Join Me for a Workshop in Italy

Table at MessorsAfter three years of blogging, working on a book, and traveling in search of great cheese, I have only one dream: to sit down at a table with all of you for a week of cooking and feasting in Italy. With the help of my amazing colleague and friend, Aimee Knight, that nano-dream is about to come true.

Aimee and I have put together a workshop at Messors, an 18th century estate and working farm, where cheese is made every day. And we want you to join us for a week of tasting and making things — bread, mozzarella, Pecorino, sausage, fresh pasta.

We’re calling this trip Live Cultures: A Digital Storytelling Workshop in Puglia Featuring Cheese, Wine, and Bread.

Our dream is to create hands-on experiences around living foods. You’re invited to chronicle the experience through photography, video, writing, drawing, or some combination of those arts. We’ve designed a special itinerary (May 22-29, 2014), and we’ve got some creative exercises to offer in the field, from a photo-styling picnic to a contemplative photography walk.

Cheesemaking Messors

At Messors, we’ll stay in what was once a hunting lodge, and we’ll have access to an airy kitchen where we can take photographs, learn from locals, and taste regional cuisine prepared by the staff. Our host, Tonio Creanza, speaks English and is committed to conserving cultural heritage sites. He’s helped us design an incredible seven days, including a morning with local bakers and an evening with a sommelier to learn about local wine.

Here’s what’s included in the workshop:

  • 7 day multimedia workshop in storytelling through food cultures
  • 7 nights in a private 18th century farmhouse, Masseria La Selva at Messors  (based on double occupancy)
  • 7 days and nights of delicious farm-to-table meals, picnics, and cookouts
  • Guided tours with our host Tonio Creanza to local cultural sites, villages, churches, caves, farms, fields, and vineyards
  • Hands-on demonstrations of local cheese, bread, and pasta
  • Day trip to the sunny beaches of the Adriatic coast
  • Round trip transportation to and from Bari airport or train station

The workshop is open to about 10 participants — first come, first serve. The cost for this workshop is $2,300 — half is due up front, the rest by March 15, 2014. This includes all meals, lodging, transportation, tastings, and outings. Airfare is not included. If you’re curious to read more about the Messors, check out the recent write-up in National Geographic Traveler.

If you’d like to register for the trip, click here.

A Room at Messors

A Room at Messors (Photo Credit: Tonio Creanza)

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7 Responses to “Join Me for a Workshop in Italy”
  1. Aunt Tookie says:

    Oh Tenaya, that sounds fascinating!!! Sure wish I was able to tag along! I look forward to reading all about this adventure on this blog!
    Love and hugs!

  2. Aunt Dawnie says:

    I think this trip will be attended by the creme de la creme of Madame Fromage’s blog followers, well deserved elbow rubbing and appreciating with a high level of satisfaction. There may never be anything else to match it in the cheese world or any other world. Bonne chance!

  3. It’s going to be a magical week in the Italian countryside. I don’t know how we are going to be able to wait until May!

  4. Rebecca says:

    If my daughter’s first birthday didn’t fall on that same week, I would so be there.

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