There’s so many great things to say about the experience, I’d probably bore all of you with my details. However, I’ll try to keep this short and let the pictures do all the talking.
First, the landscape is pretty amazing. Greeted by the coast, we later drove in and were surrounded by vineyards and rolling hills. The location – quite picturesque – was very inviting. Our hosts, Fabrizia and her assistant Linda (along with all of the staff at Case Vecchie), were awesome. Very friendly, accomodating and hospitable, they treated us to some incredible meals and a Sicilian experience I think I would not have been able to get on my own or on just any tour. I was not familiar at all with Sicilian cuisine, but loved every dish that was served and loved the fact that much of it was local (much of the produce right from Fabrizia’s garden!) and fresh (thanks, Andrew, for getting us those awesome veggies daily!).
Bea, food stylist and writer, is a whole lot of fun, too. She was very insightful and an open book when it came to many of our food styling and photography questions. Seeing her work made food styling look quite effortless, when in fact there is much thought and attention to detail put into every setup. It was a great experience to have her share and give us a peek into her workflow.
I think one of the things I enjoyed most was being around a great group of people (from all over the world, too) who shared the similar interest of food and photography. It was great to see a mix of beginner, amateur and professional photographers, as well as some chefs, artists and writers. Every unique point of view made this workshop that much more enjoyable.