Cake Art with Jasmine Rae, November 1-6, 2021
Honoring time and the natural process in cake design
JOIN JASMINE in Bella Toscana
“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 Rome Fiumicino Airport, welcome and orientation with Jasmine
- DAY 2: Instruction with Jasmine, landscape sketching, herb walk with Lorenza, bruschetta-making lesson with Paola
- DAY 3: Instruction with Jasmine, visit to organic flour mill, excursion to Pienza
- DAY 4: Instruction with Jasmine, excursion to Città della Pieve, saffron tasting, pizza night at a local pizzeria
- DAY 5: Instruction with Jasmine, Italian cake-baking with Lorenza, celebratory aperitivo & dinner
- DAY 6: Departure and transport to Rome Fiumicino Airport
Day 1 – Monday, November 1: Arrival Poggio alla Trese
- Arrive, welcome and orientation
- Aperitivo, dinner
Upon your arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport, our drivers will transport you to beautiful Villa Poggio alle Trese, nestled in the spectacular Italian countryside. After getting settled you’ll join trip facilitator, Jessica, for a brief trip orientation followed by a workshop overview with Jasmine Rae.
Afterwards, take some time to explore the villa and grounds with your fellow students, then gather together for a friendly aperitivo followed by a delectable welcome dinner prepared by our own Chef Lorenza.
Day 2 – Tuesday, November 2: at Villa
- Instruction with Jasmine, landscape sketching, herb walk with Lorenza, bruschetta-making lesson with Paola
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
This morning you’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast that includes local pastries, organic yogurt, fresh fruits, eggs, cheeses, marmalades, breads from the local forno – plus juices, herbal teas and made-to-order Italian coffee. Afterwards, you’ll join Jasmine for your first full workshop session in the villa’s spacious studio.
Just before lunchtime, chef Lorenza will be taking you on an informative herb walk, where you’ll learn about classic Italian herbs and how they’re used in the kitchen. Be ready to take some notes! Lunch will be served up buffet-style – featuring herb-based dishes, of course.
In afternoon you’ll continue your class time with Jasmine, including a walk into the nearby vineyard 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 delectable extra virgin olive oil. A delicious, regional-style dinner follows.
Day 3 – Wednesday, November 3: Pienza
- Instruction with Jasmine, organic flour mill, Pienza
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
This morning, after breakfast, you’ll head back 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 flour. After a fascinating tour, lunch will be served up at the mill’s cozy restaurant.
After lunch, it’s off to the nearby hill town of Pienza where you’ll enjoy some free time to shop (so many artisan shops!) and explore the winding alleyways that open to spectacular views over the valley below.
Afterwards, it’s back to the villa for a continued afternoon session with Jasmine, before gathering together for aperitivo, followed by another delectable dinner prepared by Lorenza.
Day 4 – Thursday, November 4: Città della Pieve, Chiusi
- Instruction with Jasmine, visit to Città della Pieve, saffron tasting, pizza night
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
This morning, after a delicious breakfast in the villa’s dining hall, you’ll join Jasmine in the studio for a fabulous, full-morning session. Lunch today will be served up buffet-style, featuring some favorite Italian salads.
After lunch you’ll have a chance to relax a bit, or continue working on your project in the studio, before our drivers take you to nearby Città della Pieve – a beautifully preserved medieval village. Here you’ll enjoy a lovely walking tour, including a stop in the stunning cathedral and a jaunt down the narrowest alleyway in Italy! Last stop is our friend, Alessandro’s, shop for a private visit and very special saffron tasting – a specialty of Città della Pieve.
Afterwards, you’ll continue on to the ancient town of Chiusi to visit the exceptional Etruscan museum, featuring finds from local Etruscan tombs – amazing. Last stop is a local pizzeria for an up-close look at how Italian pizza is really made (in a blazing wood-fired oven), followed by a pizza dinner, of course!
Day 5 – Friday, November 5: Villa
- Instruction with Jasmine, Italian cake-baking with Lorenza, celebratory aperitivo & dinner
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
This morning, after another delicious breakfast, you’ll join Jasmine for a full morning session, as you immerse yourself in another day of creativity and inspiration.
A buffet lunch will be served up at the villa, followed by an afternoon session with Jasmine that includes an Italian cake-baking session with Lorenza – delightful! In fact, together you’ll be making tonight’s dessert – an Italian classic called torta della nonna. Plus Lorenza will be sharing with you some of her other favorite torta recipes.
Afterwards, gather together with Jasmine and your fellow students for a special, celebratory aperitivo/dinner.
Day 6 – Saturday, November 6: Departure
This morning, early, our drivers will be transporting you to Rome Fiumicino Airport.
VENUE & ACCOMMODATIONS ~ 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.
- 5 nights stay at elegant Villa Poggio alle Trese (The entire villa is reserved exclusively for Jasmine’s group!)
- Private group transportation to/from Rome Fiumicino Airport on arrival and departure days
- Private group transport service to/from all towns and sites included in the itinerary
- All breakfasts
- All lunches
- All dinners featuring regional specialties and local wines
- Visit to organic flour mill
- Saffron tasting
- Bruschetta-making lesson
- Herb lesson
- Daily, in-depth instruction with Jasmine Rae
- Daily accompaniment with a Strada Toscana team host or guide
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
- November 1-6, 2021
- 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 is required to secure your space on this retreat
- Review our terms and cancellation policy here
- Review our Covid policies here