Food Fotographer Francesca Moscheni Captures the Fascination of Coccaro & Maizza

Whenever somebody asks her why she began to work as a fotographer, Francesca Moscheni quotes a great photographer, Eduard Boubat: “for the light”. No wonder the idea to come down to Puglia appealed to her from the beginning: The “FEINSCHMECKER”, famous german food magazine, had asked her for the job: Since Francesca is well known for portraying styles, objects and persons, their october 2012 cover story on Puglia Cuisine (c/o Stefan Maiwald) was a perfect match. Moscheni immediately became friends with our chefs Vito (Maizza), Luigi (Coccaro Beach Club) Donato (Coccaro) and their teams and took a huge variety of highly emotional fotos all around the masserias, not to mention the chefs themselves and their working environment. Sure, her passion for cooking and trying all kinds of food from all over the world helps her a lot in the business. Couldn’t find out her secret of keeping in perfect shape though… Anyway: We’re glad we got to know each other and more than happy to be able to show a few pictures as seen the FEINSCHMECKER article right here in our blog, just to give you an idea of what her work was about. For those of you who might not get a chance to buy a copy…

Best of “Apulien”: Fotography Award for Giovanni Troilo

Great news from our artist in residence friend Giovanni Troilo! Some of you may have seen the foto exhibition at Masseria Torre Maizza: In the old olive mill, called Frantoio, we’ve been presenting a “best of” collection of his work on the book “Apulien” (Corso). The foto we’re showing above is the winner entry for the IPA, book/people category. We’d like to congratulate our dear and creative friend: Complimenti, caro Giovanni, well done!

For those of you who want to know more about the award – here’s the official press release:

2012 International Photography Awards Announces Winners of the Competition: Giovanni Troilo was Awarded: 1st place in Book – People category for the winning entry “Apulien”
About IPA: The 2012 International Photography Awards received nearly 15,000 submissions from 103 countries across the globe. IPA is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, where the top three winners are announced at the annual Lucie Awards gala ceremony. The Foundation’s mission is to honor master photographers, to discover new and emerging talent and to promote the appreciation of photography. Since 2003, IPA has had the privilege and opportunity to acknowledge and recognize contemporary photographers’ accomplishments in this specialized and highly visible competition. Visit for more details.

The Kids in the Front Row: Cooking School at Coccaro

There’s cooking schools – and there’s cooking schools: Coccaro chef Donato has done many of them – but he rarely worked with a group as curious and talented as the one this morning. Especially since he was expecting only one lady and found himself with three ladies and four kids instead, each of them thrilled to learn and practise Puglia cuisine! Experienced as he is he didn’t lose his patience though: Father of a daughter himself he knew exactly how to cope – and let them play: working pasta dough, cutting vegetables, fry peppers and tomatoes etc. Just to give you an idea how entertaining these two hours were, take a look at our pictures. And for those who want to try out at home (kids birthdays, cooking parties etc.), here’s Coccaro’s basic pasta recipe:

Fresh Orecchiette Pasta

500g semolina flour (yellow in colour), plus extra for dusting
250ml water, room temperature

In a large mixing bowl add the water, a little at a time, to the flour while mixing the dough using your hands. Stop adding water once a dry dough is produced. Use an untreated wood cutting board when kneading and rolling the dough. Finished wood will cause the dough to stick.
Roll into a log shape. Flatten slightly with hands. Cut the dough like a loaf of bread into 2-3cm slices, the pasta dough is ready to be formed into a variety of shapes.

Culture Crossing between Puglia and the World: Teresa Ludovico, Kismet/Bari

We proudly present: Teresa Ludovico, artistic director of the famous Kismet theatre in Bari. We became friends some years ago when Teresa, director at the time, told us about her latest project of the heart, “Ekuba”, that she had worked on with a couple of female prisoners in Trani, trained to be an antique greek chorus… Born in Gioia del Colle, a small town in Puglia not far from Bari, the artist started off her career with a range of Italian and international artists. She was an actress with Koreja Theatre (Lecce), assistant director to Marco Martinelli, and developed an early interest in music theatre, writing and performing Medea – Opera senza canto, a music theatre piece composed by Giovanni Tamborrino. Ludovico became artistic director of the Kismet theater just recently, after many years of working there as a permanent director. Her productions have been acclaimed in Japan, Australia and throughout Europe. Since she is about to leave for Japan any time soon, where she usually spends 2 to 3 months a year, working as an associate artist of Setagaya Public Theatre, Tokyo and the new Za Koenji Public Theatre Tokyo, we’d like to say Hi through a little presentation of her work. Her Japanese productions of The Snow Queen, The Mermaid Princess and Andersen’s The Travelling Companion premiered to great acclaim. Have a great and successful trip, dear Teresa, looking forward to having you back soon!