Late Summer Sicily

Jeremy Lee joined Sam & Eddie Hart at Quo Vadis in Soho in early 2012, becoming Chef Proprietor of this venerable restaurant. Jeremy had previously manned the stoves of Blueprint Café on the first floor of the Design Museum, which Sir Terence Conran created on the south bank of the River Thames near Tower Bridge. This singular cook has worked with such distinguished restaurateurs as Simon Hopkinson and Alastair Little, who all played a considerable part in the great resurgence of modern British cooking.

Jeremy, originally from Dundee, Scotland came from a family where home cooking of a high order was daily fare. His parents and grandmother taught him the mysteries of finding good produce through good shopping. Having been brought up thus, Jeremy applies this to the menus at Quo Vadis, where the cooking is bright, fresh and quintessentially British in a manner most modern.

His menus reflect the seasons and are full of his favourite things, using produce expertly sourced from his enviable list of suppliers. Jay Rayner described him as a “rare phenomena in the London food world; a chap everyone agrees is a good thing.”

In 2012 Jeremy and Quo Vadis won the Catey for Best Restaurant Menu of the Year; in 2013 they won the Tatler Award for Best kitchen. In 2018, Jeremy was listed in The Evening Standard’s ‘Progress 1000: London’s most influential people – Tastemakers: Eat & Drink’.

He writes for numerous newspapers and periodicals and has appeared on television Could You Eat an Elephant? For Channel 4 and several series of Great British Menu.

August 31 – September 5, 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, August 31: Arrival

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

7:30 pm: Welcome aperitivo and Sicilian style dinner

 

Tuesday, September 1: Around the Table

9:00 am: Breakfast around the table.

10:30 am: Lunchtime cooking lesson with the seasonal bounty of garden.

3:00 pm: Afternoon to rest and relax.

6:00 pm: Garden tour and evening walk.

7:30 pm: Dinner at Case Vecchie.

 

Wednesday, September 2: Cheese please

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 and hot coffee included.

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

5:30 pm: Back in the kitchen for a seasonal cooking lesson followed by dinner.

 

Thursday, September 3: Wine and dine

9:00 am: Leisurely breakfast.

10:30 am: In the kitchen for a cooking lesson followed by lunch.

4:00 pm: Wine tasting of the Tasca D’Almerita wines.

7:30 pm: Aperitivo and dinner around the table.

 

Friday, September 4: Pizza party

9:00 am: Leisurely breakfast followed by a morning free to enjoy the pool or hike in the vineyards.

1:00 pm: Decadent lunch at Case Vecchie.

5:00 pm: Depart to visit the local ethnographic museum followed by make-your-own pizza at the local pizzeria.

 

Saturday, September 5: 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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