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Meet our new Guest Liaison- Jenna Galowich

IMG_3314 I would like to introduce our newest Annette Joseph Style team member. Jenna Galowich.

Full disclosure: I have been looking to fill this position for a few years. But I took my time to find someone that was the perfect fit. Imagine my delight when Jenna reached out. She told me her family was from Fivizzano. “What luck!” I thought. Then we met over zoom for several interviews, I knew she was just right. She’s enthusiastic and well-traveled, her background includes the hospitality business, as well as marketing. Please join me in welcoming her. I really look forward to working with her and seeing what her talents bring to enrich our guest experience here at La Fortezza. For those of you signed up for fall workshops and experiences, you are in for a treat,

Benvenuta Jenna!

A little about Jenna in her own words, take it away Jenna:

Buongiorno a tutti! It’s Jenna here – the newest member of the Annette Joseph Style Workshops & Retreats dream team. I am so thrilled to be working with our guests as the guest liaison, ensuring that everyone has the best experience possible during workshops, as well as working behind the scenes as we prepare every year for new workshop experiences and offerings.

A little bit about me: although I am a Chicagoan by birth, I am incredibly fortunate to also call Los Angeles and Paris home as well. An interesting fact about me the location of La Fortezza, in Fivizzano, Italy is in my blood – it is my ancestral hometown, as my Italian side of the family has their roots there and called it home for centuries! I recently earned my bachelor’s degree in marketing from The American University of Paris, which was one of the greatest and most transformative experiences of my life. Prior to Paris, I briefly lived in Rome, where I fell even more in love with Italy, Italian culture, Italian food, and the Italian people more than I already was.

When I’m not working at La Fortezza, I love traveling and hanging out at the dog park in front of the Louvre with Charlie my rescue pup, learning new languages, meeting new people from all walks of life, going to the authentic family-owned restaurants and spending time in the mountains hiking. There is nothing that I enjoy more than working with people, and I am so excited to meet and work with our guests at La Fortezza this fall.

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Ciao! Workshop Studio Space

I fell in love with the workshop studio space when I toured our house for the first time. When I first stepped in, I could feel the creative vibrations.

We are getting ready because in a little over 2 weeks our first workshop will be conducted in our amazing studio space.

Full disclosure: I fell in love with the workshop studio space when I toured our house for the first time. When I first stepped in, I could feel the creative vibrations. Even though it was filled to the ceiling with junk, I managed to glean the full expanse of this gorgeous forgotten space.

I can hardly wait to share this beautiful location with our attendees when they arrive June 14th. I truly have butterflies just thinking about it. We have now closed the workshop registration for the summer courses, but stay tuned for one workshop in November. If you want to sign-up, email me to get on the list. We have 3 spaces filled already, so we will only be releasing 3 spots end of July. You can reach me at annette@annettejosephstyle.

Stay tuned for BTS of the first ever workshop at La Fortezza with Christina Wedge and some surprise style gurus.

Ciao and see you here soon. xx

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#Italianrivieraworkshop lunch with the Basil King!

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I kept trying to think of what I would like to see in Liguria with our workshop attendees:

Should we lunch at a vineyard? Nah…classic but it’s been done. Should we visit an olive oil farm? Since olives are pressed in the fall, that might be kind of boring. Then it came to me!!!  Right down the road lives the self proclaimed Basil King! Who would not want to hang out at a basil farm in Liguria, the heart and soul of the pesto belt, right?!?!

So I went to talk to my friend Mario Anfossi, an all around groovy guy. Mario is known as the self proclaimed “Basil King of Italy,” and is the owner of Azienda Agraria Anfossi, a full on basil farm in the tiny town of Bastia. And it is truly the kingdom of basil!!

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Anfossi is the region’s largest producer of fresh basil and basil products. Let’s just say he makes a mean pesto! The farm is walled in and anchored by the family’s castle from the 14th century. And yes, they still live there.The castle overlooks the modern green houses that grow acres and acres of sweet smelling basil plants. The scent of the place is killer. I arranged for all of us to have lunch in the castle’s portico overlooking the castle’s formal garden.

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Mario’s niece, Laura, is a trained chef, and she prepared an amazing 3 course meal, with all three courses infusing pesto into the recipes for our workshop attendees. All 15 of us dined alfresco overlooking the gardens, complete with the family’s Rosetta wine produced by Mario’s son.

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Before lunch Mario, more of a gentleman farmer than an actual farmer, toured us around the farm and into the basil perfumed processing plant where he turns the crop into a sustainable maserated product suitable for shipping to the US and all over the world.

Lunch was peaceful with blissful food moments that of course we all photographed and styled with glee. After lunch we walked the gardens and wound up doing an impromptu photo-shoot with the fruit on the trees from the fruit garden. Picking cherries, apricots, plums and lemons, we even photogrpahed a Buddah hand citrus fruit that Mario had picked for us to use.

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*Pesto is like my peanut butter, so you know I was happy. Thanks to Mario and his family for the ever so Italian hospitality, and the best pesto in the mundo!

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