Feast on History brings together food, wine, art and innovation.

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Food & Wine tours in italy

We take you to undiscovered corners of Italy to experience food, wine and art like the locals do. Join us in 2015 for a wine tour of Irpinia and retreat for creative innovators in the ancient ruins of the Cilento.

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Wine events

 Custom Events 

Our bespoke events make history leap off the pages and onto your plate. Among our best events are wine tastings for the Morris-Jumel Mansion & the New York Botanical Garden, and a dinner for innovators inspired by Michelangelo at Science House.

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Little italy food tour

History lives and breathes on Arthur Avenue. Experience Little Italy in the Bronx with people who have an intimate knowledge of its stories and traditions.

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Feast of the Seven Fishes was featured in Metro New York

Feast of the Seven Fishes was featured in Metro New York

Book your 2014 Holiday Party Now!

 

At this cooking class, wine tasting and family style feast, guests will enjoy a traditional seafood feast inspired by Italian Christmas Eve.

Led by Feast on History founder Danielle Oteri, several of the fish courses will be prepared exactly as her grandmothers taught her while others will be updated to include ingredients like bottarga (aka Italian caviar) and the sublime colatura sauce from Cetara on the Amalfi coast. Guests are invited to participate in the cooking and learn kitchen hacks like the trick to perfect pasta and the secret ingredients of master Italian cooks.

Christian Galliani of Wine for the 99 leads the wine conversation with seven gorgeous wines that embody the Italian wine philosophy of “what grows together, goes together” as well as a few surprising selections that will change the way your pair food and wine.

Invite up to 18 guests to your own private restaurant right in midtown Manhattan! Perfect for corporate holiday parties.

To book your party, email danielle@feastonhistory.com.

What a wonderful experience I had at this event. Thank you so much Danielle and Christian! I have never been a fan of shellfish until I tasted the delicious Mussels Arriganate and Stuffed Clams last night. My favorite dish was the Linguine all’Amalfitana. It was “food-asmic” with the wine that Christian chose for this dish.
— Mary Perez
 
Danielle and Christian combine their love of all things food, wine, and Italian culture and history with an unmistakable focus on two things that are sorely lacking in today’s world – community and connection. Whether you’re experiencing their hospitality in their home or in the kitchen of one of their luxurious and mouth-watering private events, this duo knows how to create memories to last a lifetime with their culinary talents, kind hearts, and family-oriented style.
— Beth Marshall

Spend an afternoon exploring an iconic neighborhood that still does things the old-fashioned way

 

Spend an afternoon exploring an iconic neighborhood that still does things the old-fashioned way—with family-owned shops, butcher shops, bakeries and pasta stores that have been open for generations.  

Say hi to Peter at Vincent's Meat Market, recently named one of New York's 10 best butcher shops. Originally Oteri's Meat Market for over 50 years, it was owned by Danielle's great-grandfather and was the set of the Oscar winning film "Marty," starring Ernest Borgnine.

Take a stroll through the Arthur Avenue Retail market to buy vegetables from the vendors at Boiano's, lupini beans at Mount Carmel Foods, followed by a visit next door to Calabria Pork Store where you'll see a ceiling made of sausages. 

We'll make nearly a dozen stops to visit many of the NYC's best, historic and artisanal food shops on the east coast.

To book your private tour send an email to danielle@feastonhistory.com or call 917-881-3918. 

 

 

Irpinia is the new Tuscany

 

Immerse yourself in Southern Italy’s lush, mountainous wine region called Irpinia. We’ll have private visits with famous winemakers including Salvatore Molettieri and Luigi Moio, drink award-winning DOCG wine, see castles and ruins that pre-date even the Romans. We'll experience the local food as well as a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience at Michelin starred restaurant Marennà.

Led by Christian Galliani from Wine for the 99

 

 

Because Irpinia isn't overrun with tourists, we'll experience private visits with famous winemakers including Salvatore Molettierri and Luigi Moio. We'll drink award-winning DOCG wine, see castles, ancient ruins and eat both local food as well as a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience at Michelin starred restaurant Marennà. And In keeping with our ethos, this tour is priced for the 99%.

Day 1: Arrival
Meet in Rome's Fiumicino airport and transfer by a small private bus to our 4-star hotel De La Ville in Avellino. 

We'll have dinner together poolside. In case of bad weather we'll have dinner at the agriturismo Cavaliere. 

Day 2: Open Cellars at Taurasi

After breakfast at our hotel we'll travel to Taurasi and the rich of historical wine cellars and hearth of the Taurasi D.O.C.G. wine product.  We'll visit the ancient Taurasi village, castle and the Irpinia's most peculiar cellar, Caggiano, Enjoy tastings of  Macchia dei Goti, Fiano di Avellino, Greco di Tufo wines as well as local food. (If it grows together, it goes together.)

