Italian Cooking in the Wine Country

Santa Ynez Valley - Los Olivos

May 3, 4, 5 2019

California Culinary Retreats weekends are all inclusive. That means all your meals and drinks, your 4 cooking classes, accommodations, materials, and take home items are included in the price. All you have to do is get yourself to your retreat, and leave the rest to us!


The Weekend in Brief

We are delighted to present our third annual regional Italian cooking weekend. The retreat will revolve around four technique-based hands on cooking classes. We will make fresh pasta, hand rolled gnocchi, and learn the secrets of perfect risotto while staying at the beautiful Los Olivos property. In addition, we’ll taste olives oils, specialty Italian cheeses and wines, among other things.

All classes will begin with an overview lecture and then move to cooking in the kitchen. We will dine together at beautifully-set tables under the stars, and sit by the outdoor fire pit in the evenings. When you are not cooking you are free to relax, go for a hike, or go wine tasting in the charming town of Los Olivos - your choice.

The retreat begins on Friday afternoon between 4 - 6pm, and we will conclude our weekend Sunday after a leisurely late lunch.

Friday Evening
Seasonal risotto, grilled salmon with fennel & lemon, vanilla bean panna cotta

Saturday Morning
Ravioli, butternut squash agnolotti, chopped salad, chocolate biscotti

Saturday Evening
Chicken scaloppini, arugula salad, tiramisu

Sunday Morning
Gnocchi, Bolognese, grilled spring vegetables, fresh strawberry crostata


8 guests

The retreat is all inclusive - including your private beautifully appointed room, classes, all beverages and meals.

1 room w/private bath, priced @ $2500 per couple ($1250 per person)

3 rooms w/shared baths, each priced at $2100 per couple ($1050 per person)