January 15, 2009
Yes we can!
2009 is going to be Fabulous! It was in 1984, when I bought a one way ticket to Europe, to improve my food knowledge of Italian cuisine. I had been working as a pastry chef at the Stanford Court Hotel in San Francisco, starting as a cashier, then waitress ( where the money to travel came from) and finally got a position in the pastry department and food became my life!
I had studied French in school, which never seemed to help much when I was in Paris, but having a French grandfather, and some language as well as learning mostly French cuisine, it seemed natural to move to France.
My roommate , Kathy said the magic words; " Judy, you will love Italy and Italy will love you!"
She had just returned from living a year in Paris and a year n Rome. She knew.
When arrived in Florence, it was love at first site. All that was missing to make it perfect would be to be closer to the sea. First on my schedule was to learn Italian. I was pleased that my knowledge of French helped here. It took quite awhile before I could talk like and adult, but that didn't stop me.
A year later, I met Andrea, the love of my life!
Now, 25 years later, we live in Certaldo, out in the hills between Florence and Siena. I can see San Gimignano from my bathroom window!
I closed the teaching space in Florence and am offering more 3 day programs in Tuscany and weeklong programs all over Italy to celebrate my anniversary of moving to Italy.
Yes we can!
Last year I did my first tours in Sicily and have a new love! I am organizing new tours there for June and again in October for the olive harvest and new oil!
In honor of my arrival in France and then moving on to Italy- My friend Rosa Jackson and I are looking at a Nice to Torino week. Nice was part of Italy and Torino was French so the contrasts are really facinating and the food and wines incredible!
In February I will be on the West Coast teaching and cooking.
I hope you can join me!
Here is the currant schedule: stay tuned for more changes.
Feb 12,13 and 14th- Ramekins Cooking School- Sonoma
Feb 15 and 16th -Arroyo Vista Inn B&B and cooking school- Pasadena
Feb 19- guest chef Angeli Cafe in LA call 323 936 9086. to reserve $65 a person.
Feb 21- Cavallo Point Cooking School- Sausalito
Feb 22 - Slow Food Dinner in Marin ( members only)
Feb 25 - Cooks, Pots and Tabletops Cooking school- Eugene Oregon
Feb 27 and 28- Diane's Market Kitchen- Seattle
March 1 - Cooking and Lifestyle Center at Thrifty Foods- Vancouver Island