From April 20-26 2022, Sasha Marx and Civitella Ranieri will lead a weeklong visit to Italy’s ‘Green Heart,’ Umbria, which will focus on learning more about an often overlooked area of Italy and its great food traditions. We will study the origins of cucina povera (‘poor cuisine’) and familiarize ourselves with the region’s local grains, vegetables, meats, and culinary heritage. Led by Serious Eats senior culinary editor Sasha Marx, who grew up in Rome, the trip will be packed with food-focused excursions to visit cheese-makers, bakers, butchers, and restaurants in the area. Daily cooking demonstrations and lessons, as well as lectures from local food historians and experts, are also included. Sasha will be working alongside Romana Ciubini, head chef at Civitella Ranieri. Romana is an authority on, and champion of, Umbria’s cucina povera tradition, as noted in this article from The New York Times. Participants will be staying at the beautiful 15th century Civitella Ranieri estate for the duration of the trip. More information on Civitella Ranieri can be found here.

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