Jovial Recipes

Experience Italy with Jovial

A relaxing vacation in authentic Italian style awaits you at this 18th Century villa just outside of Lucca. The villa is located on expansive, peaceful grounds that feel like home and is welcome to all.

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    Gluten Free Italian Style

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    Learn to cook authentic Italian food, without the gluten – but with all the flavor. This culinary getaway will teach you how to make delicious Italian fresh pastas and breads that everyone can enjoy.

    Your getaway will begin with an Italian welcome dinner hosted by Carla and her family. Then, we’ll move right into exploring how to make authentic gluten-free fresh pasta with the help of our local pasta artisans. You’ll learn how to prepare gluten-free sourdough bread, and will be guided by experts in the preparation of savory meals from seasonal vegetables, local fish and heritage meats.

    Our gluten free groups bond quickly over great conversation and delicious food, making each gluten free getaway a time to remember.

    All About Ancient Einkorn

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    Take a culinary adventure back through time, and explore einkorn – the world’s most ancient wheat. On this getaway, you’ll learn how to bake many types of sourdough bread, using the same wheat the Romans and Egyptians did.

    Your getaway will begin with an authentic Italian welcome dinner. You’ll then transition into rolling fresh pasta with Carla, her family, and jovial’s local pasta artisans. Next, we’ll turn back the clocks to ancient times, for an in-depth class on baking einkorn bread, and the preparations and explanations of einkorn sourdough will continue all week so you will return home an accomplished baker.

    You’ll also learn to prepare traditional Italian foods with carefully selected seasonal vegetables, heritage meats, and fresh fish.

    Cooking with Carla - Founder of Jovial Foods

    Trips Include:

    • 8 day/7 night accommodations at an 18th Century Tuscan villa in Lucca
    • 3 hands-on cooking classes followed by lunch or dinner
    • Welcome Dinner prepared by Carla
    • Farewell Dinner prepared in collaboration with host and other guests
    • Daily breakfast of fresh baked local pies, yogurt, eggs, bread, cereal, etc.
    • In the kitchen you will find fresh fruit, vegetables, wine, bread, pasta, whole grains and local cheeses.
    • Free time to explore the area on your own
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    A Sensory Feast

    Come to Lucca and cook with Carla, jovial's founder.

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    We’ll also learn to bake some authentic Italian desserts that will have you forgetting you are eating gluten free.

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