Join me, Annette Joseph, cookbook author and food stylist, at La Fortezza Workshop in my little piece of Tuscan heaven in September. Not only is September my favorite time of year in Italy, but is it my birthday month, and the month we harvest the grapes in our vineyard. Needless to say, there is a lot to celebrate.
La Fortezza is located in the northwest corner of Italy known as the Lunigiana, a region lush with olive groves, and chestnut groves, dotted with undiscovered villages, and filled with delicious food experiences, food purveyors and organic farms that we eat from everyday.
During this food-forward workshop, you will visit our regional vineyards, including our own at La Fortezza. You will join in the grape harvest in the La Fortezza’s vineyard. You will tour a mother/daughter team of cheese makers at their remote micro factory, visit an Amaro liqueur laboratory, see how organic flour is milled, tour the dairy down the road and speak with a local baker that only bakes with chestnut flour, the preferred flour of the region.
Share this unique bounty with a gathering of like-minded foodies and be a part of this delectable experience. You will learn about the origin of our local foods as well as taste all the local products like chestnut honey, China Clementi Amaro and chestnut bread.
As we gather together each day, we will preserve from our kitchen garden and make homemade Limoncello. You will learn to make focaccia bread, chestnut fritters and chestnut and traditional pasta with locally milled chestnut flour all taught by locals, whose traditions have been handed down for generations.
You will truffle hunt and enjoy the fruits of the hunt with a 3 course truffle infused luncheon at a bucolic farm near the truffle forest. You will drink wine from our own vineyard, jar tomato sauce from our kitchen garden and make grape jam from our grapes. Make pizza in our outdoor forno, our pizza oven. See local slow-food certified Testaroli master craft this crepe like delicacy on the open fire in a special iron vessel made for the task only made in this part of Italy.
Join Annette and her local friends and purveyors to learn about the traditions and slow food movement of the region all while cooking, eating and enjoying aperitivo every evening on La Fortezza’s many spectacular terraces overlooking the vista of the Apennines mountain range. Eat Paniggaci (an Italian taco) by the fire while watching the Panigacci master make them on the open flames.
Hidden in the mountains, this amazing retreat location is not only filled with delicious food but irresistible secrets and stories about traditional fare. You’ll be amazed. If you’ve traveled Italy before, I promise you a very different Italian experience. Join us and see the real Italy in a part unknown. See Annette’s private Italy.
Grab this hands-on food experience and join us as we show you our unique and special undiscovered region of Italy.
This workshop is limited to 8 students, 2 shared rooms , 4 private rooms all rooms have their own bathrooms.
$3,200.00 (nonrefundable initial deposit: $1,600 + remaining deposit due one month prior)
This Workshop includes:
Snacks, water, soft drinks, espressos, cocktails and wine from our vineyard
Hands-on cooking classes with Annette, Workshop Chef Philip and local chefs\