Next we'll visit the Lapio vineyard to taste "Cleila Romana"  the best white wine of 2010.

The day concludes with a very special visit to Moio vineyard where Professor Luigi Moio awaits us for a guided tour and the explanation of his wine Falorno which has recently won a major award for Italian white wine.

Day 3: Pilgrimage to Montevergine and Feudi San Gregorio

Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Montevergine Sanctuary where we'll see the Madonna of Transformation. We'll also see Loreto Abbey where there is an ancient herbal distillery run by monks, 

Light lunch at a taverna located in Capo Castello, a medieval village near Mercogliano.

Rest at the hotel.

In the late afternoon we proceed to a nearby village to visit Feudi di San Gregorio, a worldwide popular young wine company revalorizing the production of wine in Southern Italy. We'll taste Aglianico, Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo and enjoy a cellar and vineyard tour. 

Get dressed up for an exclusive dinner at Michelin starred Marennà restaurant, a one in a lifetime food and wine experience.

Day 4: Mirabella

We'll visit the world-famous “Mastroberandino” the oldest vineyard in Irpinia for a tour and tastings. Next we'll proceed to the beautiful Radici Resort for a vineyard tour and delicious lunch.

In the afternoon we'll have a guided tour of the ancient Samnite city called Aeclanum.

Rest in the Hotel.

Dinner at “Vecchio Mulino” restaurant by the river*

Day 5. Amalfi Coast and Salerno

We'll leave the mountains of Irpinia for a day on the Amalfi coast.

 After breakfast departure to Vietri sul Mare at the end of the Amalfi coast for ceramic shopping. After this a lemon tasting awaits you where you can prepare your own limoncello and have lunch in a beautiful villa overlooking the sea. In the afternoon we'll go to Salerno for a shopping tour and dinner in the historic center.

Day 6. Truffle hunting Bagnoli and Montella

Day trip to high Irpinia and Laceno lake. Here we find the villages of Bagnoli Irpino and Montella where we'll experience the delicacy of truffles and P.G.I. chestnuts.

In Bagnoli Irpino we'll experience a truffle tasting session and hunt after which lunch awaits us in the country house.

By evening visit of the beautiful village Rocca San Felice, where we'll have a delicious dinner.

Day 7: Salvatore Molettieri and Villa Raiano

Visit with master winemaker Salvatore Molettieris for a complete tasting of his wines paired with local food.

Proceed to Altavilla in the Tufo at the vinery di Marzo or Villa Raiano

Break at the hotel.

In the evening we'll experience Calitri, famous for the caciocavallo cheese, and dinner at "Locanda della Arco" for the typical plate "Cannazze".

Day 8: Transfer by bus back to Rome airport

The price includes:

  • Accommodation: 4 star hotel Hotel de La Ville for 7 nights
  • All food at restaurants, wine and water included
  • All tours and wine tastings
  • Transfers to/from Rome airport 
  • Private bus during the tour
  • Transfer to the Amalfi coast & Lemon tasting
  • Dinner in Salerno
  • One English-speaking tour leader in addition to Christian Galliani who speaks Italian, Spanish and English fluently.

The price doesn’t include:

  • Airfare
  • Additional mixed drinks at dinners

Discover Irpinia: June 14-21, 2015

Early purchase price, buy before January 15th: $3,200

To reserve your spot contact Christian at wineforthe99@gmail.com

Use ancient wisdom to tap deeply into your creativity

 

This retreat for writers, artists and new media entrepreneurs will draw on the ancient sites of the Magna Grecia to inspire creative innovators, entrepreneurs and artists. Drawing on the success of Feast on Innovation, an evening of workshops inspired by the genius of Michelangelo, this retreat has been crafted for deeply creative souls working on the forefront of innovation, who are seeking a peaceful space to tap deeply into their creativity.

Borgo La Pietraia in Capaccio-Paestum will serve as a home base and all excursions will be day trips. Each day will have free time as well as daily group gatherings for discussions and creative exercises. 

 

 
Borgo La Pietraia overlooking the Amalfi Coast.

Borgo La Pietraia overlooking the Amalfi Coast.

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Sink deep into the tranquility of the mountains overlooking the sea.

Sink deep into the tranquility of the mountains overlooking the sea.

Chef Antonio will prepare meals made with local Cilento products.

Chef Antonio will prepare meals made with local Cilento products.

Day 1: Arrive at Borgo La Pietraia

We'll meet in Naples in the early afternoon and begin to get to know each other over the world's best pizza. A local tour guide will show us around the city, then we'll travel together to our retreat home at Borgo La Pietraia in Capaccio-Paestum.

