Sunday, November 10, 2013

Chef Jasper Mirabile "On The Cannoli Trail "

March 17-24, 2014


Travel with Chef Jasper Mirabile to his family’s ancestral home of Sicily on this specially designed, all-inclusive program to celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph            and the delicious and unique tastes of Sicily. 

The program begins on March 17, 2014 at the airport in Palermo

Five nights at  “La Foresteria” on the Planeta Wine Estate near Menfi.  This intimate 5 star property is surrounded by gardens and vineyards.  The cuisine is created by award-winning Chef Angelo Pumilia and reflects the local and historic tastes of Sicily.


The Feast of St. Joseph’s on March 19 is one of the most important events in the life of all Sicilians.  To give thanks for  the end of famine in many years ago, the tradition of decorating the church altars with bread has become a true work of art by local residents in the village of Salemi.


Maria Grammatico is probably the most famous marzipan artist in the world.  The story of her young life in Erice, “Bitter Almonds” was beautifully written by Mary Taylor Simeti.  She continues to teach and produce the finest sweets at her shop in Erice.

The sea is so much a part of western Sicily, not only the freshest of fish, but one of the oldest and most needed substances in the world…salt. 
Trapani has produced and traded salt for several hundred years.


Many cultures are a part of Siciliy’s history…Greeks , Romans, Normans, Spanish and Arabs.  Cous Cous is a favorite along the western coast and the port city of Trapani serves the best

Two nights at the 5 star Grand Hotel Wagner in the heart of Palermo.  A guided tour of the historic city with a “gritty” beauty and spirit unlike any other.  Time for shopping of course.



5 Nights “La Foresteria”

2 nights Grand Hotel Wagner

Breakfast daily

All lunches and dinners (with wine) personally selected by Chef Jasper and the “Diva” of Sicilian (and Tuscan) cuisine, Judy Witts Francini

All airport transfers and private transportation through out

Cooking class with Chef Angelo Pumilia at “La Foresteria”

Visits to the ancient Greek ruins of Selinunte

Wine tastings, olive oil tastings, local shopping opportunities, and special festivities

And of course CANNOLI


This program is designed to be “up close and personal” and for that reason will be limited to 12 participants.


Price is $4,247 per person, based on two people sharing a room.  For a single room add $500

Air Transportation is additional

Deposit is $500 per person


For additional information, contact Mariann Vandenberg, Travels With Taste,


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