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Cooking Classes in Florence

So you want to learn some great Authentic Tuscan Menus? The Spice Lab is the right place to come.

We offer seasonal, custom menus - many of which we can trace back in our family to the mid 1800’s. As a family we’re involved in every aspect of Tuscan Food production. We own our own olive grove, where we produce our own olive oil and also grow most of our own fruits and vegetables (all heirloom and most organic). Both my husband and I are trained chefs, who have worked extensively preparing Tuscan food in both the public and private sector - including some of Florence’s most popular restaurants.

We know that a cooking class is about much more than just giving someone a recipe and showing them how to make it. We believe learning to cook should be FUN, hands one, share the culture of the food, teach you tips and techniques to take a dish from ordinary to extraordinary, and finally give you the ability to take what you’ve learned back home and make a great meal - in your own kitchen, bought with ingredients available where you live - to enjoy with your friends and family.

We offer off classes at 2 locations. For classes at the grove, we provide transportation from either the Florence Central Market or our families coffee bar in Florence’s Historic Center near the Porta Romana.

* For an authentic Tuscan experience, Cooking in the Olive Grove - covered outdoor kitchen  April -Nov only

* Our Studio Kitchen in the center of Florence

Tuscany Olive Grove Cooking Class

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Tuscany Olive Grove Cooking Class

Are you looking for and Authentic Tuscan Countryside Cooking Experience? Come join us in our family’s private olive grove. Located just 10 minutes from Porta Romano, we start by exploring the grove where you’ll learn about the fruits and vegetables we grow there. Then we’ll get down to business and prepare a classic Tuscan meal in our outdoor kitchen in the grove. After were done working, we’ll all sit down and soak up the Tuscan sun, or sunset and enjoy a great meal together. Our Morning and Evening classes are hands on  and available for...

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Florence Central Market Cooking Class

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Florence Central Market Cooking Class

What questions should you ask your butcher to get a great cut of meat? Why do the vegetables here taste different and can I get vegetables that taste as good at home? How do you buy good pasta? Come explore Florence’s central market from a chef’s point of view. Learn how to shop for produce, meat and gourmet condiments. Taste exceptional olive oils and balsamic’s. Meet some of our favorite vendors, and taste their products. Along the way I’ll give you tips and tricks for ways to use some of the products we see, back home. And tell you a...

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Custom Classes

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Custom Classes

Sometimes what you want, is just to get of the beaten track. And you love food. We get people all the time who have dreamed of coming to Italy and literally playing with their food. This isn’t so much a class, as a experience. So like most experiences, there is no absolute set formula. And it does depend on you. Maybe your coming during olive season and want to see it pressed, or go meet my butcher  and learn a little about meat (yes he’s awesome and no he’s not at the central market). Maybe it’s getting behind a real local coffee bar and...

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Cooking in the Olive Grove

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Cooking in the Olive Grove

Are you looking for and Authentic Tuscan Countryside Experience? Come join us in our family’s private olive grove. Located just 10 minutes from Porta Romano, we start by exploring the grove where you’ll learn about the fruits and vegetables we grow there. Then we’ll get down to business and prepare a classic Tuscan meal in our outdoor kitchen in the grove. After were done working, we’ll all sit down and soak up the Tuscan sun, or sunset and enjoy a great meal together. Our Morning and Evening classes are hands on  and available for both...

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Cooking Classes in Florence, Italy