Italian Culinary Retreat – November 15-18th, 2018

Immerse yourself in the world of Mediterranean cuisine at Coteau des Prairies Lodge this November 15-18th. Join award-winning cooking instructors Joan and David Donatelle from Savory Pursuits for a fun food adventure.

Get hands on instruction making pasta, bread and gnocchi. Learn the time-honored secrets behind preparing authentic Italian sauces and mouth watering soups. Explore the wine regions of Italy with your taste buds. And much more!

At our Italian Culinary Retreat, you will spend plenty of time with the Donatelles over the course of 3 days at North Dakota’s premiere getaway destination. Joan and David will share their kitchen secrets from over 30 years of experience in the food and restaurant business. A lot of free time is built into the schedule for you to relax, enjoy the lodge accommodations and take in the natural beauty of the prairie surrounding the lodge.

For a true farm to table experience, you will cook with and taste the farm raised products produced by the Breker family on our farm where we own and operate Coteau des Prairies Lodge. These foods include our exclusive 28-Day Dry-Aged Breker Beef, grains and local honey. Even Breker Beer featuring our farm grown hops and local malts will be ready by then.

You will even have the unique opportunity to work along side Joan and David as kitchen and/or front house staff as they prep and execute a multiple course Italian wine dinner for up to 80 guests at Coteau des Prairies Lodge on November 17th. If you would rather experience the dinner as a dining guest, you will have the option to purchase a half price dinner ticket.

Included with your registration fee is a 3-night stay at Coteau des Prairies Lodge, admission to our Italian Culinary Retreat, all meals, and special gifts from the Donatelles and Coteau des Prairies Lodge.


The price is $699 (plus online registration fee). Price is per person for a shared room. For a single room, add $200.

Click on the Eventbrite Button below to register.

If you have questions about the registration process, please email Olivia Stenvold at

This event is limited to 20 guests. Refunds for cancellation available until 7 days prior to event, no refunds available thereafter.

Joan and David Donatelle

About Joan and David Donatelle

Joan and David are known for their love of authentic Mediterranean cuisine and have shared that passion with the public for more than 30 years. With three award-winning restaurants, three gourmet delis, and a catering company, they have provided many satisfying and healthful culinary experiences for loyal guests, friends, and fans.

David augmented his health care education with studies in France and Italy, and he continues to refine his knowledge of nutrition for health, super immunity, and longevity.

As a FoodE Expert, Joan managed the cooking school at Byerly’s and has taught hundreds of cooking classes there and in other venues. Her book, Astonishing Apples was published in 2015, by The Minnesota Historical Society Press.

David is the Director of Dining Services at Sunrise Assisted Living in Edina. In addition, he has been a beekeeper hobbyist for the past 15 years.

In their spare time, Joan and David love to create customized guided culinary tours in Italy for travelers seeking gastronomic adventures.

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Event Sponsor

This event is sponsored with generous support by Lunds & Byerlys. Lunds & Byerlys is a family-owned supermarket with 26 locations serving the Minneapolis-St.Paul metro area for over 75 years. They are famous for their superior customer service and high-quality products. If you value quality food products and exceptional service, be sure to visit Lunds & Byerlys!

About Coteau des Prairies Lodge

Coteau des Prairies Lodge is truly a one-of-a-kind getaway experience. Perched on the northernmost ridge of the Coteau des Prairies, where the breathtaking view is second to none, prairie farms and fields unfold from below like a patchwork quilt. You will find yourself at home at our rustic, yet refined lodge, constructed with native North Dakota pine. With custom log and steel architecture, you will be awed at every turn, from our magnificent great room to our signature lookout. In the pasture surrounding the lodge, where our cattle graze, you will find a new kind of relaxing vacation. Created and operated by a farming family, the lodge atmosphere embodies the legacy of the multi-generational farms from our area. From our warm country welcome and hearty homemade meals to our outdoor expeditions and hands-on farming fun, your rural experience comes alive! With 13 bedrooms, large open spaces and plenty to do, there is something here for everyone.

The kitchen at Coteau des Prairies Lodge is where the magic happens. Join us at our Italian Culinary Retreat!