Stirred brings together all the
ingredients for a truly memorable cooking experience.
Delicious local produce, excellent wines, a beautiful location, passionate chefs and
an informal, relaxed ambience.
Based in the foothills of the Dolomites, an hour North of Venice, you will experience the tastes, sights, smells, and culture of one of the most evocative parts of Northern Italy.
Stirred offers in-depth, hands-on cooking classes using the area's rich and varied seasonal produce under the supervision of expert chefs in a relaxing and inspiring 15th Century villa.
We will immerse you in the region, known for its outstanding natural beauty, historic culture and serious dedication to producing and cooking only the very finest food. Local hunters will take you into the hills in search of seasonal truffles, you will try some of the best wines, cheeses and salumi the area has to offer, and you will go off the beaten track to discover wonderful family-run restaurants. Stirred will leave you not only utterly relaxed, but also trained in the art of truly delicious Italian cooking.
The foothills of the Dolomites set the stage for this elegant and historic 15th century estate.
Villa Casagrande is the proud home of the Conti Brandolini d'Adda family, who have defended the surrounding towns and valleys since the 15th century and still run the property today.
Entering the villa through the imposing entrance hall decorated with giant swords and the family's battle standard, the ground floor has two living rooms, two dining halls, and a designer kitchen with traditional Venetian open fireplace. The bedrooms, complete with their own elegant bathrooms, are each unique in character, style and design.
Outside, you can enjoy a walk around the rose garden after a long lunch under the old silk mills, or take a dip in the 18 metre pool - the perfect way to work up an appetite for an alfresco dinner by the monumental chestnut tree.
Our classes give you every opportunity to learn through immersing yourself in advanced Italian cooking.
Working alongside an acclaimed chef, you'll be able to cook and sample some of the most delicious regional dishes from robust risottos and pastas packed with flavor to rich fish soups and creamy polentas.
The use of spices imported from the orient is so important to the specialities of the area, as is quality fresh seasonal produce, and mastering these will give you a solid base upon which to create many inspiring and innovative dishes both here and at home.
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Wines are the lifeblood of Italian meals, so we give them very careful consideration when compiling our classes and menus.
Combining rich traditions with innovative approaches, the region's wineries produce award-winning indigenous wines of quality and excellence, with a broad palette to satisfy all tastes.
Stirred believes in showcasing a range of local wine producers, from well known to the more emerging, experimental wineries, and wine tastings will be an integral part of your experience with us.
Sarah has been involved in food and travel for two decades. Her first venture was launching a cookery school in Umbria with Alastair Little at La Cacciata. She then became a founding partner of Tasting Places, the pioneering food and travel company offering cookery holidays and bespoke gourmet worldwide. Sarah's passion for innovative, regional cooking, locally sourced produce and searching for new or lesser known destinations, drives her ability to create unique and memorable experiences for her guests.Patrick Obert - Managing Director
Patrick worked in the financial sector for many years, however his true passion has always been in food and wine. His love of Italian culture and the language, which he speaks fluently, have been a constant draw, and like many he unequivocally considers the quality of its produce and variety of its dishes to be the best in the world. Satisfying his thirst for travel, he has now teamed up with Sarah to combine his depth of knowledge with their shared love of food, wine and Italy, to launch Stirred.
We are a company born by a shared passion for superb food, wines and experiences...
At Stirred we consider ourselves very fortunate to be able
to make our passion our profession. We have over 20 years dedicated experience in providing gourmet holidays, and have worked alongside highly-acclaimed chefs and experts. Everything we do is focussed on creating personal, unique holidays with extraordinary attention to detail.
"I set up my Italian Cookery School with Sarah and we worked together for 12 years. I can't think of anyone better
to create this cookery experience." - Alastair Little, chef
"Having spent many a happy week cooking at the extraordinary locations that Sarah Roberts found throughout Italy, it is with much excitement to hear of yet another string to her mighty bow, a new venture in the Veneto. Being well versed in such endeavours, the team promises great eating and cooking in splendid surroundings." - Jeremy Lee, chef
Very few places can satisfy all your natural senses like the Veneto. We'll take you off the beaten track to discover the hidden jewels in this unexplored area of Italy.
No visit to this part of Italy would be complete without experiencing the unforgettable sights, smells and tastes of Venice, so we'll take you to the Rialto fish and fresh foods markets to pick some of the best seasonal produce to bring back for your classes.
Choose from our five organised Stirred cooking experiences, between June and October 2014.
Prices for 2014:
£2,400 per person (£250 single supplement)
Price is based on 2 people sharing and includes: Six nights' accommodation, tuition, food, wine, trips, tours and tastings unless otherwise stated, transfers to and from Venice Airport at our recommended pick up and departure times. It does not include flights. Private transfers can be arranged at an additional cost.
For more information or a quote for a tailor-made experience, please email email@example.com
15th to 21st June (complete)
7th to 13th September
14th to 20th September
21st to 27th September
12th to 18th October
We also work closely with our clients to create bespoke events at Villa Casagrande and beyond. Whatever you want, from a private tour or corporate event to a family gathering or celebration, we will meet all your exacting requirements to create your perfect experience. For more information or a quote, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For media enquiries contact Ollie Druttman, Paul Charles or Julia Perowne at PCC on email@example.com or +44 (0)20 7792 8884