Announcing Cooking at the Cottage & Chef Sandra Gugliotta’s
First Culinary Tour - Sicily

Travel Arrangements:

Depart Louisville May 25

Leave Louisville 3:20 p.m. – Arrive Charlotte 4:25 p.m. AA

Leave Charlotte 6:30 p.m.  – Arrive Madrid 8:25 a.m. May 26, 2020

Transfer to Alitalia

Leave Madrid 11:45 a.m. – Arrive Catania 4:25 p.m. via Fiumicino

 

Leave Catania June 5, 2020 6:00 a.m. – Arrive 10:55 a.m. Madrid (working on this connection)

Leave Madrid June 6, 12:30 p.m. – Arrive 3:41 p.m. Charlotte

Leave Charlotte 5:59 p.m. – Arrive Louisville 7:25 p.m. June 6

 

OR United Louisville – Boston May 25, 2020 

Transfer to Alitalia May 25 Boston – Rome Arrive Fiumicino May 26, am connect to flight for Catania 

Return June 5 Catania Boston 

Alitalia Catania - Boston flight via Rome with overnight in Boston June 5 – United Airlines from Boston – Louisville June 6, 2020

 

Day One ~ May 26, 2020  Arrival

Two Nights in Taormina ~ May 26 and May 27, 2020     

Diamond Hotels & Resorts, Diamond Pool, Naxos Taormina ~ Via Dei Sei Mulini Contrada Sirina 011-39-0942-52064; h.polis@hotelsdiamond.it   or c.alvano@hotels.diamond.it 

Bus will pick us up at Airport and shuttle us to our hotel for the evening where we have dinner reservations in the hotel restaurant.

After dinner, guests can turn in for the night, or walk the streets.

Day one meals:  dinner at hotel after check in and settle into rooms.

 

Day Two ~ May 27th Fishing Tour

Breakfast at hotel

Pick up at hotel by Fishing/Lunch Tour at 9:00 a.m. (4 hours) from Naxos Harbor

Includes:

~ local guidance, fishing rod, bate, mineral water, tea, coffee, 2 course meal – optional alcohol extra

~ bring beach towel and swimsuit, hat and sunscreen

Return to hotel by about 12:30 p.m.

Open Afternoon and dinner

Option to take in local sites and ancient ruins, shop, or just relax.

****Upgrade OPTION – Hands on Cooking Class with Private Chef Massimo (local restaurant) $100.00 pp in Taormina 5.5 hours

Day Two Meals:  Breakfast and lunch (OPTIONAL DINNER)

 

Day Three ~ May 28th Private Cooking Class (5 hours)  

One night at B & B May 28, 2020    Agriturismo Gianferrante

Breakfast at Hotel ~ Have bags packed and ready since we will leave them with the concierge.

Pick Up at hotel for cooking class at 9:00 a.m. We will go shopping with Signora Melina who will take the group to shop at the local markets then go back to her house for cooking class and four course meal showing off local traditional foods/beverages.

Return to hotel collect bags and transfer to Agriturismo Gianferrante outside of Catania at the Base of Mt. Etna. Blood Orange Grove – self walk around grounds       

Gianferrante Farm House C.da Gianferrante snc- 95047 Paterno` CT    GPS: 37.562375, 14.886443

Dinner Open (may see about cooking on site and having dinner together with the group by the pool)

Day Three Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day Four ~ May 29 Full Day Mt. Etna Tour

Breakfast at B & B ~ Provided by Dining Elegance Caterers, LLC 

Guided tour to Mt. Etna and town of Refugio Sapienze

~ Bring layers as it will most likely be cold at the summit.

~ Options for tours 

~ Lunch included

Transfer to Siracusa and Hotel Evening of May 29th. Two nights in Siracusa May 29, and 30th

Algila` Ortigia Charme Hotel, Via Vittorio Veneto 93  I - 96100 Siracusa, Italia 

Phone:  +39 0931 465186   +1-305-504-2801 +44-203-529-8745  +33-174-180-352 E-mail info@algila.it 

Day Four Meals: Breakfast and lunch

 

Day 5 ~ May 30th 2020 Winery Tour

Breakfast at hotel

Winery Tour at Azienda papillo 11:30 with lunch and three wine tasting

Return to hotel and open for dinner and self-touring

****Up Grade OPTION – Private Chef Cooking Class Demo/Hands ON – Chef Fiora Piccione Focus on Appetizers and Desserts $100.00 4 hours

Day Five Meals:  Breakfast and lunch (OPTIONAL DINNER)

 

Day 6 ~ May 31, 2020    Olive Oil and Lemon Grove Tour

Breakfast at hotel

Transfer to Oliva Azienda Agriola ~ about 3 hours

~ includes walk amongst olive and lemon groves

~ tastings with samplings of each and traditional local items

Return to hotel and transfer inland to the town of Modica ~ Hotel in Modica

Relais Antica Badia, 1619 Corso 115 Ragusa Italy Phone:  011-39-0932-247995 

Dinner in town May 31, 2020 we will have recommendations available for selection on your own or just strolling through town.

