NEW DATES: Cooking Workshop and Retreat in Andros, Greece – Summer 2019

Allegra and I had such a wonderful response to our Summer workshop this year that we added a second set of dates – August 25-28!!I’m so excited to announce that I will returning to…

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Allegra and I had such a wonderful response to our Summer workshop this year that we added a second set of dates - August 25-28!!

I’m so excited to announce that I will returning to Greece to be the guest chef for a Cooking Workshop and Retreat with Allegra Pomilio at Mèlisses in Andros, Greece August 25-28 2019. During this short and sweet retreat we will cook communal meals, relax by the pool, and discover some of Andros' most beautiful beaches.

There are a few different styles of rooms available at a few different price points and registration is open now! Click through to learn more about this beautiful place, our workshop, and to reserve your spot. Allegra can answer all of your questions about the house. See you in Greece!

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photos of Mèlisses and Andros by Renee Kemps

Cooking Workshop and Retreat in Andros, Greece – Summer 2019

I’m so excited to announce that I will returning to Greece to be the guest chef for a Cooking Workshop and Retreat with Allegra Pomilio at Mèlisses in Andros, Greece August 30-Sept…

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I’m so excited to announce that I will returning to Greece to be the guest chef for a Cooking Workshop and Retreat with Allegra Pomilio at Mèlisses in Andros, Greece August 30-September 4, 2019. We will cook communal meals, relax by the pool, and discover some of Andros' most beautiful beaches.

There are a few different styles of rooms available at a few different price points and registration is open now! Click through to learn more about this beautiful place, our workshop, and to reserve your spot. Allegra can answer all of your questions about the house. See you in Greece!

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photos of Mèlisses and Andros by Renee Kemps

Hamptons Fall Baking Workshop October 6-7

This October 6-7, Susan Spungen and I are holding our 2nd annual Fall Baking Workshop in the Hamptons!We will gather at Susan’s light-filled home in Amagansett during one of the mo…

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This October 6-7, Susan Spungen and I are holding our 2nd annual Fall Baking Workshop in the Hamptons!

We will gather at Susan’s light-filled home in Amagansett during one of the most beautiful times of year to bake, harvest, share farm fresh meals, and most importantly demystify homemade pie crust so you can impress all of your friends and family this holiday season and hone those skills you’ve always longed to master.

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Saturday morning we will meet at Amber Waves Farm for breakfast and farm tour before heading to The Milk Pail in Watermill to pick fresh apples (weather permitting). Then we will head to Susan’s home for pie crust class where Yossy and Susan will share their favorite pie crust recipes, teach you how make pie crust by hand, and using a food processor. Everyone will work hands-on to make their own doughs. 

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We will cover the best crusts for sweet and savory treats and how to incorporate whole grains into pastry crust. We will enjoy a seasonal lunch together at Susan’s home, then a brief photo lesson for those who are interested and a bit of afternoon free time. The group will share a cozy fall dinner complete with treats we will make together. 

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Sunday we will start the day with breakfast at Susan’s house and a visit to Quail Hill Farm farm to pick vegetables. Susan and Yossy will demonstrate pie decorating and galette making techniques. Susan will give a Tarte Tatin demo to demystify this special dessert that relies on good and precise technique. Then we will let you loose in the kitchen to make your own galettes to take home. We will enjoy savory galettes for lunch before sending you all home with fresh pies and fresh confidence for the holiday season.

