Laurel Evans: Pesto & Wine

A Cooking Class in front of the Mediterranean Blue


This cooking experience, which will unfold in the heart of Liguria, between Portofino and Cinque Terre inside a beautiful sea-facing wine estate, is designed exclusively for Italy Segreta’s clients by Laurel Evans, award-winning cookbook author, television host, recipe developer and culinary guide. A seventh-generation Texan, raised on a historic family ranch in the Hill Country, her wanderlust began early. Falling in love with an Italian photographer brought her to Milan in 2004, where she fell head-first into Italian culture, cuisine, and lifestyle.


Laurel is a seventh-generation Texan who grew up on her family’s historic ranch. After hitchhiking across the United States at the age of 17, discovering and learning about her homeland firsthand, she moved to Milan in 2004 and fell head-first into Italian culture, cuisine, and lifestyle. The cooking class will be based on Laurel’s latest cookbook “Liguria: The Cookbook: Recipes from the Italian Riviera”. From the very first lines, it is clear that this is not a simple recipe book, but a true story of lived life; it is intertwined with the preparation of dishes from a land that has lovingly welcomed her and made her feel at home.


Laurel will accompany guests on the vineyard experience: you’ll learn how to prepare pesto the traditional way, by using a pestle & mortar, before sitting down for a picnic in the vineyard overlooking the sea, shaded by sails and equipped with carpets, blankets and coloured cushions. You will enjoy Ligurian snacks paired with unique local wines, while chatting with Laurel about the gastronomic traditions of this wonderful region.


The backdrop for this experience is Ca’ du Ferrà, a family business, farmhouse and wine estate amidst the beautiful landscape of the Riviera Ligure di Levante. The estate was created to celebrate the owner’s passion for this territory, made up of small seaside villages and dry stone walls, set in the rocks, suspended between the breath of the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains.