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Foodie Adventures in the Loire Valley, France

It’s Market Day on our Foodie Adventure… Always one of our favorite days! There are numerous markets through out the Loire Valley, but the scenic village of Amboise is our personal favorite.  The market is located in the park, along the Loire river and close proximity to the Chateau and beautiful shops in the village.  Early […]

Week Long Tuscan Foodie Adventure at the Hartstone Inn with Italian Chef Benedetta Vitali

From the heart of Tuscany to the Hartstone Inn, join Chef Benedetta Vitali in Camden, Maine for a week of Tuscan cooking from June 4-8, 2012. Benedetta Vitali is a chef who has lived and worked all her life in Florence, Italy.  Benedetta is the author of the James Beard Award finalist Soffritto: Tradition and […]

Fall "Foodie Adventure" Trips – Almost Sold Out!

If you were considering joining us this fall on one of our Michael Salmon Foodie Adventure trips, the time to book is now!  We have only one room left in the Tuscany, Italy trip and two rooms in the Loire Valley, France trip!  To view available rooms, click here.  Haven’t heard about our foodie trips yet?  […]

Tuscan Onion Soup Recipe

Many of our readers have asked for recipes from our Michael Salmon’s Foodie Adventure trips to Tuscany.  Here is a recipe for a soup that was a guest favorite!    Tuscan Onion Soup with a Pecorino Crust serves 8 by Chef Michael Salmon 3 leeks 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/4 pound pancetta, small […]

Michael Salmon's Foodie Adventure to Tuscany: Pizza Night!

Italy is known for it’s pizza and the guests on our recent Michael Salmon’s Foodie Adventure to Tuscany couldn’t wait to make their own!  Pizza night at the Villa consisted of each guest rolling out their own homemade dough thinly and topping it with some (or all as some did) of the variety of toppings […]

Three Additional Cooking Classes Added to This Seasons Schedule

Due to an overwhelming response to our cooking classes this year, we have added three more to this seasons schedule! Travel to Tuscany Saturday, May 21, 2011 If you can’t join Chef Michael in Italy for one of his Culinary Adventures, then come to Camden and experience some of his favorite Tuscan dishes. We’ll begin […]

Michael Salmon's Foodie Adventure in Tuscany – Italian Markets

Written by Chef Michael Salmon, Chef/Co-owner of the Hartstone Inn During my adventures abroad, one of my favorite activities is visiting local food markets.  Mary Jo and I just returned from a short trip to Shanghai and Beijing, China where the markets abound with mainstays of lotus root, water chestnuts, bullfrogs and soft shell turtles. […]

Michael Salmon's Foodie Adventures- Tuscan Olive Oil

Written by Zeph Belanger, Hartstone Inn Sous Chef Every year during November in Tuscany, olives are plucked from trees and pressed into some of the best olive oil in the world. The recent Michael Salmon’s Foodie Adventures fall trip to Tuscany fell right at the beginning of the olive harvest. Large nets spread underneath olive […]

Michael Salmon's Foodie Adventure in Tuscany-Making Pici Pasta

Posted by Zeph Belanger, Hartstone Inn Sous Chef Throughout Tuscany, one of the most popular dishes is pici pasta, a thick hand-rolled spaghetti. One night, the villa’s Chef Marcella joined Chef Michael and the guests in the kitchen to teach her family recipe for pici with wild boar ragu. Durum flour is mixed with egg, olive oil and […]

Michael Salmon's Food Adventure in Tuscany-Il Casale Farm

Posted by Meghan Small, Hartstone Inn General Manager We took many day trips during our Michael Salmon’s Foodie Adventure in Tuscany.  Il Casale, a small farm near Pienza was one of the first.  Our hosts, Sandra and Ulysses Brandli’s farm produces ricotta, honey, pecorino, goat cheese, homemade bread, wine and olive oil.  Il Casale practices only organic and free range […]


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