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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