Saturday, March 21, 2009

Restaurant "L'Officina della Cucina Popolare" finally open!


We have opened!!! I can't believe it! Finally, after months of frustrating and prolonged renovation, we finally opened the restaurant this week. But the relief of actually having guests coming for lunch and dinner and having a delicious meal is just enormous!
So, if you pass by Colle Val d'Elsa in the future, I hope you'll come see us - even just for a glass of wine!
Here's an initiative that we're running all summer:
Every Sunday and Monday starting at 11.20 am in Piazza Arnolfo in Colle Val d’Elsa.
The tour will go through historic Colle, on a trip that will take you through the Middle Ages and all the way up to recent history, including the back ground of the crystal industry.
An hour and a half later, we will have lunch consisting of samples of typical Tuscan foods at “Officina della Cucina Popolare”. Lunch will be accompanied by a fun wine tasting of two wines of the territory.
Please call ahead to reserve:
(+39) 0577-921796 (Officina) or (+39) 333-7229716 (Rebecca)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

2009 - great first tours


Nothing better than ending a long wet winter season with a couple of wonderful tours.
Actually the weather has gotten much warmer and the buds on the trees are the proof; they are sitting there ready to boost open with the first rays of the serious spring sun!
Here's a photo from the other day - it's still lots of fun to do the juming photos. The person who seems to be flying to the left, is Alan and next to him his wife Joan. They were really interesting to get to know as they are spending some years travelling the Mediterranean in their sail boat. What stories - I wish there had been more time to hear them all. Anyway, I have been peeking at their web-site and there's now a really nice review with pictures up from the wine tours last week: http://www.alanjoanhere.com/2009_Italy_Florence3.html
The other exciting news is that we are really close to opening the restaurant. We believe the opening date will be the 14th of March. I will make sure to post lots of pictures both on Facebook as on this blog so that you can see what it looks like. We've got a restaurant blog as well, but so far it's only going to be in Italian: http://cucina-popolare.blogspot.com/ But you can enjoy the pictures there as well. The wine list is what excites me the most (find the link to it here: http://www.cucina-popolare.com/cucina_vini.htm) and is made up by mainly organic certified and biodynamic wines from wineries that have a heart, so to say. What I mean by that is that I've selected the wines both by their goodness but also because we know the vintners and how well they work.
I suppose that's all for now. I better get back to one of my jobs; these days are full of important things to do but it's just so nice to sit down and reflect...