MAY 4, 2016 – MAY 11, 2016 * An Intentional Table Signature Tour * This extraordinary tour will explore both western and eastern Sicily to give you the richest, fullest taste of the region’s food and wine culture. After we travel through the historic melding of cultures and architecture, you will not soon forget this hauntingly beautiful island. A few of the … More SICILIAN FOOD & WINE TOUR
I’d like to extend heartfelt thanks to all you language students, foodie clients, Italy-bound travelers, including family & friends, who helped make 2014 another fun and rewarding year for me with Italian Inspirations! For those of you planning 2015 travel, please note that if we get 8 registrations by January 30th for the April 16-23, 2015 Culinary … More Happy New Year!! Buon Anno a tutti!
Maybe it speaks to my personality, but I like a nutty pesto… Here’s my most recently created (and favorite-to-date) pesto recipe. When tossing with pasta, be sure to add any fresh veggies that are ripe in your garden or that inspire you at your local farmers’ market…a mix of raw and cooked items will add texture … More Summer Fresh Pesto Pasta
If your summer plans include hiking, camping, kayaking, backpacking or a foodie’s picnic en plein air, follow this link to an article I wrote for Full Circle called 3 Easy Dishes for Camping that offers a few menu ideas and some important things to keep in mind as you enjoy the sunny season outdoors… Buon appetito e … More Camping with Taste
Ciao Italo-amici! While I’m often dreaming of magical moments shared when I lived in Italy, there are many reasons why I love being back home in the Pacific Northwest during the summer, where our local bounty always inspires me, both out in nature and back in the kitchen… I hope you enjoy the season, wherever it … More Auguri per un’estate fantastica – Happy Summer
Spring is coming! Which means it’s time to get ready for your upcoming trip to Italy…or to keep dreaming about one manifesting on your horizon. For Curious Travelers & Beginners, there’s an Italian Language & Culture Workshop on March 14th in Poulsbo from 3-7pm and another on Bainbridge Island Saturday, March 22nd from 10am-2pm. Then, … More Primavera è in arrivo!
Cari amici miei, This is just a quick thank you to everyone who has helped make 2013 a wonderful year — full of new adventures involving Italian language, culture and cuisine! After fully digesting the deliciously enriching experiences my group of travelers and I enjoyed during our November 2013 Culinary Tour of Tuscany, I am … More Happy Holidays!
Happy June!! I hope this finds everyone well and ready to enjoy to warm weather, delicious food and fun summer outings… I’m already dreaming of our November trip to Tuscany and have finalized the documents you’ll need to start getting ready and registered. Please take a few moments to read through the Travel Agreement before … More Reserve your place on a November 2013 Culinary Tour of Tuscany
Travel to Tuscany for an exclusive foodie experience featuring personalized activities guided by Italian Language Instructor, Personal Chef & Translator, Ashlee Redfern! Contact Ashlee of Italian Inspirations directly to reserve your spot in one of the Culinary Tours of Tuscany in November 2013. Groups will be between 8 and 15 people, so the experience is … More It’s Official: Culinary Tours of Tuscany are happening!! (November 2013)
As temperatures cool and the sun begins to pull us less to be outside, the produce that results from summer’s lingering generosity should be enjoyed! So we did, with fresh pears, chopped pistachios & grated parmigiano filling the crepes that we then topped with blackberry compote. A deliciously simple meal that celebrated some of my … More Summer’s Last Hurrah – with crepes, dahlias and friends