Discover the authentic culinary culture of Venice
For more than 1300 years, plants and seeds from all over the world passed through Venice, the premier trading hub in the Mediterranean. At the same time, surprisingly exotic gardens were created in the Lagoon, where essenze (spices, herbs and blossoms) were growing: Ingredients for the most fragrant and colorful cuisine in Europe.
Come and discover this fragrant heritage and unknown side of Venice: We share spice secrets, recipes, but also useful tips to discover the little known Lagoon!
Essenze di Venezia by La Venessiana Atelier was featured on:
Using spices in the kitchen is an art: In our membership Laguna in Cucina - A Food Memoir of the Lagoon, we explore how Venice created the most fragrant and healthy recipes in Europe from spices.
Venetian cuisine developed from local garden herbs, Lagoon vegetables, fish and waterfowl, and on the other hand, from the sophisticated spices the Venetian merchants brought back from their sea voyages. For 1100 years, Venetians not only re-sold these spices but created their own elaborate spice mixes called sacchetti veneziani. These recipes have survived especially in private libraries waiting to be rediscovered - which we're doing every week in this membership!
Every Tuesday, a new episode is online, packed with lush recipes, anecdotes, virtual visits to the markets and into the secret Lagoon. We also talk about personal memories of people and places, Nonna Lina's gourmet cuisine, and stories about life and foraging in the largest Lagoon of the Mediterranean sea.
Autumn and Thanksgiving in Venice
E-BOOK + Themed itinerary: Our Venetian Thanksgiving: Discover the best-loved feast in Venice, celebrated on 21 November: Soul food recipes, traditional menus, market walk, cooking for Thanksgiving, restaurant tips, spices and untold stories.
€54,00 / year
Laguna in Cucina: A Food Memoir of Venice and the Lagoon
MEMBERSHIP: 12 MONTHS IN VENICE: Stories, ancedotes, recipes, glimpses of daily life and portraits of people and places: A home base for you to return regularly and enjoy the seasons in Venice and the Lagoon.
Byzantine Cookies and Winter Drinks from Venice
ONLINE BAKING CLASS: If you've ever wished to add Venetian holiday cookies and cakes to your table, here's an easy solution: In seven days, you'll learn to bake Venetian cookies and cakes for the holidays. Easy recipes only!