During this off the beaten path fall adventure to the rustic Western Sicily, guests will dive into the olive oil harvest, exploring how olive oil is made and how to use it to create beautiful sweet and savory dishes.
Join The Cheeky Chef, Linda Sarris, in the Sicilian countryside for an unforgettable culinary adventure. Linda’s unparalleled love for Sicily and her insider access to the best food and wine producers, makers and shakers make her the perfect leader for exploring all the great things about Sicilian life, culture and cuisine. Together with Linda you will seek out the best local ingredients in Western Sicily, then head back into the kitchen to explore and create. We will follow the harvest from the olive grove to the mill to your plate, breathing in the intense aromas of freshly pressed olive oil. We will dive deep into the world of wine at the organic Di Giovanna estate, and learn to appreciate quality ingredients at the local flour mill in Castelvetrano and with a cheese maker in Sambuca di Sicilia. We will stroll local hamlets, and open your eyes to real life in Sicily.
Raised in a big Greek-American family with a Chef grandfather and a fisherman dad, Linda has been in love with food her whole life. She’s traveled to over 25 countries in search of caipirinhas, fresh octopus and oysters, volcanic wines + hardcore street food. After the French Culinary Institute and a few stints in restaurants, Linda took off to sharpen her culinary skills in her own adventurous way - working on a farm to-table cooking school and wine estate in Sicily, spending two summers private-cheffing in Tuscany and consulting for a restaurant in Bucharest, Romania. Linda now splits her time between New York City and Palermo and is writing her travel guide, SNACKsicily.
Western Sicily is the perfect place to experience true Sicilian life as a local and to immerse yourself in it’s rich culture. This less developed side of Sicily has a long history of agriculture and a diversity of cultures from Greeks to Arabs that influenced its cuisine and way of life. During this impeccably curated hands-on adventure of cooking, eating, and exploring, Linda will share all of her knowledge and absolute best discoveries to lead you on the journey of a lifetime. She’ll guide you through the simple, beautiful and flavorful experience of life in Sicily, all with her signature CHEEKY style!