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  • Baking Lessons - We will each demonstrate our favorite pie crust techniques both by hand and using a food processor, and show you how we use them in sweet and savory treats all season long. We’ll cover the basics, like proper rolling technique, how to use a French rolling pin, how to keep your dough at the right temperature, how to pick up dough to transfer it, and so much more! We’ll show you blind baking techniques, decorative pie crusts, and traditional lattice topped pies. Then we will let you loose in the kitchen to bake your own galette to take home. You will receive one-on-one instruction from each of us.
  • Farm Visits - Fall in the Northeast is a beautiful and abundant time in the orchards and fields. We will visit a local pick-your-own apple orchard for perfect baking apples, tour at Amber Waves, and stop by Quail Hill Farm for greens and herbs to make into savory galettes. 
  • Fresh Seasonal Meals - We will gather together around the table for breakfasts, lunches, apertivo hour, dinner, and snacks along the way all made from fresh local ingredients.
  • Photography and Styling - While this isn’t a photography workshop specifically, we will all want to share our creations so we’ll spend a bit of time photographing our beautiful work to share on social media.
  • All skill levels are welcome. This will be a perfect opportunity to enjoy fall on Eastern Long Island and polish your skills so you feel confident in your holiday pie baking and pie-making skills.

Transportation to the workshop and lodging is not included. We have identified a few local hotels and inns for the weekend. See list below.

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The Details

When: October 6-7

What: 2 days of baking, tasting, harvesting, learning

Number of participants: 8 

Price: $950

What's included:

  • Two lunches, one dinner, two breakfasts, and snacks along the way
  • Baking lessons and ingredients
  • Farm visits
  • Treats to take home

What's not included:

  • Transportation to and from the workshop
  • Lodging during the workshop
  • Meals when you’re not with the group
  • Any activities or items not listed above

Cancellation policy: Please be sure you can attend before booking. All payments are non-refundable. We reserve the right to cancel the workshop at any time. In this case all payments will be refunded.

All activities are weather permitting. 


Lodging

Gansett Green Manor - Gansett Green normally has a three night minimum, but they are happy to host our guests for two nights instead. Mention Susan when you make your reservation.  Gansett Green Manor is in the center of town and walking distance from LIRR station or Hampton Jitney stop. Perfect for two people traveling together as they have many suites. Charming property

434 on Main - A Bed and Breakfast in town, which is walking distance from LIRR station or Hampton Jitney stop, 2 night minimum

Inn at Windmill Lane - If you are looking for a super luxurious getaway, there is also The Inn at Windmill Lane $$$

Air BnB or VRBO - most activities will take place in Amagansett so that's a great place to start your search

Note: If you do not have a car, we will shuttle people from a central location in Amagansett. Susan’s home is 5 minutes from the center of Amagansett (Uber is also available)

Options a little further out of town (you'd need a car)

East Hampton House

The Maidstone Arms

White Sands Resort Hotel

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A Fall Cooking Workshop in Andros, Greece -SOLD OUt

I’m so excited to announce that I will be the guest chef  for a Fall Cooking Workshop with Allegra Pomilio in Andros, Greece this September 12-16, 2018. Join us for four days …

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I’m so excited to announce that I will be the guest chef  for a Fall Cooking Workshop with Allegra Pomilio in Andros, Greece this September 12-16, 2018. Join us for four days of cooking, relaxing and celebrating late summer/early fall at the absolutely stunning, Mèlisses.

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We’ve planned 4 days of cooking lessons, excursions, and lots of wonderful food. Our host Allegra will take you to visit local producers, little villages across the island, introduce you to one of the most beautiful and secret beaches of Andros, and spoil you with freshly cooked meals - some of which we will cook together in a picturesque old beach house. It’s the time of wild figs, warm sunny mornings spent on the beach, discovering Greek hamlets and late evening sunset aperitifs by the pool. 

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Allegra Pomilio our culinary host has been working in the field for many years. Her photography and visual art background studies combined with her passion for food found perfect balance in her blog: www.allegrapomilio.com. She assisted and spent time in Mimi Thorisson’s kitchen, in the heart of the French countryside. She spent two years honing her skills, studying at the Alain Ducasse Academy, as well as attending many prestigious Italian chef’s classes. Greece is her second home and Mèlisses is her continuous source of inspiration, where she pays particular attention to the presentation of the dishes and to the “art de la table”. 

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There are a few different styles of rooms available at a few different price points and registration is open now! Click through to learn more about this beautiful place, our workshop, and to reserve your spot. Allegra can answer all of your questions about the house. See you in Greece!

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photos of Mèlisses and Andros by Renee Kemps

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