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The Birth of Our Extra Virgin

After years of refilling plastic water bottles with our own extra virgin for the students that wanted to take some home, we decided to begin to bottle our own oil. So how difficult of a process is that? Here is a short film about it: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lT9Ws88Azc[/embed]   To learn more about our olive course (where you'll learn to cook with, pick and press the...

My FIAT 500

If you've been to the school - in Lecce or at the castle, then you already know, even, most likely, had your picture taken with her. Two minutes about love in Italy [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWCY0c4eZk0[/embed] We're about to add 4 new courses in 2017 but here is our currently published calendar. Don't see the dates you'd like, send us a note but hitting 'return' on...

Visiting Tikal at Sunset

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, etc). Here is a video about it. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqnWjxczbP0[/embed] Please...

3 new films about food and wine

We'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: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzYVk5qnZFA[/embed] About foraging for wild poppies with a professore di agrarian studies: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlXKcFO4r9E[/embed] A dreamy one about the most beautiful Salentina that...

short subject films

We 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, with so much to learn, all...

bicycle / food / wine

Twice, 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 only downside?  All of the hours...

our school next year

What 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 launched our bicycle / cooking...

December in Lecce, Italy

Our 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 in the summer. Winter, everything just...