What we're about

This is a group for anyone interested in Italian food, wine, travel, culture and meeting new people with same interests. It is fun to cook together while drinking good wine and enjoy the food we created in a fun, casual and relaxed atmosphere. It is not necessary to have any culinary skills and may be, at the end of a Meetup, you will be able to make one of your favorite Italian dish!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I started this group because I love food, good wines, friends outside my regular job (personal chef) and I like to have fun and laugh cooking and sipping wine without the stress of working always under pressure. Now, I also do dinners, wine tastings, cooking classes at my house in lafayette.

Since 4 years, I started to bring some of you in adventurous "detouristing" small group trips to the west coast of Tuscany. The trips are intimate, personal, fascinating, adventurous and fun!!!!!!!!!.You will be part of Italy, not visiting it. I will be there for you every day making sure you experience the meaning, customs, traditions, food, wine, as I do every time in this part of Tuscany.

Some of the activities of these trips are, besides site seen unknown part of Tuscany including islands, hiking, kayaking, boating, fishing, wine tastings, mushrooms hunting, cooking together, hot springs bathing, snorkeling. Come with me and explore!!!!!!!!!!!

Ciao, Valerio

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Upcoming events (2)

"In Italy with me because you are not a tourist" presentation. NEW DATES

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TRAVEL DATES ARE JUNE 7TH TO THE 17TH AND OCTOBER 4TH TO THE 14TH (SEPTEMBER 20TH TO THE 30TH IS FULL)

Watch this video to know more about it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnDkuBBJvPs

After the great success of the prior 10 Italy trips, it is time for number 11, 12 and 13. VOYAGER.

Minimum number of travelers 7, maximum 12.
I will make the presentation Via Zoom and if you are interested we will meet with the other travelers later.

Valerio Castellano is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Italy trip
Time: Feb 5,[masked]:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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This is not an ordinary touristy tour with multi language menus, lines to get in, crowded and well known monuments with people trying to sell you something. I will take you in places you never seen and heard, in authentic small fine restaurants in medieval castles, in pristine and hidden beaches, wineries, islands, boats, fishing, hot springs and Siena. We are going to the west coast of Tuscany ( Porto Santo Stefano) and the wild Maremma Toscana !!!!!

Why this trip is any different from hundreds you can find online?
The trip is intimate, personal, fascinating, adventurous and fun!!!!!!!!!.You will be part of Italy, not visiting it. I will be there with you every day making sure you experience the meaning, customs, traditions, food, wine, as I do every time in this part of Tuscany.
I have been there since 56 years and I still consider this part of Italy a paradise. Part of my heart and soul is there and always will be.
We will cook together, drink together, open kayak , hike, bike, snorkel, site seen...and laugh together while exploring beautiful and magic places.

I am teaming up with 2 dear friends and owners of a splendid villa/bed and breakfast ( Navarro Hill Resort) , CLOSE TO THE PUBLIC ON THOSE DATES, to make this experience memorable.

In this meetup , I will go trough all the info, the cost, details and activities of this incredible adventure including a short video of the past trips.
REFERENCES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.

Please, send me a private message to communicate with me, don`t post a question on the event page.

Ciao, Valerio Castellano

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Be Italian! #1 Cooking class without recipes

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$73.00

Do you like Italy, Italian food, Italian culture? Do you want to learn how to make some of the favorite Italian dishes or just improve your cooking skills? Great, take the recipes and toss them. Nothing can replace making a dish rather than reading a recipe taking for ever to collect ounces, ml, tbs,tsps.....................................
We are going to make some great courses together, having fun while sipping some wine.
This is not a dinner with the usual 2 people helping me. This is a class for only 12 people with a fast pace and little time for seating at the table and chat. We still going to eat what we make, don't worry.
You would be cleaning after using your cutting board, utensils, pots , pans, etc....
YOU ARE MORE THAN WELCOME TO BRING A BOTTLE OF WINE, I AM NOT PROVIDING AND SERVING WINE DURING THE CLASS.

For payments, go to my website https://lvitaly.com/ and click on Paypal or on the cc logo at the bottom of every page. Enter 73 or[masked] for 2 people on the item price ( no $ symbol) if you have a paypal account just send the $ 73.00 to [masked] or if YOU DON'T HAVE A PAYPAL ACCOUNT, click on pay with debit or credit card, enter your info.
Cancellation Policy no exceptions
If the cancellation is in within 48 hours from the class date, you will forfeit the cost of the class ( $73 .00).
If the cancellation occurs prior the 48 hours from the event date, you will have a credit with me and be able to use it for any other event I will make.
The class will be at my home in Lafayette and I will email the address later to the attendees.
By attending, you agree to hold harmless and release all host / venues from any liability including COVID 19 RELATED ISSUES. Please behave in a responsible/appropriate manner while attending and drinking wine.

Class menu

Panzanella Toscana ( Tuscan bread salad)

Butternut squash soup with Moroccan spices

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Complimentary goose breast in Port sauce

Ciao,
Valerio Castellano

Past events (318)

Italian dinner and world wide wine tasting/ pairing

Needs a location

$69.00