Settle in to your room and then meet for evening apertivi around the pool. Chef Antonio will prepare a feast to welcome us made from local Cilento products

Day 2: Don't be afraid of the dark

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As our creative journey begins, our fears will inevitably rise up to distract us. We'll journey right into heart of this ancient and timeless experience with a journey up the underground river where a nymph drowned herself after failing to capture Odysseus's attention. We emerge at the Angel Caves of Pertosa, an ancient site that was Christianized to celebrate the Archangel Michael.

We'll follow-up our journey with a seafood lunch in the town of Contursi before traveling back to the Borgo for time to relax and reflect.

Day 3: Get inspired

View from the Villa San Michele

View from the Villa San Michele

Today we  out to explore the waters of Capri and Ischia where Odysseus first encountered the Sirens. We'll travel by our own private speedboat and touch land at Capri and travel to the top of the island.

We'lll hike the steep cliffs to Villa Jovis and the ruins of the villa of the emperor Tiberius. Here, the emperor secluded himself from the world. On the ruins, we'll have discussions about our own sources of inspiration and ways we both ignite and dampen the flames of our ideas.

After lunch in the beautiful village of Anacapri, we'll visit Villa San Michele, the home of a 19th century doctor and author of the classic "The Story of San Michele" who constructed this fairy tale home out of myth, inspiration and imagination.

Day 4: Revisit past ideas

Though we have grown, past ideas are often worth revisiting. We'll begin the morning with written exercises meant to coax out past ideas that have potential for new life. 

Then we'll visit the best preserved Greek temples in the world, just below our retreat home on the plains of Paestum. Three extraordinary temples remain from the city of Poseidonia. In front of the mysterious "Tomb of the Diver" a mysterious Roman portrait of a young man diving not into a body of water, but into the deep unknown, we'll delve deeply into our own creative journey.

Then we'll visit the best preserved Greek temples in the world, just below our retreat home on the plains of Paestum. Three extraordinary temples remain from the city of Poseidonia. In front of the mysterious "Tomb of the Diver" a mysterious Roman portrait of a young man diving not into a body of water, but into the deep unknown, we'll delve deeply into our own creative journey.

Day 5: Transformation

We'll travel by private bus to the mountainous region called Irpinia and the mountaintop sanctuary of Montevergine and the icon known as the Madonna of Transformation. Also known as Madonna Schiavona or “slave mother” her shrine is built on the ruins of a temple dedicated to Cybele, a pre-Christian goddess that was attended by eunuchs who had given up their sex in order to be transformed by mother earth.

Then we'll indulge our senses with a visit to Feudi San Gregorio vineyard and dinner at world famous Michelin starred restaurant, Marenna.

Day 6: Rest

Enjoy a free day to write, play music, sleep, swim in the pool, take a walk in the countryside, or take a day trip to the nearby Amalfi Coast. 

Day 7: Exit your comfort zone

This final exercise will release all your fears and let you lock-in a sensory experience of your soaring creative potential. We'll go paragliding from the Sanctuary of the Madonna of the Pomegranate in Capaccio-Paestum over the Paestum plains with a view of Capri, the Amalfi and Cilento coasts in the distance.

We'll enjoy a final, closing dinner together at Borgo La Pietraia.


We use unusual spaces and talented chefs to create one-of-kind affairs that make a strong sensory impression

 

We work with museums, non-profits, foundations and historic houses to connect members and donors to the heart and soul of a mission. We dispense with the lecture and "rubber chicken dinner" and make donors and members excited about the past and eager to co-create the future.

Feast on History manages your event from conception to clean-up.

Our team includes:

  • Qualified historians and researchers who will develop and curate content and conversations. 
  • Event planners to handle the logistics. 
  • Talented and creative chefs who can riff on historic menus and contextualize a story through a meal.

Feast on History opens the door for the important conversations that development officers need to have by creating a warm, loving and joyful atmosphere where everyone feels connected.

 
Michelangelo's Feast at Science House brought together twelve creative innovators for an intimate meal at Science House, a cathedral of imagination in New York City.

Michelangelo's Feast at Science House brought together twelve creative innovators for an intimate meal at Science House, a cathedral of imagination in New York City.

Michelangelo's Feast followed an evening of talks and lectures by major innovators in technology, marketing and branding.

Michelangelo's Feast followed an evening of talks and lectures by major innovators in technology, marketing and branding.

The menu was inspired by an 16th century shopping list illustrated by Michelangelo for his housekeeper.

The menu was inspired by an 16th century shopping list illustrated by Michelangelo for his housekeeper.

We explored the life of 19th century wine merchant Stephen Jumel with a Bordeaux wine tasting inside the Morris-Jumel Mansion. Click here to read the full story.

We explored the life of 19th century wine merchant Stephen Jumel with a Bordeaux wine tasting inside the Morris-Jumel Mansion. Click here to read the full story.