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Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Puglia

26 Cups of Espresso

How hard was it to set up an ecommerce platform, able to send our Extra Virgin Olive Oil around the world? You wouldn’t believe me if I told you but it was 26 cups of coffee. And weeks of time passed between them. Everything in Southern Italian happens over Espresso. Want to get an estimate to fix your car? Let’s...

Winter Reading Books

Italian Cookery Books: Winter Reading

'Soprapeso', said the counteragent, without even looking up from reading my ticket. 'Overweight'. My cheeks started to sting with embarrassment, as I had indeed packed it on while travelling over the holidays. And then I realised that she was referring to my four oversized bags, each bulging at its zippers. When I first started the research for our new The Jewish...

Coming Back

A check mark by the name means they have already been to the school once before, where as an underline means that they have been more than once, and there was a lot of blue ink on the page. We were boarding the private coach for the castle and half of the group- 11 out of 22- were returning students....

Coming back to Puglia

We all met under the arch of Porta Napoli, about to load up our luggage to head down to the castle for the week. I knew we had returning students but it wasn’t until I actually looked over their faces did I realise how many. Over half.  A lump formed in my throat that I couldn't swallow away. Maybe it's just a...

Food & Travel Magazine

Lately, it seems that food and wine journalism has taken a strange turn. Or It might be that it’s always been strange,  and it’s just that I’m new to it. Or that my perception is peculiar, as I’m in this odd position of being on both sides of the industry, both producing the ink on the page and finding my...

Week Lonk Cooking Course Castle

Our New Website and Resource Centre

'Most of the code is having tremendous age that I am not seeing since my training', said the sympathetic Indian voice over the line. We were discussing updating our site, which I'd learn slowly over the course of the phone call, would be like repairing a old VHS player. And one that was first made out behind the house, cobbled together...

Whom You’ll meet in Lecce

‘Cultivate your relationships with those that produce and sell you your food. Few have more ability to directly affect your quality of life’. To meet these people, book a course in our Lecce school. Next week, whom you’ll meet at the castle. To our calendar To our YouTube channel Or just say hello by hitting ‘respond’....

Our 15th birthday, October 8th-13th, 2018

our 15th anniversary Quindici! The paint was still wet on two walls. We forgot about a minor holiday and our market was closed. We prayed that no one asked anything too specific about wine. It was 2003 and our school had just opened. And we knew so little, so little in fact that it would take us years to find out, just...

Jewish cooking in Italy

Our cooking school has always been in the former Jewish ghetto of Lecce, a fact that often troubles those on a first visit to Italy. (Those that know Italy well often point out our school’s location as in the ghetto, even before I say it). And it comes up a lot around the Southern Italy, not only the Jewish contribution to...

Jan’s Birthday Week

Just when we think we understand who comes to our school and why (54 countries and counting, by the way), there is a new twist: a week-long destination birthday party. ‘I knew I wanted to do something big for my 60th, and Italy always tops my list’, says Jan from Colorado. ‘I decided, put it out there to my friends and...