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Exclusive Offer for Curator's Club Members-- Cooking Week and Truffle Hunt in Italy

Exclusive Offer for Curator's Club Members-- Cooking Week and Truffle Hunt in Italy

Experience A ONCE IN A LIFETIME

COOKING WEEK AND TRUFFLE HUNT IN ITALY 
at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, UNISG
with Chef Silvia Baldini

OCTOBER 5 TO OCTOBER 9, 2020

At The Perfect Provenance, we are excited to announce a very special travel opportunity with our friend and business partner Chef Silvia Baldini.  Experience an unforgettable week together with Chef Silvia in partnership with the University of Pollenzo.  As an exclusive to our clients, we can offer a $200 early bird offer if you book before February 14th -- there are only 18 spots available and they will book up quickly.  For more information about booking, please email us at info@theperfectprovenance.com and we will give you further information.
Regular prices 
Superior Double Room: 
$ 5460
Superior Single Room: 
$ 5880 
Deposit per person: $ 1800
About the Trip

Attend an exclusive five-day program that will provide you with new cooking and wine tasting skills and that will culminate in a whole day of learning, tasting and hunting for local truffles.  Go behind the scene with Chef Silvia Baldini. Learn from professors, students, local shopkeepers, food experts and Michelin star Chefs. The exclusive access to UNISG and local knowledge will give you an experience unavailable to most visitors.

UNISG is in Pollenzo a small town 6km from the city of Bra. Bra is a small city of about 30,000 inhabitants, nestled in the hills of the Roero and the Langhe in the province of Cuneo in southern Piedmont.  In the 1980’s it became the birthplace of the Slow Food Movement. Bra is located in Piedmont, one of the regions which symbolizes the Italian culture of food and wine: mere steps away lies the Langhe, the land of  White Truffle and some of the most renowned red wines, such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, and Dolcetto.
Photo by Mountain Leon
THE EXPERIENCE:
Cook with Silvia and world recognized chefs in the Food Lab, put your senses to the test in the sensory analysis lab, attend lectures, guided visits and interactive workshops with UNISG's professors.
Discover the rich heritage and history of the surrounding areas. Visit local wine makers, salumerias, cheese mongers and learn about and taste Piedmont's wines, cheeses, salumi and local cured meats. 
Immerse yourself into Italian wine culture and the history, varietal and cultural gastronomic importance of wine and food in Italian lifestyle.
Spend time in Turin, visiting the Lavazza museum and discover the world renowned theaters, the Opera house and the outstanding museums.
Enjoy lunches at the Academic Tables, an innovative project launched by the University of Gastronomic Sciences, that aims to combine education, haute cuisine, fair costs, zero waste and local produce. Dine at Michelin Star restaurants and local Osterias.

Conclude the week learning about the mysterious world of truffles. Work with Chef Silvia Baldini and Michelin star Chef Davide Palluda in the Pollenzo food Lab and focus on the production of fresh pasta and pairing with truffles. Then encounter a truffle hunter and her dog and walk in the woods to assist a truffle hunt followed by a truffle tasting.  Stay and relax at the historic Savoy residence four star hotel Albergo dell'Agenzia. 
YOUR EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:

• All cooking classes, lectures and experiences held by UNISG university professors, Silvia Baldini, chefs, researchers and experts 

• All visits included in the program

• All workshops, tastings and interactive experiences 

• All classrooms and laboratories used for lessons and activities

• All breakfasts, lunches and dinners included in the program (from Monday – Friday)

• All bus transfers during the 5 days + 2 airport transfers for the group

• The day activity on truffles

• Truffle Hunt

• The organization and coordination on behalf of UNISG of all the schedule 
and logistics of the group for the 5 days

• Double Room for 6 nights in Hotel Albergo dell’Agenzia; 
or Single Room occupancy available with an extra charge

• The rich breakfast buffet with products from local Slow Food producers

• The heated swimming pool (Summer or weather permitting only)

• The facilities of the wellness center 

• The Small Gym

• WiFi

• Soft Drinks and Bottled water in the minibar

YOUR EXPERIENCE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

• Trip insurance

• International airfare to and from the Experience

• Costs associated with obtaining passports or entry visas

• Airport departure taxes 

• Excess baggage charges

• Meals other than those specified in the Itinerary

• Sightseeing, museums, theater not included in the Itinerary

• Personal expenses such as laundry, communication charges and optional activities (which are subject to availability).

• Sunday dinner on arrival 

• Dinner in Turin

• Optional extra day to attend the Alba White Truffle Fair

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Weekender Navy Bag by Billy Belt $120 (below)

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3. To Go Journal Set by Garance Dore - $15.00

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5. Bamboo Avalon Earbuds by LSTN - $50.00

The Avalon by LSTN: Real bamboo wood housing and 8mm drivers provide a sound far beyond their price point, while the rubber cable and sweat-resistant coating allow use anywhere, anytime. These are perfect for traveling because it can not only help you relax on the plane, but they can also help you jam out on the beach, taking a run or just chilling out on vaca.  But wait, the best part is LSTN was started to change lives through the power of music. Every purchase helps someone hear through Starkey Hearing Foundation.  Perfection

6. The Kennedy Toiletry Bag By Brouk & Co  $30.00

The Kennedy toiletry bag that feels worthy of your clean up gear. Made from durable canvas materials with interior lining, each bag flattens for easy storage and holds all of the toiletries you'll need for your time away.

7.. Cabas Grand Cuivre Raffia Bag by Vanessa Bruno - $340.00

This raffia shopper from Vanessa Bruno is handmade in France making every item unique. The braided design has lurex details in feminine pink for a subtle glamour touch. Large enough to carry all your essentials for the day of traveling ahead!  Perfect for looking travel chic on the plane, running around the French Riviera or hanging on in the mountains.  

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8. The island gets more than 300 sunny days a year on average.

9. The glamorous island of St Barts is one of the Caribbean's top beach destinations. Ringing the island are immaculate strips of sand and ethereal turquoise waters. The shallow reefs that encircle the island help to protect these renowned beaches, and they also provide excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities.

10. This volcanic island without any rivers forced the population to adapt to its rigors in order to here live comfortably. Fresh water in St Barts comes from a desalination plant or large cisterns built into villas and hotels to collect rainwater. Thus water is a valuable resource to be used carefully.

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  • Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, 1832 - 1923, French civil engineer and architect. Designer and creator of the Eiffel Tower, Gustave also contributed to building the Statue of Liberty.
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  • In 1887 when it was built it cost 7,799,401.31 in French gold. If the Eiffel Tower was built today it would cost $31 billion.
  • It took 300 workers, 18,038 pieces of wrought iron, and 2.5 million rivets to build the tower. It was completed in 2 years, two month and 5 days.
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  • The height of the Eiffel Tower varies by 5.9 inches depending on temperature changes. It is 1,063 feet tall and was the tallest building for 41 years.
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  • The paint on the Eiffel Tower weighs as much as 10 elephants.
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  • Eiffel.
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