Tomato Paste

The heat of August brings with it the sweet, tangy flavors of Sicilian tomatoes. During this workshop, we will preserve the bounty of August, learning how to make a very important staple in Sicilian cuisine — estratto (tomato paste). During this course, we will focus on the traditional methods of preserving seasonal products: tomatoes, figs and grapes. We’ll cook, eat and and explore all the deliciousness the end of the summer season brings. We will bask in the tastes, smells, and sunshine of Sicily as we bid August farewell!


Single Room: €2,475

Double Room: €4,375

Costs include accommodation at Case Vecchie or one of the nearby cottages, and indicated lessons, meals, wine and excursions.

Example Program:


Monday, August 26

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

7:30 pm: Welcome aperitivo and discussion followed by dinner.


Tuesday, August 27

9:00 am: Breakfast and a morning of washing and prepping tomatoes for the making of Salsa Pronta, a ready-to-use tomato sauce.

1:00 pm: Lunch at Case Vecchie followed by pool, rest and relax.

5:30 pm: Return to our tomatoes to start cooking in the afternoon and pick of figs to dry in the sun.

8:00 pm: Evening dinner around the table.


Wednesday, August 28

9:00 am: Breakfast followed by the first stage of estratto making—spreading the tomato pulp onto boards to begin drying in the sun.

1:00 pm: Lunch followed by an afternoon of preparing tomatoes and figs for drying.

5:30 pm: A tomato-centric cooking lesson followed by aperitivo and dinner.


Thursday, August 29

9:00 am: Breakfast followed by a tour of the gardens at Case Vecchie with the gardeners. We will spend the rest of the morning tending to the estratto and sundried tomatoes, figs and raisins.

1:00 pm: Lunch followed by an afternoon filled with more tomato care and harvesting vegetables and grapes for dinner.

5:30 pm: Cooking lesson followed by aperitivo and dinner.


Friday, August 30

9:00 am: Breakfast and a morning of finishing up our tomato projects followed by a session on pomodori pelati, whole peeled tomatoes.

12:00 pm: A Sicilian cheese tasting before a decadent lunch.

5:00 pm: Tour the Regaleali winery in the afternoon, followed by a farewell dinner.


Saturday, September 31

9:00 am: Breakfast followed by goodbyes.

10:00 am: Checkout.


*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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