Preserve the Season with Carla Tomasi, Sunday 17th September

Sunday 17 September, from 10 am.

A day of bottling, pickling and fermenting the glorious end of summer produce with Carla Tomasi. We will bottle tomato and basil sauce, pickle zucchini with oregano and mint, make spiced peaches, quick pickles, plum chutney and more.

This is an all day class that includes lunch with much of the bounty coming from Carla’s garden.  For more info and to hold a spot please email Carla at cookingwithcarla@virgilio.it

 

 

Tuscany comes to Rome: Giulia Scarpaleggia from Juls’ Kitchen, Wednesday 20 September

A day of cooking from Mercati in Toscana in Rome, Wednesday 20 Sep from 10am

Giulia is a Tuscan born and bred food writer and photographer and she teaches Tuscan cooking classes in her studio in the countryside in between Siena and Florence.

Join us for a cooking class completely dedicated to La Cucina dei Mercati in Toscana, Giulia and Tommaso’s last cookbook which explores the best Tuscan food markets and their most typical recipes.

We have chosen a menu which perfectly represents the area we are from, with recipes from Chianti, Val d’Orcia and Siena. We will cook a quick and versatile appetizer made of stale bread and pecorino, with an unexpected ingredient, white wine.

We will hand roll pici, thick home-made spaghetti from the Val d’Orcia, and dress them with a rich sausage sauce. We will cook vegetables as the Italian do, until they surrender in a delicious green bean stew. Latte alla portoghese, with a hint of saffron, will close the meal with a sweet ending.

 

 Wines from a local farm will accompany our meal and our chats over a table of shared honest food.  This is a hands on all day class with a maximum of 8 participants, if you want to book your spot send an email to info@julskitchen.com
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Tuscany comes to Rome: cooking from Acquacotta with Emiko Davies, Saturday September 16

Florence based Emiko Davies is back at latteria studio for an all day class on Saturday September 16.  She’ll be cooking from her latest cookbook Acquacotta: Recipes and Stories from Tuscany’s Secret Silver Coast and has chosen a menu perfect for the season where Summer turns into Autumn, where the air is cooler and the produce is bountiful.

Learn the stories and secrets behind favourite recipes from the rugged countryside and coastline of southern Tuscany’s Maremma including hand-rolled pasta, a fisherman’s “acquacotta” soup with whole prawns, mussels and clams, a refreshing salad from Giglio island and a very seasonal pear and ricotta tart.

 

We’ll set a beautiful table for lunch using lots of the ceramics that were used for the book’s photos, that were taken by Lauren Bamford with styling by Deb Kaloper and came from Latteria Studio.  Lunch will be served with wine from the Maremma area.

This is a hands on all day class with a maximum of 8 participants, you can click here to book.  It starts at 10 am and the address is Via di Ponziano, 29  Trastevere.

 

Plates and Props Studio Sale – Tuesday July 4

Join Anna Laura from Dishes Only and Alice Adams for a summer evening, aperitivo style studio sale.  Anna Laura will be bringing beautiful pieces from her collection of Italian and international ceramics houses.  I will have doubles and extras from the shelves of the studio, some rustic, some classic Italian, some sixties pop.

From 4 pm to 9pm.  Via di Ponziano 29, Trastevere.  Please let us know that you are coming so we can have jugs of cool iced tea and other refreshments ready.

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Photos Mark Chew.

A summer lunch from Acquacotta with Emiko Davies. Saturday June 17

Saturday June 17, from 10 am

Join Tuscan based, Australian food writer, photographer and storyteller Emiko Davies for a Maremman cooking class and four course lunch inspired by her latest cookbook, Acquacotta: Recipes and Stories from Tuscany’s Secret Silver Coast.  Learn the stories and secrets behind her favourite recipes from the rugged countryside and coastline of southern Tuscany’s Maremma including hand-rolled pasta, a fisherman’s “acquacotta” coup with whole prawns, mussels and clams, a refreshing salad from Giglio island and fragrant melon granita.

We’ll set a beautiful table for lunch using lots of the ceramics that were used for the book’s photos, that were taken by Lauren Bamford with styling by Deb Kaloper and came from Latteria Studio.  Lunch will be served with wine from the Maremma area.

This is a hands on all day class with a maximum of 8 participants.  Cost is 100 euro per person, (roughly 140 AUD), and you can click here to book.

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Photos by Lauren Bamford with styling by Deb Kaloper.

 

Fine Art, Food and Flower Photography Workshop – Saturday 27 May

Saturday 27 May with Saghar Setareh and Marta Abbott

In a professional food photography studio in the heart of Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood, Marta and I will guide you through understanding, styling and photographing beautiful images of food and flowers.

Why a Fine Art Flower and Food Photography Workshop?
We’re now living in the era of instagram, where almost every meal starts with at least one person getting on a chair to take a photo of the table top. For some it’s just a hobby, for some it’s business and for others, it’s a creative expression. For many it’s a combination of the three.
People often tell me that my food photos look like paintings. Others wonder how some images shot by a smartphone can result very harmoniously while others don’t.

This workshop aims to teach the basics of creating an artistic image by understanding the light, the forms, the colors, the textures and the composition. You will learn how to apply these basic techniques to your table setting, food styling and flower arrangement as well as how to immortalize the image through photography and photo editing.

Workshop Topics
Light, and the basics of photography: How light affects objects made of different materials, how to control it, and how to capture it with a camera.
Composition, color, form, texture: How they are applied in photography, table top setting, and flower arrangements.

