Sicily in September with a food styling and photography workshop

Anna Tasca Flower and Herb Garden, Case Vecchie

I am super pleased to announce that I am returning to Case Vecchie, Anna Tasca Lanza Cooking School, to co-teach a 5 day food styling and photography workshop this coming fall with my friend Fabrizia, owner of the school.

The workshop is held September 16 to 21, 2019.

At Case Vecchie (located in Vallelunga) and in Sicily, the opportunities for strong pictures are everywhere. With its magical light, its people and atmospheric landscapes.

Case Vecchie

If you are not familiar with the area, Case Vecchie is located in Vallelunga, amongst picturesque Sicilian countryside, at less than 2 hours south east of Palermo . The cooking school is surrounded by rolling hills and vines–this is where Tasca d’Almerita Regaleali wines come from too. So if you are looking for quietness and slow pace, farmland and hills and olive trees, this is the place to be.

We want you to have a unique Sicilian experience filled with amazing food and rich encounters.

Next to food styling and photography sessions, you will learn about, and cook, authentic Sicilian food.

Kitchen at Case Vecchie

You will also learn how to use your camera to become a better food photographer, how to style food with hands on assignments, and how to create pictures that tell a story.

A Sicilian story.

Around Case Vecchie in Spring
Beautiful Artichokes from Sicily

Fabrizia’s flower and vegetable garden–it is magnificent–will provide the gorgeous produce we will utilize: you cannot get more local then this!

We will also make local excursions–such as visit a ricotta making farm–to learn about food traditions, and how to best utilize light and camera settings on location.

Ricotta making farm
Props at Case Vecchie
Foods of Sicily

And while all of this is happening, you will also be able to take fulfilling walks on the scenic hills that surround the school–be prepared for the stupendous views–or/and rest and relax by the marvelous pool.

Pool at Case Vecchie

Such a special place. And such generous people.

TO REGISTER for this workshop, and for more details about cost and the school itself, please follow this link.

But for now, the pictures speak of the past experiences I’ve had at the school with other attendees that came to meet us.

Have a look!

Case Vecchie

We hope you join us for a festive fall celebration in Sicily.

Come along!

Hills and vines surrounding Case Vecchie — Pool

Example program:

Monday, September 16
3:00 to 7:00 pm: Check in and settle into your accommodation.
7:30 pm: Sicilian aperitivo and dinner at Case Vecchie.

Tuesday, September 17
9:00 am: Breakfast around the kitchen table
10:30 am: Introduction to the workshop. Discussing basic and advanced camera features with  first food styling and photography session in the gardens.
12:30 pm: Sicilian aperitivo outdoors followed by lunch in the kitchen.
2:00 – 4:00 pm: Rest and relax. Use the pool or explore the Case Vecchie surroundings.
4:30 pm: In the kitchen for a cooking lesson and food styling session with Béatrice and Fabrizia.
Followed by aperitivo and dinner.

Wednesday, September 18
7:45 am: Visit a local shepherd and cheesemaker, Filippo Privitera, to see ricotta making. Picnic breakfast included. Return to Case Vecchie to go over photography techniques.
11:30 am – 2:00 pm: Sicilian Cheese tasting followed by lunch.
2:00 – 4:00 pm: Walk through the vineyards and the surrounding landscape for the chance to take pictures of the landscape and day to day comings and goings on the farm, or a chance to relax by the pool.
4:30 pm: In the kitchen for a cooking lesson and food styling session. Followed by aperitivo and dinner.

Thursday, September 19
9:00 am: Breakfast around the kitchen table
10:30 am – 2:00 pm: In the kitchen for a cooking lesson and food styling session followed by lunch.
4:30 pm: Cantina tour and tasting at Case Grandi followed with a walk back to Case Vecchie and a sunset aperitivo and then dinner.
12:30 pm: Sicilian aperitivo outdoors followed by lunch in the kitchen.
2:00 – 4:00 pm: Rest and relax. Use the pool or explore the Case Vecchie surroundings.
4:30 pm: In the kitchen for a cooking lesson and food styling session with Beatrice and Fabrizia. Followed by aperitivo and dinner.

Friday, September 20
8:00 am: Breakfast around the table.
9:00 am: Depart for Polizzi Generosa to visit the D’Angelo pottery factory to see the traditional firing ovens and the studio where all tiles and ceramics are hand-painted.
12:00 pm: Lunch at local salumeria and return to Case Vecchie.
5:30 pm: Cooking lesson followed by farewell dinner.

Saturday, September 21
9:00 am: Breakfast around the table.
10:00 am: Checkout and goodbyes!

Fabrizia Lanza
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10 comments

  1. Hi Bea, how are you?
    Probably you don’t remember but I attended one of your workshops before, in England, and I’m very interested in this one, and I have a question. Didn’t quite understand about the pricing, double room is more expensive than single room? Is that correct?

  2. Hi Regina, of course I remember you! Let me look as the school does the pricing. It does not sound right. They should email you back.

  3. Great article, wonderful pictures! Now I have the feeling that I am reading a wonderful novel journey, but with wonderful illustrations. And a special thank you for the detailed plan of excursions. It was very informative to read it.

  4. This looks like such an incredible experience. I like the emphasis you put on telling a story about the food with the photos. I feel like that captures the essence of what food as an art does for us. A gourmet meal may not spend long in our stomachs, but the memories around cooking or enjoying one are a story that stays with us.

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