Private live streaming cooking classes on Tuscan specialties

Availability: Mondays , Tuesdays , Wednesdays , Thursdays , Fridays , Saturdays , Sundays
Duration: 1.5 to 2.5 hours



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Private on-line live cooking classes

The first time we go virtual! A new service in the era of social distancing

Arianna & Friends is well known for offering informal private and shared cooking classes focused on Tuscan specialties with a lot of personality and charme. Normally, the locations of our classes are panoramic and authentic farms or rental villas in the middle of the rural Tuscany and our cooking events are often defined “the highlight of our trip to Italy”.
In these very strange days of the Covid19 pandemic we are forced to stay home and no visitor is allowed to get to our country. So, for the first time in our history we have decided to be close to you and share with you our fantastic culinary traditions in a different way: we are offering private live streaming cooking classes from our kitchens!
It will be a great way for you to almost feel like you are visiting and enjoy life while staying safely home!
Connect via Zoom, Skype or Hangouts and enjoy your wonderful cooking day!

 

 

 

WHERE?

The unique setting of your kitchen
The location of this cooking class cannot be more familiar to you! Stay safely home in this moment of diffused lockdowns and enjoy a live streaming cooking class right in your kitchen. You do not need very specific tools and it is not important to be well acquainted with advanced cooking techniques. You will have a lot of fun just using the equipments you have by learning some simple and efficient cooking approaches.


WHO?

The chance to extend the class to your family, relatives and friends
If you want to share this experience with other people of your circle, we give you the possibility to share this private class with your family, relatives or friends even if they are staying somewhere else. You can sign up together with others in your party for up to 3 different connected devices, located in any place. It will be a lot of fun all together, yet still respecting social distancing.

Arianna or Massimo as your tutors
We are two Tuscan natives, Arianna and Massimo, and we are founders and owners of the specialty tour operator Arianna & Friends. We have been giving cooking classes to visitors of Tuscany for over 13 years while assisting local “granny style” chefs as speakers and story-tellers/guides. This is the style of our cooking classes, informal and friendly, run by a “nonna”, who might not speak a word of English but who cooks divinely and shares a passion and love for what she does.
We cannot assist our grannies as usual, but we very well know how to share their knowledge and expertise with the same passion and love!


WHAT?

We will agree on menu the menu of the class
The first step after you contact us is agreeing on the menu of our cooking class. Here below you find a menu list for you to choose from. There are three formulas:


Menu options

Menu formula A:

1 type of fresh pasta + 1 sauce – Duration: min 1.5 hours

Menu formula B:

2 dishes from the list below (no fresh pasta) – Duration: min 2 hours

Menu formula C:

1 type of fresh pasta + 1 sauce + 1 other dish from the list below – Duration: min 2.5 hours

A delicious lunch or dinner after the class
The class is a great and amusing opportunity to prepare your dinner or lunch, which you will enjoy right in the end. We will have the chance to have some nice toasts, even if from a far distance, and appoint to meet in real once all this will be over.

 

WHEN & HOW LONG?

We will study the best timing according to your time zone
As we will be airing from Italy (Central European Time, CET +1), it is important that the timing for the class is agreed on. We will choose the best timing also considering that each class takes a minimum of 90 minutes for the A menu formula to 2.5 hours for the C menu formula (time for your meal not considered).

 

HOW?

Tell us the best way to connect with you
Finally, we will decide if you prefer to be reached via Skype, Whatsapp, Hanghouts or any other way or app for the live streaming.

 

HOW TO PAY?

 

PAYMENTS BY CREDIT CARD

  1. DOWNLOAD OUR BOOKING FORM – PDF version or DOC version and fill it in the with your booking details & your credit card details
  2. Send the form back per email to: info@ariannandfriends.com

 

PAYMENTS BY PAYPAL

Please use this link or click in the button below.  PayPal name of our company on your records: ARIANNA FR (ARIANNA AND FRIENDS)

Paypal us

 

PAYMENTS BY BANK WIRE

  1. DOWNLOAD OUR BOOKING FORM – PDF version or DOC version and fill it in the with your booking details 
  2. Find the details for a bank wire at the bottom of this page or in the form and order a bank transfer.
    Please, note that all transaction expenses shall be on your side.
  3. Send the form and the bank statement back per email to: info@ariannandfriends.com


