Workshops News 2021

by mimithorisson

Dear friends,

These are strange, unusual and sometimes very unsettling times. Yet there has also been reflection, incredible kindness, courage and hope. I am hopeful we will emerge from this wiser, eventually stronger and more focused on the things that matter and willing to fight for them. 
Most of us have had minor or major setbacks to our plans, whether they were plans of exciting adventures or simply plans to go to work, go to school or open the doors to our businesses every day.
During the two phases of lockdowns I have often thought about all the incredible people I have met through our workshops, mostly at our property in Médoc but also, more recently, through our travels in Italy. 
The great power of togetherness and fellowship that can be created by cooking and sharing a few meals together is unlike anything I have experienced before. 
Sometimes we have had two workshops, one right after the other. As we approach the end of the former, perhaps on the last night, the excitement of the final evening, the tenderness of saying goodbye – I feel a little sad and nervous we won’t be able to recreate the same feeling with the group arriving in a few days. 
Yet somehow we always do. My husband, Oddur, likes to joke that it’s just all the Champagne and while a little (or a lot of) bubbly never hurts we both know that’s not it. It’s the power of like minded people, looking for and finding the thing that unites them. Cooking, approaching life through food culture in a beautiful setting, the appreciation of a slow life is a powerful unifier.

As I said, these are days none of us could have imagined a year ago. Most of us have been under some sort of lockdown for parts of the year and many still are. All of us are looking at some restrictions to our lives and our plans. 

We are optimists at heart and always like to keep the prospect of the best possible outcome on the table for as long as we can. This year things took a turn for the worse but we are still very hopeful and confident about next year. We may not have fully beaten this virus by next spring but I am sure we will have found a way to better live with it and news about treatments and vaccines are certainly encouraging.

We were committed to making as few changes to our 2020 schedule as possible – the reality is that in the end we hosted no workshops this year. Most of our guests simply couldn’t travel this year and on top of that we are very focused on never offering a diminished experience.

As we look ahead to an exciting 2021, full of promise and travel we are happy to announce our modified program for next year. Many of these workshops are already quite full, not least the Médoc ones – this is due mostly to people moving their dates from 2020. Additionally we have been getting a lot of new enquires which is encouraging and fills us with optimism.

This is our program for 2021 🙂

Feel free to contact us if you’d like to book: [email protected]

Our first workshop next year will be in Venice. One of the highlights of last year was our wonderful Venice group in November, jus thinking about it stirs up so many feelings and memories – all very poignant and mysterious and fantastic as Venice tends to be.
We are co-hosting these workshops with our great friends the Romanellis, hoteliers in Venice and some of the best people we’ve ever met.

These workshops were initially intended for November this year but we couldn’t go ahead. Instead we are announcing 2 workshops in Venice next year, one in Spring, one in Fall:

April 15-17, 2020 Venice cooking (& photography) workshop, Italy

It’s hard to imagine a city more photogenic and mysterious than Venice, so much ethereal beauty, incredible depth and layers. We will spend our days discovering Venetian food traditions and Venice itself. We will cook many meals together, go to the markets and buy the freshest fish and vegetables, see the Venice not everybody gets to see.

We were forced to postpone the photography workshop we planned in Venice in November so we will combine that workshop into this one which will make it twice as fun. We’ve hosted photography workshops before in Italy but never in Venice so this will be a special experience for us and our guests. Food and wine will never be far away, to shoot and arrange but also to eat and drink. We are expecting long and “strenuous” 16 hour days filled with exploring the city, assignments and fun competitions, but also demonstrating and discovering this place we love. We will shoot fresh produce, cook some meals together, spend all our lunches and dinners feasting our eyes and stomachs. 

In practice this means that those who are focused on cooking will stay with me the whole day, the photography class will spend their days with my husband, Oddur. We will, however, have most of the meals together as the classes join forces for parts of the workshop.

Cost of participation is 3.800 euros including all food and wine, transportation on site and 3 night’s accommodation.

November 20-22, 2021 Venice cooking workshop, Italy

Revisiting our 2019 workshop at the time of the “Madonna della Salute” celebrations when Venice is an its most quiet end eerily beautiful. We will spend our days discovering Venetian food traditions and Venice itself. We will cook many meals together, go to the markets and buy the freshest fish and vegetables, see the Venice not everybody gets to see. We’ll go home wanting to come back.

Cost of participation is 3.800 euros including all food and wine, transportation on site and 3 night’s accommodation. 

May 13-15, 2021 Naples photography workshop, Italy

It was with great regret that we had to postpone our workshop in Naples this year. We had been looking forward to our days in Naples for so long but now we can just look forward to them again 🙂 
This workshops is about discovering the best, most interesting parts of this truly wonderful city, photographing its food culture, incredible characters, hidden streets and grand buildings. We’ll have 6 incredible meals (not counting breakfast) together, wine and pizza will never be far away 🙂

Cost of participation is 3.800 euros including all food and wine, transportation on site and 3 night’s accommodation. 

May 19-21, 2021 Piemonte, Italy

This is another workshop we had to postpone this year. Our Italian home region Piemonte, the home of some of the best food in Italy. Torino was the first capital of Italy and looks the part, we’ll discover the secrets and the beauty of this magnificent city and the surrounding countryside where they make the best wines in Italy, Barolos and Barbarescos. We’ll cook, eat and drink together for 3 days.

Cost of participation is 3.800 euros including all food and wine, transportation on site and 3 night’s accommodation. 

June 23-25, 2021 & June 30 – July 2, 2021 Médoc, France

These two workshops are our most traditional and successful format, a homecoming for us. We’ll cook together in our house in Médoc (where we lived for many years before moving partially to Torino). We’ll visit our winemaker friends, have picnics, feasts were the tables are long and the hours longer. In short we’ll cook, eat and drink all day until we can’t do it any more.

Cost of participation is 2.500 euros including all food and wine.

September 22-24, 2021 Médoc, France

Our Fall workshops in Médoc are always among the highlights of the year, a wonderful mix of like-minded people cooking, eating and drinking, wine tastings and various outings. The days of long autumn tables filled with the richest produce and some of our favourite dishes.

Cost of participation is 2.500 euros including all food and wine.

October 7-11, 2021 The Great Italian Road Trip, Italy

This is a culinary odyssey, an adventure in food, that will take us from the South of Italy, up through the middle and end in our home region of Piemonte, where we have been based for the last couple of years, working on the Italian cookbook – Old World Italian. In many ways this journey retraces our steps in making the book and reunites us with some of our favorite contributors to the book. We’ll meet in Rome, then Napoli and work our way up to Torino.

Cost of participation is 4.500 euros, including 4 night’s accommodation, all travel costs during the trip and of course all food and wine.

Please note that all deposits are non-refundable. I find that to be a necessary step to avoid confusion and frivolous bookings. Should, however, something prevent you from attending the workshop you booked (and we certainly know from experience that this can happen) I would be very happy to find other dates that work for you in the future.
For those who follow me on Instagram, you can catch a glimpse of our previous workshops @mimithor.

Looking forward to hearing from you all,
Mimi xx

For all bookings and further detailed information please write to me: 
[email protected]