Virtual programming

Spannocchia Food


Photo of the Spannocchia Castello
August (Exact Date TBD): The Story of Spannocchia: a conversation with Randall Stratton

Join us for an informal conversation with Spannocchia’s own Randall Stratton, who—with his wife Francesca Cinelli and their family—has managed Spannocchia for 30 years, largely shaping what it is today. We’ll learn about the history of the property, hear (and laugh) about the ups and downs of maintaining a centuries-old estate, and view photos from over the years. Registration coming soon! 


Making Chocolate olive oil cake with Sheela Prakash

Cookbook author and past intern Sheela Prakash reflects on her time at Spannocchia while preparing the decadent chocolate olive oil cake from her cookbook, Mediterranean Every Day: Simple, Inspired Recipes for Feel-Good Food. Cook along with her as you play the recording, or enjoy just watching and learning how to make this special recipe. The recipe is available to download once you’ve registered.

Indoor Microgardening & Food Justice in NYC Public Schools

NYC school educator & past Spannocchia intern Caitlyn Maceli discusses two interesting elements of her work: microgardening & food justice. Caitlyn introduces the concept of food justice and explains the work she does through her NYC public school and the nonprofit Teens for Food Justice. Then, she walks us through each step of growing microgreens easily indoors, and shares some of her favorite ways to incorporate them into meals.

Exploring the Healing Powers of Italian Herbs: An Evening of Self-Care

A restorative & educational program on self-care featuring Italian farm ingredients, with holistic beauty expert & herbalist Jessa Blades. Jessa shares the medicinal and beauty uses for various plants, and instructions for two DIY healing products: an herbal-infused honey face mask & an olive oil body scrub. Take some time for self-care and learn how to use the healing power of medicinal Tuscan herbs to nourish your skin and body.