Silvestro Salento

in praise of smaller fish‘Eat widely and… small-ly’, would be our school’s sustainability argument when it comes to fish, living and working as we do between two sub-seas that make up the Mediterranean. Most of of us only really eat one or two kinds of fish for years at a time, and even then they are often too ‘big’ […]Read more
Food photography course  If you have been following us for any length of time you may know that we add a new course each year and this year we’re partnering with Quentin Bacon, the Australian food photographer, who has shot, well, cookbooks for just about everyone that is anyone (Michelle Obama, Mario Batali, Ina Gartner, Donna Hay, […]Read more
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3 new films about food and wineWe’ve really cannonballed into filmmaking, and here are our first 3. There is so much to learn, even if we are still pretty proud of our first efforts. About il pancotto, one of those dishes eaten widely inside of Italy, almost never outside: About foraging for wild poppies with a professore di agrarian studies: A […]Read more
short subject filmsWe need your help! But more about that in a second. We’ve jumped back into short subject filmmaking once again, after minoring in it at university (my scurrying fingers just stopped on the keyboard, mid-keystroke upon figuring the math on how long ago that was, exactly).  What’s new this time is that everything is digital, […]Read more
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bicycle / food / wineTwice, I bicycled the length of Italy (once 34 days, the second, 31). And 9 times I bicycled from Marsala to Lecce (from 6 to 10 weeks). There is no better way to learn about the food and wine of a place quite like bicycling the terrain between the vineyards, restaurants and olive groves. The […]Read more
our school next yearWhat does 2016 have in store for our little food and wine school in Puglia? It’s never easy to predict but we are getting better at it. And with our students coming from 46 different countries (as above,  Ursula from Switzerland and Hans from Germany), the trends are bound to be global. Last year we […]Read more
December in Lecce, ItalyOur December courses In a recent interview I was asked, after summers, when is the best time to visit Puglia. My reply was this: come in the winter and if you can’t do that come in the spring and if you can’t do that come in the Autumn and if you can’t do that come […]Read more
Olive oil and Children, Olive you      In the last few weeks I’ve been involved in teaching local children all about the world of olive oil, from picking, pressing to storing and eating the stuff. Most of the time my face has ached, the fee paid for smiling so much. Who would have guessed that children’s beach toys would […]Read more
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