Puglia Culinary & Cultural Tour 2022: The Mediterranean Diet & Beyond

Sunday October 9th – Saturday October 15th, 2022 (7 days and 6 nights)

Pre-Approved by CDR: 33 Continuing Education Units for Registered Dietitians

This trip is targeted to registered dietitian-nutritionists, health professionals, culinarians, friends, and family who want an authentic, hands-on Mediterranean diet, lifestyle, and cultural experience in the heart of Southern Italy.

Hosted by award-winning culinary nutritionist and author Layne Lieberman, MS, RD, CDN, LDN

Tour Operator: Arrivederci Puglia Travel

Guides, experts and chefs are from the region of Puglia

Puglia’s diet, with emphasis on local olive oil, whole grains, vegetables, fresh cheese and fish has drawn attention as a prime example of a healthy and modern Mediterranean diet. Spend an unforgettable week learning the secrets of a deeply passionate food culture in an authentic region of Southern Italy. There is openness and rustic charm in Puglia that is reflected not only in the warmth of the people, but also in the sharing of food and dietary secrets. Local dishes are simple yet flavorful and have stood the test of time as they’ve been passed on from generation to generation. This unique “hands-on” trip is a celebration of healthy cooking and the Mediterranean lifestyle, and offers an insiders’ view of a culture that has maintained biodiversity in its growing regions for centuries.

Minimum number of attendees: 12

Maximum number of attendees: 16

COST: $3,700 US Dollars per person based on double occupancy (3.190 Euro) 

Supplement for single room occupancy: $610 US Dollars per person (550 Euro)   (We can match you with a roommate with similar sleep habits)

Early Booking Discount: Book by February 28, 2022 to receive $100 US Dollars discount per person.

DEPOSIT: 30% deposit is required to secure your reservation. Arrivederci Puglia Travel will accept the Client’s reservation after receiving the deposit payment.

COVID CONCERNS: In case Arrivederci Puglia Travel cancels the tour due to Covid-19 reasons and Italian Government travel restrictions, Arrivederci Puglia Travel will refund the client for the deposit paid. 

DEADLINE FOR BOOKING: March 1st, 2022, however it’s recommended to book early. This trip sells out quickly!

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Lodging

OSTUNI PALACE, OSTUNI

Ostuni Palace has been newly constructed to bring space and light into the hotel with gorgeous views towards the historical center against the backdrop of the Adriatic sea with groves of ancient olive trees between the town and the sea. This four star hotel is the perfect place to start exploring Ostuni, ‘la citta bianca’, and the surrounding places in the Itria Valley.  There is also a small Spa at the hotel if you want to indulge in a massage or treatment.

MASSERIA SALAMINA, PEZZE DI GRECO

Masseria Salamina, is a beautifully restored farmhouse in the very heart of Puglia. What makes this place stand out from other lodgings is how the owners have lovingly restored every detail to maintain harmony with the original architecture and above all with nature. The estate produces extra virgin olive oil and boasts many fruit trees and a garden brimming with vegetables. Guests are encouraged to explore the grounds and enjoy the abundance of fruits, flowers and vegetables grown and celebrated at the Masseria. Naturally breakfast each morning is made with produce from the estate and includes such delicious treats as house-made preserves and traditional freshly baked cakes.

RISORGIMENTO RESORT, LECCE

Risorgimento Resort is a stylish 5-star hotel located in a restored palazzo, just steps away from some of Lecce’s most amazing Baroque masterpieces including Piazza Saint Oronzo and the Duomo. The common areas and rooms of the hotel exude a relaxed ambience, which seamlessly blends the strong local traditions with a surprising modernity and elegance of style. Soak up the atmosphere of “The Florence of the South” and enjoy the convenience of visiting Lecce’s many treasures on foot. At the end of a long day of exploring you can treat yourself to a massage or a host of other relaxing treatments at their SPA Salus per Aquam.

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Itinerary and Objectives/Outcomes

Day 1: Sunday, October 9: Nonna’s Pasta

The group arrival transfer will depart from Bari Airport around 11:30 am for all the guests arriving on the Alitalia flight from Rome and the Lufthansa flight from Munich (Correct at the time of going to press, but subject to variation in airline schedules). From the airport we will visit the center of Bari, including its fascinating old quarter known as Bari Vecchia. Here the local ladies still make pasta by hand sitting outside their houses. Their speed and precision will amaze you! Then we’ll enjoy the lunch at one of the city’s best fish restaurants, Biancofiore. After lunch we will transfer you to your first hotel, Ostuni Palace in the heart of Ostuni. Layne will present the itinerary for the week and go through the details of our culinary adventure. You are free this evening to rest and settle into the rhythms of Southern Italy. Your local guide will be at your disposal for the guided tour of Ostuni, the white-washed city on a hill known as “La Cittá Bianca”. Welcome to Puglia!

