Cake Art with Jasmine Rae, April 5-10, 2020

Honoring time, and the natural process, in cake design


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“I’m fascinated by materials curled by the effect of time, boasting the articulation of use and wear from life past. Its beauty is so rich. I recreate this look of aging afresh, in food, ironically, abusing my decorative sugar surfaces with a delicate hand, pushing the sugar’s potential for that richness beyond what I’ve previously known or seen, forging textures that play with light and shadow. Each cake shows me something new…” ~ Jasmine Rae


ABOUT Jasmine Rae

Jasmine’s extraordinary cakes are truly that: extraordinary. Each is its own stunning work of art, designed with carefully chosen ingredients to create an edible masterpiece. Her cakes have been featured in the following online and print publications: The Lane, 
Martha Stewart Magazine, 
The Knot
, Brides Magazine, 
Grace Ormond,  Wedding Style Magazine
, Style Me Pretty
, OnceWed, 
Borrowed and Blue
, Green Wedding Shoes, 
Modern Luxury Brides Magazine
, Snippet and Ink, Magnolia,  Rouge. 
San Francisco Magazine, 
Huffington Post
, Flutter, 
Carats & Cake, Grey Likes
, 7×7 Magazine, 
Pacific Weddings Magazine
, Flutter Magazine, The Cake Blog, 
100 Layer Cake … and many more.


ABOUT THIS EXTRAORDINARY Workshop 

“This course is about learning principles that may help YOU find YOU, your own voice, a voice you may want to share with the world in the robust form of a thriving business. This course isn’t about a formula, isn’t about tips and tricks, or how to be me. I’m extremely proud of what we have created for you, because it’s about using myself as an example of a journey. Although this workshop is rooted in practicality, technique, and lessons, it’s also beautiful – and most importantly, it’s about me sharing with you my perspective and principles, as well as my approach to myself as an artist. My hope is that you will do the same so you’ll end up with something uniquely YOU.” ~ Jasmine Rae

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

  • DAY 1: Arrive from Chiusi-Chianciano Train Station, Orientation and Welcome
  • DAY 2: Side trip Città della Pieve, Instruction with Jasmine, Antique Shop, Pizza Night
  • DAY 3: Instruction with Jasmine, Landscape Sketching, Herb Walk
  • DAY 4: Side trip Pienza, Instruction with Jasmine, Pienza, Organic Flour Mill
  • DAY 5: Instruction with Jasmine, Italian Cake-baking with Doriana, Celebratory Aperitivo
  • DAY 6: Departure and transport to Chiusi- Chianciano Train Station

FULL ITINERARY


Day 1 – April 5: Arrival Poggio alla Trese

  • Arrive, Orientation
  • Aperitivo, dinner

AFTERNOON: Upon your arrival at Chiusi-Chianciano train station, our drivers will transport you to beautiful Villa Poggio alle Trese, nestled in the spectacular Italian countryside. After some time to freshen up and recharge, you’ll enjoy a friendly orientation with trip facilitator, Jessica Bell, followed by an overview of this fabulous workshop with Jasmine Rae. Afterwards you’ll have some time to explore the villa and grounds with your fellow students.

EVENING: Tuscan-style apertivo followed by a delectable welcome dinner prepared by Chef Lorenza 


Day 2 – April 6: Villa, Città della Pieve, Chiusi

  • Instruction, Città della Pieve, Antique Shop, Pizza Night
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

MORNING: Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the villa, then it’s time to join Jasmine in the studio for a fabulous morning of hands-on instruction. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a Tuscan-style lunch with local cheeses, cured meats and fresh spring salad. 

LUNCH: At villa

AFTERNOON: After lunch you’ll continue your class time with Jasmine before heading to the medieval hill town of Città della Pieve. Here you’ll enjoy a walking tour of the village – including the beautiful cathedral, frescoed Palazzo della Duca di Corgna and the narrowest street in Italy! Then it’s on to Lino’s second-hand shop to hunt for treasures, before heading to the ancient Etruscan village of Chiusi for a bit of exploring followed by pizza night at Pino’s.

EVENING: Pizza at Pino’s pizzeria 


Day 3 – April 7: Villa

  • Instruction, Landscape Sketching, Herb Walk, Bruschetta
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

MORNING: This morning after breakfast you’ll join Jasmine for continued instruction in the villa’s spacious, arched studio – formerly a stall (four centuries ago). Then it’s time for a delightful herb walk with our very own Chef Lorenza, who is absolutely passionate about herbs – both wild and cultivated – and their uses in cooking and wellness. Get ready to take some notes!

