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World Pasta Day at La Cucina Caldesi


World Pasta Day
On 25th October we held a special World Pasta Day event at La Cucina Caldesi which took the form of live demos, talks, tastings and the largest display of pasta shapes outside of Italy.

Pasta is eaten in all five continents of the world and according to a study of global food trends by Oxfam, it …

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Hard at Wok…


We were very lucky to welcome Jeremy Pang from School of Wok to La Cucina Caldesi to celebrate Chinese New Year in early February.
While we’re known for being a specialist Italian cookery school every now again it’s nice to explore the cookery of other cultures. The one thing Italian and Chinese food have in common is pasta and we …

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All about the oil…


We recently held an evening at Caldesi in Campagna to celebrate the new season’s Italian olive oil. Along with some samples from Filippo Berio and the knowledge of our cookery school’s expert Stefano we’d arranged a tutored tasting followed by a feast cooked by Giancarlo and Head Chef Gregorio.
I’d arranged the restaurant to look like a traditional taverna and …

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A Feast Fit for a Caesar…


We’ve been holding some very special Roman themed dinners at Caldesi in Campagna and Caffe Caldesi to coincide with the launch of our latest book ‘Rome – Centuries in an Italian Kitchen’. Our menu for the evenings was designed to showcase some of the dishes that we discovered in our many months of research and to take our guests on …

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A Night in Venice… at the RAC!

Maternity, Children & Family Photographs

We were recently asked to hold an event at the historical Royal Automobile Club in London’s Mayfair. Our theme of the evening was our recent book ‘Venice – Recipes Lost and Found’. We designed a menu based on recipes we had discovered as we researched the region’s dishes.
Giancarlo, with the kind assistance of RAC Head Chef Phil Corrick and …

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Going Wild in the Country…

Going Wild in the Cotswolds

Earlier in October we held our second ‘Go Wild in the Country’ cookery courses at Bruern Cottages in the Cotswolds. The concept of the weekend was to teach a course that maximised on the fresh, seasonal produce available in the English countryside creating a range of dishes using local game, fish, vegetables and hedgerow foraged ingredients. Then using some of …

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The Rise of the Real Bread Movement

The Real Bread Campaign is helping to bring Real Bread back to the hearts of our local communities.
It’s all about banishing the artificial additives and eating healthier and it starts at grass-roots level with the excellent ‘Lessons in Loaf’ initiative, which is all about teaching our children what makes great Real Bread and how they can make it themselves.
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Paola Rocchi at Caldesi in Campagna for Frescobaldi Fortnight


On Monday an Italian chef by the name of Paola Rocchi arrived at our house all the way from sunny Tuscany.  She is staying with us whilst we stage Frescobaldi Fortnight at Caldesi in Campagna – A chance to enjoy Paola’s Tuscan food and the wines of her employers, the Frescobaldi family. Living with four men (two young and small, …

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Discover the Origin Campaign

Katie was also busy this weekend with the Discover the Origin Campaign which has been a three year campaign promoting five key European products: Parma Ham, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Burgundy and Douro Valley wines and Port. Katie concentrated her efforts of using the foods from the campaign and cooked Pasta al Forno, a delicious combination of pasta, boiled egg (weird but works!), …

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A hot and sunny weekend in July

A hot and sunny weekend in July

Giancarlo had a great time with Birra Moretti in London this week making pizza in ten minutes with hundreds of people in Soho Square, Exchange Square and Canary Wharf. He is also going to be doing some “Long Lunches” with them, for a chance to win one for you and your friends visit

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