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Kathy Bechtel
Works at Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine
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Our cycling excursions and walking tours through Tuscany visit many of this lovely regions more prestigious wine zones. One of our favorite destinations – both for its stunning hilltop location, and the picturesque vineyards that surround it, is…
Our cycling excursions and walking tours through Tuscany visit many of this lovely regions more prestigious wine zones. One of our favorite destinations – both for its stunning hilltop locati…
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Insalata di Barbabietola con Mele e Formaggio di Capra - Beet, Apple and Goat Cheese Salad

One of my Christmas gifts this year was Lidia Bastianich’s new cookbook, “Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine”.  This is a great addition to my library of Italian cookbooks, with a comprehensive overview of ingredients and techniques. Of course,…
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One of my Christmas gifts this year was Lidia Bastianich’s new cookbook, “Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine”. This is a great addition to my library of Italian cookbooks, with a compreh…
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Our guest post on bike touring in Italy was just published on Adventure Cycling blog. Some recommendations and helpful tips for your next Italy tour!
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Another regional recipe from our favorite chef from Sudtirol, Michael Seehauser. Michael has worked with several of our groups during our hiking tours and cycling excursions in Trentino-Alto Adige, and we’re including a class with him next season on our…
Another regional recipe from our favorite chef from Sudtirol, Michael Seehauser. Michael has worked with several of our groups during our hiking tours and cycling excursions in Trentino-Alto Adige,…
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Enjoying an afternoon wine tasting with a plate of bruschette is the perfect way to relax after a day of cycling in Tuscany!
Enjoying an afternoon wine tasting with a plate of bruschette is the perfect way to relax after a day of cycling in Tuscany. But what exactly is bruschetta - it seems to take on many forms here in ...
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Paarlbrot - Traditional Bread from the Venosta Valley

The first few days of our Bike the Wine Roads of Trentino-Alto Adige tour is spent in the lovely Val Venosta, or Vinschgau Valley. This is the upper part of the Adige river valley, running west to east from the Reschen Pass to Merano. A well-maintained…
The first few days of our Bike the Wine Roads of Trentino-Alto Adige tour is spent in the lovely Val Venosta, or Vinschgau Valley. This is the upper part of the Adige river valley, running west to …
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Nestled within picturesque green hills lies Bolzano, Italy – the capital of Alto Adige/Sudtirol, and the gateway to the Dolomites. It’s an easy destination to get to, with its own airport, or a couple of hours drive or train ride from Venice to the south,…
Nestled within picturesque green hills lies Bolzano, Italy – the capital of Alto Adige/Sudtirol, and the gateway to the Dolomites. It’s an easy destination to get to, with its own airport, or…
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Christmas Cookies - Holiday Treats Inspired by our Italy Adventures

Our Italiaoutdoors cycling and hiking tours bring us to many regions in Italy, each with its own unique culinary and holiday traditions. Here are a few Christmas cookie recipes I’ve developed over the years to recapture the flavors of my Italy adventures…
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Winding our way through southern Tuscany by bicycle, we arrive in the hill town of Montepulciano. Situated between the Val di Chiana and the Val d’Orcia, and offering views of Lake Trasimeno to the...
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We'll be enjoying big plates of pici pasta soon, on our next Bike the Wine Roads tour in Tuscany! An easy pasta to make in your own kitchen, no special equipment needed.
Recipes from Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine - creator of custom bike, hike, walk and ski adventures in Italy. Small group, owner/expert led. The Best of Italy -
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Owner and Culinary Director of Italiaoutdoors USA
Employment
  • Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine
    Owner/Culinary Director, 2010 - present
  • Bell Labs
    Member Technical Staff, 1984 - 1995
  • Stout Technologies
    CEO, 1995 - 1997
  • Applied Micro Circuits Corporation
    Solutions Architect, 1997 - 2004
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Massachusetts, Maine
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Newburyport, MA - Needham, MA - Sugarloaf, ME - St. Davids, PA
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Introduction
Kathy Bechtel is Owner and Culinary Director of Italiaoutdoors, a small guide service that creates unique active (bike, ski, hike) tours in Northern Italy. Kathy is a culinary school graduate, has WSET wine certification, teaches cooking classes in Italian cuisine, and hosts a TV cooking show on WSKI-TV. She is also an avid biker, hiker, and PSIA certified ski instructor on staff at Sugarloaf, ME. Visit her web site at www.italiaoutdoorsfoodandwine.com, and her food and wine blog, www.chefbikeski.com.
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BS Math/Physics and MBA Boston College, MSEE RPI, Cambridge School of Culinary Arts Graduate, Validictorian, WSET Wine Certification, Host of TV cooking show on WSKI-TV Sugarloaf, ME. PSIA certified ski instructor
Education
  • Boston College
    Math/Physics/MBA, 1978 - 1991
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    MSEE, 1982 - 1984
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Bike Touring in Italy
www.adventurecycling.org

