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COMO Hotels and Resorts has announced a new collection of experiences for 2020. They are designed to blend the lines between travel and food by combining cooking classes and culinary experiences with stays at the brand’s luxury portfolio of properties.
COMO Culinary Journeys, a series of retreats unique to their respective destinations around the world, are designed to use food as a lens to explore the heritage and culture of a destination. Tastings, conversations with chefs or local market visits are designed to leave guests with a deeper understanding of how cuisine shapes culture while inspiring them to continue their own culinary journey at home.
The series will launch on February 28 with a five-day / four-night culinary retreat at COMO The Treasury in Perth, Australia. Available for up to 10 participants, it will offer hands-on cooking classes from Wildflower’s Head Chef Matthew Sartori and visiting chef Giovanni Luca Di Pirro. Di Pirro joins the retreat from Italy where he leads the kitchen of La Torre ¬– the Michelin-starred Italian restaurant at COMO Castello del Nero in Tuscany, the latest addition to the COMO portfolio and the company’s first property in continental Europe.
Throughout the experience, guests will be immersed in the flavors, cultures and culinary techniques of Western Australian and Italy. They will have an opportunity to sample a range of local flavors, including a wine tasting with Australia’s Sommelier of the Year, Emma Farrelly, discerning the nuanced differences between Margaret River and Tuscan wines. These activities are complemented by other immersive experiences, including a visit to Perth’s sustainable garden and a trip to a local fish market.
Good to know: The program will provide funds to support the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife affected by the Australian bushfire crisis, with 20 percent of the proceeds donated to WIRES, the Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service.
In addition to the culinary experiences, the inaugural program will include Heritage Room or Heritage Balcony Room accommodations at COMO The Treasury, daily breakfast, a welcome cocktail reception, 60-minute COMO Shambhala wellness treatment and return airport transfers.