2-Day Program

This program provides an overview of seasonal cooking and specialties from the Northern Aegean with additional time to relax at the olive grove and discover local artisanal ingredients. Eating with the seasons is the best way to really appreciate nature’s bounty, while supporting local farmers, foragers, and food artisans.

Here on the Northern Aegean coast of Turkey, typical dishes often include ingredients like wild foraged herbs and greens, extra virgin olive oil, fresh cheeses, and thick tangy yogurt. Vegetables, grains, and fermented pantry items are highlighted with the addition of fresh seafood, meat, or legumes.

In the teaching kitchen at Cooks Grove, Chef Semsa Denizsel will lead guests through a hands-on cooking lesson and lunch after sourcing together the freshest seasonal ingredients from the local bazaar.

During the 2-day program, guests will enjoy meals at Cooks Grove, one hands-on cooking lesson, a visit to the farmers market on the island of Cunda, and a typical workman’s lunch in the town of Edremit.

Scheduled Dates: upon request
Duration: 2 days
Maximum: 12 participants

Meals listed in the itinerary and accommodations are included in this program. Airfare is not included in our programs, however, flights should be organized arriving/departing from the Balikesir Koca Seyit Airport (EDO) in Edremit, Turkey. Guests must provide their own transportation. Itineraries are subject to change based on weather conditions and scheduling adjustments.

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Sample Itinerary:

Airport pickups from EDO in Edremit + lunch together in town
Coffee break + visit to the local tahini and helva shop
Transfer back to Ayvalik to check-in to hotels
Afternoon break
Cocktails + Welcome dinner at Cooks Grove

Morning at the local bazaar to shop for ingredients
Light snacks and coffee/tea at Tas Kahve in Cunda
Hands-on Cooking Lesson + late lunch with Chef Semsa Denizsel at Cooks Grove
Free evening with recommendations for nearby restaurants

Morning coffee and light breakfast at Cooks Grove
Departures for EDO airport


A non-refundable 50% deposit is required to confirm your booking. The remaining balance is due 30 days before your scheduled arrival date.

All of our Teaching Kitchen programs will be taught in English, unless of course, we have a private group of Turkish-speaking guests. 

Airfare is not included in any of our programs, however, guests should plan their flights to/from the Balikesir Koca Seyit Airport (EDO) in Edremit, Turkey.


We will offer a 50% refund on the full payment, only if a written cancellation notice is received at least 30 days before your scheduled arrival date. If a request to cancel is received less than 30 days before your scheduled arrival date, no refund will be issued. 

Cooks Grove reserves the right to cancel any booking for any reason. If a booking needs to be cancelled on our end, we will notify you as soon as possible and a 100% refund will be issued.