spend fall in vermont

Vermont FoliageIt’s nearly time for the leaves to start turning and the cool weather to set in. The best place I can think to experience, really experience fall is in Vermont. The stunning colors, the fresh air, the food. Yes, the food!  Famed cookbook author Deborah Krasner runs culinary workshops out of her 18th century converted barn near Putney, Vermont. It’s the most wonderful week you will ever have if you like cooking, eating, visiting farmers markets, iconic small towns, artisans, apple orchards and taking in the fall foliage with a small group of soon to be friends.

Your week begins as you get to know your fellow guests (no more than 7) and Deborah around a large table and a stunning roast chicken dinner.  Then each day after a self serve breakfast, the cooking begins. Two meals are prepared each day by you with a focus on local, seasonal ingredients with an Italian flare. You’ll be making pasta, tossing pizzas, stirring risottos, whipping up desserts and enjoying every last bite, sipping wine and eating off local Vermont pottery. You’ll take home a 40 page booklet featuring the weeks recipes (the most used cookbook in my kitchen) and memories for a lifetime.

In addition to cooking you’ll explore the area. One full day is spent visiting local farms, picking up supplies at the local farmers market, tasting apples at a local orchard, sipping hot chocolate at a restaurant owned by local resident Ken Burns (the documentarian) and getting the opportunity to buy your own pottery and glassware from local artisans among other things. VERMONT PICSOh and don’t forget the stunning scenery. What could be more breathtaking than the fall colors taking shape before your eyes in and around the mountains of the Northeast. Ooh, I want to go right now!

Accommodations, meals and local transport are all included. Workshops run 6 days for $2800. And a little birdie told me there is currently space available for early October, a rarity for the Fall season. Book in today!

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