October 2014: A lifestyle and Cooking Workshop in Sicily


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Do you remember how lucky I felt when, two years ago, I was invited with a number of food writers and photographers to spend a few days at Case Vecchie, home to the Anna Tasca Lanza cooking school? Not only did I fall in love with Sicily but I started a solid friendship with Fabrizia Lanza, the amazing lady who leads the school.

A year later, Fabrizia and I decided to run a workshop together at Case Vecchie.

The memory of the extraordinary time I had with our diverse group stayed with me.


So, we knew we would make it happen again.



Today, I am very pleased to announce that this coming October, Fabrizia and I will team again in a lifestyle and cooking workshop at Case Vecchie.

I have to write it: I am so excited about this!

Seeing Sicily in the fall will be a new adventure. I cannot wait to share it with some of you.

From October 17 to October 22, 2014, we are offering a 5 night/4-day food styling and photography workshop combined with cooking classes and local guided tours, at Case Vecchie in Sicily.



I will be teaching the food styling and photography sessions while Fabrizia will lead the cooking classes. Our excursions comprise a day in Palermo to visit the capital’s amazing food markets; a morning in an artisanal ricotta farm nearby to learn about ricotta cheese making; a wine tasting at Di Regaleali vineyard; and weather permitting, an afternoon spent at the beach. These will be an excellent opportunity to learn how to shoot on location.

This is an excellent chance to see what your food and scenic inspiration looks like in print!

Some props will be provided–and a number of classic and innovative styles will be explored and compared. I will share my workflow, and demonstrate the food styling photography techniques I use to build my pictures–basics of post production will also be covered (with Photoshop and Lightroom).

Bring your SLR camera! (and tripod, if you have one, and any additional props you’d like)—this class is an invaluable introduction for aspiring food photographers and stylists to start building a portfolio.





Palermo Food Market




Ricotta Farm

We are able to offer three types of accommodation:

  • #1: Private room with a private bathroom (we have 3 of those available; so 3 possible students, or 3 couples); US$ 2,600 per person
  • #2: Shared room with a private bathroom (we have 3 twin rooms available; so for 6 possible students); US $ 2,500 per person
  • #3: Shared room with a shared bathroom (we have 2 twin rooms available, so for 4 possible students); US$ 2,300 per person
  • The price covers the cost for 5 nights (lodging with all meals, including a farewell dinner, and drinks) and 4 days of instruction and local visits. Transportation to Case Vecchie from Palermo is included. Air fare to Sicily is not included.

    The class is limited to 10 students.

    To register, we are asking for a 50% non refundable deposit of the total. The remaining balance is due on August 17th, 2014.

    Any questions, please feel free to email me. And to register, send an email to info@annatascalanza.com, mentioning your room preference.


    Gino the rooster

    Case Vecchie, with its people–and Gino the rooster–, is a place hard to resist. One that I feel like going back to.

    Over and over.

    So for some of you, I hope to meet you in Sicily?

    OH, AND before I forget, I need to let you know: you will eat so well! Ask people who traveled to Case Vecchie before. Sicilians surely love their food!







    Our fabulous and international group during last year’s workshop


    Case Vecchie, Vallelunga in Sicily


    1. Oh Béa, this sounds incredible!!!! I believe I’ll be dancing Swan Lake at the time, but how I wish I could join for what looks like a truly beautiful experience….so exciting for you!!! I look forward to reading all about it….with love!

    2. I was a participant last your and will always hold it in my heart as a wonderful and memorable experience.
      For me the food photography and styling was a game changer as I had done nothing like it before. I recommend knowing a bit about your camera. I had no clue as I had just bought it.
      Who doesn’t want to cook and eat Sicilian food???
      Both you and Fabrizia were fantastic and fun.

    3. If it wasn’t for my first grandchild coming in the fall,I would surely sign up! Maybe next year?!!!

    4. Bea, I have just found your blog, your pictures tell it all, they hero the wonderful produce. Great shot of the rooster too 🙂

    5. I arrange tours to Sicily, custom tours, group tours and tours for experiential learning like the one you do at Tasca. I keep coming back to look at the photos you’ve posted. They are simply exquisite. I’ve been to Tasca and it is certainly a rich backdrop, but, most of Sicily is. Thank you for sharing these. They make me feel like I am there and make me smile.

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    7. Reste-t-il des places disponibles pour le workshop en Sicile?

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    9. Hi Béa, I have been reading so much about this beautiful place in Sicily and about Anna Tasca Lanza, it looks truly magical and the food and flavours speak to me in so many ways. I am heading to Sicily in late August and hope to visit – your students will be indeed very lucky to be there. x

    10. I am Sicilian and still have not visited–this would be my dream trip – I am just getting into food photography–if I could only win the lottery I would be there!!!

    11. Looks great. I imagine this sold out long ago. When will you announce the next ones (Paris, England)?

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    13. I could not attend the workshop but here I can see the images and it seems that I missed a great workshop. I will try to attend the next one.

    14. Bonjour Beatrice ! I am looking forward to spending time with you and the group in Sicily ! I can’t wait for the trips, the food, and learning more about food photography ! A bien tot !! Katy