(L) Overnight: Ostuni Palace, Ostuni

Educational Objectives and Outcomes (3 hours): 

To understand the strategic location of Bari, which is the capital of Puglia and the importance of the old medieval city of Bari Vecchia where old ways of making pasta haven’t changed for hundreds of years.

Attendees will see:

a) The technique for making orecchiette ear-shape pasta by hand with two simple ingredients

b) How pasta is handled, traded and sold on the streets of the Vecchia

c) The different sizes and cultural practices like why you may receive 1, 3, or 5- orrechiette gigante thrown in the batch.

d) Whole-wheat pasta and traditional semolina flour used in making the pasta.

e) Learn about other traditional food items that are sold from the homes in the old city.

f) Taste and experience a traditional seafood and pasta meal with local wine as you learn about local ingredients and types of preparation from one the best restaurants in Bari.

Experts: Antonella Susca, tour guide and owner of Arrivederci Puglia Travel tour operation; Diego Biancofiore, owner of  Biancofiore Restaurant.

 

Day 2: Monday, October 10: The Bread & Matera UNESCO site

Today, departure at 8:30 am to the town of Altamura (2-hour drive), the most famous city for its wheat and DOP bread production. Our first stop in Altamura is at a local coffee shop for a quick coffee and restroom stop. Then we visit the Artisan Flour Mill to see the process of local organic and indigenous flours being milled. Then into the bakery, where we will learn about the ancient way of preparing the dough and rules of baking DOP bread using the wheat of Altamura. We will of course have a tasting lunch and understand why this bread stands apart from any other bread in the world!

Then we head to the famed UNESCO World Heritage Site Matera, perched high on a beautiful hillside and only recently seen by foreign eyes. In the afternoon guided walk of the town’s stunning Sassi (ancient cave dwellings restored for current use as homes, shops and restaurants). Afterwards we will shuttle you back to Ostuni. Dinner at the Hotel’s restaurant.

(B, L, D) Overnight: Ostuni Palace, Ostuni

Educational Objectives and Outcomes (6 hours): 

2 hours: Experience the coffee culture (the romance, the intense love of coffee and the social experience), which was the inspiration for the Starbucks chain. See how the indigenous wheat varietals are being milled in an artisan flourmill. Understand the process and stages of milling, using an old-ways method.

2 hours: Attendees will learn about the old traditions of DOP bread making in the most famous bread making town of Altamura.

2 hours: Visit one of the 2019 European Capitals of Culture, Matera and learn about the diet and lifestyle of ancient cave dwellers.

Attendees will:

a) Breakfast and learn– taste and learn about a typical fast breakfast and how coffee drinking plays a role in the Italian culture

b) See indigenous wheat varietals being ground into flour at an artisan flour mill

c) Understand why the town of Altamura plays an integral role in the traditions of DOP bread making

d) Learn about the type of wheat grown in the region

e) Learn how to identify DOP Altamura bread and how it is regulated

f) Understand how the dough is prepared and how the bread is baked according to DOP

g) Taste different types of bread and learn about traditional bread products of the region ie: taralli

h) Hear why McDonald’s could not survive in this area

i) Visit a community of ancient cave dwellings to see how people lived over a thousand years ago

Experts: Giuseppe Di Gesù, bread maker and owner of bakery; Di Bendetto family, 4th generation miller; Antonella Susca, tour guide and owner of Arrivederci Puglia Travel tour operation.

 

Day 3: Tuesday, October 11: The Olive Harvest and the Farming Culture of Puglia’s “Masserie”

This morning at 9.00 am, check out of your hotel in Ostuni.

This day’s experience is a full immersion into the vital nature of olive oil and all it means to the Puglia region and the health of its people. We go in search of Puglia’s green gold – olive oil! Visit of a local olive farm to participate in the harvest of the olives and understand modern versus ancient techniques used for making olive oil.

Driving through the Apulian countryside we reach the Masseria Salamina, and have the check-in, where we stay for the next two nights.

