and memorable vacation in Italy. I've been travelling to Italy at least once a year since 1980, when I met Mo. I've always enjoyed my yearly visits to Italy immensely, however, "Mama Margaret & Friends Cooking Adventures in Italy" was exceptional. I repeatedly tell my family and friends it was just too good. So good, I fear all my future trips to Italy will pale in comparison.
Carmen was an absolute delight. She did everything she possibly could to make our stay in Italy perfect and perfect it was. Carmen was a joy to be with in addition to being a font of knowledge. She seemed to know everything about everything--the history, battles, castles, churches, towns, festivals, wines, cheeses, olive oil and food in general. I could go on forever.
Elio was the perfect gentleman. Although Elio was not able to accompany us every day of the tour, we knew he was with us in spirit and via his cellphone. Elio was in contact with Carmen daily to make sure all was well. He is a very caring person.
Toscana was great, but we absolutely loved Piemonte. All the cooking lessons were great with the various chefs--each with his or her own unique personality. What a perfect combination--to be able to laugh and learn at the same time. "
Jeff and Nanci Shapiro
"I would like to take the time to tell you how much Nanci and I enjoyed our gastronomical trip to Emilia-Romagna. We've spent most of the week since we've been back telling people about it. We are in awe of the energy and graciousness of our host and hostess (Marcello & Raffaella). We saw, tasted, and experienced things we never would have on our own. We met people--parmesan cheese maker, 5th generation balsamic vinegar maker/patriarch, Italy's best sfoglina (pasta maker), and much more. What a treat it was to gaze out the window of an ancient monastery, now hotel, overlooking dozens of sets of fireworks as the new millenium started. A very romantic moment neither of us will forget.
We thought the price/value of the trip was exceedingly fair. Nanci is not the cook in the family...I even overheard her telling a friend she would do it again! We are your biggest fans."
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