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  • Calling all Epicureans

    Experience Puglia and its healthy Mediterranean cuisine in 2020, joining our team of chefs at the
    Puglia Culinary Centre at Castello di Ugento

    Enjoy a Lunch-and-Learn day class or join a Multi-day Themed Workshop throughout the season.

    Viola Buitoni will be our Guest Chef

    Her classes will run on a 4-day cycle but you can join for one or more classes.
    July 4-7, July 9-12, July 13-16, July 18-21, July 22-26

    Classes for a maximum of 12 guests start between 8:30 and 9:30AM. Dishes prepared during class will be served for lunch at the communal table with expertly paired wines. Classes end around 2:30 PM.

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    Il giardino nel piatto ~ From the garden to your plate
    Vegetable and fruit forward cooking

    Gather in the morning cool for a guided foraging tour of the Castello’s walled garden then head to the kitchen to learn the magic of the Italian way with vegetables.

    Le mani in pasta ~ Hands in the pasta dough
    Focus on handmade pasta

    Traditional handmade pasta doughs from the North to the South of Italy with traditional and contemporary sauces.

    Tutte le onde del mare ~ The sea in all its waves
    Pescatarian cooking

    Start with a tour of the fish market in Torre San Giovanni or Gallipoli to select the freshest catch then head back to the Castello’s state of the art kitchen to tackle the cleaning and preparing of simple fish and vegetable dishes from the Apulian tradition.

    A tavola con il latte ~ Milk on the table.
    Cheese on the table and in the kitchen

    Start the day with a shopping visit to the Castello’s favorite local cheese makers, followed by a cheese tasting and lesson on the importance of fresh ricotta and mozzarella and aged cheeses in Italian cooking.

    In addition to the above, all classes will include demo instruction of a dessert.
    Lunch will feature a brief talk on wine pairing.

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    Workshop groups of minimum 6 guests.
    Lodging available at Masseria le Mandorle or Castello di Ugento.
    Tours in the area of historic towns, wine tastings, olive oil tasting and boat outings can all be arranged during free time.

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    Day 1 – The vegetable world
    Walled kitchen garden tour to discover aromatic and wild herbs and plants.
    Lesson in the kitchen learning traditional “nonnas” recipes.
    Lunch prepared by the students with the Chef accompanied by local wine pairing.

    Day 2 – Pasta Discoveries
    Traditional pasta recipes from the north to the south with the tour to
    Benedetto Cavalieri pasta factory.

    Day 3 – The sea in all its waves
    Daily fish market tour in Torre San Giovanni (Marina di Ugento), lesson in the kitchen  focusing on fish recipes from Apulian tradition and preparation techniques.

    Day 4 – Meat & Cheese
    Focus on cheese and meat dishes with visit to local farm (cheese and mozzarella makers).

    Day 5 – Italian Street Food and No waste recipes
    Discovering the authentic Italian street food

    Day 6 – The flavours of Italian traditional desserts
    “Mani in pasta” with our Pastry Chef learning traditional Italian desserts.

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