The passionate owner will describe the harvesting techniques and take us inside a modern mill to see the modern-day pressing process. The estate’s passionate and engaging owner, Filippo (a renowned expert on olive oil) will teach us how to taste olive oil, similar to how we taste wine.

Afterwards the group will start with an in-depth tour of the masseria’s estate. The estate is rigorously organic and the cultivation of indigenous crops, fruits and vegetables that in many other areas have died out. Chiara will demonstrate the use of the produce in the traditional cuisine of the area in a cooking class dedicated to pasta and focaccia bread. We will enjoy the food we made in a delicious lunch.

The agronomist and analyst Dr. Giuseppe Mezzapesa, will meet the group to share information about his work on the project “Fooding”. It is a book made by the Italian Government in partnership with the Greek Government about the nutritional and functional local food’s properties of the Mediterranean Diet.

After lunch, you are free to relax in this beautiful masseria. Enjoy the swimming pool, take a walk through the garden with its centuries old olive trees or just sit outside and relax with a cappuccino or a glass of Italian wine! You are free to dine at your hotel.

(B,L) Overnight: Masseria Salamina, Pezze di Greco

Educational Objectives and Outcomes (8 hours):  

1 hour: To see some of the world’s oldest olive trees and understand how they are being protected. To learn about different varieties of olives in the region. To understand how different varieties of olive oil are pressed and stored.

2 hours: Participate in a cooking class to learn the techniques of homemade pasta and focaccia.

4 hours: To participate in a tour of an organic masseria and understand how crops are planted, rotated, and harvested. Learn about the importance of organic production on this well-managed farm. To partake in an olive oil tasting and learn how to identify fresh extra virgin olive oil. To understand the history of olive oil and why Puglia was and still is the most important region in Italy for olive oil production. To participate in harvesting olives and view the operation of a modern-day mill.

1 hour: Meeting with Dr. Giuseppe Mezzapesa and discussion about the nutritional properties of some of the most famous local food from the Puglia region included in the Mediterranean Diet.

Attendees will:

a) Participate in a farm tour of ancient crops on the masseria’s estate

b) Gain knowledge about ancient varieties of local fruits and vegetables from the Mediterranean

c) Understand the importance of biodiversity and why organic farming has always been a way of life

d) Learn about the use of local products in traditional dishes

e) Take part in preparing pasta and focaccia in traditional ways from Filippo (family member/manager of masseria) and Chiara (in-house cook)

f) Witness the modern day olive harvest and learn about the full range of harvesting techniques

g) See the pressing process at a local mill; and learn how to taste olive oil for freshness and quality

h) Understand the history of olive oil was how it was exported and used for lighting lamps

i) Learn about the different types of olives and oils; when olives are harvested and how the region monitors and cares for the most ancient olive trees in the world. Experts: At the olive oil estate, the owner Filippo Angelini De Miccolis, 5th generation olive farmer. Dr. Giuseppe Mezzapesa, agronomist and analyst.

Experts: At the olive oil estate, the owner Filippo Angelini De Miccolis, 5th generation olive farmer. Dr. Giuseppe Mezzapesa, agronomist and analyst; Antonella Susca, tour guide and owner of Arrivederci Puglia Travel tour operation.

Day 4: Wednesday, Oct 12: Burrata & Trulli Houses

This morning we travel 40 minutes to visit the UNESCO site of Alberobello to meander around the famous Trulli Houses with a guided walking tour along the picturesque Trulli district. Away from the mass tourism, we will show you the charming area of Trulli houses where local people still live.

Then we visit a local farm specialized in organic Apulian cheese. Mariangela, the owner and cheese artisan, will demonstrate the art of making delicious fresh cheeses such as burrata and mozzarella at her farm. Mariangela, will prepare a traditional family lunch with hand-made mozzarella and organic cheeses of course!

After lunch return to your Masseria Hotel and enjoy free time for relaxation. Tonight’s dinner will be an incredible treat: an 8-course tasting menu at the beautiful Masseria Il Frantoio where all the produce is grown on site.

(B, L, D) Overnight: Masseria Salamina, Pezze di Greco

Educational Objectives and Outcomes (7 hours):

2 hours: To immerse oneself into life and operations at a cheese masseria. The master cheese maker will teach you how to make fresh mozzarella and you’ll have an opportunity to make it yourself. Then we’ll visit with the cows to learn about the feeding, milking and lifestyle on the dairy farm.

