A short film capturing the magic of Befana with the smell of roasted chestnuts and spiced wine, the cold air fills with festive music as Befana's of all ages descend upon the cobblestone streets to celebrate in Urbania (Le Marche) Italy.
La Befana is believed to hail from the medieval village of Urbania in Le Marche Italy. In Italian folklore, La Befana delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on the night of January 5th, the Eve of Epiphany. In addition to delivering gifts, she will sweep the floor before she leaves! It is customary to set out a glass of wine and snacks to thank her for cleaning the house!
Jason & Ashley Bartner, 2 American expats living in Le Marche take to the streets to ask a few locals about the festival and eat local specialties along the way!
A short film by La Tavola Marche (sharing a slice of life in Le Marche)
Directed & Edited by Ashley Bartner & Jason Bartner
Music: Live from the Band of Urbania,
"Sugar, Rum, Cherry" by Duke Ellington
"Sleigh Ride" Instrumentals only by Harry Connick Jr
Get a taste of Italy and our cooking classes with this 2 minute glimpse into the kitchen of our 300 year old stone farmhouse! Shot during a Spring Cooking Class, we fried up elderflowers with a light beer batter. Here's the recipe and snipets from the class!
La Tavola Marche
(Farm, Inn and Cooking School) latavolamarche.com
A slice of heaven can be found at the weekly markets in Le Marche - Porchetta! A whole pig, deboned, filled with herbs, rolled back up and spit roasted! Chef Jason Bartner from La Tavola Marche (farm, inn & cooking school) explains the recipe and how to secret to ordering it the next time you are in Central Italy!
Film by La Tavola Marche
Footage from Ralph Toporoff
Filmed on an iPad LIVE during a Cooking Class at La Tavola Marche (farm, inn & cooking school) in Le Marche, Italy.
Rustic Tart or Crostata: Traditionally made with marmalade, this rustic tart is found kept under a kitchen towel in most homes in our area. With strawberries in abundance this time of year, we use fresh fruit instead of jam.
This recipe is enough to make two 9-in/22cm tarts with lattice. Use what you have for the tart pans, we use round pizza pans.
A walk through our 400 tomatoes in 12 heirloom varieties at our farm (agriturismo) in Le Marche, Italy. Jason Bartner (chef & farmer) waters his pride of the garden & explains which are for eating & which are for jarring/preserving. Filmed on an iPad in July 2014 - be sure to check back for Part 2 and watch the tomato harvest begin shortly!
"Taste of Italy" is our webseries of shorts (under 2 min.) of life on our farm in Italy, the food, cooking classes, garden and more!
Film by La Tavola Marche
Music: "This must be living" Spencer Dahl