Set in the heart of rural Tuscany at the beautiful Castello di Potentino, this week-long culinary retreat unites world-renowned chefs with ancient Etruscan food and farming practices to build a modern understanding of how we can apply traditional wisdom in innovative new ways to modern food systems.
The tour is led by Terroir Hospitality’s Arlene Stein and Castello di Potentino’s Charlotte Horton, and includes guest talks and workshops hosted by internationally acclaimed chefs and gastronomy experts.
Ancient communities established themselves through food systems. By developing an understanding of their environment they provided not only sustenance for survival, but also the evolution of more complex cultural activities and improved methods of cultivation. Civilization developed from a productive relationship with the land. But now, in times of ultra-urbanization, many societies have become disconnected from the natural environment, leaving a small percentage of the population in control of overall nutrition. This fragmentation between the rural and the urban is marked by a trend towards large scale, heavily industrialized agriculture. Produce is shipped enormous distances for ever-growing populations which makes individual groups vulnerable and has a significant impact on the environment. When we lose control of our own resources, society is powerless to provide for local communities. If what we eat is a reflection of our community, then what does food that has travel thousands of miles say about who we are?
What does the future bring? Are we at risk of losing our humanness? Terroir Tuscany will bring together 60 delegates and inspirational food leaders at Castello di Potentino to explore these ideas through dialogue, debate, hands-on experience and plenty of shared meals during which participants will rediscover ancient Etruscan food and farming practices as well as build knowledge on how to apply traditional ideas in innovative ways to modern food systems.