2017-2018 Colloquium Series
The Tourism Studies Working Group is pleased to announce
COOKING ATOP A MAGICAL MOUNTAIN:
Sharing Heritage, Tradition and Culture Around the Kitchen Table
Alla Madonna del Piatto Agriturismo and Cooking School
Friday, Feb. 16, 5:00pm
Gifford Room, 221 Kroeber Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Former research entomologist Letizia Mattiacci conducts culinary workshops at her hillside family home near Assisi, in the central Italian region of Umbria. For 15 years, she has shared the whys and hows of Umbrian rural cuisine with people from all over the world, encouraging visitors to explore all aspects of the local culture. In her appearance in Berkeley Ms. Mattiacci will talk about her work in creating a unique experience for travelers as well as supporting Umbria's vibrant artisan scene.
After completing her studies in behavioural and chemical ecology, Ms. Mattiacci spent many years traveling the world while working as a scientist and lived in several countries, including the USA. In 2001, Ms. Mattiacci and her husband, Ruurd de Jong, decided to leave their academic careers to follow their dream of offering true Italian hospitality and promoting the culture, art, crafts and culinary traditions of Umbria, a relatively unknown region of Italy.
Alla Madonna del Piatto Agriturismo and Cooking School opened in 2003 and has received international recognition ever since, including in The New York Times, on BBC, the Seattle Times, Food and Wine magazine, National Geographic, Lonely Planet, L'Italo Americano.