Historical Venetian Cuisine

Introducing the first fusion kitchen of the world, and how you can benefit from historical Venetian recipes

Venetian culinary culture aims to fulfill a challenging purpose: Delicious food = natural remedies = natural beauty products. The first online class of our series La Dispensa Venexiana - The Venetian Pantry, introduces you to the basic notions of Venetian culinary culture. You also learn to prepare easy dishes based on historical recipes. Learn how to benefit from herbs and spices to improve health and wellbeing and reduce chronic diseases and allergies. We also take you on a fascinating journey exploring the Lagoon of Venice and the estuary in spring, and you learn the basics of gardening and growing herbs, Venetian style.

Topic One: The Basics of Seasonal Ancestral Food

Spring is the most brilliant season of the year. And it shows in the food flavored with freshly picked herbs.

Treat yourself and spend a virtual weekend in Venice with this online class. We start by showing you the gardens and lush nature of the Lagoon. We share the basic notions of foraging, show you our pantry and how we use herbs in the kitchen.

Topic Two: The Lagoon & Rejuvenating Recipes

Lush green, home to forgotten herbs and blossoms. Foraging secrets from the Lagoon.

Only two generations ago, our grandparents knew how to benefit fully from the treasures growing in the Lagoon. Leafing through grandmother's recipe journals, we discovered so many recipes using spring plants and blossoms. These recipes take you back in time and show a Venice none of us will ever forget.

Topic Three: Explore the Secret Lagoon + Lagoon Stewardship

Basic notions of the Lagoon + how the Lagoon works

Each chapter comes with a colorful video of the Lagoon. You will learn the basic Lagoon terminology, see the northern Lagoon, vegetable gardens and sandbanks home to sea lavender and edible herbs.

Topic Four: Culinary Framework and Spice Mixtures

Flavors and Colors

For almost 1,200 years, Venetian spice mixtures were famous in Europe. Learn the know-how behind the spice mixtures which were used in Europe to enhance health, beauty and wellbeing before the advent of artificially produced pharmacies.In the first of our four seasonal culinary classes, we explore the framework of Hippocrates and how it was used in Venice.

Topic Five: Easy + Delicious Recipes from the Lagoon!

In this class: Spring gourmet and detox recipes, mostly vegan.

Learn to make beauty teas, green minestrone, green sauces, vegetable dishes and healthy cakes!

Imagine you could..

.. see and taste Venice in spring. Learn more about ancestral food and how to create rejuvenating and cleansing gourmet dishes.

  • Use this class to explore the green Venice and the Lagoon on your own time. Learn about the flora of the Lagoon, edible herbs and their benefits.

  • Enjoy simple and natural dishes enriched with herbs and spices in the right amount and right combinations to mitigate chronic health issues.

  • Learn Venetian cooking secrets and improve your complexion, energy levels and wellbeing in general. Learn how to tackle seasonal issues such as allergies.as allergies

  • Get to know the basic notions of Venetian culinary culture: Six flavors and colors of which nourishing food must consist.

Online Class Curriculum

Each class comes with e-books, videos, presentations, recipes, gifts and other surprises!

  • 1

    Getting Started: What Is Venetian Culinary Culture?

    • This is Venice in spring: Mood, colors, reflections

    • Welcome from Iris and Lina

    • Spice elixirs and forgotten recipes

    • What I learnt from Grandmother: Eating healthy, Venetian style

    • Our take on food and cooking: The benefits of ancestral food

    • Curriculum + aims for this class

    • Shopping list + class workbook

  • 2

    Day 1: Introducing the Culinary Culture of Venice: Flavors and Colors

    • Introducing the Lagoon of Venice (video)

    • How many islands are there in the Lagoon? (video)

    • How agriculture works in the Lagoon

    • Papa Luciani's Healing Venetian Kitchen

    • The importance of flavors and colors

    • Flavors and their opposites on your plate

    • Recipes for Day One

  • 3

    Day 2: Introducing Ancestral Food of the Lagoon + Helpful Herbs

    • Introducing ancestral Lagoon food (video)

    • Ancestral food on your plate

    • Spring herbs from the Lagoon

    • The Venetian pantry

    • How we tackle spring fatigue

    • Tips for a balanced diet, Venetian style

    • Recipes: Green spring risotto and blossom tea

  • 4

    Day 3: Foraging in the Lagoon + Wellness Herbs

    • An invisible watershed? (video)

    • Anti-influenza, wellness and beauty herbs from the Lagoon

    • Beauty and health secrets: Spice masters and Lagoon monasteries

    • Clean eating: Six ingredients from the Lagoon

    • Le Salse Verdi: Venetian spring sauces

    • Recipes: Lina's laurel milk and detox blossom teas

  • 5

    Day 4: Gourmet + Detox Recipes, Venetian Style

    • Foraging for wild herbs in the Lagoon + where to taste them (video)

    • How to choose healing herbs

    • How to choose colors + flavors of food

    • Artichokes from the Lagoon of Venice

    • Making almond milk at home

    • Ginger thyme spice latte (16th century recipe)

  • 6

    Healthy Cakes: Luxurious Sweet Breads from Venice

    • Baking bread, Venetian style

    • Marci Pane: The original recipe of marzipan (12th century)

  • 7

    Hortus Conclusus + The Venetian Moon Garden

    • Hortus Conclusus & The five elements of gardens in Venice

    • Moon gardening in the Lagoon

    • What's next + a gift for you

Gifts for you!

Each of our classes includes surprise gifts and bonuses. We would like to thank you for your interest in Venice and the Venetian spices!

  • Phone Wallpaper

    EUR 8 value

    Keep in touch with Venice and download your favorite wallpaper for your phone from our collection!

  • Creating a Venetian Moon Garden

    EUR 28 value

    Learn the basic layouts of gardens in Venice, and find inspiration from our examples which we present in the bonus section of this class.

Explore the Lagoon, learn about ancestral food and the basic notions of Venetian culinary culture and historical recipes

Get started now with the first of our series of four seasonal online classes