Cooking classes in Palermo, Sicily

A Day Cooking with the Duchess

Sicilian cooking lessons

A Day Cooking with the Duchess is not simply a Sicilian cooking lesson in an extraordinary location

It’s an inspirational and rewarding experience in a fabulous 18th century Palazzo by the sea, the last home of Prince Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, author of the world-famous novel The Leopard. 

What better surroundings to begin a captivating journey into the wondrous world of Sicilian culture and food? The Duchess of Palma will accompany you in the morning to the colourful Il Capo market to find only the freshest ingredients of the season, and will illuminate some of the myriad hidden treasures of exotic Palermo, one of the most intriguing cities of the Mediterranean. At the market you will see and smell the array of wonderful freshly caught fish, the just picked fruit and vegetables, the vibrant colours of the famous Sicilian citrus, the spices and the wood-oven baked bread topped with sesame seeds.

Back at the Palazzo, you will be taken to the organic gardens on the luscious terrace to pick fresh herbs, flowers and lemons that will enhance both the flavours and the uniqueness of your dishes. Then, in the welcoming kitchen, you will create a mouthwatering Sicilian menu under the Duchess’s expert guidance. Afterwards you will enjoy the fruits of your labour in the comfort of the Palazzo’s elegant dining room. White-gloved waiters will serve you the delicious Sicilian dishes you have created.

To end the day in style you will be taken on a fascinating tour of this truly magnificent, lovingly restored Palazzo, where you will have the rare privilege of seeing the original handwritten manuscript of the Prince’s enduring masterpiece, The Leopard.

Yesterday was such a lovely day for all of us, learning more about the history and people of Sicily.  For me, the trip to the market with your special vendors, the introduction to some new cooking techniques and recipes, but most of all the chance to learn about the house in which we are living and the people who own it made this day one of the most memorable of my travels.  Nicoletta, you are amazingly well organized! You led us seemingly effortlessly through all the complicated steps of preparing fresh ingredients. If only I had these available in Fairbanks, Alaska.  You were able to assemble such an interesting group of students, conversing with them was like icing on the cake (or jasmine petals on the dessert).

June 23th 2017

Mimi C.

My wife Lynne and I truly enjoyed the time spent with you. We had a wonderful group that day and soo enjoyed it. Grazie Mille!!!!

June 8th 2017

Robert S.

I just want to say thanks for a truly extraordinary experience.
We all loved the class and the meal, but more than simply enjoying it, we were rather in awe by the presentation and the quality of the entire event. The way you handled all of us in the kitchen and made the experience fun as well as instructional was admirable, and the meal was one of those once in a lifetime experiences. I mean, sincerely, how many of us Americans have the chance to dine with a duke and duchess in the formal dining room of a palace attended by gloved footmen? Your stories were rich and colorful, and you are a most gracious hostess. Plus, the meal was delicious.
Well, before my superlatives begin sounding trite, let me close by saying it was all brilliant.

June 6th 2017

Stephen B.

We are still enjoying the memories of our excellent vacation in Sicilia, and especially, the very nice day we spent at your place. Not only the cooking class, but also learning about the story and importance of your family, and visiting your amazing residence was great. And, needless to say, how much we appreciated your and Gioacchino’s friendliness and hospitality. Honestly, we feel as having left good friends in Palermo.

June 6th 2017

Miguel A.

We truly enjoyed the cooking session last Thursday, which was a wonderful moment of generosity and exciting transmission of cultural heritage. The experience will always be an important movement in the symphony of our travels.

April 28th 2017

Catherine and Fredrik R.

Just wanted to say thanks for the lovely day. We thoroughly enjoyed the cooking class and the great insights and conversations about Sicilian culture and your family history.

Look forward to trying the recipes at home.

April 26th 2017

Vicky B.

Your enthusiasm, encouragement and wonderful humour only added to this wonderful day. It’s just a shame the day had to go so fast. We loved every minute of it.

April 19th 2017

Richard M.

As we reminisce about our travels, we keep returning to Palermo and Butera 28 and,
particularly, a final day that was filled with cooking and a sumptuous feast and conversation and laughter.

April 17th 2017

James P.

Colette and I couldn’t have chosen a better place to stay than Butera 28 Apartments. We had a wonderful time in Palermo and your cookery class was the perfect conclusion to a memorable holiday.

April 20th 2017

John M.

I want to thank you for sharing your home and expertise with our group on Monday.  It was a real privilege to meet you and Gioacchino and to learn about (and see!) your family history.  But, of course, I especially enjoyed cooking with you.  Everything was delicious and I hope to try several of the dishes when I’m back home in Connecticut.  The day was the highlight of my visit to Palermo.

April 7th 2017

Patricia T.

I wanted to write a note and let you know how much Roxane and I enjoyed your class.  Since your class, we have prepared several dishes after shopping at the markets.

Do you have any classes available next week?

April 7th 2017

Paul T.

Via Butera, 28 - 90133
Palermo Italy

+39 333 3165432
+39 366 4143887

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