Beneficiary Name: Arianna and Friends S.r.l.
Beneficiary Address: Via G. Carducci 9, 56037 Peccioli (PI)
Bank name: BANCO BPM, Filiale di Peccioli
IBAN code: IT26D0503471100000000001381
SWIFT: BAPPIT21T90
REASON: LIVE STREAMING COOKING CLASS

 


Here are the menu options for you to choose from
FRESH PASTAS

  • Hand-made pasta: tagliatelle or pappardelle
  • Hand-made pasta: ravioli stuffed with potatoes
  • Hand made pasta: ravioli stuffed with ricotta and spinach
  • Fresh potato gnocchi
SAUCES
for fresh pasta, dry pasta or gnocchi

  • Tuscan meat ragu
  • Tuscan white ragu (with no tomato)
  • Farmers’ sauce aka fake ragu: a mixture of seasoal vegetables, which will be passed on a food mill giving the idea of meat ragu
  • Mushroom sauce: with fresh and dried mushrooms
  • Arianna’s sauce: with onion, pork sausage, pinenuts & tomatoes
  • Carbonara sauce: with eggs, guanciale bacon & cheese. To be combined only with dried pasta to buy like spaghetti or rigatoni
  • Burro e salvia: butter & sage topping (only for ravioli with ricotta & spinch or for gnocchi).

IF YOU ARE NOT INTERESED IN LEARNING HOW TO MAKE FRESH PASTA,
YOU CAN USE THE PASTA SAUCES FOR DRIED PASTA, WE WILL TELL YOU HOW TO COOK IT AND HOW TO USE IT WITH THE SAUCES

RISOTTOS

  • Risotto with asparagus sauce
  • Risotto with mushrooms sauce
  • Risotto with leek and pork sausage sauce
MEAT COURSES

  • Spezzatino Toscano al vino rosso: Tuscan beef stew in red wine
  • Spezzatino con patate alla Pisana: Pisan beef stew cooked with potatoes
  • Bracioline rifatte: thin slices of beef deep fried and put in a tomato sauce with garlic and rosemary
  • Pollo alla cacciatora: chicken stew with black olives
  • Pollo al limone di mamma Sonia: chicken cooked with lemon after Sonia’s recipe
  • Filetto di maiale ai funghi: pork tender loin with mushrooms
  • Straccetti con fagiolini: green beans stew with beef stripes
HOW TO RECYCLE OLD BREAD
valid as appetizer or main course

  • Panzanella: tasty fresh salad with bread, cucumbers, tomato, basil, vinegar, onion
  • Pappa al pomodoro: thick bread soup with tomato, garlic and sage
DESSERTS

  • Traditional tiramisu with coffee and chocolate
  • Orange Tiramisu with orange and cinnamon
  • Strawberry tiramisu with strawberries and lemon juice
  • Salamino: chocolate salami-shaped dessert
Arianna's cooking classes from home

All stuff and materials ready for cooking

 

These are some of the specialties that you can prepare during our virtual cooking class:

In our cooking class we like telling you a lot about Tuscan farms and farmers' cooking traditions, introducing you to Tuscan people with their personal stories, careers and characters.
In this special kind of class, you will have Arianna or Massimo who will explain to you how to prepare many delicious recipes they have learned in over 13 years of cooking classes as guides and speakers with local Tuscan granny chefs.

Arianna

guide

Massimo

guide
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Rates Table

Rate for this service vary according to the number of the dishes prepared. For extra connections a surcharge applies.
Please, see rates in the table below.

Live streaming cooking classes on Tuscan specialties

PRIVATE CLASS AVAILABLE EVERY DAY

Menu option

SPECIAL OFFER

Valid in May & June 2020
Total rate per main connection*

MAIN SEASON

Valid in July & August 2020
Total rate per main connection*

Menu formula A:

1 fresh pasta + 1 sauce – Duration: min 1.5 hours

€ 60

€ 100

Menu formula B:

2 dishes from our list (no fresh pasta) – Duration: min 2 hours

€ 70

€ 120

Menu formula C:

1 fresh pasta + 1 sauce + 1 any other dish from our list – Duration: min 2.5 hours

€ 80

€ 140

Extra connection:

if you want to share this lovely experience with friends and/or family, you can ask them to connect along with you and create a small conference call.  Up to 3 extra connections are possible.

