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What is a Culinary Concierge?

ViaMedina is a private chef and culinary concierge service offering private dining, event planning, bespoke tours and cooking classes just outside of Rome, in Tuscania, Italy. 

Image courtesy of Andrea di Giampasquale, with great thanks. 

Image courtesy of Andrea di Giampasquale, with great thanks. 

 

What is a Culinary Concierge? 

One of our favourite movies is Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. It tells the story of M. Gustave and his loyal lobby boy Zero, as they navigate their way through an impossible series of events- at their most desperate times they have but one source to which they can turn, The Society of the Crossed Keys. An impeccably dressed, tight knit group of the most intrepid hotel concierges, who could spirit a wrongly accused yet nonetheless fugitive colleague off to a safe locale while all the while making dinner reservations for their most honoured guests. 

 
 
 

Just as 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' is a love letter to a bygone era, the concierge evokes the splendour of a grand hotel and the luxury of globe trotting bon vivants taking in the sights of foreign lands from behind oversized sunglasses. These days, our holidays are much more diffuse, and we all do a lot of the planning and wandering on our own. It's a great thing, don't get us wrong: when we travel we love exploring aimlessly and following our feet toward the next adventure (or hilarious mishap).

"How does one come by front row aisle seats for a first night at the Opera Toscana with one day's notice? How does one arrange a private viewing of the tapestry collection at the Royal Saxon Gallery? How does one secure a corner table at Chez Dominique on a Thursday?"

"How does one come by front row aisle seats for a first night at the Opera Toscana with one day's notice? How does one arrange a private viewing of the tapestry collection at the Royal Saxon Gallery? How does one secure a corner table at Chez Dominique on a Thursday?"

We first arrived in Italy on just such a lark, and more than three years later we've found some of the most incredible spots and secret corners in a corner of the country that is just beginning to get the notice it deserves. You see, in that expanse between Rome and Florence that is so often sped through on a leg of a great tour there are once in a lifetime experiences that guidebooks and travel sites may not even know about. We thought that all of the knowledge that we'd managed to build up was too good to not share so we dusted off our hospitality caps and decided to open doors that people might never have otherwise known existed. 

Our background is in food, and so our adventures almost always begin in the kitchen. So we're not quite concierges in the M. Gustave (though we'd kill for his style). Instead, we offer authentic experiences that are tailored to each guest with a focus on getting to know food in Italy a bit better. Thus, the culinary concierge was born to help make your holiday exactly what you want it to be. Our services page highlights just a few of our specialities but it doesn't end there: the more creative your request, the more fun it is for us to make it happen. 

We can still get you tickets to shows, or on trains, or have you meet a prince or two and if you need it, we might just be able to spirit you away to a monastery for a bit of relaxation (we don't really traffic in fugitives though). And don't worry, no question is too silly, too small or too strange. 

So grab those oversize sunglasses, and we'll get the Keys.