April 13 – 15, 2018


 A weekend dedicated to the art of pizza making

April 13 – 15, 2018

  • Tour of The Hill
  • Hands-on
  • Demonstrations

Join Domencia Marchetti for a virtual tour of Italy and regional Italian food at The Inns at St. Albans! As the author of seven acclaimed books on Italian home cooking, Domenica has made it her mission to bring authentic Italian recipes into the homes of America’s cooks and is excited to bring this same passion into the kitchen at the Inns and to share it with you.

During this custom designed weekend, we will focus on the food of one of Italy’s least known regions and Domenica’s favorite—Abruzzo, where her family is from. Situated east of Rome, Abruzzo extends from the Apennine Mountains to the Adriatic coast. It is a spectacular, unspoiled region with rich and diverse culinary traditions.

The weekend will kick off with hands-on class time, a cooking demonstration and a special Welcome Dinner at the Inns, featuring homemade pasta from Abruzzo and other specialties of the region.

On Saturday, after morning class time, we’ll venture to The Hill, St. Louis’s Italian neighborhood, for a walking tour and lunch with stops at select groceries and bakeries.  The afternoon is dedicated to the art of pizza making, Abruzzo style. In this hands-on class, we will roll up our sleeves and make homemade pizza dough, plus a variety of toppings. Best of all, we will enjoy the fruits of our labor with a special wood-fired pizza dinner at the Inns.

Throughout the weekend, books will be available for purchase and signing, and on Sunday, join Domenica for an Italian farewell breakfast before departing.

Price – $500

Culinary Camp, Meals & Accommodations
Includes cooking class, a tour of The Hill, Friday and Saturday night accommodations, meals (Friday night dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday breakfast).
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Price – $250

Culinary Camp, Meals with NoAccommodations
Includes cooking class, tour of The Hill, and all meals (Friday night diner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday breakfast).
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Camp begins Friday, April 13th at 3:00 PM and concludes Sunday, April 15th at 10:30 AM

A limited number of accommodations are available and will be booked on a first-come basis, payment is due at time of booking.  Contact The Inns at St. Albans to arrange for accommodations before purchasing your tickets or, purchase an all-inclusive ticket online and someone will contact you to book the accommodations that best fit your needs.

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Arkansas: Italian culture showcased at inaugural festival

Italian culture showcased at inaugural festival

Italian culture will take center stage at the first annual Arkansas Italian Food & Culture Festival April 20-21 in North Little Rock. The festival is being held at the North Shore Riverwalk.

“In reality I’ve wanted to do a festival like this for many years,” said festival co-founder Patrick Presley. “I’ve long looked for a way to honor my mother’s family who came from Italy. Also, I’ve always believed that there was far more diversity in the American South than most of the country realizes or the history books have given us credit for. That’s also a key motivator for me personally. Part of that diversity is the role of Italian-Americans in Arkansas, which as a state we have a deep and rich history going back to Italians arriving in Lake Village, Tontitown, Center Ridge, Pine Bluff, Marion, Little Italy, and certainly Little Rock and North Little Rock. This is a great way to highlight that culture and history on many levels. And who does not love Italian food?”

Presley said festival highlights will include adult and youth soccer tournaments, bocce tournaments, a celebrity and kids grape stomp challenge, an Italian car exhibit, live entertainment, Italian music, and “of course food, food, and more food.” Food offerings range from lasagna, pizza, and Italian beef to cannoli and zeppole. There will also be wine and beer. Along with this will be a VIP food tent catered by Ristorante Capeo that will have Northern Italian specialties on Friday and Southern Italian specialties on Saturday. On Thursday (April 19) the festival kicks off with a documentary at the Clinton School of Public Service by Italian-American filmmaker Matteo Zengago called “I Sopravvissuit” (The Survivors) about the lives of Italian Americans in Arkansas and across the Delta.

Admission to the festival is $5 per person at the Willow Street entrance. Kids five and under get in free. All proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas. “The impact of that alone can be potentially huge on so many levels to help kids have a better life and future, which in turns means a better future for our city and Central Arkansas,” said Presley. For more details on the festival, visit aritalianfestival.com.

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