Day Six Meals:  Breakfast and lunch

 

Day 7 ~ June 1, 2020        Chocolate, Wine and Herb Tour   

http://www.winetourinsicily.com/en/baroque-aromatic-plants-and-chocolate.php

Breakfast at Hotel followed by early Tour of Herb Farm, Winery and Chocolate

Transfer to Cefalu evening of June 1, 2020 ~ 2 nights in Cefalu June 1 and 2, 2020

Dinner Open for self touring/sightseeing

Hotel Le Calette Via Vincenzo Cavallaro 12, 90015  Cefalu Italy        Phone:    011-39-0921-423900 booking@lecatette.it

Day Seven Meals:  Breakfast, lunch
 

Day 8 ~ June 2, 2020 Homemade Ricotta Start-to-Finish Tour

Breakfast at Hotel

Transfer to the village of San’t Ambroggio and Shepherd’s Tour of property and cheese making ~ About 3 ½ hours 

~ wear walking shoes as the terrain will be rocky beginning on a track and hike downhill about 800 meters to reach the shepherd’s hut. Learn how ricotta is made from start to finish with tasting along the way.

Return to hotel.

Relax and open for dinner and self-touring.

****Up Grade OPTION – Private Chef Cooking Hands ON Pizza From Scratch – Villa Pallamara $100.00 4.5 hours

Day Eight Meals:  Breakfast and sampling of cheeses (OPTIONAL DINNER)

 

Day 9 ~ June 3, 2020    Renowned Winery Tour

Breakfast at hotel in Cefalu followed immediately by transfer to Tenuta Regaleali and arrive early afternoon                   

Tour of winery including tasting and lunch

Dinner June 3 2020 at Winery ~ One night at winery and grounds June 3, 2020

Day Nine Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 10 ~ June 4, 2020    Wine Tasting and Lunch

Breakfast at La Tenuta

Transfer from hotel immediately following breakfast to Catania Hotel.

Romano Palace Luxury Hotel Viale Kennedy nr. 28 95121 Catania (I)   

Tel: +39 095 5967111     Fax: +39 095 5967333    info@romanopalace.it    www.romanopalace.it

Vino Gambino lunch and wine tasting at 1:00 p.m.

Hotel is located beachfront and offers a free shuttle to town for those wanting to go back into town their last evening.  3 KM from Airport

Day Ten Meals:  Breakfast and Lunch
 

Day 11, June 5, 2020 

Pick up at for airport transfer – Return home. (working on this connection – See Current Options)

OVERNIGHT AT MADRID AIRPORT JUNE 5, 2020 or Boston

 

Day 12 – Return Home June 6, 2020

Full Cost of Trip including Round Trip Airfare, all transfers, 10 nights at 4 – 5 star hotels* ~ *One night will be a three-star B & B in Gianferrante ~ most meals and all tours & taxes:

 

~ TOTAL COST OF TRIP which includes airfare ~ $5,500.00 ~  

 

Payable in full upon reservation.  All Accommodations are based on Double Occupancy.  For Single Occupancy, an additional $80.00 per night charge will be applied. 

All guests will be required to have a valid passport.

Breakfast buffet is included every morning at corresponding hotel.  Lunches will be provided with tours that have been scheduled.

Several dinners have been included with a few days of open time to visit towns, shop and grab a pizza or ice cream on your own.

Preferred Payment Method – Check with Remit to Dining Elegance Caterers, LLC 

* If using a credit card as payment an additional 3% fee will be added to the cost.  Please call Sandra at 502.243.1848 with your credit card information.

 

PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS:

Have at least six-month’s validity remaining on your passport whenever you travel abroad.

Check the expiration date on your passport carefully before traveling to Europe – especially children’s passports, which are valid five years, not 10 years like those issued to U.S. citizens aged 16 and older.

Carry your passport when traveling to another country in the Schengen area. Even if there is no border check at that time, officials may reinstate border controls without notice.

 

*MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS IS 16* 

**ITINERARY MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE**

Sandra Gugliotta Owner and Chef

What can I expect?

Tell us what your dream is and we will work with you one on one to bring it to life.  We will go over potential themes and color schemes for items such as linens, centerpieces, place settings, and party favors as well as food and service preferences with you. We can also provide you with a tasting to guarantee that you will be satisfied with your menu choice.  Let us help you cater your event, completely stress free.

Call to Speak with me Directly:  502.377.4800

A Perfectionist on Every Detail 

As a private chef, I work hard to make sure that everything not only looks orderly and fantastic but also tastes delicious.  I strive to do my best on even the simplest of events in order to create that special event for each and every client.

Schedule a time to meet with us that is convenient for you by e-mailing us at:
c.diningelegance@mw.twcbc.com