Terroir and Health in Sicily: a Food and Wine Course for Optimum Health
When: October 15th to 20th, 2011
Where: Sicily, Anna Tasca Lanza cooking school
What: 5-day Soil-to-Table Course, co-taught by a renown physician, chef, and vintner.
2.850 $ single occupancy
2.750 $ double occupancy
The French term “terroir” describes ecological factors which create a food or wine's flavor and nutrient profile. By dividing your time between terroir and kitchen, you will discover how the unique wine and food of Sicily's Regaleali region are linked to the well-being of local people and how your own terroir can optimally impact your health:
Day 1: Tour the grounds and garden. Harvest food for the night's cooking lesson and ensuing welcome feast.
Day 2: Our soil, ourselves. Learn about the links between seeds, soil, and personal health on the Regaleali land. Enjoy a cooking lesson unveiling the nutrition secrets in traditional recipes and food combinations.
Day 3: Culture and viniculture. Early morning hike (optional).Tour local vineyards and learn about authentic wine making traditions. Understand how these traditions impact the tastes and the nutritional value of wine.
Day 4: Sensory Sicily. Explore the region's artisans (mill, dairy, pastry shop, and/or market) to learn how these foods are part of a traditional diet. The evening cooking lesson will use products collected during our travels.
Day 5: Wild Sicily. Forage for native edible plants in the hills around Casa Vecchie to learn about their vital role in Sicilian health, cooking, and wine flavors of the region. Cooking lesson with feast.
Day 6: Living your Terroir. A discussion about how to integrate the week's lessons into your day-to-day lives.
Recipes and meal plans will be offered. Good-bye brunch.
To find out more or to register for the course, please e-mail
Cooking courses, wine tastings, and farm tours are be led by:
Fabrizia Lanza, renown chef/hostess of Anna Tasca Lanza cooking school, food writer, and author of Olive. Daphne Miller, MD, Integrative physician and Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF and author of The Jungle Effect. Andrew Mariani, 4th generation California farmer and award-winning vintner of Sonoma's Scribe Winery