Hold Italy's artisan history in your hands.
coming to Italy
walking through medieval villages
experiencing artisan ceramic, glass and weaving studios
pit firing ceramics in an olive grove
visiting a biodynamic winery
cooking at one of the top rated Agriturismi and cooking schools in Umbria
taking a meditational walk in the Francis of Assisi Woodlands
Welcome to the Fire and Food Workshop.
Hosted by Letizia Mattiacci, owner and instructor at the Alla Madonna del Piatto B&B and Cooking School and Diana Strinati Baur, ceramic artist and creative mentor, this workshop will focus on the wonderful ceramic history and producers of central Italy, the cuisine and wines of Umbria - and we will get hands on in Letizia's wonderful olive grove by pit firing ceramics together in the open air.
This workshop is both for makers and for those who would like to understand more about the ceramic process. We'll have time to talk about different methods of ceramic production and gain an understanding of how nature can influence this most ancient of artisan crafts. It's also a workshop for food and wine lovers, as we'll be cooking together with Letizia in her kitchen and visiting a biodynamic winery for a tasting. We’ll walk through historic towns like Asissi, Foligno and Gubbio, and the Woodlands of St. Francis of Assisi.
Friday, June 7th, 2019 through Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
Alla Madonna del Piatto Agriturismo and Coooking School, Assisi, Italy
rest your spirit, engage your mind, allow your senses to be opened wide.
what the fire and food artisan workshop is about…
Letizia Mattiacci is a host, a cook book author, cooking teacher and food expert who lives in Umbria, Central Italy, high up on the hills near Assisi, a beautiful medieval town. For the past twenty years, she and her husband Ruurd have owned and run a B&B with cooking school, Alla Madonna del Piatto. Letizia’s work as a food expert has been published in the American, the New York Times, National Geographic, and many other national and international websites. Her knowledge of the Umbrian Kitchen and her passion for the ingredients and purity of their use led her to write her cookbook entitled, “A Kitchen with a View”. The book, together with her blog Alla Madonna del Piatto, provide a comprehensive and fascinating view into the history, breadth and depth of Umbrian cuisine.
They also tend to and cultivate over 400 olive trees on their property overlooking the magnificent pilgrimage city of Assisi, Italy.
Letizia loves good, simple food. Fresh, seasonal food that can be made in a short time at the end of a busy day.
Diana Strinati Baur
Diana Strinati Baur is a writer, ceramic and fine artist who lives in the Black Forest of Southern Germany and the in the wine hills of Piedmont, Italy. Diana and her husband Michael restored a 400 year old farm in southeastern Piedmont which they ran as a creative, upscale B&B, cooking school and art studio. After selling the property, they moved to Germany where they sell Piedmont wines and where Diana has her ceramics studio. Her first book, entitled True Vines, was a novel based in Piedmont and Pennsylvania (where Diana originally comes from). She sells her ceramics and art internationally through her website Diana Baur Creations and small exhibitions.
The house the couple now own in Italy is a 400 square foot mini-house which serves as a creative art studio and place to write Diana’s second book, due out in summer 2019.
Diana’s roots are deep in the country side of Emilia Romagna, where her family comes from. She still cooks the traditional recipes of her ancestors.