Italian language classes
Cooking intensives, before

Florence’s best pizza, Fiesole
(near the Etruscan ruins)

We are off to Italy!

This food course begins with a culinary intensive in Bellingham, also available online, then moves to Florence, Italy, where students study Italian and food culture of Italy. Students also study at the University of Florence sensory taste sciences department. Study is with Italian faculty as well as with Western professor, Gigi Berardi.

Enrollment is limited to 18. 

Program highlights:
  • Experience Italian farmhouse cooking in a hands-on culinary intensive.
  • Study food aesthetics and sensory taste science in the home of “Slow Food” in northern and central Italy.
  • Participate in carbon-offsetting at “Inspiration Farm” in Whatcom County (optional).

Information session is Thursday, Feb. 7 at 3:00 in College Hall 137 on the WWU campus (for directions and information, see, or contact Gigi at

Optional excursion: Biodynamic and Anthroposophical study in Switzerland and Italy June 20-June23

Dornach, Switzerland excursion —  three-day study tour on biodynamic agriculture, Goethean art and science, and biodynamic foods. Tour of Ita Wegman Klinik and the Goetheanum. Lectures by molecular geneticist and anthroposophical beekeeper Johannes Wirtz (see: Excursion serves an as introduction to Slow Food study and cooking in Italy.  See:

Section visits and farm work at the Goetheanum (Dornach, Switzerland)

Includes accommodation at Haus Friedwart or Begegnungszentrum in Dornach with biodynamic foods.Optional Switzerland Excursion includes:

  • Lectures at the Glass Haus (Goetheanum) with Johannes Wirz

  • Tour of the Goetheanum and grounds

  • Visit to the Ita Wegman Klinik (Arlesheim, Switzerland)

  • Hillside hikes

  • Accomodations for three nights at Begegnungszentrum (Dornach, Switzerland)

  • Group cooking and dining at self-catering facilities in Begegnungszentrum  (food costs, extra)

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