This is food loving entry is a carry on from yesterday’s post on the fabulous food of Campania.
During the rustic cookery course, participants will learn the delicate arts of pasta and pizza making, as well as learning the secrets of numerous southern Italian dishes from Pepe and Nicolina, who run Agriturismo Arenella. Their farm is a source of many of the ingredients used and, once picked, are taken directly to the kitchens. Students can even go truffle hunting (in season) on the property. There will also be instruction on the wines and olive oils made on the farm and how to match the various types of wine to the dishes being prepared. After cooking each morning the students sit together with Pepe and Nicolina to enjoy the lunch that has been prepared, to discuss and analyse the meal and to ask questions. Students go back to the kitchen to prepare the evening meal which is also shared. The rest of the day is free to relax in the beautiful surroundings, or go sightseeing. Participating students stay at Agriturismo Arenella for the duration of the course.
The more intricate course at Fiacchio Castle also lasts a week and is taught by a renowned chef. Lessons begin in the morning and last until 12:30. The students then enjoy the fruits of their labour together with their chef and other guests. The remainder of the day and night are free to explore the surrounding area, or simply to relax. On the last night of the course a special dinner is prepared and eaten in the castle, after which guests can dance the night away and view a spectacular fireworks display. Students stay in a hotel in the nearby town of Fiacchio.