Category Archives: Corporate Events

Michele Berlendis joins MaMa Florence as the resident Chef


MaMa Florence
is excited to announce the arrival of Michele Berlendis as the new resident chef.

Michele was born and grew up in Tuscany where he attended hotel school and during the weekends worked in a restaurant in his local town, where his passion for the kitchen was born.

His first significant experience in the kitchen was working with chef Filippo Saporito, who he considers his maestro. Together at ‘La Leggenda dei Frati’ Restaurant Michele refined his skill and experience.

He then moved to Berlin where he lived for many years working in the best Italian restaurant in the city ‘Boccadibacco’ . Also ,collaboration with other chef friends , ran the successful ‘Caffe Pfoertner’.

Michele’s approach to cooking is dynamic, he is passionate about experimenting with simple flavours and tastes reinterpreting them with imagination and flair.

Returning to Italy after the birth of his daughter, together with his partner they ran a restaurant in Umbria on an organic farm. During his time managing the restaurant Michele learnt to appreciate the importance of freshly grown produce and it’s seasonality.

Michele is now settled in Florence and is excited to share what he has learnt with the guests of MaMa Florence. He looks forward to teaching and sharing his personal experiences with those keen to learn some traditional Italian recipes, ready to try them  back home again for friends and family.

MaMa Florence offers a variety of cooking courses from Pasta, Pizza, Vegetarian, Meat, Fish, Desserts and more.
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Meeting Events in Northern Italy’s Franciacorta for Top Management

Here’s an idea for your next Top Management meeting in Northern Italy proposed by Le Baccanti Tours and Events!

Where: Franciacorta Wine Region (about an hour from Milan, Italy). This area is famous for its beautiful sparkling wine producing region.
Lodging: Relais & Chateaux L’Albereta, 5-Star Resort that offers  maximum comfort in a picturesque setting.
Venue: All teambuilding activities are held within the highly rated restaurant of chef Gualtiero Marchesi.

Day 1: Arrival and check-in at L’Albereta
13.00 Welcome lunch
14.00 Meeting in a private room, including coffee breaks
18.00 Conclusion
20.00 Dinner in a private room at the restaurant of Chef Gualtiero Marchesi with a Wine Challenge Dinner, led by Filippo Bartolotta.

Day 2:
9.00 Meeting with morning coffee break
13.00 Buffet-style lunch
14.00 Early afternoon meeting
16.00 Conclusion and departure

To customize and book your corporate event in Italy please CONTACT US.

Le Baccanti Tours is a luxury travel and event company located in Tuscany, Italy. We have been specializing in gourmet food, wine and cultural activities in Italy for over 10 years. We pride ourselves on showing our discerning group of clients the authentic and beautiful Italy of their dreams.


Italian Horseback Riding or Trekking Adventures for Incentive Programs

Get your business group out of the office and into the beautiful and inspiration Italian countryside and see what they are made of. Le Baccanti offers incentive days filled with Italian fresh air and stunning scenery. We can take your group through the countryside either on horseback or trekking on foot to charming Chianti villages or on trails through the rolling verdant vineyards.
Whether you have a group or just a few horseback riding or trekking can add fun and excitement to your corporate event, even for beginners. The landscape certainly plays a vital role and the rolling hills of Tuscany is easily one of the best backdrops to your trekking or adventure on horseback!

Throughout the year, participants will discover the different colors and seasons of  the beautiful region of Tuscany, working in teams or simply enjoying the magnificent atmosphere!

Gourmet pit stops can be incorporated into your customized event either on foot or horseback, to satisfy your foodie guests so they discover local tastes and flavors of the countryside!

Le Baccanti Tours is a luxury travel company located in Tuscany, Italy. We have been specializing in gourmet food, wine and cultural tours of Italy for over 10 years. We pride ourselves on showing our discerning group of clients the authentic and beautiful Italy of their dreams.

Italian Incentive: Teambuilding Pasta Making Challenge!

The most popular teambuilding business incentive in Italy is an Italian cooking class and with good reason: Italian food is delicious and also fun to prepare. We at Le Baccanti are specialized in gourmet incentives and would like to propose a fun and lively Pasta Challenge cooking class for your next teambuilding event!

Guidelines for a Pasta Challenge

After being introduced to the game by the facilitator, and after a short demonstration by the chef, guests take place at their workstations and get their hands deep in some dough to begin the pasta making challenge.

Shapes, colors and types of pasta will be the main objective for the players, part of the challenge is to test everyone’s manual skills.
The final pasta shapes created by each team will be judged by the Italian chef and the event facilitator. Criteria will  be based on presentation, technique and of course edibility.

Benefits of a Pasta Challenge
This pasta making Team Building activity is perfect for highlighting leadership aptitude, the ability to work as a team and cooperation in order to achieve a  common goal.

Where to host a Teambuilding Pasta Challenge
The teambuilding Pasta Challenge incentive can be planned anywhere in Italy! Top venues in Italy include: a medieval castle in Chianti, the dining room of a private home, local cooking schools, or a charming restaurant or trattoria in the countryside. Based on the number of participants and the customer’s needs, we will find the perfect venue!

For over ten years Le Baccanti has provided the finest service in customized luxury cultural food & wine vacations and day tours in Tuscany and Italy. Our personalized services are recommended by BBC Travel, The Independent, Le Monde, The Telegraph and scores of satisfied wine, food and art lovers. For more information, visit the Corporate Events section of our website.