1 hour: Lunch, learn and taste a variety of the local cheeses and see how they fit into a healthy Mediterranean diet.

2 hours: To partake in a tour of the 16th century whitewashed Trulli homes of Alberobello (town in Puglia), known for their cone-shaped roofs, how cheese was stored and where children slept. Animals lived inside with the family, while bathrooms were outside. Smelly homes (and children) were a sign of wealth.

2 hours: In-depth visit to the orchard and gardens of Masseria Il Frantoio before dinner plus dine and learn about the wine, olive oil and food cooked just a few steps from the farm to your table.

Attendees will:

a) Understand the types of fresh cheeses that are staples in the Mediterranean diet

b) Learn about how the less popular aged cheeses are made

c) Learn how to make fresh cheeses like burrata and mozzarella. To differentiate between the different types of local cheeses and learn how they are prepared and stored

d) Learn about burrata and how it originated from this region

e) View how cows are fed, milked and live happily on the grounds of the dairy farm

f) Learn about the architecture, history and understand lifestyle inside the ancient city of Alberobello (how it was in the 16th century and how it is today).

g) Tour the inside of a Trulli home to see and understand how families lived.

h) Experience a farm to table (0 kilometer) meal at an ancient masseria and tour the grounds to learn about the ingredients used to prepare the meal.

Experts: Mariangela organic cheese maker and dairy farmer. Armando & Rosalba Balestrazi, estate owners and bio-organic farmers at Masseria Il Frantoio; Antonella Susca, tour guide and owner of Arrivederci Puglia Travel tour operation.

Salento Vineyards

Day 5: Thursday, October 13: Salento Vineyards & Lecce

We bid farewell to Masseria Salamina this morning. At 10:30 am, after checkout our driver will take us to visit one of Puglia’s most renowned wineries – Masseria Altemura.

After a fascinating tour with the vineyard’s expert oenologist, you will be treated to a private lunch and wine pairing. Our final destination is Lecce, the capital of the Salento Province. Known as the “Florence of the South”, the city hosts amazing Baroque masterpieces and treasures of Italy.

Afternoon and dinner at leisure in Lecce (free time for shopping or optional walking guided tour of the historical center).

(B, L)   Overnight: Risorgimento Resort, Lecce

Educational Objectives and Outcomes (4 hours): 

3 hours: Learn about the traditional grapes and wines of this region and why Primitivo is considered the real “Zinfandel”. Tour the vineyard and learn about harvesting and winemaking.

1 hour: Lunch and learn about food and wine pairing.

Attendees will:

a) Learn about grape varieties

b) Learn about wine production in this region

c) Find out how much wine is produced and how much is exported vs. sold locally

d) Learn how to taste wine like an expert wine taster

e) Why wine of this region is so robust

f) Find out about organic vs. biodynamic wine production

g) Learn about pairing wine with food

h) Lunch & learn- how to pair wines with a traditional Mediterranean lunch

Experts: The Zonin family has been making wine for seven generations, first in Veneto and now in Puglia. The family will host our visit and share the many details of their decisions on grape varietals, planting, harvesting and blending; Antonella Susca, tour guide and owner of Arrivederci Puglia Travel tour operation.

Day 6: Friday, October 14: Flavors of Gallipoli

This morning you are heading west, to Gallipoli on the Ionian coast. We will meet with renowned chef and cookbook author Anna Maria Chirone on Corso Roma in the beautiful old town for your cooking class and lunch. First collect some seafood from the local fishermen. The fish market is lively and captivating; and Anna Maria is a skilled teacher and will be happy to welcome you to her cooking school for some delicious local dishes and treats.

Return back to Lecce for free time for shopping and relaxation. For our final dinner, we’ll enjoy a gourmet interpretation of the best Salentina cuisine paired with outstanding local wines.

(B, L, D) Overnight: Risorgimento Resort, Lecce

Overnight: Risorgimento Resort, Lecce

Educational Objectives and Outcomes (5 hours):

4 hours: To explore a strategic old seaside city of Gallipoli and its flourishing fish market. Then prepare a traditional Mediterranean-style meal from appetizer to dessert using local seafood and other local ingredients with an expert chef and cookbook author.

