NEW Chef-Led “Slow Food” Tour of Piedmont, Italy
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NEW Chef-Led “Slow Food” Tour of Piedmont, Italy

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Tourissimo is announcing a special edition chef-led tour of Piedmont where guests will learn about the Slow Food movement.

Tourissimo, an expert in Italian soft adventure tourism, is excited to announce a special edition chef-led tour of Piedmont where guests will learn about the Slow Food movement at the University of Gastronomic Science in Pollenzo, dine at an array of Michelin-starred restaurants, hunt truffles with and authentic trifulau, take cooking classes with top chefs, overnight at the 4-star former estate of King Carlo Alberto of Savoy, and have the option to bicycle past ancient castles and hidden hilltop hamlets or hike among beautiful vineyards. The tour will be led by Chef Mary Sue Milliken, who has co-authored five cookbooks and co-starred in nearly 400 episodes of the Food Network’s “Too Hot Tamales.” In 2018, Mary Sue and her business partner Susan Feniger became the first women to receive the Julia Child Award for their contribution to the way America eats and drinks.

“Famed for its truffles, and with towns like Barolo and Barbaresco, it’s easy to understand why Piedmont is a gourmand’s paradise,” said Tourissimo Founder Beppe Salerno. “Chef Mary Sue Milliken will play an important role in telling the story of this region through the food and wine culture.” The tour will take guests into the Langhe and Roero regions of Piedmont, two of the most important wine producing areas in Italy that both received UNESCO World Heritage status in 2014.  “Wines will be perfectly paired with dishes to make each meal a gastronomic event,” said Salerno “Towns like Pollenzo, Monforte and Alba are perfect stops for a taste of what the region has to offer.”

A top highlight of this epic culinary journey is dinner with Chef Ugo Alciati, Michelin-starred chef at the helm of the historic “Guido Ristorante” in Piedmont’s Serralunga d’Alba and the face of Eataly, representing the excellence of Italian cuisine throughout the world. You will learn how his restaurant completely changed fine dining in Piedmont.

Tour Highlights:

  • Meeting winemakers and local farmers
  • Hunting truffles with a real trifulau
  • Exploring the villages of Barolo and Barbaresco
  • Experiencing a meal prepared by Chef Mary Sue Milliken
  • Taking cooking classes at the Marrone Family Winery
  • Visiting the Banca del Vino, a unique wine cellar housed in the Corte Albertina
  • Attending lectures at Slow Food University
  • Cycling along rolling hills covered with vineyards and quaint medieval villages
  • Dining at three Michelin-rated restaurants
  • Overnighting at a former estate of King Carlo Alberto of Savoy, Albergo dell’Agenzia

The all-inclusive tour is scheduled for September 30-October 6, 2019 and starts at $5,995 per person. For more info, visit https://www.tourissimo.travel/chef-tours/piedmont 

About Tourissimo: Founded in 2015 by Beppe Salerno and Heather Dowd, Tourissimo designs and leads active vacations in Italy, providing turnkey, fully-supported programs primarily serving small groups through outbound tour operators, travel agents, and private organizations. https://www.tourissimo.travel/ 

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