Q: Do you need to have a certain level of culinary experience to book these programs?
A: No, you do not need any experience in the kitchen to participate in a majority of the cooking lessons offered by Ciao Laura, llc. The only exception is the Advanced Course in Tuscany, which is an intensive week spent in the kitchen and is geared for advanced home cooks and aspiring chefs.
Q: Are the classes taught in English
A: Yes, all classes are taught in English and all of our drivers and tour guides speak fluent English.
Q: What is travel insurance and why do you recommend it?
A: All travel insurance policies differ and you should ask your insurance carrier that you are purchasing a policy that best suits your expected needs and situation. In general, travel insurance covers the cost of unexpected emergencies and cancellations due to illness, injury, change in itineraries out of your control, etc. We recommend Travelex
Q: Why are your one day cooking lessons non-refundable?
A: Cooking lessons in Italy are very popular and the classes are small. Once the maximum number of students is met, the class is closed and new inquiries are turned away. The non-refundable deposit insures your reservation in the class.
Q: Is transporation included in the cooking lessons and weekly programs?
A: Transporation is not included in most of the one day lessons; however, nearly all of our multi-day packages include transporation. Please read the description of each lesson carefully and feel free to inquire if you have any questions about your transporation needs. We work with excellent private drivers and can arrange transporation for an extra fee, upon request.
Q: What should we wear during the cooking lessons?
A: While you will be wearing an apron during your cooking lesson, please make sure to wear comfortable clothing that you won't mind getting dirty. Closed toe shoes are also required in the kitchen for safety reasons. No sandals are allowed when working with knives.
Q: My spouse/friend does not like to cook, can they join me for a meal following the lesson?
A: Yes, in most instances we can make arrangements for non-cooking travelers to join your group for a delicious meal following your cooking lessons. Pricing varies by cooking school - please inquire at email@example.com for more information.
Q: Are these escorted tours? Do you join the groups?
A: We do not offer a traditional "escorted tour"; however, there is always an English speaking host/owner/driver at your full disposal during your trips should you have any questions or concerns. We'd love to be able to join you, but there are just too many fabulous places to be at once and we woudl have such a difficult time choosing! Rest assured, we are available at all times of the day and we also remain at your full disposal during your trip.
Q: What is the difference between a demonstration course and a hands-on cooking lesson?
A: A demonstration course offers the students an opportunity to listen, watch and take notes during the class. A hands-on cooking lesson allows the students to get their hands dirty and try making the courses on their own. Both types of classes are interesting and offer the students a unique perspective - as well as a tasting of the menu items prepared by the students (hands-on) or the chef (demonstration).
Q: What do I need to bring with me on the trip?
A: Most importantly - your passport! Other items you will need are comfortable clothing, closed toe shoes, a sense of humor, and your appetite to learn and taste new cusines!
Q: Do you offer any classes for persons with special dietary needs?
A: Yes, we do offer classes for those with strict dietary needs. We have 2 programs for persons who are celiac - and we also offer programs for vegetarians. Unfortunately, we are unable to cater to vegan dietary needs, as dairy products are a staple in the Italian culture. Please inquire or specify your needs prior to booking the class or catered meal.
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