{Retreat} The Old School Kitchen: From the Etruscan Table to the Roman Banquet, June 30 – July 6, Tuscany

A CULINARY RETREAT INSPIRED BY ARCHAEOLOGY AND ART

I am excited and honored beyond words to tell you that I have joined archaeologist and food writer Farrell Monaco to offer you what I’d shamelessly call the dream workshop for food and history geeks and Italy lovers with a side of science and eye for art.

I first discovered Farrell last year quite by chance, and I was blown away by her archaeological research in the food of ancient Romans (particularly her fascinating excavations in Pompeii), and her recreation of many ancient Roman recipes. We met, and many emails and calls later, I am delighted to announce this summer we will take you to a castle in the midst of the Tuscan countryside for a culinary retreat inspired by archaeology and art.

Read on for the full program.

The Old School Kitchen: From the Etruscan Table to the Roman Banquet

culinary retreat in tuscany roman and etruscan food

Join food archaeologist, Farrell Monaco, and food photographer, Saghar Setareh, for a 5-day live-in edible archaeology master class at a palatial medieval castle hidden in a valley in the Tuscan countryside as they explore the food history of Etruria and Rome from 800 BC to the Imperial Roman Era (AD 476).  June 30 to July 6, 2019 – Monte Amiata (Tuscany), Italy.

About the Retreat

The master class will be comprised of 10 sessions held at the iconic Castello di Potentino, a restored medieval castle, that is situated in the heart of an ancient Etruscan valley in Tuscany, Italy. Originally a medieval castle built over an Etruscan settlement, the towering castle boasts three kitchens, two dining rooms, 11 large guest rooms, a pool, an olive grove, a wine cellar, and a vineyard that produces award winning wines. In the surrounding area are Etruscan archaeological remains that take us back 2,500 years in time to a place that is pre-Roman but that is key to the development of Roman food culture and the Roman civilization itself.

Courtesy of Castello di Potentino

Your hosts pride themselves in providing a culinary experience that is authentic and based on legitimate historical data. Daily workshops will begin with a lecture in the medieval chapel adjacent to the castle followed by hands-on cooking, the use of ancient food preparation technologies, ancient meal preparation and bread-making lessons, the use of ancient herbs and spices, food-styling workshops, food photography lessons, and a session on staging Roman food frescoes for the camera. Lessons and recipes will be compiled using authentic sources and peer-reviewed research from the Etruscan, Greek and Roman archaeological, written and pictorial records.

Participants will also enjoy a foraging trip into the countryside with a local resident who will teach us how to identify and prepare edible wild herbs and fungi that are indigenous to the valley and have been used for culinary purposes for millenia.

Left: Panis Quadratus by Farrell Monaco, Right: Panis Quadratus fresco in Pompeii

About your hosts

Left: Farrell Monaco (Photo by Ash Naylor), Right: Saghar Setareh

Farrell Monaco is an archaeologist and food-writer whose research centres on foodways, food preparation, and food-related ceramics in the Roman Mediterranean. Farrell is well known for her experimental archaeology projects where she painstakingly recreates Roman recipes using instruction, ingredients, and technologies sourced from the archaeological, written and pictorial records. Her blog, Tavola Mediterranea, was nominated for a Saveur Blog Award (2018) and her work has been featured on Atlas ObscuraRadio New ZealandMade in Pompei and the BBC. Farrell’s current research is centred ancient Roman bakeries and breads. She is a member of EXARC, the Archaeological Institute of America, and she sits on the media relations committee of the Society for American Archeology

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Saghar Setareh is an Iranian food photographer and writer based in Rome, where she discovered her love for the culinary arts of all forms. Her blog Lab Noon, which was nominated for Saveur Blog Awards (2015 and 2017) and Corriere della Sera Cucina Blog Awards (2017 and 2018), celebrates Persian and Italian recipes. Her work has been published on Italian and Anglo-Saxon websites and publications. She also collaborates with restaurants, chefs and food brands regarding their digital communication and food photography and teaches cooking, styling and photography workshops. 

