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Taste of Italy Cooking Classes at Dunowen

pasta making
Learn how to make your own pasta

We are so excited to finally launch a series of cookery courses we’ve been busy plotting and planning over the last few months. If you can’t come on our trip to Tuscany at the end of October, we are bringing Tuscany to Dunowen House, West Cork for a number of residential and day-only immersive cookery classes. These will take place at the end of November and early December.

This could be the perfect pre-Christmas gift to yourself or someone you know who loves Italian food. Maybe get some friends together for some fun learning. Sharing the secrets to perfect pasta and more!

What will you learn?

We are bringing our good friends from Burlamacchi Villa in Tuscany to Dunowen with a view to sharing the traditional secrets of velvety homemade pasta, handmade gnocchi, ravioli, seasonal slow-cooked sauces and some classic desserts.

Depending on which course you choose, we want to send you home with the skills to create authentic Italian meals that will bring you, your family and friends so much culinary joy.

Once you start to make your own pasta, you will never look back!


Course Options

We are running TWO Weekend Courses and TWO One-Day Courses between the 24th November and 3rd December. All courses will take place here at Dunowen House, Ardfield just 10 minutes from Clonakilty, West Cork.

Residential Weekend Courses: 24-26 November or 1-3 December

Arrive from 4pm on Friday, where we will introduce you to the course plan for the weekend. Settle into your accommodation before a welcome aperitivo and dinner in Dunowen House that evening.

Saturday - after breakfast we will start with a demo followed by some hands-on lessons. You will work in pairs, supervised by Chef Atillio. A break for lunch followed by another afternoon hands-on class. Dinner that evening will be based around what has been prepared on the day accompanied by specially selected Italian wines.

Sunday - again after breakfast, we will have another demo / hands on class before a leisurely lunch and departure from 3.30pm.

One-Day Courses: 28 & 29 November

Day courses are non-residential and will cover a range of techniques and skills. The day courses will have a different menu each day, if you wished to attend both and build your skills. The day will start at 9.15am with a welcome coffee and cake, followed by a demonstration / hands-on class, lunch and a second demonstration / hands-on class. We will finish by 3.30pm.

What you will learn :

  • Making pasta at home - what you need
  • Tagliatelle, ravioli, tortellini, gnocchi
  • Slow cooked and quick sauces
  • Bread / Pizza bases / Bruschetta ideas
  • Seasonal salads
  • Winter soups
  • Appetisers
  • Traditional and contemporary dessert ideas

Spaces are limited to a maximum of 12 participants for residential courses and 14 for the day courses. We will not cover all the above in each day course but divide accordingly.

How to Book?

Price for the Weekend Residential Course is €950 pps

Includes two nights accommodation, 3 demonstrations / hands-on classes and all meals while staying. We have 5 suites available in the main house (two sharing each room) and 2 single ensuite rooms in Orchard Cottage. Single supplement will apply to single occupancy in main house suites.

Price for each Day Course is €190 pp

All participants will receive a bound copy of recipes to take home.

To book your place Email or Call (023) 8869099

50% deposit at booking, balance due 4 weeks before course. If you cannot make the course for some reason, you are more than welcome to send someone in your place (just let us know in advance). We cannot issue cash or card refunds for cancellations. You can defer to another date where applicable up to 1 week before the course, subject to an administration fee of €75. If less than one week before arrival, we cannot issue a refund or deferral.

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