Anne's Blog

From Umbrian Tours to San Carlos Cooking

Date: February 23, 2015 - categories: - Leave your thoughts

Cooking together always connects people, forms links. And cooking together often reunites. And Julie and Rob’s San Carlos cooking event did both: new friendships formed as all our “cooks” sliced and diced and Julie, Rob and I reunited and reminisced over our days together in Umbria when I was their tour guide (and Brandon, Drew, good to see you two again – and how you have grown!)

Mille grazie, Rob and Julie, gathering together such a delightful group. And thanks, Julie, for your note to me, end of class:

”Annie, you are the best! I was so thrilled to have you in our home in San Carlos! I knew you would a be a big hit with my dear friends!! We loved our tours with you and Italy and are so happy to continue our relationship with you. You are a wonderful story-teller and the best tour guide ever! Thank you for…the opportunity to share a wonderful meal and memorable experience of Italian cooking in our home!” Julie and Rob

Julie, Cheryl and Laura team on the pasta-serving

Julie, Cheryl and Laura team on the pasta-serving

Ready for our guests

Ready for our guests

Julie shares stories with her guests

Julie shares stories with her guests

And what did everyone else think about the class?
Find out here:

“How fun to see a kitchen full of happy, excited people, madly prepping and stirring and tasting and mixing and laughing – just what a delicious meal is supposed to do! Thank you for a delightful evening!” Catherine

Catherine and Dan pepare our funghi bruschetta

Catherine and Dan pepare our funghi bruschetta

Catherine and Joyce connect over bruschetta

Catherine and Joyce connect over bruschetta

“….I cannot believe how much energy you have to orchestrate the 3-ring circus…you really are an inspiration, your attitude, how you live life…lovely” Stephanie

Stephanie and Cheryl linked on tiramisu

Stephanie and Cheryl linked on tiramisu

So much fun to orchestrate this “three-ring circus” …of enthusiastic cooks

So much fun to orchestrate this “three-ring circus” …of enthusiastic cooks

 

“Thank you for a wonderful evening! It’s all about food, friends and good wine. I want you next year for sure!” Laura and Dan

Laurie and Dan pair up at the burners

Laurie and Dan pair up at the burners

Laura, Cheryl, Julie, cooking trio

Laura, Cheryl, Julie, cooking trio

“…we had such a great time, hearing about your life and your experiences in Italy. The food was amazing…can’t wait to try them at home….” Mark and Jennifer

Mark and Dan, cooking duo

Mark and Dan, cooking duo

Mark, Julie, Joyce and Marie join to feast

Mark, Julie, Joyce and Marie join to feast

"Che buono!" all agree

“Che buono!” all agree

“…a wonderful evening…I’m so grateful to our dear friends for including us to enjoy such a lovely evening with you…the dinner we cooked under your guidance is absolutely delicious!” Chris and Rob

Marie and Chris on the mushrooms

Marie and Chris on the mushrooms

“Thank you so much for leading such a fun and entertaining get-together. Initially, I was apprehensive because I am not the ‘cook’ in the family but I felt quickly at ease because anyone can participate. What an amazing experience, an excellent meal!” Emi

EmI and Anna on the squash detail

EmI and Anna on the squash detail

“Loved the night- it was fantastic. Thank you for sharing your love and passion for food and life.” Cheryl and Mark

Julie, Cheryl and Laura team on the pasta-serving

Julie, Cheryl and Laura team on the pasta-serving

“…so much fun!….a wonderful opportunity to learn, laugh and enjoy great company! Hope to get the opportunity to do it again” Joyce and Mike

Joyce and Mike, chocolate-chopping couple

Joyce and Mike, chocolate-chopping couple

Mike and Catherine team on the funghi prep

Mike and Catherine team on the funghi prep

Mike and Cheryl, ready for pasta

Mike and Cheryl, ready for pasta

“Thank you so much for the amazing event. The food is unbelievable – enjoyed every minute!” Anna

Anna at the stove

Anna at the stove

“Thank you for facilitating such a great evening! It made me miss the food of the old country, of my parents…..you are fabulous!” Marie

Julie and her cooking team

Julie and her cooking team

And do enjoy host Julie’s photos, too!

And do enjoy host Julie’s photos, too!

And do enjoy host Julie’s photos, too!

And do enjoy host Julie’s photos, too!

And do enjoy host Julie’s photos, too!

And do enjoy host Julie’s photos, too!

And do enjoy host Julie’s photos, too!

And do enjoy host Julie’s photos, too!

And do enjoy host Julie’s photos, too!

And do enjoy host Julie’s photos, too!

And do enjoy host Julie’s photos, too!

And do enjoy host Julie’s photos, too!

And here is a photo Julie took when we connected in Assisi

And here is a photo Julie took when we connected in Assisi

Julie captured Umbria's beauty with this one

Julie captured Umbria’s beauty with this one

And do enjoy host Julie’s photos, too!

And do enjoy host Julie’s photos, too!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Agenzia Viaggi Stoppini in Assisi handles all technical support for my guided visits (bus transportation, organization of meals, etc)