Cooking Gluten Free with Carla
Founder of Jovial Foods
This will be a gluten free culinary getaway that you are sure to remember because you’ll be cooking in the kitchen alongside a group of real food maestros. We will start off with a traditional Italian welcome dinner, then move right into gluten free fresh pasta making with Carla, her family and jovial’s local pasta artisans. Carla has been working as an organic food manufacturer for nearly twenty years and understands the specifics of food, nutrition and cooking gluten free. She will share this knowledge with you as we focus our week on sourdough bread baking and learning how to prepare naturally gluten free traditional Italian foods with a New World sensibility. Relaxing conversation and delicious meals will make this dreamlike gathering a most authentic cooking experience.
Benvenuti a Lucca
You can check in after 2pm but your room will not be ready until 4pm. We’ll get to know each other enjoying refreshments together, then you can relax and take in the beauty of this amazing Tuscan property. You’ll have time to freshen up before dinner at 7pm.
Fresh Pasta & Traditional Sauces
Sleep in, enjoy a relaxing breakfast, rest by the pool and stroll the beautiful grounds at the villa. We will gather in the kitchen at 3pm for today’s fresh pasta making class. We will learn how to make ravioli, tortelli, gnocchi and fresh tagliatelle, along with the traditional sauces that accompany these types of pasta. We’ll start a fresh sourdough starter from scratch, which we will attend to each morning so it will be ready to take home on Saturday.
Choose to stay at the villa and relax by the pool after a leisurely breakfast, visit a local spa, or travel to your choice of great Tuscan destinations like Florence, Pisa or explore Garfagnana.
We’ll meet in the evening at 7pm to prepare tomorrow morning’s sourdough crêpes.
Baking Sourdough Gluten Free Bread
Today is all about learning how to make delicious sourdough breads with gluten free flours. We will gather early at 9am and enjoy a hands-on bread baking class that includes many types of breads- artisan loaves, whole grain rolls, flatbreads, and focaccia. We’ll also make pizza dough and enjoy a late lunch outside by the brick oven.
The afternoon is all yours, and what a great time to enjoy a visit to Lucca. Rent a bike and ride around the ancient wall, have an early dinner, and enjoy some Italian gelato in Piazza San Michele. We will meet in the evening at 7pm to make sourdough bagel dough for tomorrow morning’s breakfast.
Choose to stay at the villa and relax by the pool, visit a local spa, or travel to Cinque Terre.
We will meet in the evening at 7pm to prepare tomorrow morning’s sourdough waffles.
Authentic Italian Cooking
We are going authentically Italian for this late afternoon cooking class at 3pm, learning how to prepare proper risotto, along with making traditional slow-roasted meats and seasonal vegetable dishes. Two naturally gluten free Italian deserts will give a sweet finish to dinner, accompanied by a selection of local wines.
A Farewell Feast
In the afternoon at 5pm, guests can join Carla and help prepare a traditional fish dinner for our farewell meal together. We’ll prepare a simple but impressive dinner with a rich fish stew appetizer, spaghetti alle vongole, and a whole fish main coarse. Our farewell dinner will be enjoyed together at 8pm.
Check out is 10am. Arrivederci come back and visit us again soon!