Culinary Concierge

private chef, concierge, Italy, cooking classes, tours

Who: ViaMedina is a culinary concierge service providing private chefs, cooking lessons, exclusive events, and interactive food and wine tours in and around Central Italy. 

ViaMedina is a culinary project, exploring ideas inside and out of the kitchen.  

Image courtesy of  Andrea di Giampasquale , the best photographer like, ever. 

Image courtesy of Andrea di Giampasquale, the best photographer like, ever. 

ViaMedina is a culinary project developed by Chef Mark Medina-Rios and his wife Ginger to bring their shared love of travel, writing and cooking together. Mark is a chef who has spent the last fifteen years travelling between his native England, the United States and now Italy and worked in Michelin starred kitchens. Ginger has done a bit of everything, travelling around the world and amassing a pretty handy skill set along the way. In 2013 we moved to Tuscania, a small town on the Lazio/Tuscany border to work on a farm and see what would happen. You can read a bit more about our strange and wonderful ride over at the blog

Since then we've learned how to grow our own food and how to take that food and make something wonderful from whatever we manage to get. More than that we learned that not only did we really like being around each other, we loved working together. Whether in a kitchen, a carrot patch or in front of a computer we inspire each other to do that thing we might not have done otherwise and whatever the outcome, we take those leaps together. 

Our blog is full of all of the random run ins, recipes and road trips that we take. We'll post recipes that Mark is working on, but sometimes they may be unfinished and in need of some audience participation. We will also post some longer writings about the history of food, of eating, or of cooking. Sometimes we might post videos of our cats, or a really good pun we've thought up. And we hope you'll do the same. Visit the blog here.