Tuscan Women Cook. Since 2000.
Have you ever wanted to learn to cook in Italy, to participate in Tuscan cooking classes? And return home with recipes handed down over generations and collected by us since 2000? Then join one of our cooking vacations in Tuscany in the medieval town of Montefollonico. Tuscan Women Cook is the original total-immersion cooking school in Montefollonico since 2000.
Indulge yourself in the Tuscan lifestyle and discover the region’s passion for food and wine. The best cooks, the local women, teach our cooking classes in Tuscany. They’ll share regional techniques, ingredients, and family recipes that have been passed down over the centuries. Put on your apron, gather around the old farmhouse table, get wrist-deep in pasta dough and learn Tuscan cooking from the source. You’ll learn first-hand how to make gnocchi, tagliatelli, and pici—thick strings of handmade eggless pasta made originally in the area of Montefollonico.
For wine lovers, we’re situated in the heart of Brunello de Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano country, and border on the Chianti wine region. This is the center of the new Italian wine renaissance and a dream locale for your next getaway with family and friends. Wine connoisseurs plan the ultimate Bucket List trip here to sample new wines and visit the spectacular vineyards. Tuscan Women Cook hosts Rhonda and Coleen will provide you with exclusive introductions to renowned Tuscan vintners and opportunities to purchase their award-winning wines for your personal cellar.
Multi-generations of family members gather here with Tuscan Women Cook to raise a glass in celebration of family milestones such as anniversaries, birthdays, and retirement. We even had one family stage an impromptu wedding!
Tuscan Women Cook also hosts many girlfriend getaways, where friends gather together from across the world to enjoy fine wine, food, and friendship. Where better to bond than on a Tuscan cooking vacation?
Tuscan Women Cook in the News
Tuscan Women Cook: Nonnas. Memories. Recipes, our new cookbook, now its second printing, is receiving consistent high praise from the food community. Read Johnnie De La Garza’s review in FlicksandFood.Com, Rita DeMontis’ review in the Toronto Sun, and listen to Coleen Kirnan’s appearance on Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning on WGN Radio 720 Chicago. Interview starts at the minute 1:50 mark.
September 9, 2020. Brava! Susan Van Allen on the publication of the new edition of 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go. Mille grazie! Your kind words about the Tuscan Women Cook experience are reminiscent of the lovely guest feedback we’ve gratefully received over the past 20 years. We are bit biased, but we cannot imagine any Italian adventurer—male or female—not including Tuscan Women Cook on their Italian itinerary. Visit Susan’s website.
August 24, 2020. Tuscan Women Cook and the Viking Range, LLC, join together to bring Italian culinary flair to your home kitchen with the new Viking Tuscany Ranges. Channel your inner nonna and recreate all those Italian recipes you learned in Montefollonico and on our website with Viking’s elegant new line of kitchen appliances that combine authentic Italian design with Viking Professional performance. This sophisticated suite of Italian Provincial kitchen appliances are ideally styled and sized to meet the needs of the modern home chef and transport you back to Italy without ever having to set foot outside your cucina. Simmer your sugo, store your formaggio, and perfect your pici with the Viking. Learn more on the Viking website and blog.
August 23, 2020. Denise Vivaldo chats with Rhonda Vilardo and Coleen Kirnan about dramatically changing careers. They tell us about running Tuscan Women Cook and about the joys of hosting guests in Montefollonico, Italy, a small Tuscan village filled with history, culture and wonderful cooks. Women Beyond a Certain Age is an award-winning weekly podcast with Denise Vivaldo. She brings her own lively, humorous, and experienced viewpoint to the topics she discusses with her guests. The podcast covers wide-ranging subjects of importance to older women. Listen here.
Valerie Bertinelli, the Emmy Award-winning host of the Food Network’s hit series “Valerie’s Home Cooking”, cooked several of our guests’ favorite Tuscan Women Cook recipes for Rhonda and Coleen. In this episode from June 23, 2019 Valerie happily reminisces about her recent Tuscan Women Cook trip with her husband Tom and friends. Click here for Valerie’s Tuscan Women Cook-inspired recipes.