What's cooking in Puglia

A Food Styling + Recipe Development + Photography Workshop in Italy

Come join Joann Pai, Gabriel Cabrera, Jodi Moreno and Jennifer Chase for a four day workshop in the Southern Italian countryside. We can't wait to welcome you to this strikingly beautiful and less touristed part of Italy. Picture olive groves and vineyards, whitewashed houses and dramatic seaside towns. It is an ideal setting for cooking and styling and visual storytelling.


We’ll be staying at 16th century farmhouse, 5 km from the sea. This farmhouse (masseria) has whitewash stone walls, rustic modern interiors, a large beautiful pool and an ancient century kitchen we will be using for photoshoots!  It's a truly special place.


Meals are made from fresh ingredients chosen from the property’s vegetable gardens, olive groves, vineyards, orchards and the nearby sea.

The mornings will start with an abundant breakfast of jams prepared from the farm's fruit trees, breads fresh from the oven, and eggs.  In the evenings we’ll gather around a large common table full of delicious food and wine and conversations under a star filled sky.

Learn and Create

Our days will be spent creating beautiful content. We will be teaching you to tell stories with food and photography, from planning to execution. This is a hands-on class. You will get lots of time to practice, learn some great tricks and foolproof techniques… all while learning to create your own recipes and making your own beautiful pictures for your portfolio. In addition to styling, photographing, recipe development, and learning social media strategies, we will visit local producers and style a story in a charming cove. 


In between action packed sessions filling our heads with as much information as possible, we are going to get out and explore the Masseria’s stunning landscape.  We'll forage for herbs, flowers, wild asparagus and other edible greens to use in our styling and cooking.

On our third day, we will travel to the coast passing through the beautiful Puglia countryside. You are going to be glad that you have your cameras because it is gorgeous!!  Picturesque villages with whitewashed houses and endless olive groves dot the landscape.  We’ll stop along the way to take photos and sample local specialties. Arriving at the port, we will board our own private sailing boat to cruise along the enchanting Adriatic coast!! Our cruise will stop at a hidden cove where we will create and style a beautiful picnic to photograph.

When and Where

April 20th - 24th, 2016 in Manduria, Italy
The closest airport is Bari or Brindisi, Italy

Who Should Come?

Photographers, bloggers, home cooks… Anyone who wants to learn how the art of cooking and photographing beautiful food.

What is included?

All food and lodging are included while at the retreat.


Joann Pai @sliceofpai

Joann is a food & travel photographer in Paris, originally from Vancouver, Canada. She has journeyed all over the world; her travels and unique experiences have played an important role in influencing her unique visual style. Joann started taking photographs as a way to document small moments in life, mostly surrounding food, and continues to explore how food brings people together and keeps them connected. She has been published in online and print publications around the world, most recently in Air Canada’s EnRoute Magazine. Her clients include: Shangri-la Hotels, Relais & Chateaux, various tourism boards and restaurants. Her work has been featured in notable publications such as Forbes, The Telegraph, and Huffington Post. Joann co-founded Acornmag, a collaborative food & lifestyle magazine.  www.sliceofpai.com

Gabriel Cabrera @artfuldesperado

Gabriel Cabrera is Vancouver based Food Stylist and Photographer and author of the popular blog Artful Desperado. His work has been featured on several online and print publications including Vancouver Magazine, Western Living Magazine, Huffington Post, Food52, The Kitchn, and many others. His client list includes game changing brands such as Tourism Australia, Air New Zealand, West Elm, Urban Outfitters, and Luvo Inc where he currently acts as resident Stylist and Photographer.

When he is not teaching or styling, he can be found at a local coffee shop planning his next move or sipping a few cocktails with friends at his home in Vancouver.  www.theartfuldesperado.com

Jodi Moreno @whatscookingoodlooking_

Jodi is a trained natural food's chef, professional recipe developer, and creator of the acclaimed blog, what's cooking good looking. Her blog has been a two time finalist for the Saveur Blog Awards in the best recipe and best overall blog categories. She has also developed recipes for Whole Foods, Saveur Magazine, Simply Organic , Zico, Reynolds Wrap, Food52, Prevention Magazine, and many more, and her work can also be found on countless sites all over the web. When's she not in the kitchen, Jodi can be found riding her bike around NYC dreaming about her next meal or next big adventure. www.whatscookinggoodlooking.com


Jennifer Chase @thejenchase

Is a food and travel photographer based out of Washington, DC. She is a regular contributor to the Washington Post and her work has been featured in Washingtonian Magazine, Elle online, Photo District News, Thrillist and Zagat. Jennifer loves photographing people, food, and stories about food culture and the way that food connects us to each other and our environment.  In an even earlier life,  Jennifer worked international development and photographed for non-profit organizations in Mexico, Senegal, Turkey and Northern Iraq.  www.jenniferchase.com


Terms and Conditions:

Registration is non-refundable so please make sure that you can come.  

Starting at $2,100.00 USD

To Register please click on "Products" at the top of this page and select a single or double room.