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
New Courses!Every year we add a new course: here are the two new courses that you may not about yet. Our new Bici (Bicycle) / Vino / Cucina course at the castle. Imagine going for a bicycle ride among the olive groves in Southern Italy, only to round a corner to see that the staff has […]Read more
Angelo our fishmonger al castelloAngelo's shop is still decorated the way you might decorate a sleeper car on a train or your bed in a military barracks: a crucifix, an old picture of a long-gone relative, a cheap trinket with a private story.Read more
Mario our butcher al castello‘I have it in the blood’, he says, his face registering both senses. ‘My father started teaching me when I was 15. He learned from his father, my paternal grandfather. There was a time when I thought about going into police work….. - Read more
peaches in primitivoCome summer here in Puglia, each of us of develops a strategy for keeping cool. For me it most often involves a 150 year old stoneware vessel kept the bottom of the refrigerator all through the summer months. In it you’ll find peaches in primitivo, the two mingling until the peaches are as black as […]Read more
Culinary vacations at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, offer more than just cookery courses in Puglia, Italy: each cooking vacation gives our students the ability to cook like an Italian for a week, following Pugliese recipes, cooking with locally sourced food, making pasta by hand and drinking wine from the Salento. The perfect Italian cooking holiday includes the healthy, yet succulent dishes of the Mediterranean Diet.