Virtual programming

Spannocchia Food


We’ll be taking a little break from virtual programming during the holiday season, and look forward to resuming after the new year. Check back soon for future programs, and in the meantime, please enjoy the recordings of past programs below—all available to watch on-demand for free.

Photo of the Spannocchia Castello
Coming soon! (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! 


LISTEN: Spannocchia on Flavor of Italy Podcast

We were thrilled to be featured on the Flavor of Italy podcast and blog in September 2021. Host Wendy Holloway explores the history and current offerings of Spannocchia through an intriguing conversation with Randall Stratton. Whether you are new to the Spannocchia community, you lived and worked on the property as an intern, or you’ve been visiting as a program participant or agriturismo guest for years, you’re sure to learn something new and interesting about our incredible estate.

Balancing Farm & Family

Allyson Angelini, owner of Full Heart Farm and Farm Internship alum (Spring ’08) shares her story of how she built a small family farm, from scratch, after returning to the US from her time at Spannocchia. She discusses how she developed a framework for growing a business while also growing a family and a lifestyle they enjoy and are able to maintain, including tips and action items for finding a sustainable balance in your own life.

A Taste of Tuscan Spices

Curio Spice founder & Farm Internship alum Claire Cheney (Spring ’03) explores using spices to intensify and marry flavor, with a focus on rosemary, fennel and saffron—three ingredients that bring iconic flavor to Tuscan dishes. She demonstrates this during the program as she makes two approachable recipes featuring seasonal ingredients and inspired by her time at Spannocchia. Recipes are available to download once you’ve registered.

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.

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.

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.