Things I Want to Do With You in Italy

I am putting together two more trips in October and January to Emilia-Romagna for hands-on food craft sessions and general deliciousness. Wanna do some of these cool things with me?
  1. Make savor
    Savor is a conserve made with quince, apples, pears, nuts and saba. It's delicious, and it's unique to Romagna.
  2. Turn a 400-pound hog into salumi
    We work with a local norcino, a butcher who deals specially with pigs. It's grueling work but fascinating.
  3. Eat the best seafood of your life
    Romagna is on the Adriatic and has the most amazing seafood. Trust.
  4. Forage for porcini
    In October we'll go to the tiny community of Portico and forage for these amazing mushrooms.
  5. Make pasta with little old ladies
    Not just pasta but hand-rolled pasta. Tagliatelle, tortellini, and even an extruded shaggy pasta called passatelli.
  6. Go to a truffle festival
    Also in October we'll go to Sant'Agata Feltria for their famed truffle festival. Mmmm, truffles.
  7. Eat amazing cheese that's been aged in limestone pits
    Formaggio di fossa is a sheep's milk cheese that they age in pits under the houses of a hilltop town. They did this to hide them from Vatican tax collectors. Turns out it also makes it taste better.
  8. Make (and eat) piadina
    Piadina is the local flatbread. Stands are more common in Cesenatico than Starbucks is here. Typically it's griddles and folded around soft cheese, prosciutto and arugula.
  9. Learn about (and eat) Parmigiano-Reggiano
    It's called the king of cheeses for a reason. Watching the production is fascinating, and you have not experienced it until you get the first whiff of a freshly cracked wheel.
  10. Learn about (and eat) prosciutto
    Freshly sliced prosciutto do Parma is sublime, especially when you see it being made.
  11. Learn about (and taste) true balsamico
    The good stuff costs a fortune but for good reason. It takes up to 25 years, and so much volume is lost in that time.
  12. Visit (and eat in) Bologna
    It's the culinary capital of Italy, and one cool city. We'll meet up with the amazing Carmelita and experience the best the city has to offer. My husband and I cooked with her years ago.
  13. Eat gelato
    Because gelato.