Acclaimed Italian cookbook author, Domenica Marchetti, will be the instructor for our first ever workshop on canning and preserving in the Italian tradition. Italians are masters at the art of preserving the bounty of the seasons - summer's tomatoes and zucchini; September's peppers and figs; winter's citrus. Domenica has meticulously documented the recipes and techniques of Italian food artisans in her book, Preserving Italy: Canning, Curing, Infusing, and Bottling Italian Flavors and Traditions. In this one-of-a-kind workshop, we will spend five days in the glorious Tuscan countryside harvesting fruit and vegetables from La Fortezza's own organic garden and transforming them into jams, pickles, and other preserved foods. We will also hit the road and visit Parma for more culinary inspiration and ingredients (think Parmigiano-Reggiano and balsamic
vinegar. And we’ll meet a local food artisan who makes chestnut honey.

This workshop is for experienced cooks and preserving aficionados looking to expand their knowledge. It is also for those looking to delve into the wonderful world of preserves with one of the most accomplished recipe developers and experts on Italian cooking. 

This is a hands-on experience. You will learn to choose, prep, and process a variety of seasonal vegetables and fruits the Italian way. You will also learn how to make and store fresh pasta, and how to make and bottle sauce. There will also be an informative lesson on the many ways that Italians transform their food for safe keeping to enjoy later ~ from using ingredients such as salt, sugar, vinegar, and oil as preservatives to methods such as water-bath canning, pressure canning, and drying. Best of all, you will get to eat what you make, and bring it home, too. Be sure to leave room in your suitcase for your goods. We will also incorporate our preserves into our meals at La Fortezza ~ a stunning backdrop and the perfect place to learn this vital culinary art.

$3,400 shared rooms (nonrefundable initial deposit: $1,700 + remaining deposit due one month prior)

Fee includes breakfast, all lunches (excluding free day), some dinners, all instruction, and excursions. accommodations included preserving supplies will be provided. You will be taking your jars home so leave a little room in your suitcase, we will provide the packing materials for you.

Note: Airfare is not included. Students fly into nearest airport which is Pisa, Italy. you are responsible for transportation to and from the workshop to La Fortezza.

All attendees traveling from the United States are required to purchase short term international travel health insurance. Proof of travel insurance will be required to attend any workshop.

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