Messors is a workshop series in its twentieth year, conducted in Italy by Tonio Creanza. Named after the Roman god of harvests, Messors provides hands-on workshops reinforcing Creanza’s belief in, “learning by doing.” During the culinary programs, attendees go to Pompeii to investigate the era of chefs and recipes, work and meet with farmers and cheese makers, and learn how olive oil is extracted so that one understands what is in the bottle and on your table.
Beyond the focus on the workshops themselves, visitors work and live together in an elegant rustic farmhouse on the countryside, surrounded by acres of rolling fields. During these days, one can wake up and take a walk to the pasture with a shepherd and his herd and watch local cheese makers make fresh cheese. In the evenings, they like to have long dinners outside in the courtyard where locals often drop by to practice their English or share their Italian. “In short, we are always looking for experiences and events that are fun and connect the traveler to the people of the region,” says Tonio.