Floral Design: Basic flower care and prep, the connection between flowers and painting, how to make an individual arrangement with seasonal and foraged flowers.
Food styling and photography session: backgrounds, props, and set-ups.
Editing session with Photoshop Lightroom, VSCO, Snapseed.
The workshop includes:

Theory and practice of the topics
A light lunch
Individual flower arrangement for each attendee
Who is This Workshop for?
Photography enthusiasts both in beginner and intermediate levels who are eager to explore the world of food and flowers, Nature lovers with an artistic side, Bloggers, instagrammers and creative social media users who would like to take their business to the next level.
Price (includes light lunch and flowers)
€149/person – Early Bird fomula €129 until April 10th

Teachers:

Saghar Setareh
I’m an Iranian graphic designer who fell in love with food in Italy. After many years of drawing since childhood, I continued my art studies first in Tehran’s Art and Architecture Faculty in “Visual Communication”, and later in Rome’s Fine Arts Academy in Editorial Design, with an specialization in Graphic Design and Photography. My food photography is the development of my design studies. I make art meet business through blogging, content creation and professional food photography for editorial and commercial commissions.

Marta Alexandra Abbott
I was born in Amsterdam and grew up between Connecticut and Prague. My studies included painting, drawing, art restoration and floral design. A strong fascination with the natural world’s beauty has always informed my work, both in subject matter and my chosen mediums. Although I now explore floral forms mostly on paper and canvas, I worked in floral design for several years between New York, Rome, and Milan, and have always felt a strong connection between the creative process of making a painting and making a floral arrangement.

To book follow the links from the post on LabNoon by clicking here.

 

The world of fresh pasta with Carla Tomasi – Saturday 6 May & Monday 19 June

Saturday 6 May and Monday June 19, from 10 am

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Spend a day with Carla Tomasi in the world of fresh pasta.  She will share the secrets, techniques and recipes in this all day class which will cover making fresh pasta in various forms; tagliatelle, seasonal ravioli, garganelli and more.  The class includes (a pasta based) lunch with wine and lots of fresh goodness from Carla’s garden in Ostia Antica.  You will leave with some of the pasta you have made and a recipe compendium.

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Class cost is 75 for which you will pay a 20 deposit by following the link here for Sat 6 May and here for Monday 19 June.  For more information you can email Carla at cookingwithcarla@virgilio.it

Asian Flavours 1: Small bites from China and Vietnam – Thursday 30 March and Thursday 6 April

Thursday 30 March from 7pm.

Join two Australian cooks with a love for Asian Flavours – Vanessa ‘the hungry chook’ Miles and Alice Adams – for an evening class with a focus on the wonderful world of Chinese and Vietnamese apetizers.   We will hand make from scratch the famous potsticker dumplings, Roast duck pancake rolls and salt and pepper squid.  The lesson culminates in a shared meal of what we have prepared with wine and sweets.

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Cost is 65 euro per person for which a 20 euro deposit is payable to hold a spot.  You can book the 30th March class  here.

For the 6th of April class book here.

For more information email: alicekiandra.adams@gmail.com

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Pastry Basics 2. Tarts e Tarte – sweet and savoury tarts from the French & Italian files, Thursday 23 February

Thursday 23 February 2017, from 7pm

There is no one recipe for an Italian crostata – jam or fruit tart – that can be considered definative.  Everyone’s favourite is doubtless one from the family, and every family is sure to have one great maker of crostate; whether they make them with a cherry or apricot jam, with a pastry with a little bit more butter or perhaps none at all, with or without eggs, or perhaps even with the addition of a little baking powder.

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Making pastry is an art, but a simple one that once mastered promises hours of baking pleasure.   Join Alice Adams for this evening class which will cover the basics of various kinds of pastry; sablé, sweet shortcrust, brisee and basic puff.  We will talk about shortenings, sugar and flour types and the benefits of blind baking.  We will bake an Italian style fruit crostata, a classic tarte tatin, beautiful individual lemon tarts and a rustic vegetable tart for dinner.

The lesson includes a tarty dinner with wine.  Cost is 55 euro per person and bookings can be made by clicking here where you will pay a 20 euro deposit.

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Like the idea of this class but not the date – get your own group together and pick your own day and time frame.  Contact Alice – alicekiandra.adams@gmail.com

Thank you Silvia Pozzati  and Marie Sjoberg for the photos.

Pastry Basics 1. Pies from the Anglo-Australian tradition, Thursday 16 February

February 16 from 7pm till 10pm

A nice piece of home made pastry wraps the simplest food and makes it a meal.

Pies have a serious history – and much has been written about them – because enclosing meat, vegetables and fruit in a wheat based casing was not only a nifty way of cooking but a versatile way of eating.  The Cornish invented their infamous pasties by wrapping the meat and vegetable filling into a shape that could be easily held by tin miners on their lunch break, and the meat pie was modified over time to become the best of foods for a football stadium.

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Making pastry is an art, but a simple one that once mastered promises hours of baking pleasure.   Join Alice Adams for this evening class which will cover the basics of sweet and savoury shortcrust pastry, rough puff and brisee pastry.  We will talk about butter, lard and other shortenings, as well as the different varieties of flour suitable for each pastry.  Together we will make a selection of savoury pies with a choice of meat and vegetable fillings, super Australian sausage rolls as well a classic sweet apple pie to finish.

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The lesson includes dinner with wine.  Cost is 55 euro per person and bookings can be made by clicking here where you will pay a 20 euro deposit.

Like the idea of this class but not the date – get your own group together and pick your own day and time frame.  Contact Alice – alicekiandra.adams@gmail.com

Thank you Silvia Pozzati e Lorenzo Poli for the photos.

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