Experience Italy by escaping the main tourist routes and exploring the countryside as the Italians do — by bicycle.

Exploring Tuscany - Montepulciano
www.chefbikeski.com

Winding our way through southern Tuscany by bicycle, we arrive in the hill town of Montepulciano. Situated between the Val di Chiana and the

Secrets Behind a Great Bruschetta
www.chefbikeski.com

Enjoying an afternoon wine tasting with a plate of bruschette is the perfect way to relax after a day of cycling in Tuscany. But what exactl

Exploring the Olive Orchards of the Colli Berici | Italian Food, Wine, a...
www.chefbikeski.com

Food and Wine with Italiaoutdoors - creator of unique cycling, hiking, walking and ski tours in Italy. Small groups, owner/expert led. The B

The Prosciutto of Montagnana | Italian Food, Wine, and Travel
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Touring Italy with Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine - creator of custom cycling, hiking, walking and ski tours. Small group, owner/expert led. T

Tiefenbrunner – Wonderful Wines from Alto Adige | Italian Food, Wine, an...
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Wines from Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine - creator of unique bike, walk, hike and ski tours in Italy. Small group, owner/expert led. The Best

Pappardelle con Carciofi e Gamberi - Pappardelle with Artichokes and Shr...
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Recipes from Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine - creator of unique bike, ski, walk and hike tours in Italy. Small groups, owner/expert led. The B

Gratin di Porri – Leek Gratin | Italian Food, Wine, and Travel
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My Favorite Lunch in Venice – Spaghetti di Nero | Italian Food, Wine, an...
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Frittelle al Radicchio Rosso di Treviso – Radicchio Fritters | Italian F...
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Recipes from Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine - creator of unique bike, hike, walk and ski adventures in Italy. Small groups, owner/expert led.

Basics of Italian Wine – What’s in this bottle? | Italian Food, Wine, an...
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While browsing in any US liquor store in the Italian wine section, I often see other shoppers totally mystified by the label on a bottle of

Biscotti di Marroni - Chestnut Biscotti | Italian Food, Wine, and Travel
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Recipes from Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine - creator of unique bike, walk, hike and ski tours in Italy. Small group, owner/expert led. The Be

Ossobuco alla Milanese | Italian Food, Wine, and Travel
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Cassoeula - Braised Pork and Cabbage from Lombardia | Italian Food, Wine...
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Recipes from Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine - creator of unique bike, ski and hike adventures in Italy. Small groups, owner/expert led. The Be

Gnocchi alla Ricotta Su Pure di Zucca - Ricotta Gnocchi on Pumpkin Puree...
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Recipes from Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine - creator of unique bike, ski and walking adventures in Italy. Small groups, owner/expert led. The

Cantina Rotaliana - Teroldego Rotaliana Wine from Trentino | Italian Foo...
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Recipes from Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine - creator of unique bike, walk, ski, hike tours in Italy. Small group, owner/expert led. The Best

Strudel di Funghi - Mushroom Strudel | Italian Food, Wine, and Travel
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Recipes from Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine - creator of unique bike, walk, and ski adventures in Italy. Small groups, owner/expert led. The B

Semifreddo di Pesche ed Amaretti - Peach and Amaretti Semifreddo | Itali...
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Recipes from Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine - creator of unique bike, ski and hike adventures in Italy. Small groups, owner/expert led. The Be

Caponata Griglia - Grilled Caponata | Italian Food, Wine, and Travel
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Recipes from Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine - creator of unique bike, hike and ski adventures in Italy. Small group, owner/expert led. The Bes

Aperol Spritz | Italian Food, Wine, and Travel
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Recipes from Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine: creator of unique bike, hike and ski adventures in Italy. Small groups, owner/expert led. The Bes