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Our 15th anniversary!


15th Anniversary at the Castle

It’s time to Celebrate!

And here in Italy, the word for ‘feast’ and ‘holiday’ are the same word. For our 15th birthday, we’re dedicating ourselves to learning, cooking, eating, drinking and celebrating 15 dishes that are larger than life.

We’ll still make local fresh pasta from scratch nearly every meal, learn about how we make our extra virgin and how to taste it critically. You’ll master Mediterranean vegetable cookery and learn more about the wine of Puglia than you would have thought possible in just a week.


Kitchen CastleBut the foundation of the week is intentional excess.

Why? Because we still remember those early, hungry days of our school when we first opened 15 years ago.  And in honour of them, we’ll intentionally make double and triple of everything we’ll need and give it all away to the local elderly, especially those that don’t get out as much as they used to. We’ll fill their stomachs, refrigerators and freezers, keeping your visit sweet in their minds for years to come.

We’ll make a polpettone longer than you are. We’ll roast a pig. We’ll grill 25 kilos of mussels using only pine needles and a case of grappa. We’ll make focacce for the entire town. We’ll fill a wheelbarrow with the fig crostate (country-style torts) that we together and walk it around town, pass them out to the elderly.

If you’d like to learn a lot, have great stories to tell your friends back home,  all while giving back to the community (literally, giving Italian food to Italian people), then this might be the class for you.

If not, maybe we’ll see you ’30′.

The Logistics at a Glance.

Where: At the Castle, an hour south of Lecce.

When: October 8th-13th, 2018.

Taught in: English.

Where you sleep: at the Castle. 95 € a single / 110 € a double

How much? 1995 Euro.

Best way to arrive, depart, maximise your time with us: Everything is spelled out in our Student Services. You’ll be given access about booking.

Who thrives: Anyone seeking an excuse to learn a lot, while feasting like Norse overlords.

Who doesn’t: Those seeking quiet contemplation. This is going to be loud.


What do Insiders Know About Getting the Most Out of Southern Italy?

Find out, with our free 20-page guide to the food, wine, language, extra virgin, as well as insider travel tips. If you want to fall in love with this part of the world, you’ll need to to know a few things first. What’s worth visiting? What isn’t? And what should you be eating and drinking along the way.