Cooking Traditional Foods with Carla
Founder of Jovial Foods
An experienced einkorn sourdough bread baker, Carla started working with this ancient grain seven years ago after discovering her daughter was sensitive to wheat. She has recreated every type of bread with einkorn flour and can teach you how to do the same. With nearly twenty years of experience as an organic food manufacturer, she also has a deep understanding of food, nutrition and cooking. Spending a week together with Carla will open your eyes to authentic Italian cooking with a New World sensibility,as she shares the secrets she has learned from her life in Italy. You will travel home feeling nourished and refreshed, with a vast assortment of einkorn, fish, heritage meat and seasonal vegetables dishes that you have mastered in hands-on classes.
Benvenuti a Lucca
You can check in after noon but your room will not be ready until 4pm. We’ll get to know each other over refreshments, then you can relax and take in the beauty of this amazing Tuscan property. You’ll have time to freshen up before dinner at 7pm.
Fresh Pasta & Traditional Sauces
Sleep in, enjoy a relaxing breakfast, rest by the pool and stroll the beautiful grounds at the villa. We will gather in the kitchen at 3pm for today’s fresh pasta making class. We will learn how to make tortelloni, tortelli, gnocchi and fresh tagliatelle along with their traditional accompaniments. We’ll have an early dinner so you can still enjoy an evening passeggiata in the center of Lucca.
During this class, we’ll start making a fresh sourdough starter, which we will attend to each day so it will be ready to take home on Saturday.
Choose to stay at the villa and relax by the pool, get to know Lucca, or travel to your choice of great Tuscan destinations like Florence, Pisa or Garfagnana.
We will meet in the evening at 7pm to prepare tomorrow morning’s sourdough waffle batter.
Baking Einkorn Sourdough Bread
Today is all about learning how to make delicious sourdough bread with ancient einkorn flour. We will gather early at 9am and enjoy a hands-on bread baking class that includes many types of breads- from artisan loafs, soft sandwich bread, whole grain rolls, and focaccia. We’ll also make pizza dough and enjoy a late lunch outside by the brick oven.
Free time the rest of the day
This is a great time to enjoy a visit to Lucca. Rent a bike and ride around the ancient wall, have an early dinner, and enjoy some Italian gelato in Piazza San Michele. We will meet in the evening at 7pm to make sourdough bagel dough for tomorrow morning’s breakfast.
If you are interested you can lend a hand in forming, boiling and baking fresh einkorn bagels for breakfast at 7am. From there, the day is all yours to enjoy as you wish. Choose to stay at the villa and relax by the pool or join the group for a day together at the Cinque Terre.
We’ll meet in the kitchen at 7pm to prepare tomorrow morning’s sourdough einkorn coffee cake.
Authentic Italian Cooking
We are going authentically Italian for this late afternoon cooking class at 3pm, learning how to prepare proper risotto, along with making savory roasts and seasonal vegetable dishes. We will also be baking with einkorn flour, for a sweet finish to a classic Italian dinner accompanied by a tasting of local wines.
A Farewell Feast
In the afternoon at 5pm, guests can join Carla to lend a hand in preparing a traditional fish dinner for our farewell meal together. We’ll prepare a simple but impressive dinner with a rich fish stew appetizer, spaghetti alle vongole, and a whole fish main course. You’ll learn how to make a meal for dinner guests that can prepared ahead of time, so you can be dressed and relaxed before guests arrive. Our farewell dinner will be enjoyed together at 8pm.
Check out is 10am. Arrivederci, come back and visit us again soon!