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Partial Scholarships Available

Business Projects through its Study Abroad Opportunities Program offers a limited number of partial scholarships. Scholarships are available for Language Studies, Culinary Programs, Food Styling and Food Photography Courses, Art & Design, Wine Studies and many other areas of interest.

To qualify for a scholarship for a program taking place in 2011, participants must apply before November 30, 2010. To apply please visit this link where you will find the information you need.



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Azienda Agricola Casamonti, home of The Tuscan Pig

 

A trip to Tuscany would not be complete without visiting Azienda agricola Casamonti!  Casamonti is an agricultural development consisting of five planted acres of olives with specialized drip irrigation, a vineyard and an area dedicated to the raising of Cinta Senese.

Photo Raymond Lamothe

Have you heard of Cinta Senese breed? I knew where its name came from (white band around its black hair) but very little about all other aspects until I learned about Raymond Lamothe. Raymond is the “largest breeder in the Siena area and in Casamonti he produces and ages the exquisite traditional Tuscan products: prosciutto, salami, finocchiona – all certified by the Protected Denomination of Origin, Cinta Senese DOP. I welcome you to learn about this now off the endangered species at Cinta Senese’s Blog.

Photo Raymond Lamothe

Casamonti produces three wines: IGT Elogio, Chianti Classico and Chianti Riserva and all processes from fermentation to  bottling takes place under the it’s supervision.

The Extra Virgen Olive Oil produced at Casamonti comes from a tree count of 4000. It is ideal to use alone as a condiment, added to sauces or to any dish!

Participants of the Food Photography Workshop will visit Casamonti next week! They will tour the location, attend a tasting and will have the opportunity to photograph, buy and order products. Products from Casamonti’s store are sent  “door to door” anywhere in the world, the business is very proud of its international clientele, lovers of wines, oil and pork products.

Azienda Casamonti

53011 Castellina inChianti

Tel/Fax: +39 – 0577/740380

casamonti@cintasenese.com

 

To learn more about Cinta Senese click HERE

To visit the Cinta Senese’s Blog click HERE

To follow Raymond Lamothe on Twitter click HERE

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Tuscan Wine School, the place to learn a lot about Italian or Tuscan Wines

The Tuscan Wine School is the first English speaking Wine School in Tuscany.  It is easily accessible and located in the most historical part of Siena in the “Contrada della Pantera” (the Panther Neighborhood) of the city just in front of the Panther Fountain.

The institution offers a great opportunity to learn about Tuscan and Italian wines while enjoying the time in a relaxing atmosphere.  The classes are offered on a daily basis, several times a day and are “crash-courses“, characterized by a “down to earth approach” and tasting of high quality wines. You will learn a wide variety of aspects such as:

1 – How to read the label.

2 – Denominations.

3 – Diversity of grapes varietals and much more!

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Classes are available for a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 20. The school also organizes private wine tastings at all levels at any time of the day. The group of participants of the  Food Photography Workshop are looking forward to to be part of the group class that will take place on October 13th. Not only they will have an amazing time and learn some much about the best Italian wines, but they will also visit a place where they will be able to take wonderful photographs!

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Meet the Diva, Judy Witts Francini ~ “Market Maven, Cooking Teacher, Food Writer and Italian Life Coach”

When deciding what I wanted to offer as part of the Food Photography Workshop that will take place next week in Siena, my main objective was to present participants with a  distinctive opportunity which would fulfill their expectations.  No one but Judy Witts Francini could better share an afternoon with the group and show them the best of a Gastronomic Florence!

Judy accepted to offer her program “Mondays at the Market” tour on Saturday, October 16th and this filled me with joy, not only because I would be providing such a great experience but because I am one of her fans and felt so honored! Her One Day at the Market is a walking tour of the Central Market of Florence and includes tastings and lunch. It is a  four-hour experience, that any food lover would dream of.

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Anyone who knows Judy or follows her would know what a wonderful person she is and what a great professional she is known as. An authority in culinary and author of “Secrets from my Tuscan Kitchen”, the “DIVA” of Divina Cucina has an out of the ordinary way to share the secrets of the market and the pleasure of a great meal with you.

To visit Judy’s Website, click HERE

To visit Judy’s Blog, click HERE

To check out Judy in the press, click HERE

To order Judy’s book, click HERE

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Successful Photo Safari by Miguel Gómez in New York City

Thank you to Miguel Gomez for offering such a wonderful experience to participants of the Photo Safari in New York City on September 25th and 26th, 2010.  His goals were well achieved. He wanted to capture as much emotion and excitement as the city has to offer and the group did. Focus on composition, lighting ideas and exposure were some of the topics covered.

It was an interesting time for all who participated, not only because the wonderful walk but to discuss ideas, share ways of seeing this wonderful city and meeting people.

The day started off with a meeting at Central Park’s Columbus Circle (59th Street), the walk went up to the center of the Park up to the famous Dakota Building, famous location for movies and John Lennon’s last home in NYC and then visit the world famous Strawberry Fields the garden made in his remembrance) and Bethesda Fountain.

The idea was to take a breath of fresh air from the hectic New York City pace, which we fully embrace on Sunday.

Wonderful people and beautiful weather were the highlights. Thank you to Rosemary Nardone, Pat Badolato, Paloma Portillo for participating in the workshop and to Joseph Corrado for joining us for lunch and sharing his insights and food photography tips!

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To read the workshop review of Rosemary Nardone please visit NYC Style & a little Cannoli

To read the workshop review of Pat Badolato please visit Mille Fiori Favoriri

Registrations are open for the coming up Photo Safari in New York City which will take place on October 23rd. For more information please click HERE.

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