1 hour: Dine and learn about the food of the Salento region

Attendees will:

a) Understand why Gallipoli was a strategic city on the Mediterranean coast and the history of its ports

b) Tour the old city and watch how the locals buy fresh seafood at the old city open air seafood market

c) Spend the day with Apulian chef and cookbook author Anna Maria Chirone

d) Choose fresh, local seafood at the market

e) Learn Anna Maria’s techniques of healthy Mediterranean cooking and prepare a meal with Anna Maria and colleagues at a local cooking school in Gallipoli

f) Learn and dine: Experience a Salentine meal in an authentic local restaurant of Lecce

Experts: Anna Maria Chirone, dedicated food expert and chef; Antonella Susca, tour guide and owner of Arrivederci Puglia Travel tour operation.

Day 7: Saturday, October 15: Check out and Departure

After our final group breakfast at the hotel, our team will shuttle you to Brindisi Airport and bid you Arriverderci!

According to current flight schedules the group transfer will arrive at Brindisi Airport at around 9:00 am. If this is too late for your flight, you will need to make alternative arrangements. Our tour operator will be on hand to assist anyone with additional transfers. (B)

In addition to the educational objectives and outcomes, the following details are included in your tour cost:

  • 6 nights lodging at 4-and 5-star historical and modern hotels
  • 6 breakfasts Visit to the old quarter of Bari “Bari Vecchia”
  • Visit to a burrata and mozzarella cheese farm
  • Visit to the UNESCO site of Alberobello Exclusive visit to an olive oil estate during the olive harvest
  • Visit to the White City of Ostuni
  • Cooking class at Masseria Salamina
  • Bakery experience in Altamura
  • Visit to the UNESCO city of Matera Private winery tasting experience
  • Visit to the baroque city of Lecce Cooking class in Gallipoli with chef & cook-book author
  • 6 lunches and 3 dinners based on Apulian typical food and wine.
  • All group transfers during the itinerary; and daily private tour guides
  • Group arrival transfer from Bari Airport around 11:30 am on October 9, 2022
  • Group departure transfer around 9:00 am to Brindisi Airport on October 15, 2022

Guidelines for making flight arrangements:

We advise that you do not book flights until the minimum number of participants has been reached and that the trip has therefore been confirmed.

We will provide this notification as soon as we have reached the minimum number of participants, no later than April 15th 2022.

Please book one of the following arrival and departure flights in order to participate in the group transfers. A supplemental fee for private transfers will apply if you book flights that do not coincide with these arrival and departure times:

Please, note that the following flights are based on recent flight schedules (July 2021). We will give you more information about flight dates and times for October 2022 as soon as the airline companies will update the 2022 schedules.

Sunday October 9th 2022

ALITALIA

Rome Fiumicino to Bari with Alitalia. Departing Rome at 9:30 am and arriving in Bari at 10:35 am.

Flight AZ 1617

LUFTHANSA

If you would like to fly with Lufthansa, which operates a convenient direct flight from Munich to Bari, you can take the below arrival flight that will coincide with the group arrival.

Munich to Bari with Lufthansa (operated by Air Dolomiti). Departing Munich at 9:45 am and arriving in Bari at 11:20. Flight LH9468

Saturday October 15th 2022

ALITALIA

Brindisi to Rome Fiumicino with Alitalia: Either of these options departing as follows:

  • 11:15 am flight AZ 1624. Arrives Rome 12:25 pm

There is also another flight early in the morning:

  • 6:30 am flight AZ 1620. Arrives Rome 7:40 am

For this you need to book a private transfer from the Hotel to Brindisi Airport.

There are also flights from Bari to Rome but you need to book a private transfer from Lecce to Bari Airport.

LUFTHANSA – no direct flight from Brindisi to Munich

If you would like to fly with Lufthansa, which operates a direct flight from Bari to Munich, you can take the below flight

  • Bari to Munich with Lufthansa (operated by Air Dolomiti). Departing Bari at 12:05 pm and arriving into Munich at 1:50 pm. Flight LH9469

Please note there will be a $250 supplement for a private transfer to Bari Airport for the return flight, since the group departure is from the much closer Brindisi Airport. The supplement is per vehicle and can be shared with other guests if they are on the same flight. Alternatively, there are trains from Lecce to Bari starting at €15 per ticket, but please check before the train schedule and timing. See www.trenitalia.com for details.

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    About Layne Lieberman:

    Layne Lieberman, MS, RD, CDN, is an award winning registered dietitian/culinary nutritionist, author, journalist and innovator in the food and health industries. With a lifelong passion for wholesome food and better health and wellbeing, Layne helps consumers achieve a healthy balance in diet and lifestyle.

