Win Cooking Classes in Venice or Provence

Today is a double cooking-class giveaway day. Here on Food Lover’s Odyssey, I am giving away a cooking class in Venice, one with the lovely and talented ladies of Cook in Venice. And Cook in Venice, is giving away one of my Provence cooking classes on their blog. It is super easy to enter, everyone is eligible, and it comes just in time for those of you planning your 2014 vacations. Wouldn’t a trip that included Venice and Provence, and cooking classes in both places, make for an incredible vacation?

In both classes you will have a feast. The feast is only one reason I’d recommend a cooking class while traveling. Slowing down, meeting locals, learning the culture and way of life through what and the way they eat is such an important part of travel and feeling “at home” in the place you’re visiting.

As most of you know, I recently spent a week at Venice Carnival 2014. Most of the time I was with Monica of Cook in Venice either on cicchetti crawls – both in costume and out of costume, making fritelle and galani, and eating our way in and around Venice. During a visit late last year, I joined one of Cook in Venice’s Hands-On Cooking Classes. This is the class I’m giving away today, so I know just how much fun you’ll have with these two ladies while you are learning how to make typical Venetian dishes.

These two Italian mammas, Monica and Arianna, want to teach you traditional and authentic Venetian dishes exactly like what they would cook at home for their family; both easy and delicious. You will think of them every time you make one of their recipes and have a lifelong souvenir of your stay in Venice. During the class, you will make and then eat a lovely meal that includes a starter, first course, main dish, side vegetable and a dessert. During the class I participated in, we were greeted with a glass of Prosecco and crostini.

~ Our Menu ~

Clams with Wine & Ginger (Cape col vin e el zenzero)

Tagliatelle with Mussels (Tagliatelle coi peoci)

Sea Bass in Salt Crust with Herbs (Branzino in crosta agli aromi)

Stewed Potatoes (Patate Stufae)

Classic Tiramisu

Getting things started with Prosecco & crostini~

Prosecco and crostini from cook in venice

Clams with wine & ginger ~

Clams with wine and ginger

  Steamed Clams starter cooking class Venice

Hand-made tagliatelle with mussels ~

Handmade pasta cooking class in venice italy
Tagliatelle with mussels with cook in venice

Baked sea bass under a salt crust ~

Sea bass from cooking class in venice italy
Sea Bass in a salt crust with cook in venice

Potatoes stewed in white wine, onions, tomatoes with parsley & olive oil, OH MY, so delicious!

White wine and tomato stewed potatoes with cook in venice

Tiramisu, the classic recipe ~

Making tiramisu with cook in venice


Our class took place in Arianna’s home, just outside of Venice near the Brenta river. Monica met us at a vaporetto stop in Venice and took us to Arianna’s. On our way, we stopped and shopped for fish and produce for the meal. Class was very instructional but you felt like you were working around a family table with constant chatter flying back and forth as we cooked.

We made tagliatelle by hand while Monica and Arianna discussed their differing flour preferences for making pasta. One prefers “0” flour, so the sauce adheres better to the the pasta; and the other “00” flour to create a more delicate pasta. The class learned about preparing a whole fish, fresh from the sea and then got their hands dirty actually preparing the fish. We made Tiramisu while Monica gave us the unwavering rules for the classic recipe from Treviso.

Throughout class Monica and Arianna added fun facts about the history of Venice, its food and ways you could change or add to the recipes we made. The meal definitely lived up to its billing and more. It was delicious and one that could be easily replicated by any level of cook. Below I’ve given you the menu and photos from my day with Arianna and Monica, cooking in Venice.

Monica and Cook in Venice offer a wide range of cooking classes and food tours for all types of food lovers. Monica gives 3-hour cicchetti crawls, a food & wine class, a one-day hands on class, a 3-day hands-on class and more.


Win a One-Day Hands-On Cooking Class in Venice for one (class details here) – To win, leave a comment below telling us what your ideal meal in Venice would be.

To win my Provence Market Tour & Full Meal Class (class details here): Go check out Cook in Venice’s blog post and leave a comment on her post telling us what your ideal meal in Provence would be.

It’s easy. Leave two comments, one on each blog post, and you’ll have two chances to win. Make sure to leave your comments by Monday, April 14, 2014 by 9am Venice & Provence time (Midnight Pacific Standard Time) when the giveaway closes. I’ll pick a winner for the Cook in Venice’s class and Monica will pick a winner for my Provence cooking class. Winners will be chosen randomly using and we’ll announce the winner in a post the next day.

NOTE: The contest is open to anyone worldwide. Winners must take the Venice cooking class before December 31, 2014 and the Provence cooking class before November 1, 2014.

Good luck and I hope to cook with at least one of you very soon!

UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. Thank you everyone for participating in this giveaway and in Cook in Venice’s giveaway. We have a winner….Congratulations to Mary Klestadt (aka as comment #5)! You’ve won a cooking class with Monica and Arianna of Cook in Venice. Enjoy the class and buon appetito!



  1. Marivic L
    April 7th

    I want to be in Venice too and spend the day with Monica and Arianna, just hanging out in their kitchen! My ideal meal would be exactly what is on the cooking class–a seafood appetizer, a seafood pasta, a fresh whole fish as the main, and even if I should not be having any dessert, I would love to inhale half a pan of that tiramisu! I love Venice!

  2. The perfect meal must include seafood risotto (last October I had a most amazing one at Donna Onesta). Please, can there be proseco…after that, I would take anything, just to be in Venice!

  3. Ishita
    April 8th

    I love Italy and Venice is clearly one of its jewels :) My perfect meal would be risotto and a perfectly tender seafood platter with nice music in the background and the view- Venice!! Bella Italia!

  4. Simona Carini
    April 9th

    Risotto al nero di seppia: I have not had it in forever. The important thing would be to be in Venice.
    Very nice giveaway, Kathy, thank you. I’ll let my readers know.

  5. Mary Klestadt
    April 10th

    My perfect meal in Venice would be a a large plate of shellfish -including razor clams, some baked branzino, tiramisu and a scroppino to finish….. Aaahh!

  6. cathy branciaroli
    April 11th

    The delicate shellfish of the lagoon are calling my name, prepared as they are done in the wine bars of Venice. I spent many a pleasant hour exploring the back alleys where they can be found during my earlier visits to this lovely city. Thanks for the very nice give-away

  7. I can’t believe I missed this!!!! I’m devostated now. I was so sure that I commented few days ago but can’t see my comment here :(
    I must’ve messed up something. My bad. I so wanted to win this for my hubby.
    Well, great contest anyway. Lucky one whoever wins this, I’m sure it’s gonna be fantastic day!

  8. PS. (just couldn’t resist… ;))
    If I won I would give it to my hubby and he’d be thrilled. And what would be his choice? Propably fish or any kind of seafood. No wait, it has to be pasta cause he never liked pasta before until he got to taste it in Italy. Or maybe it would be…. ANYTHING!
    And I would be thrilled if getting to take great photos of the food too :)

  9. Kathy
    April 14th

    Thank you everyone for participating! We have a winner….Congratulations Mary Klestadt (aka comment #5), you’ve won one cooking class with Monica and Arianna of Cook in Venice! I’ve emailed you the details. I’m certain you’ll enjoy your class with them!

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