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WELCOME

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 cookery holidays with in-depth, hands-on cooking classes using the area's rich and varied seasonal produce under the expert supervision of our acclaimed chefs in a relaxed and inspiring 15th century villa.

Staying in the comfort and splendour of this historic and palatial home we will immerse you in the region known for its outstanding natural beauty, culture and serious dedication to producing and cooking only the very finest food. Stirred will leave you not only relaxed and inspired, but also trained in the art of truly delicious Italian cooking.

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VILLA CASAGRANDE

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.

COOKING CLASSES

Our hands-on cooking classes give you every opportunity to learn through immersing yourself in advanced Italian cooking.

Working alongside one of our acclaimed chefs, 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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THE WINES

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 Roberts Managing Director

    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 went on become 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 the Italian language, which he speaks fluently, and culture has been a constant draw. Like many he unequivocally considers the quality of its produce and variety of its dishes to be the best in the world. Patrick moved on into the travel world working with a specialist high end tour company. 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.

  • Sophie Braimbridge Chef

    Sophie Braimbridge is a chef, writer and cookery presenter, known for her innovative, witty style. She has written several books, including "The Food of Italy" and "Simply Italian" and has been teaching in Italy for the past 20 years.

    Trained by the Roux Brothers, she has cooked in some of the world’s leading restaurants, including Le Gavroche and the River Café in London, and Chez Panisse in San Francisco.

  • Maxine Clark Chef

    Having trained as a chef at the world famous Leith's School of Food and Wine in London, where she rose to senior teacher and demonstrator, Maxine's involvement in the cookery world has taken her from high profile private dining to food styling and magazine editing. Maxine worked closely with Francesco da Mosto on his Venetian cookery book Francesco's Kitchen spending long intensive periods in Venice cooking and researching the food and culture of this extraordinary city.

    Passionate about Italian food and cooking, with a particular love of fish and shellfish, she has been teaching gourmet cookery in Italy for over twenty years, and has written more than twenty five books.

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STIRRED SOULS

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.

LOCATION

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 incomparable magic of Venice. We will take you into the hustle and bustle of the renowned Rialto fresh fish and produce markets to pick up the best produce to bring back for your classes, then retire by private boat to one of the best kept secrets in the Venetian islands, where you will sample some of the finest cuisine the peninsula has to offer.




















BOOKING

Bespoke Events

We work closely with our clients to create bespoke events at Villa Casagrande and beyond. Whatever the occasion or timeframe - a gathering of family and friends, a corporate event, or red-letter celebration, we will meet your exacting requirements to create the perfect experience.

For more information or a quote please email either sarah@stirredtravel.com or patrick@stirredtravel.com

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2014 Dates

15th to 21st June (complete)
7th to 13th September (full)
14th to 20th September
21st to 27th September
12th to 18th October

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.

Please email info@stirredtravel.com for 2015 dates and prices.




Contact

For more information please contact Stirred at

info@stirredtravel.com
Tel: +44 (0) 1347 868 659
Patrick Obert: patrick@stirredtravel.com
Sarah Roberts: sarah@stirredtravel.com