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Forage, slaughter & butcher your meal in Italy – 5-night carnivore’s delight

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This is for the serious foodie.

Vegetarians seek refuge elsewhere because for five nights in October it’s a carnivore’s delight in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains of Central Italy. This fall savor the slow food & experience Italian farm life first hand with this unique holiday at La Tavola Marche (Organic Farm, Inn & Cooking School) with mushroom hunting, pig butchering, sausage making, chicken slaughtering & butchering with hands-on cooking classes incorporating the fresh butchered meats and a fabulous wine tour & tasting.

At La Tavola Marche you know where your food comes from; vegetables fresh picked from the garden, eggs from the hens, mushrooms foraged from the hills and fresh meat from our free-range chickens or the next door neighbor’s farm. And what to expect? Your first night you are welcomed to the 300 year old stone farmhouse with the rich smells of a slow roasting fire escaping through the kitchen door, a feast to be remembered with each of the five courses paired with local Marche wines and topped with decadent truffles…and that’s just the beginning of enogastronomic bliss!

Spend the morning with our local butcher in Urbania for a demonstration on butchering, follow the process, identifying and trimming different cuts of pork, learning the best cooking technique for each cut well as a range of basic butchery skills. Learn the basics of the aging process, how to make salami, cured meats and sausages.  Back at the farmhouse we will stuff our own sausages to grill over the open fire for dinner! After a day of meat, relax the following day by sampling the best family-run vineyards of Le Marche with a full day wine tour & tasting. Later in the week hike into the woods to forage for mushrooms then get down & dirty; slaughter & butcher our free range chickens incorporating it into cooking class for classic stock, stews & roasts.

La Tavola Marche Agriturismo and Cooking School is a 300 year old stone farmhouse inn, set on 500 acres of organic farmland, rolling hills and truffle rich woods specializing in hands-on, farm to fork cooking classes. Guest accommodations are spacious apartments with private bedrooms, en-suite bathroom, kitchen, dinning room, wood beam ceilings, tile floors and stone fireplaces!

5 Nights: 26 – 31 October 2011
885 Euro Total per person

Includes: Five nights accommodations, welcome five course feast, two full day cooking classes, wine tour & transportation, mushroom hunt, butchering class, chicken slaughter & butcher, breakfast daily, three lunches, four dinners, evening snack, wine with meals, heating, all taxes. Price based on double occupancy. Special discounted rate for group of 4 or more.

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Butchering & Charcuterie with Truffles, Mushroom Hunting & Wine Tour
26 – 31 October 2011

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