Why come to our Abruzzo Forage and Cook retreat?
Plant-based menu. We have researched and prepared traditional, plant-based menus, filled with naturally vegan and vegetarian recipes that the locals have enjoyed for centuries. Ancient grains, indigenous pulses, organic fruit and vegetables, wild greens and herbs, truffles and porcini mushrooms - you will get to taste the best of the traditional local cuisine, virtually unheard of abroad.
Immersive cultural experience. We forage and cook our way through mountain villages that are mostly untouched by tourism and offer an incredibly authentic, immersive cultural experience. We partner with locals to learn about their crafts and traditions, like foraging for fresh truffles and herbs, as well as wine and olive oil production.
Affordable, discounted rates. Thanks to our local partner, Abruzzo With Gusto, our guests stay in incredible, 5-star places in breathtaking, medieval villages at discounted rates.
Learn traditional recipes. We host hands-on cooking classes, led by Abruzzo locals, where you can gain unforgettable skills, like pasta-making with heritage grain flour, cooking with wild foraged greens, and making local herb cocktails. Have you ever made “celli pieni,” olive-oil based cookies filled with a luscious grape jam? Or crunchy “tarallucci al vino," a hearty pasta and chickpea soup? You will learn these and other hundred-year-old local recipes.
Cook with Golubka Kitchen. Inspired by the Abruzzese traditions, the Golubka Kitchen team will lead cooking workshops, where you'll get to cook through several of their creative recipes based around fresh, seasonal ingredients, with a modern twist.
Get in touch with your inner wanderer. The retreat is a perfect opportunity to slow down, recharge, make things with your hands, and get in touch with your inner wanderer.
"I loved the retreat. It was well managed, we had the best food, awesome accommodation, great people, perfectly sized travel group and great tour guides. I had looked very much forward to this retreat and it was even better than I imagined. You created an amazing experience, with wonderful and very unique accommodations, the best meals I have ever had, set in a beautiful landscape, off the beaten path. The silence was palpable and so welcome to step out of the noisy and hectic lifestyle most of us have these days. I seriously consider joining you again, so I can have more of those meals, go back to the medieval village of Santo Stefano and the unique scattered hotel. We also had an awesome group, which made it even more special!"
- Claudia, Massachusetts
"It was a trip of a lifetime. Abruzzo could not have been more beautiful! I loved the diversity of the land, the hiking, cooking and loved loved loved the food. I also was glad that it was not a large group...I liked the intimacy of the smaller number of participants. It truly was a remarkable 6 days and you all were so kind, knowledgeable and pleasant to be with."
- Helen, Michigan
"Thank you for the wonderful trip. It was so much more than I thought it would be. A deep dive into the food, culture and people of Abruzzo. I had experiences that I could never have on my own. I thought we were a good mix of ages, interests and countries. Diversity makes things so interesting."
- Maudia, Michigan
"I've been to Italy before but never like this! We visited magical places that I'd never know about on my own: Santo Stefano with its fairytale charm, the beautiful truffle plantation, ancient olive grove, a winery located right in a family home's basement... Every single one was a unique, unforgettable experience. Thank you!"
- Katya, Sochi