Cooking in the Sicilian Countryside

SOLD OUT for 2020!

One of the USA’s most acclaimed chefs, Renee Erickson is a James Beard award-winning chef and owner of Sea Creatures Concept’s: The Whale Wins, The Walrus & the Carpenter, Barnacle, Bar Melusine, Bateau, and General Porpoise Doughnut & Coffee. Based in Seattle, Washington, her vision is filled with seasonal, personal menus which she will translate for the Sicilian landscape. Join her at Case Vecchie for a relaxed week highlighting the best of the local produce and her simply delicious cooking style.

May 25 – 30, 2020 with Renee Erickson


Single Room: €2,850
Double Room: €5,150

Costs include accommodation at Case Vecchie or one of the nearby cottages and indicated lessons, meals, wine, and excursions. Workshops mix together the best of many worlds. You will have access to special guests and activities that are outside of the typical Case Vecchie schedule. However, you can always plan on delicious meals with seasonal ingredients. Lunch and dinner are served with wines from the Tasca d’Almerita estate, and breakfast is a bounty of homemade cakes, jams and coffee, and tea. Typical meals and cooking lessons include three or four courses.

Example Program


Monday, May 25th: Arrival

3:00 to 5:00 pm: Check-in

7:30 pm: Welcome aperitivo and Sicilian style dinner


Tuesday, May 26th: Kitchen Garden Foraging

9:00 am: Bountiful breakfast with seasonal fruits and homemade jams

10:30 am: Lunchtime cooking lesson learning about local spring vegetables from the farm and the wild followed by lunch around the table.

2:30 pm: Afternoon to rest, and relax.

6:00 pm: Garden tour and evening walk with a glass of rose.

7:30 pm: Dinner at Case Vecchie.


Wednesday, May 27th: Cheese Day!

7:45 am: On the road to see local shepherd and cheese-maker perform his daily ritual of ricotta making. A picnic breakfast with tea, hot coffee and cakes included.

12:00 pm: Sicilian cheese tasting followed by a light lunch.

5:30 pm: Cooking meats and vegetables in a wood-fired oven followed by dinner.


Thursday, May 28th: Learning about Sicilian Wines

9:00 am: Leisurely breakfast.

10:30 am: A lesson of cooking whole fish, little fish and shellfish followed by lunch around the table.

4:00 pm: Wine tasting and tour of the Tasca D’Almerita cantina followed by dinner al fresco at Case Vecchie.


Friday, May 29th: Ancient Wonders

8:00 am: Breakfast and departure to Agrigento’s ancient “Valley of the Temples” where we will sightsee and picnic under the citrus groves.

4:00 pm: Return to Case Vecchie for a farewell cooking lesson on fritti, the perfect spritz, and dinner to follow with an amaro tasting.


Saturday, May 30th: Goodbyes

9:00 am: Breakfast followed by goodbyes.

10:00 am: Check out.

*Airfare and transportation to and from Case Vecchie are not included in the price. Please request transportation arrangements at the time of booking if you would like us to book a car to and from the estate.

**Please note, due to the seasonal rhythm of life and agriculture in Sicily, planned activities and schedules may change at short notice. If this is the case, an equally engaging activity will be arranged.

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