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We took our group to our friend Simona’s house for cooking. We went an hour early so they could sketch for the work they are doing with our teacher – Junelle Jacobsen

The country around Simona’s house is beautiful. A short rain brought is a stunning double rainbow.

We made a ricotta/pear/walnut/pancetta appetizer, pasta, a pumpkin/sausage/fennel flower ragu, and tiramisu.

Sweet dreams!!

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Orvieto is a city with incredible mosaics. The cathedral is particularly stunning and visible to all. But there are others, less visible, like the mosaics under St. Andrea church dating to the Byzantine period, and sitting on top of Roman and Etruscan ruins which are clearly visible. So we were excited to have Pam Goode back a second time to lead a mosaic workshop. She called it Postcards Home because she had her students do a postcard size piece.

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Mosaics are slow. That is one reason it appeals to Pam. And I love the notion in our fast paced world – an art form that requires you to think and be patient and go slow. And so the students started their piece but will finish them at home.

We learned a lot from Pam. She doesn’t like to use grout. Her work is meticulous, the pieces fitting incredibly tightly together – look in the image above. She is also a poet. At our closing she read a stunning piece she composed during the week about why she loves Orvieto and travel and what she will miss. I was in tears because it so beautifully captures what this wonderful town and the gorgeous people we know here do for us and give us. She is working on the poem to get it just right. But when it is done she will send it to us and I’ll post it here. I think it perfectly describes the incredible experience people get on our trips.

Pam is a beautiful soul and you can read a wonderful interview with her here: http://www.lunamosaics.com/pamela-goode.html Visit her website here.

So, pics of the group and it’s work.

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Thank you Pam, Susan, Sharon and Mary. What a wonderful week you gave us!

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For the third year Misty brought her magic to Orvieto this fall. She had new students and half who had been with her and us in Orvieto before. Such fun! Here is the group and a taste of their beautiful work.

Misty with her group

Misty with her group

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Simona got us all involved

Simona got us all involved

We went into her garden at her house in the countryside to pick fresh ingredients

We went into the garden at her house in the countryside to pick fresh ingredients

One of the dishes we cooked

One of the dishes we cooked

Could you guess we were in an Italian home?

Could you guess we were in an Italian home?

The Discover Orvieto group

The Discover Orvieto group

There were spouses and friends of Misty’s group in Discover Orvieto. We all shared in meals, wine tastings, vineyard tour and more.

Here we all are together

Here we all are together

Great memories, and future trips to look forward to!

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We had a beautiful week with Tracie Huskamp. She led her group in creating beautiful journal pages, while a Discover Orvieto group explored other places. Here is some of the art from the group.

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Unloading grapes at the harvest

Unloading grapes at the harvest

Just bottled Orvieto Classico at Palazzone

Just bottled Orvieto Classico at Palazzone

Delicious food at the olive orchard

Delicious food at the olive orchard

Visit to magical Civita

Visit to magical Civita

Incredible food every day!

Incredible food every day!

Sheer bliss! Thank you Tracie and to all who traveled with us this week!

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Sue Spargo had things ready for the beginning of her workshop

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Those in Discover Orvieto head underground to Etruscan caves.

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This particular one has 20 years of an artist working on the walls.

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There are some medieval ceramics on display – below.

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And here we have a tunnel that connects different caves.

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New growth in the San Lodovico garden

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Sue's birthday!

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Beauty on the street

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About a dozen dishes for or dinner!

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A blissful end to a beautiful day.

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Book Cover

Book Cover

One of the highlights of any of our trips is the cooking class we do with Lorenzo. Lorenzo is a James Beard chef, a great teacher, and a lot of fun. Kristi and I have been to cook with him several dozen times – it is never the same and always a blast.

Lorenzo has just written a book called The Etruscan Chef, along with his partner Kim Brookmire. Kim lives in Boston, is a teaching chef, but she spends time in Italy with Lorenzo. During her visits Lorenzo,  would tell her stories about growing up and life in his small town of Baschi. Kim encouraged Lorenzo to e-mail her the stories and write them down for her. The Etruscan Chef is the compilation of those stories and a fabulous collection of wonderful recipes.

Lorenzo is, all at once, a traditional cook and a very progressive, innovative chef. He is imbued with and reveres the cooking traditions of his home and upbringing. At the same time he loves to try new things, experiment, and test the untried. Our cooking classes are rooted in history while we simultaneously test the boundaries with things like garlic gelato! On one occasion on the last night for one of our groups he cooked us a multicourse meal that he made up on the spot pulling from whatever was in the kitchen. We had very traditional

The traditional bean and egg dish

The traditional bean and egg dish

dishes such as beans with a raw egg added at the end which was cooked by the beans – a very traditional way of getting protein from the old days he explained. And we had completely nontraditional courses he invented that evening. Incredible!

In some ways I think the conservative folk in Orvieto think Lorenzo does not follow the time tested ways like he “should”. But I don’t believe they understand how completely rooted in tradition he is, and how everything that comes out of his kitchen springs from history – all the way back to the Etruscans.

So this book is a history book – a capturing of a slice of life of a very traditional, rural Italy. It is also a history of Lorenzo. And it is a great collection of recipes. So whether you like history, biography or cook books, the book will satisfy you. It really is a great read. You can order it from Lorenzo by e-mailing him at info@ristorantezeppelin.it. The cost with shipping is roughly $25. I think you’ll enjoy it!

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Misty Mawn’s workshop ended two days ago. The class produced some stunning work, which they shared Friday evening at a Show and Share in the courtyard. Following is a sample.

One of Dot’s pieces

Three from Dot

One of Jeanne-Marie’s, who joined us from South Africa!

And another

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One in charcoal

Two from Jenny

Jenny’s two plus one

One from John

More from John including a page with prints of a stamp he made from a rubbing on an ancient olive oil container

Lorraine decided to share just one of her pieces

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Renee’s collection

Everyone with the art

On the last day as everyone finished up their work Misty did a painting for Suor Giovanna. Here are Misty and Giovanna.

Pensive Mary is what Giovanna named it

So sad it is over! We can’ wait for spring and a new set of workshops. Join us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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