Sicily stole my heart over 20 years ago when I stepped off the ferry in Messina for the first time. As I traveled across the island it opened my eyes and my heart with its breathtaking wild beauty, endless bounty of the land and sea and the authentic warmth of its people. Sicily made me realize that it is sitting down together at The Farmhouse Table, the common experience of sharing a meal or a glass of wine, that gives us an awareness of how this dialogue links us all together. The Farmhouse Table was created to share my love of Sicily with you. For the last 15 years I've had the pleasure of hosting small groups from the U.S and Europe a distinguished private tour guide of Sicily, while achieving an even greater appreciation of this unique place for myself.
"During my first trip to Sicily I fell in love with the land,
traditions and of course, the food."
-Cynthia Nicholson, lead guide
Wherever in the world she travels, Cynthia Nicholson loves seeking out individual food artisans, farmers, and chefs- people who care about food, how it was made or raised and the story behind it. She admires the history and tradition of peasant food, dishes and ingredients that have been prepared the same way for centuries, and the food that springs directly from regional cultures and cuisine.
She grew up on the Gulf coast of Alabama in a coastal farming region and was raised in a tradition of fresh, seasonal cooking. Her love of food has taken her on many adventures including cooking on yachts in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, serving as Food Editor of Country Living and Real Simple magazines, and teaching cooking classes around the country.
" I love to share the culture of my people with those who
love it as much as I do. "