September 26 - October 2, 2021


Group Size: 10 - Booking Window Closed

Savoring Sicily with Chef Elizabeth Falkner

tasting notes


Join celebrated Chef Elizabeth Falkner for a culinary voyage through the ancient flavors of Eastern Sicily, from the coastal recipes of Catania and volcanic vines of Mount Etna to the garden bounty of the Val di Noto. Together we’ll sip the very best from Carricante to Frappato, shop for the freshest catch in an age-old fisherman’s

market, and uncover the savory secrets of Sicilian street food. We will learn the artistry of Sicilian pastry making from an expert, and sample the finest contemporary creations from Michelin-starred chefs, while appreciating the iconic ingredients of the island, from Pomodori di Pachino and fresh Ricotta to Tonno and Pistachio.


September 26 – October 2, 2021

7 Days/6 Nights

Limited to 10 Spots

$5,990/per person, based on double occupancy*

$7,490/per person, based on single occupancy *

*Airfare not included

A taste of what we'll be savoring

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What's Included

  • Elegant stays with gourmet spirit including five-star Monaci delle Terre Nere & four-star Gagliardi Boutique Hotel
  • Full-time assistance of a Palatum Host 
  • All ground transportation from start to finish 
  • Select touring with local guides & epicurean experts
  • Daily breakfast
  • Seasonally inspired lunches & dinners showcasing regional wines 
  • Exclusive dining at awarded gastronomic restaurants
  • Hands-on cooking experiences highlighting heritage recipes
  • Signature winery visits & tastings at storied producers 
  • Culinary immersions with acclaimed food artisans & organic farmers
  • Tastings of local delicacies unique to each region
  • Engaging cultural activities & all associated tickets/entrance fees
  • Palatum Welcome Package in advance of departure

meet the tastemaker

meet the tastemaker


Celebrated chef, Elizabeth Falkner was born in San Francisco, grew up in Los Angeles and moved and worked her way up in kitchens in San Francisco in the 1990’s through 2011. She has owned and opened several restaurants in SF and then as an executive chef in New York through 2014. Today she does recipe development and consults and collaborates on numerous products and brands. She is an inspiring public speaker appearing across the country as well as in Canada, Spain and China.

She relentlessly cooks and raises money for charity events and food festivals all over. Falkner does both savory and sweet, traditional and modern. She is an advocate for people and chefs to think more like athletes and “stay fit to cook”. After playing soccer for 28 years, she picked up sword fighting fitness and martial arts, yoga, pilates and running distance races. She ran the NY Marathon in 2016 for Team For Kids. In May 2019 Falkner rode 300 miles in Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry raising money for kids and will do it again in Bend, Oregon in 2021.

Cooking competitions are a favorite “sport” for Chef Falkner. She has appeared on over 40 of the television cooking competition programs on Food Network, Cooking Channel, and Bravo, NBC, as well as made appearances on many other shows. She has appeared in many food magazines, and has received multiple awards, as well as a nomination for a James Beard Award (2005). Falkner was a long time member and on the board of directors who served as the president of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs from April 2014 to April 2015 and in January 2019 through January 2020 when she and the board voted to evolve into a division of the Womens’ Leadership Programming at the Beard Foundation.

A graduate from San Francisco Art Institute with a BFA in film, Falkner has produced two short films with food themes in 2018; “Food Games-Sustainability” which she also hosted, and a documented performance piece called “Croquembouche Samurai” she performed at SoHo House in NYC. Currently, Falkner is in the process of hosting and co-producing a documentary about the state of the restaurants and chefs during the fallout from the Covid pandemic.

sumptuous stays


A chic wine country retreat nestled along the bucolic foothills of Mount Etna, Monaci delle Terre Nere is a five-star feast for the senses brilliantly blending classic Sicilian charm and contemporary design.


An elegant four-star palazzo in the heart of historic Noto, Gagliardi Boutique Hotel offers an idyllic setting from which to appreciate the Baroque splendors of the city.

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