Foodies rejoice! The Barossa takes it’s food just as seriously as we take our wine, with cooking schools for you to learn, master and have fun.
Casa Carboni Enoteca and Cooking School
For migrant Italian chef Matteo Carboni it was love at first sight when visiting the Barossa Valley and it’s Barossa Farmers Market in January 2012. The produce, the people and the landscape of this fertile land…. Matteo and his Australian wife Fiona opened their cooking school & enoteca, Casa Carboni later that year and offer 3 weekly hands on cooking classes as well as being open for great coffee and Italian treats, daily lunches and beautiful gifts. Friday nights their cosy wine bar offers tapas & fresh pasta.
Classes commence at 9am the Italian way with coffee, then it’s into the kitchen for a fun 3 hours of cooking, chatting and sharing of knowledge and experiences. Each class focusses on a region of Italy with an entree, fresh pasta, risotto or gnocchi and dessert using beautiful Barossa produce. After the class guests are seated at the long table to enjoy their 4 course Italian lunch with a glass of wine and coffee to finish.
On Saturdays Matteo offers to meet cooking school guests at the Barossa Farmers Market at 8am where he will talk about the history of the market and the producers we source from, there is plenty of time for exploring the market before returning to Casa Carboni for your class.
Matteo’s first memories of making fresh pasta are with his beautiful Nonna Pia, where everything was measured by sight and handfuls, talking about the importance of fresh eggs from ‘il contadino’ (the farmer), however it wasn’t until he was studying for his Masters degree in Food Science and Technology from the University of Bologna that he became passionate about wine & food and his kitchen journey began. Matteo’s skills as a teacher were discovered during his 5 years at Academia Barilla in Parma, a culinary institution dedicated to Italian gastronomy.
Private classes, dinners and corporate team building events are offered to guests, please contact guests services.