A culinary tour of southern Italy in the spring

Dec 29, 2012 723

Chef Mark McDonald of Old Vine Cafe in Costa Mesa will be leading his third annual culinary tour of southern Italy in March. McDonald will be teaming up with Italian Culinary Institute master chef John Nocita for a 10-day tour of Calabria and Sicily, exploring the southern region's history, culture and cuisine.

From March 14 to 23, the "Splendors of South Italy" trip will visit sustainable farms and winemakers throughout the region and include hands-on cooking classes such as a pasta course showing participants how to prepare more than 50 different types of pasta. An artisan cannoli tasting as well as a lesson on olive oil and balsamic vinegar will also be on the tour's itinerary.

The cost of the 10-day tour starts at $3,600 and includes accommodations, meals and most activities. The full itinerary is available online. Reservations for the upcoming culinary tour can be made by calling (714) 655-6142 or emailing chefmarkmcdonald@yahoo.com.

by Caitlin Keller

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