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Kathy Bechtel
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Wines for Thanksgiving - Pairing Italian Wines with your Turkey Feast

This uniquely American holiday embraces the same traditions as Italians keep during their numerous festivals and feast days – gathering family and friends to observe the day with a celebratory meal of dishes that reflect the history of their families and…
This uniquely American holiday embraces the same traditions as Italians keep during their numerous festivals and feast days – gathering family and friends to observe the day with a celebrator…
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Wines for Thanksgiving - Pairing Italian Wines with your Turkey Feast

This uniquely American holiday embraces the same traditions as Italians keep during their numerous festivals and feast days – gathering family and friends to observe the day with a celebratory meal of dishes that reflect the history of their families and…
This uniquely American holiday embraces the same traditions as Italians keep during their numerous festivals and feast days – gathering family and friends to observe the day with a celebrator…
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Sarde in Saor - Classic Venetian Cuisine

This July, we began a private walking tour in the magical city of Venice. Famous for its canals, the Republic of Venice has a fascinating history as a major maritime and economic power for hundreds of years. Exploring the history, and understanding how it…
This July, we began a private walking tour in the magical city of Venice. Famous for its canals, the Republic of Venice has a fascinating history as a major maritime and economic power for hundreds…
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Wines for Thanksgiving - Pairing Italian Wines with your Turkey Feast

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This uniquely American holiday embraces the same traditions as Italians keep during their numerous festivals and feast days – gathering family and friends to observe the day with a celebrator…
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Elena Walch Castel Ringberg - Amazing Wines in a Spectacular Setting

A favorite destination for our custom hiking tours and private bike tours in Italy is the region of Trentino Alto Adige. The terrain accommodates all types of cyclists or trekkers – from flat well maintained bike paths to some of the most challenging…
A favorite destination for our custom hiking tours and private bike tours in Italy is the region of Trentino Alto Adige. The terrain accommodates all types of cyclists or trekkers – from flat…
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Moeche Fritte - Fried Soft Shell Crabs of Venice

On our recent cooking class our hosts delivered a very special seasonal treat as we worked – a plate of hot moeche fritte, fried soft shell crabs. These unique crabs are a seasonal Venetian treat, as they are in the US. In Venice, they are referred to as…
On our recent cooking class our hosts delivered a very special seasonal treat as we worked – a plate of hot moeche fritte, fried soft shell crabs. These unique crabs are a seasonal Venetian t…
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Bistecca alla Fiorentina

A culinary highlight of our Tuscany cycling and walking tours is not necessarily what one would expect in Italy – an amazing steak dinner – Bistecca alla Fiorentina. A classic dish of this region, this thick cut large steak is grilled over a wood or…
A culinary highlight of our Tuscany cycling and walking tours is not necessarily what one would expect in Italy – an amazing steak dinner – Bistecca alla Fiorentina. A classic dish of t…
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Sarde in Saor - Classic Venetian Cuisine

This July, we began a private walking tour in the magical city of Venice. Famous for its canals, the Republic of Venice has a fascinating history as a major maritime and economic power for hundreds of years. Exploring the history, and understanding how it…
This July, we began a private walking tour in the magical city of Venice. Famous for its canals, the Republic of Venice has a fascinating history as a major maritime and economic power for hundreds…
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Brunelli Wines - Amarone and Valpolicella

This September, guests on our Bike the Amarone Wine Roads cycling tour enjoyed a private tour and tasting at a wonderful producer of Valpolicella wines, the Brunelli family. The Brunelli name has been closely connected to San Pietro in Cariano, a small…
This September, guests on our Bike the Amarone Wine Roads cycling tour enjoyed a private tour and tasting at a wonderful producer of Valpolicella wines, the Brunelli family. The Brunelli name has b…
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Peperoni con Capperi - Sauteed Peppers with Capers

Our Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine walking tours in Tuscany include daily explorations of the wonderful wines and traditional cuisine of the region. From private winery tours and tastings to cooking classes, we enjoy plenty of unique gourmet experiences as…
Our Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine walking tours in Tuscany include daily explorations of the wonderful wines and traditional cuisine of the region. From private winery tours and tastings to cooking …
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Quaglie con Ciliegie - Quail with Cherries

May and June is cherry season in Italy, and during our cycling tours we’ve been spotting cherry trees laden with fruit from Trentino down throughout the Veneto. I’ve written earlier about the renowned cherries of Marostica, but what makes the food scene…
May and June is cherry season in Italy, and during our cycling tours we’ve been spotting cherry trees laden with fruit from Trentino down throughout the Veneto. I’ve written earlier about the renow…
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Risotto con Gli Asparagi Bianchi - White Asparagus Risotto

Our spring season cycling and hiking tours in Italy coincide perfectly with Northeast Italy’s obsession with a favorite harbinger of spring – the prized white asparagus. From Bassano del Grappa and Cimadolmo in the Veneto, moving north to Zambana in…
Our spring season cycling and hiking tours in Italy coincide perfectly with Northeast Italy’s obsession with a favorite harbinger of spring – the prized white asparagus. From Bassano del Grap…
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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.
Bragging rights
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
Basic Information
Gender
Female
Work
Occupation
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
Places
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Currently
Massachusetts, Maine
Previously
Newburyport, MA - Needham, MA - Sugarloaf, ME - St. Davids, PA
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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
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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. 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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Recipes from Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine - creator of unique bike, hike, ski and walking adventures in Italy. Small groups, owner/expert le

My Favorite Lunch in Venice – Spaghetti di Nero | Italian Food, Wine, an...
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Recipes from Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine - creator of unique walking, bike, ski and hike tours in Italy. Small groups, owner/expert led. Th

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...
www.chefbikeski.com

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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Recipes from Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine - creators of customized private bike, walk, hike and ski tours in Italy. Small groups, owner/expe

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