Jewish Roots in Southeastern Sicily: A culinary & cultural journey    October 8-12th

             MAY ALSO BE ARRANGED AS A CUSTOMIZED PRIVATE PROGRAM for your friends and family.

Over the years, many people have asked me if I had come across any Jewish influence on recipes of Sicily. Two years ago, I attended a well organized conference in Noto about the forgotten history of the Jewish community in Southeastern Sicily. The expert speakers focused their research on the province of Siracusa, and I was fascinated to learn more about one of the islands' many layers of cultural heritage -- the Jewish population played an important role here centuries ago. In October, we'll taste Sicily's best olive oils and pomegranates during the week when the olive will be ripe for picking from ancient trees. Beyond cooking and tasting, we'll enjoy a relaxed exploration of history and cultural heritage -- along with local guides and experts, we'll delve into all that we can about the past Jewish influence here.  We'll answer your questions about Sicilian culinary traditions. We'll visit fascinating sites such as the Jewish baths of Siracusa as well as lesser-known sites of archeological importance. These experiences, historical places, flavors and aromas will enable us to open up a lively and important discussion about the past here. Includes 6 nights in a 4 star hotel, one cooking lesson (featuring olives and pomegranates), guided visit to the Jewish baths, guided visit to archeological sites, dinner where Jewish dishes of the past are recreated and served. Transportation for the week, all breakfasts, most meals are included. $2899 double occupancy. $599 single supplement. To reserve please send your deposit of $400 via the RESERVE page. We'll send you a travel confirmation upon receipt of your deposit.  Please note that this course may also be organized as a private, customized program for your own group of friends or family. Please email (to with the # in your party and the week you'd like to schedule, and we'll send you a quote.