A Culinary Saunter through Tuscany with Kate Bolton-Porciatti

A Culinary Saunter through Tuscany with Kate Bolton-Porciatti


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This evocative conversation will transport you to Tuscany in a sensory journey exploring the region’s culinary traditions and fireside legends.

Filmed partly on location in local Tuscan food markets, in olive groves during the harvesting season, and in mountain woodlands where we forage for chestnuts and fuel for the fire, this seminar will explore seasonal Tuscan dishes, cooking techniques, and traditions. All of these are deeply rooted in the region’s varied terrain, which ranges from seascapes to verdant plains, forests, hills, and mountains. We will visit some of Tuscany’s less well-known areas where traditional ‘sagre’ celebrating local and seasonal foods such as truffles, olives, porcini, and chestnuts, and festivals of light in the mid-Winter form a vital part of community life. Our Tuscan feast is interlarded with fireside stories, adages, and local words of wisdom that reveal the deeply rooted connections between Tuscan cooking, the countryside, and the changing seasons.

Led by an expert on Italian culture and history, Kate Bolton-Porciatti, this interactive seminar will bring the taste of Tuscany into your home. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation of the rich traditions of Tuscan food and culture.

Kate Bolton-Porciatti is a professor of Italian cultural history and music at the Istituto Lorenzo de’Medici and at the British Institute in Florence. She has published extensively as an academic, a critic, and a journalist, and is a regular contributor to BBC Music and The Daily Telegraph. From 1989, for 17 years, she was a producer and broadcaster for BBC Arts & Classical Music in London. She did her MPhil thesis in Italy, exploring the musical and cultural landscape of 15th-century Florence.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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A Culinary Feast!

Another magical journey with Kate during which I was once again transported to Italy for 90 minutes. As always, her presentation was not only filled with engaging and informative dialogue, but also included videos that elevated the whole experience. Kate always goes above and beyond to exceed expectations every time.

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Fantastic Kate!

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Delicious online tour!

Signora Bolton-Porciatti provided an excellent tour of Tuscan foods and locations. Loved the multi-media and the cooking she did. Worked in seamlessly with her conversation.

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A Culinary Feast!

Another magical journey with Kate during which I was once again transported to Italy for 90 minutes. As always, her presentation was not only filled with engaging and informative dialogue, but also included videos that elevated the whole experience. Kate always goes above and beyond to exceed expectations every time.

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Fantastic Kate!

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Delicious online tour!

Signora Bolton-Porciatti provided an excellent tour of Tuscan foods and locations. Loved the multi-media and the cooking she did. Worked in seamlessly with her conversation.

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