Italian Food History and Cooking Workshop with Ken Albala and Demet Güzey

May 14-19, 2018, Villa Serenella, San Pietro in Cariano just outside Verona

Set in a magnificent Palladian Villa in Valpolicella, this workshop covers the food and culture of Italy from ancient times to the 20th century with lectures, readings, hands on cooking, single or double occupancy rooms, and historic meals at the villa, all included. Lessons will focus on Italian cookbooks such as Apicus, Platina, Scappi, Corrado, Artusi, and Marinetti, from which we will cook directly, all in translation.

The workshop will be run in English by Ken Albala and Demet Güzey. Ken is professor of history and chair of food studies at the University of the Pacific, with 24 books in print, and his food history course on DVD from the Great Courses company. Demet is a writer and lecturer of food and culture holding a Level 2 WSET wine and spirit certificate. She lives in Verona.

This villa suburbana dates from the 17th century and we will be cooking in its historic kitchen and eating meals in the dining room and working in the living room. It is situated between the ancient city of Verona with its splendid Roman amphitheater, Juliet’s balcony, brick Renaissance castle and the Lake Garda region, surrounded by vineyards. We will also visit local wineries for a tasting and purchase of their wines.

Fly into Verona Airport or fly to Milan, Venice or Bologna airport and take the train into Verona train station. We are about 12 km to the northwest of Verona. From there the easiest is to take a taxi to the villa.

Cost for the workshop is €2,000 ($2,357) for shared occupancy and €2,350 ($2,769) for single occupancy (only 2 available). This includes all workshop sessions, all accommodations for 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 5 dinners including two at traditional local restaurants, 5 lunches, wine tasting fees.

Workshop cost will not include airfare or transportation to or from the venue or insurance. The fees will be charged at the time of signing up. Cancellations will be fully refunded (minus a processing fee of 50 euros) until 90 days before the workshop and 50% after that until 30 days before the start date. After this date no refund will be possible.

To sign up, email us at kalbala@PACIFIC.EDU and