Farm to Table Cooking School with Chef Naomi Pomeroy
Join Naomi Pomeroy, award winning chef of Portland’s Beast and Expatriate, for an unforgettable culinary adventure and intimate, hands on week of cooking in the romantic Tuscan countryside. Based on her cookbook, Taste & Technique, which The New York Times calls one of the best of 2016, and which won a coveted IACP award for food photography and styling, Naomi will share her knowledge, teaching the foundations and building blocks to become a master home cook, with a focus not just on making incredibly delicious food, but also on how to compose and style your meals for the most impressive outcome. Inspired by her lifelong passion for flowers and plants, and the opening of her new floral design studio, Colibri, Naomi will also lead a flower workshop and share her unique perspective on creating unique composed arrangements.
A self taught chef, Naomi Pomeroy was born and raised in Corvallis, Oregon. She spent her childhood hanging around the stove and in backyard gardens with her mother. Naomi’s restaurant Beast, which opened in 2007 in Portland Oregon, is a 24-seat restaurant where people can chat freely with each other at communal tables while enjoying her incredible food.
Naomi has been featured in Gourmet and Elle Magazine; Bon Appètit named her one of the top six of a new generation of female chefs in September 2008; and Food & Wine Magazine recognized her as one of the 10 Best New Chefs in America for 2009. In 2010, Oprah magazine named her one of the Top 10 Women to Watch in the Next Decade, and Marie Claire named her one of the top 16 Women in Business. She has given several lectures on creativity, including a TedX talk given in 2013. Naomi appeared as a contestant on Top Chef Masters in 2011 and also appears as a recurring judge on Knife Fight on the Esquire Network. Locally, Portland Monthly voted Naomi Chef of the Year in 2008. Beast was honored as Restaurant of the Year in 2008 by the Oregonian and chosen as best Brunch by the Willamette Weekly.
In 2010, 2012, and 2013, she was selected as a finalist for the James Beard Awards in the category Best Chef Pacific Northwest, and in 2014, she was selected as the recipient for this prestigious award.
Naomi will be joined on the retreat by the talented Pastry Chef, Ellen Laing, who will lead a dessert workshop and share her tips for creating the most sublime desserts.
The setting for this week will be the immaculately restored 11th century luxury agriturismo, Villa Montecastello, a working organic farm and olive grove, perched high atop a hillside with the dreamiest country views. The villa has been immaculately renovated to offer its visitors an authentic luxury experience in Tuscany centered around food and wine. Located one hour south of Florence, the Villa is surrounded by olive groves, with vineyards and nature reserves at its base. Your week spent in this storybook setting will be complemented by magical day trips and wonderful wines.
Villa Montecastello will be your private Tuscan oasis during this week long retreat. We invite you to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature, eat to your heart’s content, and to relax by the pool with a glass of Prosecco and soak in the sprawling views of the Tuscan countryside.
This week long journey will inspire your love of cooking for years to come. Chef Naomi will share her passion, expertise and lead you through the simply amazing and flavorful experience of living a week in Tuscany to the fullest.
The week includes 7 overnight accommodations at Villa Montecastello, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, all local transportation as described in the itinerary including airport pickup and drop off at Florence airport. Daily breakfast buffet includes locally baked goods and produce, fruit, coffee, tea and juice. Also included are all of the materials for cooking classes, wine tours and tasting. Unlimited bottled water (sparkling and flat) at villa. House wine with lunch and dinners from our expertly curated house selection, plus all fine wines for tastings and winery tours. Not included in pricing: Airfare, all extra beverages, additional transportation outside of itinerary.
Each room is uniquely furnished with the utmost attention to detail. All rooms offer luxury hand ironed linens, hand made olive oil soap and shampoo, fresh cut flowers and air conditioning. Villa Montecastello offers 8 room options of varying sizes and pricing, each is filled with beautiful antiques, warmth and charm. The Villa Montecastello has many shared sitting areas both inside and out, and a library filled with books about Italy, food and wine.
Learn more about Chef Naomi at www.beastpdx.com and Villa Montecastello at www.montecastelli.com