When I think of a luxurious hotel, I always think of the “Four Seasons”. I have never actually stayed a Four Seasons hotel (until now), but I have visited many. When I was traveling in Milan this summer, I visited the Four Seasons Milan. Trust me. If I ever get the opportunity to go to Milan again, I will definitely want to stay there. The closest Four Seasons hotel to me is The Four Seasons Atlanta. So, when I heard about their “Holiday How-To Classes”, I put it on my to-do list. The Saturday afternoon 1 1/2 hour class was packed with great food and recipes, entertaining ideas and even new friends.
The class started with Executive Chef, Robert Gerstenecker, teaching us how to make Candied Pecans with only 3 ingredients. So easy and so good…
Chef Gerstenecker shared recipes that that make entertaining easy. He taught us how to prepare several crostini appetizers such as Pimiento Cheese, Chicken Liver Pate and a creative Red Pepper Dip. He demonstrated how to make Homemade Cheese Crackers which are only 5 ingredients (I couldn’t stop eating them).
He also proved that Kale Chips are so easy to make and delicious. Most of the women at my table had not tried kale chips before and were hooked.
Next, The Four Seasons Mixologist, Matthew Buckly, demonstrated how to make some holiday cocktails. Oh darn!
The Candy Cane Martini demonstration was hugely popular. (I’m so glad he gave us the recipe.)
Floral Designer, James Hurley, gave us a flower arranging 101. I need this desperately. We learned how to create the napkin holder (top picture above), how to make individual place cards with fresh herbs and raffia, and how to make a pretty table arrangement. We turned this (below)
into this (below).
When the class was over, I explored the hotel. Since it was too cold outside, I found the perfect spot for relaxation or a workout. This indoor pool was was the perfect place to warm up.
And who wouldn’t want to step into this this jacuzzi?
The Four Seasons Atlanta also is equipped with a great workout facility, and the locker rooms were fully equipped with sauna, steam and everything you could ever need.
If you had to decide which Italian landscape was the most typical, you’d have to choose the Marche…Italy, with its range of landscapes, is a distillation of the world; the Marche is a distillation of Italy” G. Piovene, Viaggio in Italia 1957
Okay. I am back in the USA. I left some of you hanging, and I do appreciate all of the emails looking for my posts. Unfortunately, I was so busy touring the region all week that I had no time to write a blog post. So here goes. My trip was centered around touring and learning about the Marche Region of Italy with several other professional journalists from the U.S. The Marche region lies on the Eastern side of Italy between the Adriatic Sea and the high Apennine mountains.
We began in Milan to attend a press conference at the Four Seasons to hear about the exciting new tourism campaign on the Marche Region of Italy with President Gian Mario Spacca. They rolled out their tourism campaign featuring Dustin Hoffman as a spokesperson to promote tourism in the area. Here are some other looks at this spectacular region.
If you’re in Milan you must visit a breathtaking site, Cathedral Duomo. It took over 500 years to build, and it’s the fourth largest cathedral in Europe and second largest Catholic cathedral in the world. Here, you get a view of Milan. I took the steps to the top, of course.
There is so much more, so I thought I would take it one day at a time. Stay tuned…More to come….