    In the restaurant field, she has teamed with a number of high-profile chefs to create and market healthy menus and provide recipes and nutritional analysis.

    In the mid-1980s, Layne created the Nutrition Learning Centers, a storefront center for weight loss and medical nutrition that combined cooking classes, a health food store and nutritional counseling. Following that successful venture, she served for 20 years, from 1991 to 2010, as Director of Nutrition for America’s first supermarket chain, King Kullen Grocery Company. She proceeded to turn the chain into a national leader, selling organic foods and other healthy alternatives to conventional supermarket fare.

    In addition, Layne headed the chain’s consumer and industry health communications, initiating a roster of health bulletins and circulars that reached one million homes weekly. Her nutrition newsletter won over 30,000 subscribers in the metropolitan New York region, and also she was editor of King Kullen’s quarterly Diabetes Newsletter.

    Philanthropically, she has devoted over 25 years to the American Heart Association as a board member, event chairperson, menu consultant, spokesperson, and a driving force behind the AHA’s annual Hamptons Gala. In June of 2012, the American Heart Association with their “Humanitarian with a Heart Award” honored Layne. She acted as an advisory board member and lecturer for Dr. Mehmet Oz’s Foundation For The Advancement Of Cardiac Therapies.  Since 2015, Layne’s recipes and nutrition messages are prominently featured in the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s quarterly magazine.  She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier Colorado and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the largest organization of food and nutrition professionals with close to 72,000 members.

    From 2010 to 2012, Layne lived abroad in Geneva, Switzerland, to study the food, health and dietary habits of other countries. There she wrote and published her first book titled Beyond the Mediterranean Diet: European Secrets Of the Super-Healthy, which is successfully being sold worldwide through all major wholesalers and retailers. The book was named one of the “Best Indie Books of 2015” by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group, as a book that “deserves to reach a wide audience.” The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the world’s largest not-for-profit book awards program for independent publishers and self-published authors.

    Layne has extensive media experience in both print and television. She has been featured on Good Morning America, The New York Times, Fox News and has been quoted in hundreds of articles.  She  regularly blogs for Huffington Post, Boulder Bubble and WorldRD and  on other sites including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Food & Nutrition Magazine, Diets In Review, Access Hollywood, Shape, Kroger’s magazines and Fox News.Layne received a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Biochemistry from Cornell University and earned a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. During her Masters studies, Layne worked in Public Relations for Ketchum Health Communications. After completing her Masters degree, Layne spent two years at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine doing a research fellowship as the General Clinical Research Nutritionist in the areas of diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses.

    Later, at the Culinary Institute of America, Layne completed the Chef-RD training program. She and her husband now divide time between Colorado, Florida and New York.

    Please see Layne’s Huffington Post blog about Puglia here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/layne-lieberman/puglia-italys-land-of-ple_b_8494386.html

    Award-Winning Culinary Nutritionist & Author: Beyond The MediterraneanDiet

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    Passion for Puglia: a Journey Through the Mediterranean Diet

    Puglia – Tips and Trivia:

    • Italian coffee (caffé) is a form of art with a specific coffee drink for every time of the day. Caffé corretto is thrown back like a shot. Cappuccino and brioche are for breakfast. You’ll never find a Starbucks here.

    • Almond milk is local and the Mediterranean diet is alive and well.

    • California Zinfandel (red wine) is thought to be a replica of Puglia’s Primitivo, both derived from an ancient Croatian grape variety.

    • According to Beyond The Mediterranean Diet: European Secrets Of The Super-Healthy, southern Italian food was considered a peasant diet, which rates high on modern nutrition standards because of the abundance of grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy and legumes.

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    Veggies are plentiful

    • Whole-wheat pasta is on the menu. To cook fresh pasta boil for 3 to 5 minutes.

    • People of all ages walk and bike and the older folks still meet in the square to chat and watch the flow of visitors.

    • In the town of Altamura, McDonald’s had to close down because the locals used it as a respite for air conditioning but wouldn’t dare to eat the offerings.

    • The 14th century whitewashed Trulli homes of Alberobello (town in Puglia) are known for their cone-shaped roofs, where cheese was stored and children slept. Animals lived inside with the family, while bathrooms were outside. Smelly homes (and children) were a sign of wealth.

