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.
"The food and wines came in abundance. Sophie (the chef) was absolutely great she never missed a beat and made the sessions not only informative, but also enormous fun. This is truly a five star holiday. Cooking holidays don't get better than this"
Nick & Mary Tee
"Maybe the combination of place and subject resulted in the 'becoming part' of the experience or maybe the people and the subject resulted in the experience becoming part of me. Which ever, I know that I have returned reinvigorated, engaged and richer by far than when I left... "
"The house is beyond description - impossible to convey how historical and stylish. It is magical..."
"It would be a truly memorable week for a group of good friends and family - 50th birthday parties etc."
"Such a great few days of utter deliciousness with such fabulous company and in a spectacular setting. EVERYTHING was delicious."
Based in the foothills, 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.
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 foothills north of Venice 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.
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.
In September 2014, Jake took over the reins as chef de cuisine at Bocca di Lupo, working under chef patron Jacob Kenedy to lead a restaurant producing some of the best Italian cuisine in the country. Jake's career began with Jeremy Lee at the Blueprint Café, after which he followed him and the kitchen team to re-open Quo Vadis.
Since opening in 2008, Bocca di Lupo has received various awards for its regional Italian cuisine.
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.
Giuseppe started his career on the beautiful island of Capri where he ran the family restaurant, before moving to London to work at Daphne's.
He is now Head Chef at Harrods, but also travels the world as a consultant and is a tutor at the Italian culinary school Ferrandi.
Giuseppe has taught in Italy for many years and we are delighted to have him as a guest chef.
Valli Little is widely regarded as one of Australia’s most exciting food writers. Based in Sydney she is food editor of delicious magazine, and in this capacity travels extensively, interviewing and breaking bread with some of the world’s leading chefs and food producers.
As well as regularly giving classes in Sydney, Valli indulges her deep love of Italian food and culture by regularly bringing her extensive knowledge and superb cookery skills over to Italy to teach. In her limited spare time she has published a number of acclaimed cookery books.
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.
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 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.
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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.
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.
In addition to our scheduled weeks Stirred organises bespoke, tailor-made gourmet trips all year round at Villa Casagrande and beyond.
Dates & Prices for 2015
Sun 13th - Sat 19th September (Sophie Braimbridge)
Sun 20th - Sat 26th September (Sophie Braimbridge)
Sun 4th - Sat 10th October (Tom Whitaker)
Sun 11th - Sat 17th October (Jake Simpson)
Price: £2,495 pp (£250 single supplement)
Dates & Prices for 2016
Sun 15th - Sat 21st May
Sun 5th - Sat 11th June
Sun 12th - Sat 18th June
Sun 4th - Sat 10th September (Valli Little)
Sun 11th - Sat 17th September (fully booked)
Sun 18th - Sat 24th September (Valli Little)
Sun 2nd - Sat 8th October
Sun 9th - Sat 15th October
Price: £2,575 pp (£250 single supplement)
The package includes:
Six nights’ accommodation, tuition, food, wine, trips, tours and tastings (unless otherwise stated), lunch in Venice, dinner at a local restaurant, transfers to and from Venice Airport at recommended pick-up and departure times.
The price does not include flights. Private transfers can be arranged at an additional cost.