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Saghar’s food photography & food styling

About the Venue

A Bathroom at one of the guest rooms at Castello di Potentino

Castello di Potentino is an ancient castle built on an Etruscan site. It lies in a secret valley in one of the last undiscovered corners of Tuscany – Monte Amiata.  The medieval building is surrounded by unspoilt countryside, dotted with the vines and the ancient olive trees used for the estate’s small production of high quality wine, grappa and olive oil. Agriculture and viticulture are about growing and living, so eating and drinking well are an important element in the Potentino ethos which is concerned with the sustainability of how we inhabit a place and relate to it physically and mentally.

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SOLD OUT! Photography Workshop: Visual Storytelling, Still life and Food at Valdirose, Florance, March 2nd

It’s time you started telling your story, in your own way.

Update: The workshop is SOLD OUT! Thank you everyone for the warm reception! For future workshops, retreats and classes sign up to the mailing list to stay in the know.

I am super happy to announce my first photography workshop in Florence at the beautiful Valdirose on March 2nd. The workshop will be not only about food photography, but still life and visual storytelling as well. If you need any info in English about the workshop, don’t hesitate to write to me at saghar[at]labnoon[dot]com.


Non parleremo di come ottenere migliaia di followers. Ne di come combattere l’algoritmo sui social. E men che meno non ci lamenteremo di quelli che comprano i follower e l’engagement. Se queste cose ti interessano, questo Still Life & Food Photography workshop non fa per te.

Ma se invece vuoi trovare la tua voce, attraverso la luce e piccoli dettagli di bellezza quotidiana tramite un dispositivo fotografico, allora sei nel posto giusto.

Se sei alla ricerca d’ispirazione, per narrare la tua storia — dalla tua piccola attività artigianale oppure i piatti che cucini o il blog che scrivi–– raggiungimi il 2 marzo all’incatevole Valdirose, a Firenze per questo workshop: Visual Storytelling, Still Life & Food Photography.

 

 

Sinitra: Valdirose, grazie a Irene Berni

Il programma del workshop

Le basi della fotografia, la luce e l’equipaggio di base: le macchine fotografiche digitali (reflex, compact, o mirrorless), gli obiettivi e come usare tutto in modalità manuale. E un po’ di teoria e storia dell’arte.

Composizione: inquadratura, forma e colore, e come si usano in una narrazione visiva

Styling: non solo cibo, ma anche fiori e infiniti props. Come raccontare una storia con gli oggetti

Editing e Post Produzione, Lightroom, photoshop, Snapseeds, VSCO cam.

Quando

Sabato 2 Marzo

10.00 – 18.00

Dove

Valdirose

Lastra a Signa, Firenze

Prezzo

€185

3 biglietti early bird entro lunedì 4 febbraio €169

Comprende il corso, light lunch

Info e iscrizioni

Update: Il workshop è sold out. Le iscrizioni per questo corso sono chiuse.

info@labnoon.com

o contattami qui.

 


Pictures from charming Valdirose, courtesy of Irene Berni

 

Chiaroscuro Food Photography Workshop, January 19th, Rome

chiaroscuro food photography workshop in Rome- Saghar Setareh

Hereby I am announcing my next food photography workshop, in Rome on Saturday January 19th. If you need any information about the workshop in English, contact me via email. 

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Lab Noon in Puglia | Watermelon, Tomato & Herb salad | Saghar Setareh_-2

La nostra epoca è stata segnata dai social media, in particolare Instagram. All’inizio di ogni pasto, c’è almeno una persona che fa uno scatto al tavolo. Per alcuni questo è un puro hobby, per altri è lavoro e per altri ancora è un’espressione creativa. Per molti, è la combinazione di tutte e tre le funzioni.

Spesso mi viene detto che le mie foto del cibo somigliano ai dipinti del 600. Tante persone mi hanno chiesto perché certe foto scattate con lo smartphone risultano molto armoniose e altre non lo sono affatto.

L’obiettivo di questo workshop è insegnare le basi per creare un’immagine artistica, con l’uso corretto della luce, delle forme, dei colori, delle texture e della composizione. Imparerete come applicare le tecniche per allestire il set e curare il food styling, per poi immortalare l’immagine attraverso la fotografia, e portarla al suo massimo potenziale mediante un processo finale di editing.

Persian Quince Stew | Lab Noon by Saghar Setareh-2

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