    • Women are the bosses. When mamma says lunch is ready, everyone shows up at the table, even from miles away.

    • Ancient olive trees know the secrets to longevity for they have been producing olives for thousands of years.

    • It only costs about 2 euros or 10 cents to buy 20 to 25 figs in Alberobello.

    • Apulia means land without water. The region is known for its sunny dry climate.

    • Locals love to eat greens. My favorite dish is Fava beans with Wild Chicory.

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    Fava Beans (and Potato) with Wild Chicory

    • Burrata, a fresh cow cheese made from mozzarella and cream originated here. Learn how to make mozzarella at a local dairy farm.

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    Making Fresh Mozzarella

    • Besides feeding dairy cows grass and grain, the diet is supplemented with orzo (barley) and fava beans.

    • Old cities with ancient architecture include: Lecce (known as the “Florence of the South”), Ostuni, Otranto, Locorotondo, Gallipoli and Matera.

    Matera

    Old City of Matera

    Masseria Monte

    Taste the local wines

    Il frantoio

    In the kitchen at Masseria Il Frantoio (notice-all women)

    • Dip taralli, a dry crunchy biscuit that is tied in a knot and is either sweet or savory, into wine.
    • There are multi-generational family farms (masserias) producing olives, grapes, almonds, cherries, apricots, plums, peaches, hand harvested wheat, fava beans, chicory, tomatoes, fennel, onions, figs, lemons, limes, dates, herbs, pomegranates and so on.
    • Farm animals such as cattle, pigs, lamb, chickens, donkeys and horse are part of life outside the old city walls. Historically, the region is known for shepherding.

    Buon Appetito!

    “Exceeded my expectations” Puglia 2022 Culinary Tour

    This trip exceeded my expectations by far.  It was well organized, packed with activity, and guided by experts.  I loved every minute of it and will use this company again.  No question.

    By Patricia Harold

    October 17, 2022

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    By Patricia Harold

    October 17, 2022

    This trip exceeded my expectations by far.  It was well organized, packed with activity, and guided by experts.  I loved every minute of it and will use this company again.  No question.

    “An amazing culinary experience” Puglia 2022 Culinary Tour

    This was an amazing culinary experience. I loved the first-hand up-close view we had into the food production of the Puglia region. The daily activities had a great balance of learning and fun, as well as seeing the amazing tourist attractions in the areas. I'd recommend this trip to anyone that's seriously interested in food and learning something new about an area unknown to most travelers!

    Talia Hauser, RD, LDN

    10/18/2022

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    Talia Hauser, RD, LDN

    10/18/2022

    This was an amazing culinary experience. I loved the first-hand up-close view we had into the food production of the Puglia region. The daily activities had a great balance of learning and fun, as well as seeing the amazing tourist attractions in the areas. I recommend this trip to anyone that's seriously interested in food and learning something new about an area unknown to most travelers!

    “Recommend to anyone with a love of food and an interest in a healthy lifestyle to take one of Layne’s tours…it will be an experience you will remember for a lifetime!” Puglia 2022 Culinary Tour

    Layne planned for us a wonderful adventure in Puglia.  The trip was a perfect combination of sightseeing, learning, eating and drinking.  Layne was a consummate host and saw to everyone’s needs.  Staying at a masseria helped us to feel fully immersed in the lifestyle and culture of the people of Puglia.  All of the details were seen to by Layne and Antonella of Arrivederci Puglia.  Every day there was just enough activity with a bit of relaxation time.  I recommend to anyone with a love of food and an interest in a healthy lifestyle to take one of Layne’s tours…it will be an experience you will remember for a lifetime!

    Lori Wist, Chef and Nutritionist

    10/18/2022

    5.0
    2022-11-18T14:54:53-07:00

    Lori Wist, Chef and Nutritionist

    10/18/2022

    Layne planned for us a wonderful adventure in Puglia.  The trip was a perfect combination of sightseeing, learning, eating and drinking.  Layne was a consummate host and saw to everyone’s needs.  Staying at a masseria helped us to feel fully immersed in the lifestyle and culture of the people of Puglia.  All of the details were seen to by Layne and Antonella of Arrivederci Puglia.  Every day there was just enough activity with a bit of relaxation time.  I recommend to anyone with a love of food and an interest in a healthy lifestyle to take one of Layne’s tours…it will be an experience you will remember for a lifetime!  

