Foraging for Wild Greens - Anna Tasca Lanza
Visit the inspiring beauty of the Sicilian countryside in the Spring to hone your skills as a food-writer on this 5-day intensive workshop led by acclaimed food writers and authors Luisa Weiss and Rachel Roddy. During the workshop, readings and craft talks will be followed by group discussions, writing exercises and space in which to execute them.
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Foraging for Wild Greens

Come focus on the wild side of Sicily….wild greens! Get outside of the kitchen and explore the abundance of spontaneous edible plants in the Sicilian landscape. We’ll take you from the lush landscape to kitchen table, teaching techniques and recipes all inspired by wild greens. Learn to identify typical plants and how to make use of what nature offers.

October 19 – 24, 2020

Costs

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, October 19th

3:00 – 5:00 pm: Check-in and settle into your accommodations.

7:30 pm: Aperitivo and group introductions followed by a welcome dinner around the table.

 

Tuesday, October 20th

9:00 am: Breakfast Sicily style: homemade jams, cakes, toast and coffee and tea with seasonal fruit.

10:30 am: The garden harvest. In order to know the wild, we start with the cultivated. Wander into the kitchen garden to see what’s growing, collect your ingredients, and move into the kitchen for a typical Sicilian cooking lesson.

1:00 pm: Lunch around the table.

2:30 – 5:30 pm: Rest, relax and enjoy your surroundings.

5:30 pm: Meet in the kitchen for a lesson and tasting of Amaro, Italy’s most beloved digestivo made with a mix of bitter herbs.

8:00 pm: Dinner around the table

 

Wednesday, October 21st

9:00 am: Breakfast Sicily style: homemade jams, cakes, toast and coffee and tea with seasonal fruit.

10:00 am: In the fields. A long walk through the fields to focus on the foraged greens in the area.

1:00 pm: Return back to the table for lunch.

2:30 pm: Read, rest, relax.

5:30 pm: Cleaning, identifying and cooking with your wild greens, followed by dinner around the table.

 

Thursday, October 21st

7:45 am: Depart to the local shepherd to watch ricotta production and sample freshly produced cheeses with a picnic breakfast.

11:30 am: Return to Case Vecchie for a tour of the ornamental garden.

12:30 pm: Cheese tasting of Siclian cheeses followed by a light lunch.

2:30 pm: Rest, relax and enjoy your surroundings.

5:00 pm: Meet in the kitchen for more recipes with wild greens.

8:00 pm: Dinner around the table.

 

Friday, October 22nd

9:00 am: Breakfast Sicily style: homemade jams, cakes, toast and coffee and tea with seasonal fruit.

10:30 pm: In the kitchen for the feast of San Giuseppe. Preparing doughs and dishes traditional of this Spring holiday.

1:00 pm: Lunch.

3:00 pm: Wine tasting and tour at the Tasca d’Almerita winery.

8:00 pm: Farewell dinner.

 

Saturday, October 23rd

9:00 am: Breakfast Sicily style: homemade jams, cakes, toast and coffee and tea with seasonal fruit.

10:00 am: Goodbyes and 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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