€ 20

€ 15

 

Any extra money you would like to add as a donation for us will be highly appreciated

 

* Special rates valid in May and June 2020.
Rates are not per person, but per main connection. You can be joined by other relatives or friends, who are staying somewhere else, and make a conference call. It can be for a maximum of 3 extra connections.Cost for every extra connection: € 20.

 


HOW TO PAY?

 

PAYMENTS BY CREDIT CARD

  1. DOWNLOAD OUR BOOKING FORM – PDF version or DOC version and fill it in the with your booking details & your credit card details
  2. Send the form back per email to: info@ariannandfriends.com

PAYMENTS BY PAYPAL

Please use this link or click in the button below.  PayPal name of our company on your records: ARIANNA FR (ARIANNA AND FRIENDS)

Paypal us

 

PAYMENTS BY BANK WIRE

  1. DOWNLOAD OUR BOOKING FORM – PDF version or DOC version and fill it in the with your booking details 
  2. Find the details for a bank wire at the bottom of this page or in the form and order a bank transfer.
    Please, note that all transaction expenses shall be on your side.
  3. Send the form and the bank statement back per email to: info@ariannandfriends.com


Beneficiary Name: Arianna and Friends S.r.l.
Beneficiary Address: Via G. Carducci 9, 56037 Peccioli (PI)
Bank name: BANCO BPM, Filiale di Peccioli
IBAN code: IT26D0503471100000000001381
SWIFT: BAPPIT21T90
REASON: LIVE STREAMING COOKING CLASS

 

 

Rates include

  • Live tuition (1.5 to 2.5 hours) in English language (German, Spanish or Russian also available).
  • Recipe PDF files of all specialties prepared

Rates do NOT include

  • Ingredients for cooking
  • Tools & materials

On-line Cooking Class with Arianna during the quarantine

Arianna and friends are offering on-line cooking classes which are as excellent as those they offer in person. Being confined, anywhere in the world, is difficult and can be depressing, but Arianna came to our rescue with this brilliant idea.

We are already so impressed with their tour group, having used them since 2012 on our first trip to Italy, and every trip there after. We have appreciated their expertise, organization, original ideas, contacts, attention to detail – and just how friendly and welcoming each person in their group is.

We can’t get to Italy right now, so Arianna brought Italy to us! We’ve done 2 of her on-line cooking classes (and hope to do a few more!) and have made some amazing ravioli with spinach & ricotta filling, once with white ragu sauce, and this time with her own special sauce (and a bonus of butter sage sauce!); the first class we learned to make an incredibly flavorful pork tenderloin with mushrooms. This class she introduced us to her Mom’s recipe for lemon chicken. Superb! The class lasted about 3 hours and we used the Skype platform. She made it easy to access!

Arianna is SO organized, knowledgeable, humorous, and a gifted instructor. Her English is excellent and we love how she infuses cooking tips and Italian culture into each class. We’ve learned SO much from her and her very talented staff.

We highly (HIGHLY!) recommend this opportunity to lighten the weight of the pandemic. She offers a truly amazing gift to us!

Mari and Tom

 

Mari, Tom and their friends cooking with Arianna

Arianna and some participants to our class

LOCATION OF THE VIRTUAL COOKING VENUE:
This cooking class takes place in two different locations: you will be home in your kitchen and Arianna or Massimo will be home in Tuscany, in their kitchens.

MEET-UP TIME:
We will correspond per Email, Whatsapp or Skype and agree on the best time for you to have the live streaming class. It has to be agreed on due to different time zones.

MENU:
The menu will be decided by your party from a menu list we provide in our correspondence.

FOOD & TOOLS:
You will have to buy yourself all ingredients and provide some necessary tools. We will give you detailed information on all you are supposed to have for the class. We will give you also alternatives in case you do not have all is required.

FOOD RESTRICTIONS:
If you have any food restriction, please inform us during the email correspondence. We will agree on a menu that suits all people in your party.

DURATION:
This program takes 1.5 or 2.5 hours, depending on the chosen menu. Time for following lunch or dinner is not included.

AVAILABILITY:
Available all the year through, any day of the week.

LANGUAGE:
This class is available in English, German, Spanish, Russian or Italian.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL:
Easy

CHILD FRIENDLY:
Ideal for children

CLOTHING:
No particular clothing required.

TRANSPORTATION:
This program does not imply any transportation.
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