LUNCH: At the villa, featured herb-based dishes

AFTERNOON: In afternoon you’ll continue your class time, before wandering into the nearby vineyard with Jasmine for an inspiring landscape sketching lesson. Afterwards, you’ll join Paola fireside for an oh-so-fun bruschetta-making lesson, featuring crusty, Tuscan bread and the estate’s organic olive oil.    

EVENING:  Aperitivo followed by dinner prepared by Chef Lorenza  


Day 4 – April 8: Villa, Pienza, Val d’Orcia

  • Instruction, Pienza, Organic Flour Mill
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

MORNING: This morning, after a delicious breakfast, you’ll head to the studio with Jasmine for another fantastic morning of learning and creating. Then, get ready for an inspiring outing, as our drivers transport you to a castle, turned organic flour mill, in the spectacular Val d’Orcia of Tuscany – where they have preserved the centuries-old practice of stone grinding. After a brief tour, lunch will be served up at the mill’s cozy restaurant. 

LUNCH: Mulino Val d’Orcia

AFTERNOON: After lunch, it’s off to the gem of a medieval hill town, Pienza, for some free time for shopping (so many artisan shops!), exploring the winding alleyways or simply to taking in the spectacular views. Don’t forget to grab a gelato at one of Pienza’s fabulous artisan gelaterie. Then it’s back to the villa for some afternoon instruction with Jasmine.  

EVENING: Aperitivo followed by another delectable dinner, featuring Tuscan specialites


Day 5 – April 9: Villa

  • Instruction, Italian Cake-baking with Lorenza, Celebratory Aperitivo
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

MORNING: After breakfast, you’ll join Jasmine for this morning’s instruction session, as you immerse yourself in another day of creativity and inspiration. Afterwards you’ll enjoy a picnic-style lunch featuring do-it-yourself panini and a fresh salad with spring lettuces. 

LUNCH: At villa  

AFTERNOON: After lunch and one final instructional session with Jasmine, it’s time to take part in an Italian cake-baking session with delightful Lorenza, where you’ll be making tonight’s dessert – torta della nonna. Plus Lorenza will be sharing with you some of her other favorite torta recipes, including the mimosa. Afterwards, gather together with Jasmine and your fellow students for a special, celebratory aperitivo.

EVENING: Aperitivo and farewell dinner 


Day 6 – April 10: Departure 

At a Glance: Transport to Chiusi- Chianciano Train Station


VENUE Villa Poggio alle Trese

Poggio alle Trese has been a part of a family estate for four centuries – an estate that includes stunning olive groves, sweeping vineyards and a precious little lake tucked into the nearby forest. The villa itself sits upon the very border of Tuscany and Umbria, an area that was prone to invasions by the Duke of Tuscany (back when feudal battles were the norm), and was lovingly restored by the family 12 years ago. The renovation included updates and redos to the kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms – all done with classy, traditional touches. The result is a stately structure that reflects its history with grace, while it beckons to modern-day guests who love sumptuous sleeping rooms with characteristic touches.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  •  5 nights stay at elegant Villa Poggio alle Trese (The entire villa is reserved exclusively for Jasmine’s group!)
  • Transportation to/from Chiusi-Chianciano Train Station on arrival and departure days
  • Private transport service to/from all towns and sites included in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts with a multitude of delicious choices, plus teas, juices and made-to-order Italian coffee
  • 4 delicious lunches featuring regional specialties and accompanied by local wines
  • 4 delectable dinners featuring regional specialties and accompanied by local wines
  • Pizza night!
  • Daily, in-depth instruction with Jasmine
  • Entrance fees to all sites included in trip itinerary
  • Daily accompaniment with a Strada Toscana team host or guide
  • Restaurant gratuities

Not included: Airfare, ground or water transportation outside of that listed in the trip itinerary, alcoholic drinks, wines or meals ordered “on your own”, gratuities for drivers and villa staff

The Unexpected is Part of the Journey: At Strada Toscana we weave amazing, authentic experiences into every trip, but sometimes unexpected things come up – like an unscheduled closing at a site or restaurant. If that happens, which it rarely does, we improvise to include something equally as wonderful and interesting. The quality of your experience is never at risk, as our team is committed to excellence, along with our vast connections of local Italians.


DATES & PRICES:  6 Days/5 Nights

  • April 5-10, 2020
  • Trip Price: Single occupancy sleeping rooms with no single supplement fee!
    • $3,580 USD w/ensuite bath
    • $3,480 USD w/shared bath
  • $500 deposit plus 7 convenient monthly payments – automatically applied to your credit card every 30 days

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