Over the past three years one of the highlights of "La Dolce Vita" has been our cooking lesson, and for this "Where Women Cook" and "Where Women Create" edition we will be expanding our culinary activities. For 2017 we are excited to present one "Food & Wine" workshop, one "Celebration of the Simple Foods of Tuscany" workshop and one "Hand Tossed Pizza" mini-lesson during our time together. Won't you join us as we delve deeper into the food culture of Italy.
Our "Food & Wine" lesson will take place at the breathtakingly beautiful estate Anqua, which is approximately 40 minutes from our home base.
Hosted by Carolyn's friends Giovanna Hipting and Count Andrea d'Elci (yes, he's true royalty!), this day will be inspirational, educational, and a feast for your senses!
Our lesson will revolve around fresh, organic seasonal foods as we make a 4 course meal, including antipasto, first course, second course and a dessert. The lesson will take approximately 4 hours involving both a teaching component and participation in the preparation of the meals. Once the meal is prepared, we will sit down together to enjoy the fruits of our labor.
The food component of the lesson will be helmed by Chef Filippo Saporito, a local chef and restauranteur. His restaurant, "La Leggenda dei Frati" is located in Villa Bardini overlooking Florence and he has also been commissioned to cater private meals for the 'who's who' of the city. Chef Filippo is also a member of "Jeunes Restaurateurs d'Europe", an association of young restaurateurs. The chefs of JRE combine high-quality culinary craftsmanship with passion for the European gastronomy and the local traditions and produce. They are uniquely versed in the innovative and inventive art of cooking, while still honoring the food traditions of the past. Not only does Chef Filippo come to us with this extensive pedigree, but he combines his culinary knowledge with sharp wit, and a ready smile!
To complement Chef Filippo's lunch dishes, we will have sommelier Luigi Pizzolato on hand to lead an introduction to the wines of the Tuscan region while he pairs each of our lunch courses with a different wine. Prepare to leave the lesson with a knowledge of the different grapes and wines of Tuscany. There will be beverage options available for those who prefer not to drink alcoholic beverages.
Our second culinary lesson will be a "Celebration of the Simple Foods of Tuscany" with cookbook author and food blogger Giulia Scarpaleggia. Concentrating on simple recipes made with common ingredients, Giulia's love for the foods typical of this region of Italy is infectious.
I'll let Giulia tell you a bit about herself: "My name is Giulia, I am a 34 year old food writer and photographer. I teach Tuscan cooking classes in the countryside and I am currently writing my fifth cookbook.
I am born and bred in Tuscany. I live in the house that my family built in the countryside between Siena and Florence with my partner Tommaso and my Maremmano sheep dog, Noa.
It has been hard to find my place in the world, but then I discovered that my place was actually at home, in the Sienese countryside, writing about the food of my land and teaching other people to cook it. Looking back, there was a constant in my life: a passion for food and cooking since I was a little girl.
In February 2009 I started my blog, Juls’ Kitchen, to give voice to this passion. Working daily on the blog I learnt to express my love for food with words and images.
In January 2012 I turned my passion into a job: I am now a freelance food writer, I develop recipes for magazines and companies and I teach Tuscan cooking classes to people coming from all over the world to cook genuine home food."
Our final culinary exploration will be a demonstration of hand tossed pizza cooked in a traditional wood-burning pizza oven. For those who are interested, you will be able to try your hand at this quintessentially Italian dish.