Sophia's Travel an award winning Travel Agency is proud to offer a culinary workshop with a Michelin Star Chef in the beautiful Aeolian Islands, Sicily

      

            

                         TRAVEL AND ENJOY MEDITERRANEAN LIFESTYLE

The Mediterranean diet, included in the UNESCO List  of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, is much more than a food pattern. It is a lifestyle involving a set of skills, knowledge, rituals, symbols and traditions that the people and communities throughout the Mediterranean basin have been creating for centuries around crops, harvesting, conservation, processing and the sharing and consumption of food. 

Eating together is the foundation of the Mediterranean cultural identity and a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

In our  itineraries and workshops with the chefs and the producers, we will tell you about this story visiting the markets, stages where this story takes place every day, tracing the origins in the archaeological museums, tasting the savors and experiencing the values of the Mediterranean diet: healthy lifestyle, hospitality, knowledge, rituals, traditions and recipes.

                    SALINA, PURE MEDITERRANEAN

4 Days Med Food Experience with travel journalist  M.Laura Crescimanno and Michelin star Chef Martina Caruso

The stage of this itinerary is the archipelago of the Aeolian Islands, once the route of the ancient Carthaginians and the Romans and today a pristine UNESCO site. From the Milazzo harbor we disembark in Salina, the Aeolians’ greenest island, a lush verdant landscape shaped by two extinct volcanoes. 

Soak up the tranquil atmosphere of the small hamlet of Malfa and get a feel of remoteness, a sense that the rest of the world is a very long way away.

Our Casa Med on the island and your home for the next 3 nights is a white-washed beautiful resort. The owners cultivate the passion for the traditional and strong products of the island : capers, malvasia wine, prickly pears.

PROGRAM

DAY 1 – THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET AT THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS

Arrive and take time to settle in your room. In the afternoon we will have a walk in the small timeless hamlet of Pollara, made famous by the movie Il Postino di Neruda. Before dinner we gather in the garden to meet your Aeolian hosts, Caruso family for an introduction about the workshop. Signum is a charming place and is like staying at home, they will introduce you their island, their land and the local produce. 

Dine on a 5 courses tasting menu paired with a wine route prepared by Chef Martina, of course.

DAY 2 – CAPERS AND MALVASIA WINE

We spend the morning in Signum’s kitchen. The workshop Discovering the healthy Mediterranean diet focuses on the Aeolian flavors. Led by the young home chef Martina Caruso, (she recently  has been awarded with a Michelin star !) you will immerse in the stories and secrets of the Aeolian cuisine. 

Learn how to create local recipes using the malvasia wine, the capers, the home-made pasta, the catch of the day, the garden-fresh produce and the seasonal fruits, a locally sourced and produced cuisine. 

In the afternoon visit to a winery where, guided by the owner, we will tour the vineyard and learn about the history of Malvasia wine, the aeolian wine still produced with the traditional techniques leaving the Greeks grapes laid out to dry on woven cane mats. 

We will later visit a local producer of capers, a SLOW FOOD presidium. This family-owned company has been producing capers for generation, striving to preserve this variety. We will discover how to cultivate it, how to harvest it, how to use it in cuisine. 

Dinner at leisure for your personal gastronomic exploration in one of the many seafood restaurants of the island.

DAY 3  – SEA-SALT, OIL AND CITRUS … AT THE SPA

This time the sea-salt, the olive oil, the wine and the bitter orange will be engaged in the body care ! Indulge in a morning at Signum SPA.

We spend the afternoon in Lingua where you can take part in the local ritual and stroll the tiny village and taste a renowned granita. You may also visit the two small and precious Ethno-Anthropological and Archaeological museums in Lingua.

Or finally choose the optional guided trekking and climb to the Aeolian highest point, Monte Fossa delle Felci. The two-hours ascent starts from an imposing 19th century church, passes through pine and chestnut woodlands and fields of ferns, all the way to the top. Once there the views are breathtaking particularly looking west towards the small islands of Filicudi and Alicudi.

Enjoy a delicious “Med” farewell dinner this evening.

DAY 4 

After a leisurely start and breakfast, we transfer to the mainland and this journeys comes to an end.

Dates                                   Quote per person sharing a double room               Quote per person in Double Single occupancy 

April 14-17; October 22-25            € 616,00                                                                              € 706,00 

May 24-27;                                    € 753,00                                                                               € 890,00 

June 04-07; September 19-22       € 870,00                                                                              € 1076,00

Quotes are per person and include: 

  • 3 overnight stay and breakfast at 4-stars hotel Signum
  • 2 dinners at the resort, 5 courses menu by the Michelin chef Martina Caruso paired with wine route 
  • Workshop with the Chef Martina Caruso, cooking class & lunch, drinks incl. 
  • 1 day access to the SPA and special discounts on extra treatments and massages
  • Transportation and tastings for the visits and the workshops in the program 
  • Arrival and departure transfers from Salina harbor to hotel Signum 
  • Special Guide for the whole program, the travel journalist M.Laura Crescimanno 
  • SJ 24 hours/7 days assistance

Each workshop will operate with a minimum of 6 participants and maximum 12

Transfers from the airport of Catania to Milazzo harbor and the hydrofoil to the island of Salina are not included but may be booked separately

Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.