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Mommy Moment Contributor Goes to Tuscany!

Here is an exciting opportunity that I wanted all Mommy Moment readers to make a special note of Kathryne Grisim, a guest blogger on Mommy Moment, has been invited to teach a blogging workshop entitled “La Dolce Vita- Mastering the Art of Blogging in the Hills of Tuscany”!

If you have ever dreamed of a sojourn to Tuscany (haven’t we all?) this is a really unique opportunity. The workshop is designed to teach you how to get started on a blog or hone your skills if you already have oneI am personally excited about the photography and culinary sessions. Are you interested in joining Kathryne and her husband Doug on the trip of a life time?


The workshop also features photographer Michael Ray who will teach photography for bloggers, particularly food photography. Michael is a renowned photographer whose expertise will add to the value of the learning experience that this excellent workshop will provide.

I can hear you saying to yourself, “I don’t want to learn how to write a blog, I just enjoy reading them.”

No worries!  There is a reduced priced if you want to opt out of the workshop and simply travel each morning through the beautiful hills of Tuscany. The itinerary includes visits to: Pienza, St. Antimo Abbey in Montalcino, the Daniel Spoerri Garden in Seggiano, Montepulciano (recent findings prove that a settlement was already in existence in the 4th-3rd centuries BC!) and lastly the cradle of the Renaissance Florence. You will be picked up and escorted back to Rome, so you may want to include an overnight or two in that magical city as well.

Here’s the best part: You would be staying at the private estate called Antica Tenuta Le Casacce. This information is from their website:

Le Casacce is located near Seggiano, sixty kilometres south of Siena in the province of Grosetto. It has magnificent panoramic views of the hills of Tuscany. Owned by Enrico Casini, it is the perfect place to call home during your stay in Italy. Le Casacce dominates the Orcia valley, between Monte Amiata and Montalcino. It is surrounded by a park full of breathtakingly beautiful, centuries-old olive trees.

Le Cassace dates back to 1260, and by the early 17th century it was the site of an important oil press. In the 1990s it was it renovated, remaining absolutely faithful to its ancient Tuscan features. The tradition of producing extraordinary extra virgin oil from the local “Olivastre di Seggiano” was restored.  These olives are only grown in the area of Le Casacce. The olives give a unique and inimitable oil, which can even boast curative properties due to its high antioxidant content.

The apartments, measuring between 30 and 130 square meters, are located in the various farmhouses dotted around the Estate, amidst the olive trees and meadows and equipped with a fireplace, independent heating, satellite TV and dishwasher.

The guest suites are located in the various farmhouses on the Estate. The guest suites vary from 1-4 bedrooms. Larger apartments have two bathrooms. The suites are decorated in a rustically elegant Tuscan style. Many of the suites have private terraces.

Apartment suites are randomly assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. If two guests are not registered together as a couple, attendees will be paired together based on age and gender. Of course, you can always request to be suite-mates with a specific person.

In the midst of the colours, scents and atmospheres of the Orcia valley, owner and Master Chef Enrico Casini brings to you the traditional flavours of Italian, and especially Tuscan, cuisine. The dishes from Enrico’s kitchen are without compare.

Breakfast at Le Casacce is served buffet-style and includes homemade pastries, cheeses, yogurt, cereal, meat, eggs, fresh fruit, juice and coffee. You may eat indoors in the dining room or outside on the patio where you may enjoy the fresh air and beautiful beginnings of a Tuscan morning.

At dinner, Enrico enjoys greeting each guest and describing the ingredients of each course and how it was prepared. All dishes are made from locally grown foods, many of which come directly from Le Casacce. Each course brings about “oohs” and “aahs” from around the table. The service is excellent and the attention to detail makes every meal at Le Casacce a winner!

Wine, alcohol, cappuccino and bottled water are not included in the price of your workshop/tour. These items may be purchased à la carte at Le Casacce or in town at wine shops or grocery stores and brought in for your personal enjoyment. Any food allergies or dietary restrictions can be accommodated by Enrico at Le Casacce. “

My friend Kathryne tells me that the workshop offering is a perfect learning retreat for Professional Communicators and Hobby Bloggers alike. Singles will feel perfectly comfortable joining the group. Young families are easily accommodated in their own private apartment.

Is this the year that you will be able to make your Tuscan dreams come true?

Kathryne is a jewel in the crown of the Manitoba blogging world, a successful food and travel blogger and the author of Food Musings. She is also a contributor to the Huffington Post. Kathryne has won numerous awards, including Winnipeg’s Best Blog, Urban Spoon’s Number One Manitoba Blogger and she is a Food Blogger Canada Regional Ambassador.

You can read Kathryne’s latest recipe post – Pink Stickers Pot Stickers here.

Kathryne Grisim grew up in the hospitality business and she and her husband of almost 30 years, owned their own family restaurant at one time.  She currently teaches social media and hospitality and is a food, travel and restaurant writer for Winnipeg Women Magazine, the Canstar newspapers, and her own blogs:  Food Musings was selected Winnipeg’s favourite blog by Uptown Magazine in 2012 and is Urban Spoon’s number one Manitoba Blog.  Kathryne is proud to be a regional ambassador for Food Bloggers Canada, Canada Beef and Sobey’s.  She is an imaginative cook and especially enjoys preparing food that will demonstrate to her family how deeply she cares for them.  In Kathryne’s world food=love!

Stephanie N

Wednesday 30th of October 2013

This would have been a wonderful opportunity, I would love to go to Italy, I have never been.

Jen L

Monday 28th of October 2013

Good for you! I would like to go on a wine tasting and eating tour of Italy, they'd have to roll me home.


Saturday 20th of July 2013

What a fantastic sounding workshop and a great opportunity!

Jennifer Wagner

Saturday 20th of July 2013

This sounds so amazing. However, just last year I went with my family on an Italy trip. I would feel way to early going back again so soon and without them.


Saturday 20th of July 2013

What an amazing opportunity to learn and grow! I'm very interested in learning more about food photography and perfecting my techniques both behind the camera and behind the computer screen.