Potentino's 20th Anniversary Celebration at the Frontline Club, London

It has been quite the bumper harvest this year in Tuscany. Hardly a day goes past without one winemaking friend calling to celebrate a great vintage or calling to ask whether we have an empty container so that they can make more wine... for Charlotte too space has been a huge headache- but what a great vintage it will be!

And what a vintage to celebrate our twenty years at Potentino. To think back on what it looked like then. The rooms full of rubbish, the loggia falling down, the roof leaking... but it was a building so full of warmth and wonderful energy... Do come and help us celebrate all the hard work that has been done, particularly by Charlotte and Mum but also by all of the volunteers that helped plant the vineyards and clear them of stones, that helped paint the walls and find all the olive trees in the olive groves that were so covered in undergrowth you couldn't see them...

I really hope that you can make it....

Renowned food archaeologist Farrell Monaco will be preparing a Roman Feast  for Dinner and ex-River Café chef, Avinash Shashidhara will make a classic Potentino Lunch. Come to both!

Lunch with Avinash Shashidhara

Lunch will be cooked by Avinash who was instantly a great friend when he was introduced to us a few years ago when he was working at the River Café. He now runs his own Indian Pop-ups in London. A must-taste!

Avinash's Anniversary Feast
Lunch Menu

Lunch 1pm for 1:30pm

Cured Wild Boar and Venison  Sausages with Caseifico Murceti Cheese Board
with Charlotte's Chutneys
Pasta with Bottarga 
(Vegetarian Option: Sage Pesto)
Roasted quail with Fennel Pollen
(Vegetarian Option: Aubergine Parmigiana)
Roasted Quince and Potatoes
Amiata Saffron Panna Cotta

Dinner will be cooked by Farrell Monaco another great new friend who came to Potentino for the Terroir Tuscany to talk about Ancient Roman and Etruscan cuisine last year and came back to run a hands-on cooking course at Potentino on Etruscan and Ancient Roman cooking (she will be back at Potentino again in June and September 2020).

Farrell's Roman Feast
Dinner Menu

Dinner 7:30pm for 8pm
 C O N V I V I U M 
A Taste of The Classical Mediterranean 
Grape Must Cakes 
Panis Quadratus 
Chick Peas with Cumin and Defrutum 
Symilis’ Moretum 
Leeks in Broth 
Mensae Primae 
Lucanicae (Lucanian Sausages) 
Parthian Chicken 
Asparagus Patina 
Mensae Secundae 
Goat’s Cheese and Honey Tarts 
Hypotrimma with Spelt Biscuits 
Wine and water, Wine and salt-water, Wine and Defrutum 
Conditum Paradoxum 

Helena Attlee’s latest book Lev’s Violin: An Italian adventure was published last year and broadcast as BBC Radio 4’s ‘Book of the Week’. Her bestselling The Land Where Lemons Grow: The story of Italy and its citrus fruit has been translated into several languages and won the Guild of Food Writers’ Book of the Year 2015.

Julian Evans is the author of the acclaimed biography Semi-Invisible Man: The life of Norman Lewis and Transit of Venus: Travels in the Pacific. He has presented radio and TV documentaries, reported from central Europe and written about the war in Ukraine from the frontline.

Saturday 10 September

Arrive in good time to settle in before meeting the tutors and other writers for an aperitivo followed by dinner

Sunday 11 September

Using our senses as a way of expressing experiences and connecting to readers, we explore rooting our writing in the physical
world to bring it alive

Activity: Walking the Potentino valley with a local botanist

Sensory writing Aperitivo and dinner at castle

Monday 12 September

Today is about building skills to commit real people to the page, using their appearance, body language, behaviour and other closely observed details

Activity: Visit to the local market

Free time for lunch in local town

Workshop: Writing people, their settings and voices

Aperitivo and dinner at castle

Tuesday 13 September

We focus on framing a process or an event to make it interesting to anyone, even to those not specifically interested in it

Activity: Local shepherds making ricotta cheese, followed by cheese tasting

Workshop: Finding the universal strand

Tasting the wines of Potentino with Charlotte Horton, followed by dinner with Rachel Roddy

Wednesday 14 September

Today is led by Rachel Roddy, acclaimed author, Italian food expert and Guardian columnist

Activity: Learning to make pasta with Rachel in Potentino’s 13th-century kitchen

Lunch is home-made pasta –
of course!

Workshop: Armed with our
flour-covered notes and thoughts, we will talk and do three generative
exercises. We’ll also look at strategies for writing about food and practical tips for recipe writing, and to conclude will talk about how to find a sustainable, enjoyable writing process and how to balance messy creativity with structure, form – and dinner

Feedback session with Rachel, Helena and Julian

Aperitivo and ‘Getting published’, a question-and-answer session with Derek Johns, drawing on his career as an editor, publisher and leading
literary agent

Dinner at castle

Thursday 15 September

On the final day we take you through a series of invaluable techniques for revising and polishing your work

Workshop: Ultimate editing: putting it all together


Free time to work on your writing

Celebration and sharing of your work

Dinner at a local restaurant

Friday 16 September


[We reserve the right to make changes to this timetable if necessary]

“Julian and Helena worked beautifully together in creating a transformative learning experience. Taking part has raised my standard of what I expect from my writing dramatically”

“I came to Potentino without an agenda, but I leave Potentino inspired to share my stories”

“Thank you both so much for a wonderful experience. I appreciate all your knowledge, generosity and hard work”

Board and lodging at Castello di Potentino

All sessions with Julian and Helena

Pasta-making Workshop and talk with Rachel Roddy

"Behind the scenes in publishing" discussion with Derek Johns

Trips for planned excursions

Last night's dinner at a local restaurant

What's not included


Transfers to and from Potentino (can be booked as an extra)

Meals on planned excursions


Prices vary by room choice and number of guests sharing the room.

A single person is € 2315.

Two people sharing a room is € 2000 per person.

Three people sharing a room is €1895 per person.

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Potentino's 20th Anniversary Celebration at the Frontline Club, London

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