a culinary Love Story

Tuscany, Italy

August 8 - 15, 2019

A Culinary Love Story

A Culinary Love Story was a getaway that took place from August 8th – August 15th, in Tuscany, Italy with  MasterChef’s first ever vegan winner, Dino Luciano.

Dino walked us through the process of transforming classic Italian dishes into delicious plant-based alternatives using fresh, traditional ingredients and local produce.  

We bonded, learned, connected and grew while visiting vineyards, relaxing at the spa, wandering through the streets of Cinque Terre and living as a family in a historic villa on the Italian country side. 

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A Culinary Love Story 2019 Recap

Getaway Highlights

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This Getaway will include 3 meals per day from Dino's amazing library of plant-based recipes that we will cook together! A classic Italian breakfast followed by two additional meals ranging from pizza and pasta, to pool side BBQs.

villa medicea di lilliano


While it’s important to learn and grow, it’s equally as important to relax and let all of the amazing things we’re experiencing sink in. There will be lots of time to connect, hang out, lounge by the pool and reflect on all of our new culinary skills.

Sunset in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre National Park, Italy


It is very important to us that we spend time learning about Tuscany's rich history - including that of the very historical villa we'll be living in! Our excursions will also be rich in culture, information, fun, not to mention delicious vegan Tuscan wine!

Food from Dino's Plant-Based Menu

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About The Experts

Amanda Persi


As a PR and event management expert, Amanda has over 15 years of experience working with everyone from Lady Gaga to Kendrick Lamar, to entrepreneurial groups, to corporate teams, and everyone in between! As the Getaway Co.’s founder, it is her mission to provide compassionate people who follow a plant-based diet with life-changing travel experiences and opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise get to enjoy. Having planned events and getaways in North America, Europe and Asia, Amanda is The Getaway Co’s go-to inspiration captain!

A Culinary Love Story Tuscany, Italy 2019


Obsessed with the pursuit of perfection, Dino Angelo Luciano presents his heart on a plate. From a young age, Dino spent countless hours in the kitchen learning, or as his grandmother called it “training to feed a large Sicilian army”. This gave him the expertise to compete nationally, winning the title of MasterChef USA in 2017 as the first ever vegan chef. Driven by his dream of feeding the world, Dino has a determination and obsession to elevate his craft. He believes that collaboration is integral to his ultimate goal of sharing the love of cooking with everyone.

Our Beautiful Italian Villa

Medici Villa of Lilliano Wine Estate

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Calendar Of Events


August 8
2:00pm Check In +
Get Comfortable
6:00pm Wine Aperitif
7:00pm Welcome Dinner + Party


August 9
9:00am Breakfast
12:30pm Poolside BBQ
5:00pm Start cooking with Dino!
7:00pm Family Dinner


August 10
9:00am Breakfast
10:00am Depart for wine tasting!
12:00am Lunch @ Vineyard
7:00pm Family Dinner


August 11
9:00am Breakfast
10:00am Trip to the market
12:00am Lunch time cooking tutorial
7:00pm Family Dinner


August 12
9:00am Breakfast
Cinque Terre Day (with lunch)
5:00pm Return to Villa 7:00pm Family Dinner


August 13
9:00am Breakfast
10:00am Trip to the market
12:00pm Lunch time cooking tutorial
7:00pm Family Dinner


August 14
9:00am Breakfast
10:00am Guided tour of Florence with lunch 5:00pm Return to Villa
7:00pm Final Family Dinner


August 15
9:00am Breakfast 11:00am Check Out

Calendar of events subject to change.

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