    “Another phenomenal culinary and cultural tour with Layne Lieberman RD, award-winning author and nutritionist” Puglia 2022 Culinary Tour

    Another phenomenal culinary and cultural tour with Layne Lieberman RD, award-winning author and nutritionist (WorldRD.com). I made lots of awesome new friends and learned why the food from the heel of the boot, known as Italy, is so delicious and HEALTHY ! #Puglia #Italy #Culinarytravel


    Cecile RABEIA

    October 12, 2022

    5.0
    2022-11-18T14:57:01-07:00

    Cecile RABEIA

    October 12, 2022

    Another phenomenal culinary and cultural tour with Layne Lieberman RD, award-winning author and nutritionist (WorldRD.com). I made lots of awesome new friends and learned why the food from the heel of the boot, known as Italy, is so delicious and HEALTHY ! #Puglia #Italy #Culinarytravel

    “Exceeded my expectations from beginning to end!” Puglia 2022 Culinary Tour

    This was a wonderful way to experience the Mediterranean diet in a location that was                     enjoyable. Fabulous trip that exceeded my expectations from begin to end!


         Thank you Layne!  🍕 🇮🇹

    Beth Falikowski

    10/18/22

    5.0
    2022-11-18T14:58:51-07:00

    Beth Falikowski

    10/18/22

    Fabulous trip that exceeded my expectations from begin to end!

    “Memories that I will cherish for a long time!” Puglia 2022 Culinary Tour

     I truly had a wonderful time bonding with all the women learning about the history and food. It was memories that I will cherish for a long time!


    Sylvia Aptekar

    November 2022

    5.0
    2022-11-18T15:01:38-07:00

    Sylvia Aptekar

    November 2022

     I truly had a wonderful time bonding with all the women learning about the history and food. It was memories that I will cherish for a long time!

    “Anyone who wants to learn, and be immersed in the stories of another culture should take this trip!” Puglia 2022 Culinary Tour 

    WorldRD gave us the most amazing opportunity to fully immerse into the history, culture, and food of the Puglia region.  I tried foods I had never experienced, learned new ways to incorporate foods I love, learned about the production of olives, wheat, grapes, etc to share with clients to engage them in their food more.  The exposure to the history and culture was mesmerizing by the stories from Antonella. Every location we went to was more beautiful than the last.  Anyone who wants to learn, and be immersed in the stories of another culture should take this trip!  


    Jennifer Brunelli, RDN, Sports Professional

    Nov 17, 2022

    5.0
    2022-11-18T16:32:30-07:00

    Jennifer Brunelli, RDN, Sports Professional

    Nov 17, 2022

    WorldRD gave us the most amazing opportunity to fully immerse into the history, culture, and food of the Puglia region.  I tried foods I had never experienced, learned new ways to incorporate foods I love, learned about the production of olives, wheat, grapes, etc to share with clients to engage them in their food more.  The exposure to the history and culture was mesmerizing by the stories from Antonella. Every location we went to was more beautiful than the last.  Anyone who wants to learn, and be immersed in the stories of another culture should take this trip!  

    “A unique opportunity to learn and have fun. I highly recommend it.” Puglia 2022 Culinary Tour

    I had the pleasure to explore Puglia and enjoy this Mediterranean experience from an award-winning and internationally recognized culinary nutritionist who has carefully curated this culinary and cultural tour. From the moment the olive is picked to when liquid green oil is extracted and how to select the best olive oil, we witnessed the process and learned from experts. We participated in culinary activities and visited farms, fish markets and UNESCO world heritage sites and learned how culture, history and geography are all intertwined. Above all, we had fun and created long lasting memories. It is a unique opportunity to learn and have fun. I highly recommend it. 

    Lorena Drago, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE

    11-20-2022

    5.0
    2022-11-20T14:30:55-07:00

    Lorena Drago, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE

    11-20-2022

    I had the pleasure to explore Puglia and enjoy this Mediterranean experience from an award-winning and internationally recognized culinary nutritionist who has carefully curated this culinary and cultural tour. From the moment the olive is picked to when liquid green oil is extracted and how to select the best olive oil, we witnessed the process and learned from experts. We participated in culinary activities and visited farms, fish markets and UNESCO world heritage sites and learned how culture, history and geography are all intertwined. Above all, we had fun and created long lasting memories. It is a unique opportunity to learn and have fun. I highly recommend it. 
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