Epilogue: Parting is Such Sweet ~

"2012 DaVinci Wine Storyteller - Mark Leslie"

An Italian Adventurer’s Journal

~ Ciao, ciao, ciao DaVinci ~

The “2012 DaVinci Wine Storyteller” experience was truly remarkable. Not only was I given the opportunity to travel to Italy, but I was also given the opportunity to learn, to grow and to expand my life. It was a beautiful gift to have been given and one that I am grateful to still carry with me.

"Mark Leslie" "Jade Sheldon-Burnsed" "Cathi Iannone" "Michelle Kondrich"

Traveling with me were three talented artists: Jade Sheldon-Burnsed, Cathi Ianonne, and Michelle Kondrich. Visit their blogs to see what they are creatively doing.

Un grande mille grazie to DaVinci Wine’s staff, both in America and in Italy. Hospitality and graciousness were shown and extended to us at every turn without hesitation or a second thought. Bravi, tutti!

"2012 DaVinci Wine Storyteller Experience" "Mark Leslie" "Beyond the Pasta"

And my thanks extends to everyone at the Casale di Valle (pictured above) plus our guide Carolina and driver Filippo.

It was everyone’s support that gave me the idea to do the “Good People” video, #3 in my series for DaVinci. If you missed it, here it is:

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Buon Appetito~


The complete video series:

Video 1 ~ “Welcome”   Video 2 ~“Brother Brunello”   Video 3 ~ “Good People”

"Beyond the Pasta"[2012 DaVinci Wine Storyteller for Language Arts]

SEE my complete “Italian Adventurer’s Journal”

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And announcing ~ DaVinci Wine is now excepting applications to become a part of their 2013 Storyteller Experience! You could be a part of the next group of creative people to visit Vinci ~ I highly recommend it!

About the Author

Mark LeslieMark Leslie, seen cooking on NBC’s "The Today Show" and Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family," loves to cook for anyone with an appetite, vacations in Italy every year, and lives to eat his way through every plate of pasta and cone of gelato placed before him. His first book, “Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family,” tells of his life in Italy while cooking with an Italian grandmother. He shares his food experiences on his blog at www.beyondthepasta.com and has taught cooking classes in California, Georgia, Minnesota, Texas, and across Alabama. While judging for high school culinary events, he was chosen by the US Department of Education to judge for their "National Education Startup Challenge." Mark can be regularly seen cooking on NBC-affiliate, WSFA-TV 12's "Alabama Live! each Friday, bringing easy, locally sourced recipes to central Alabama. His iTunes app “Beyond the Pasta” features helpful videos and more of Nonna’s family-style recipes that she shared with him, plus, upon its release, it was named “New & Noteworthy” by Apple. DaVinci Wines chose Mark as their "2012 Storyteller" in Language Arts—where they sent him to Vinci, Italy, to write about wine, food and life. Mark, his home and book have been featured in such national publications and blogs as House Beautiful, Paula Deen, Food Republic, The Kitchn, Apartment Therapy, Field & Stream, and The Daily Meal. A Chicago-area native and “Yankee” by birth, Mark has lived in Alabama for over 24 years, and celebrates the fact that he started life eating farina, progressed to grits, and finally arrived at polenta. Buonissimo!View all posts by Mark Leslie →

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