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Slow Food on the High Seas

An interesting development by ultra-luxury cruise company Silversea Cruises: offering a “Slow Food” program.

In collaboration with Slow Food Italy, the ultra-luxury cruise company has designed an exclusive three-night program that will highlight the culinary and cultural traditions of Tuscany and introduce participants to local wine producers and products that adhere to the Slow Food philosophy of preserving biodiversity and gastronomic traditions.

The program will be conducted with one or more members of Silversea’s own culinary team on hand to provide participants with expert guidance and exclusive access to local producers committed to responsible and sustainable food production, as recommended by Slow Food. Participants might visit a dairy farm or stroll through olive groves and vineyards to learn the secrets of traditional food production. Guided by Silversea’s culinary team, guests will gain a greater understanding of the region’s wines as well as the ingredients carefully selected for the dishes served in , Silversea’s Italian speciality restaurant — the only restaurant at sea that partners with Slow Food Italy to showcase products reflecting the standards of Slow Food.

“This is a new concept, and probably the first in the industry, where the ship’s culinary team accompanies and interacts with guests on a pre- or post-cruise land program,” said Darius Mehta, Silversea’s vice president of air and land programs. “It’s an excellent opportunity for foodies and travelers alike to discover the beauty, food, tradition and culture of Tuscany, while also gaining greater insight into the principles of the Slow Food movement.”

And guess what winery headlines the “Slow Food Adventure in Tuscany”? Yup — Castello Banfi in Montalcino. The Tuscan tour debuts with three voyages in 2012, and includes three nights at Il Borgo. During the stay, guests will receive a cooking class and full tour of the winery and vineyards. More information can be found at Silversea.com.

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