Chef Market Tour, Cannoli & Lunch
Duration: 7 hours
Tour Code: TAM-1GT
Accompanied by your Chef Instructor from the Culinary Arts Kitchen, visit the renowned fish and produce market in Catania, learn how to make delicious cannoli while observing a Sicilian pastry master and cap off the day with lunch and a cooking demonstration at a famed Taormina restaurant with slow food Chef Turi. Wines from Etna’s award-winning Benanti winery will be paired during lunch by the winemaker himself for an authentically Sicilian wine-and-food experience.
Meet your Chef Instructor in the morning for an introduction to Sicilian cuisine and an overview of your day’s schedule. Then, delight in a drive from the pier through Giardini Naxos and on to seaside Catania. Sicilians are passionate about food, and there is no better place to experience that passion than Mercato del Pesce di Catania. This ancient street market is always a wonderful cacophony of exotic sights and sounds, with locals selling everything from blood oranges to cuttlefish. Watch tuna and swordfish being handled by the local fish mongers and sample aged sheep cheeses and cured meats. You'll stroll through the marketplace, with an orientation provided by the chef and an experienced culinary guide, purchasing ingredients for your Sicilian cooking class.
After enjoying the market 'like a local', you'll walk a few blocks to a nearby patisserie for a tasting of a delicious Sicilian-style cannoli crafted by a local Sicilian pastry master. It's thought that cannoli were invented in Sicily in the 9th century when Arabs introduced sugar cane as a sweet substitute for honey. This classic dessert consists of tube-shaped, fried pastry dough filled with sweet, creamy ricotta cheese from sheep's milk. It's often flavored with chocolate chips, pistachios or candied fruits. Observing the Sicilian pastry chef, you'll learn how to create your own cannoli, how to get the consistency just right for the filling and the crispy shell. Of course, you may indulge in the cannoli when the demonstration is over.
Next, you'll head back to Taormina for lunch at Nero d’ Avola, a local restaurant so acclaimed it was featured on CNN. Here, you’ll be greeted by the owner and slow food advocate, Chef Turi Siligato who will provide a brief overview of the ingredients and menu, followed by a lunch prepared especially for your group by Chef Siligato in this enchanting and authentic Sicilian institution. Chef Siligato is an avid fisherman, so chances are your meal’s ingredients will be from his personal catch of the day. During lunch you’ll be treated to Benanti wines from the Etna region, poured by one of the family winemakers. Winning awards and accolades for their wines, the Benanti family has fueled the resurgence in Etna wines, particularly in New York and California, and you’ll be able to sample and judge for yourself.
After an exquisite luncheon and memorable day immersed in Sicily, you'll return to the ship.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 3-hours of easy to moderate walking/standing that includes some uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. To accommodate the ship's later arrival on July 27, 2016, the tour content, sequence and timings may be slightly adjusted.