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If you’re looking for a three-day class, I’ll tailor the experience to suit your needs and expectations. You’ll spend three days with us in between hands on cooking classes, markets tours and farm tours. We’ll also suggest you a nearby agriturismo where you can stay. We’ll have more time to delve into the Tuscan cuisine and I’ll help you create a Tuscan cooking repertoire. We’ll have lots of fun!

The three day experience begins on Wednesday morning. On the first day, we will meet for an Italian breakfast at a local café, then we will shop together at the local market and we will visit the local butcher: we will create the menu of the three days together, shopping and choosing just the freshest ingredients. We will learn how to choose and use the best seasonal products and we will cook a wholesome meal. The market visit will be followed by a three-hour hands-on cooking class to create a whole menu from scratch, from appetizer to dessert.

On the second day, we’ll meet at the studio for a quick breakfast and we’ll have another hands on cooking class. You will discover the secrets of the local peasant country cooking. It will be a chance to get to know better local ingredients and to work on your kitchen repertoire adding reliable Tuscan recipes. After the cooking class, we will drive to a nearby farm to visit it and taste its products. You can choose in between an organic sheep milk farm or a wine and extra virgin olive oil farm.

On the third day, we will meet again at the studio for our last breakfast together. We’ll cook again a feast, focusing on more specific recipes such as bread or focaccia, seasonal soups or fresh pasta from scratch. We’ll explore regional desserts and celebrate the best local ingredients.

Every meal will be an excuse to travel through Tuscany thanks to local recipes, memories and stories.

Experience details

  • Three day hands-on Tuscan cooking class
  • One market visit
  • Three breakfasts together, one at the market, two at the studio
  • Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available on request
  • Three lunches with local wine
  • A visit to a local farm with a tasting of their products
  • A Juls’ Kitchen apron
  • The booklet Recipes from Juls’ Kitchen cooking classes
  • An uncountable amount of fun and laughter in the kitchen

Cheese farm

Paugnano

If you love cheese and are curious to visit a local family run farm, we will visit Podere Paugnano, an organic sheep farm where we will get to meet sheep, piglets and shepherd dogs, we’ll learn how to make pecorino cheese, discovering the option of traditional vegetarian rennet, and we’ll have a taste of their pecorino cheeses, sitting on a patio overlooking the town of Radicondoli.

The farm is located in a wilder part of Tuscany, off the beaten track, you’ll fall in love with the landscape, the farm and the cheese, of course!

Wine and olive oil farm

If you are curious to visit a typical Tuscan farm and want to discover the quintessential local products, we will visit Tenuta di Mensanello. In the historic heart of Tuscany and Chianti, Mensanello is located on a hill overlooking a picturesque valley. An agricultural village and an authentic Tuscan farmhouse, Tenuta di Mensanello is the typical example of an ancient Tuscan farm: villa, barns and winery are the farm centre. They have vineyards, olive groves and fields cultivated with wheat, barley, sunflowers, legumes and fodder crops. They produce wine, extra virgin olive oil, artisanal beer and charcuterie.

After the visit, we will taste their wine, their extra virgin olive oil and their charcuterie products.

How does it work?

The cooking classes are held in our Studio, located in a traditional country house in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, in between Siena and Florence.

You’ll meet my family, our dogs Noa and Teo and our cats Wolfi and Pelù, and if the weather is good you’ll get the chance to eat outside in our garden underneath the olive trees. 

  • You’ll join a group of enthusiast food lovers. You’ll meet strangers from breakfast and by lunchtime you’ll have new friends. We will still keep this a small party, though – not more than a total of 6 people will attend the class – as we like to have everyone involved in the cooking part.
  • If you are part of a bigger group, contact us to verify the availability for a class.
  • Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are always available on request. Don’t hesitate to contact me regarding your dietary requirements. 
  • A private driver can be arranged on request for pick-up and drop-off (price not included).
  • A photographer can be hired to take photos of your class, giving you precious memories of the experience. (please ask for a quote if you are interested in any of the options)

Our most popular menu

These are just a few options, menus will vary according to your preferences and to the season. If you opt for the market class, we’ll choose the menu together during the morning shopping.

Appetisers: Cheese platter with home-made jam, local charcuterie board, chicken liver crostini, fried sage leaves or zucchini blossoms, chickpea cake or seasonal bruschetta, homemade focaccia.

First Course: Fresh homemade pasta like tagliatelle, tagliolini or maltagliati, stuffed pasta like tortelli or pici, pillowy potato gnocchi. The first course will be served with a seasonal dressing. If you prefer, a seasonal soup or a risotto can be prepared instead of pasta.

Main Course: Roasted pork loin, roasted turkey breast stuffed with prosciutto and cheese, beef meatballs, veal involtini with cheese, beef stew, omelette in tomato sauce.

Side dish: Roasted seasonal vegetables, vegetable stews, fresh salads and rich flans.

Dessert: Almond biscotti, fruit pound cake, zuppa inglese, olive oil chocolate cake, olive oil apple cake, chestnut cake, ricotta cake, fresh fruit salad.

A few notes on the ingredients

Tuscan cooking is simple and essential, so the quality of the ingredients use is paramount. We only use Italian extra virgin olive oil for cooking, and a favourite local extra virgin olive oil for dressing: we’ll have the chance to taste it together. We use Italian stone ground flours for our pasta, bread and focaccia.

Fruit and vegetables. We buy seasonal fruit and vegetables at our local market. It’s our favourite ingredient, as we take pride in showing you how delicious vegetables can be when local, in season and doused in extra virgin olive oil. When in season, we will use herbs and vegetables from our vegetable garden. 

Meat. We buy meat at our local butcher. It’s an interesting and fun experience, so we hope you can join us in our market tour. They have local organic beef and veal, free range pork, chicken and turkey. At the butcher, they also make and cure their own charcuterie products: fresh and dried sausages, prosciutto, salame, crumbly finocchiona with fennel seeds, cured pork cheek, pancetta. We’ll decide together what to cook, following traditional recipes.

Fish. Fish recipes are not as typical as meat ones in the hills of Tuscany, though when we go to the market we’ll also have the chance to buy fresh fish from the fishmonger stall. We’ll prefer local and sustainable fish such as sardines, anchovies, mackerels, sea bream, sea bass, clams and mussels.

Reviews about our Food Experience

Program Info

Location: Colle di Val d’Elsa
When: Wednesday – Thursday – Friday
Venue: Juls’ Kitchen Studio
Starting Time: Wednesday 8:30 am
Duration: three mornings and three early afternoons
Number of Participants: minimum 2 – maximum 6

Since we are in the countryside, you’ll need a car – or a driver – to fully enjoy the class.
Accommodation not included, but we’ll be happy to suggest you nearby agriturismi where to stay

Where is Juls' Kitchen?

The Juls’ Kitchen studio is located in the countryside near Colle Val d’Elsa, in a small hamlet. We are one hour from Florence and about 30 minutes from Siena. Since our studio is located in the countryside, you’ll need a car – or a driver – to fully enjoy the class.

Many of the best tourist destinations in Tuscany such as San Gimignano, Montalcino, Volterra, Pienza, Lucca, Montepulciano and Greve in Chianti are very close to us. We always give our guests the very best directions so they can locate us easily. We’re on Google Maps, too.

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ote: free time slots will be booked quickly. We update the calendar manually. Apologies for any delay!

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