Sketching a Pig is a hands-on exploration of traditional butchery and charcuterie methods, flavors, and foodways of central  Italy, centered around the full utilization of the animal - nose to tail!

Join Nathan Gilmour and Chef Rece Hogerheide in Umbria for a week-long deep dive into the traditions and foodways of Umbria with a focus on handcrafted salumi, fire cookery, and the bounty of the land. Participants should be ready to assist in the butchering of a thoughtfully sourced pig and wild boar as well as with many traditional preparations that come with the early spring harvest.  During this week, we will experience a full nose-to-tail processing of a hog, from breaking down the carcass, to salting, to tying, and of course, tasting as much salumi and product as we can.  This is one of the top places in the world to experience all these amazing traditions

 and products in one place - Umbria is truly home to some of the best salumi, wines, cheeses, and forageable plants in the world.  Expect this week to be very hands-on with lots ofopportunity for participation and ample time to discuss methods and practices in the ideal setting. 

During your stay, you will be housed at a beautiful and grand, 17th c. villa, located on a forested mountain overlooking Tiber valley.  Surrounded on all-sides by olive groves, carefully kept lawns and grand cypress trees, hedges of lavender and rosemary grace the landscape, with a vegetable garden for guest use - the setting is idyllic.

The stately villa itself is completely gated and fenced and features unique architectural elements, such as beautifully painted beamed and brick domed ceilings, terracotta tiled floors, stone walls, unique fireplaces, arched doorways and wooden-shuttered windows, all complemented by the stylish furnishing and decor throughout.  The designer kitchen features the most elegant contemporary appliances and features. The main house sleeps ten (four bedrooms, all en-suite). In addition, a stone cottage and sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms, with a separate bathrooms, and provides several sitting and relaxation areas in addition to a very comfortable main lounge. A large upper terrace includes a shaded area, perfect for dining and appreciating spectacular sunsets and mountain views.  The lower patio surrounds a magnificent infinity pool.  The villa is a stunning property that will provide unforgettable experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

Your workshop package is all-inclusive, providing welcome and departure services and airport transfer from the Rome Fiumicino, Leonardo Da Vinci Airport (FCO) aboard our comfortable private bus.  All materials and fees for the course are included, except international airfare and meals on excursion days unless otherwise stated.

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