Yesterday, Oak Cliff's Italian gem, Lucia, announced on Facebook and the official website that one of their staff, cook Drew Marquis, will be a part of an internship program outside of Siena, Italy.
Marquis has been a part of Lucia since its opening in 2010 so we contacted the restaurant to congratulate and find out more about the work he will be doing. Jennifer Uygur, also known as one of Lucia's gatekeepers, informed us that Marquis' program is the competitive Spannocchia Foundation farm internship.
"He is one of seven people chosen to participate in the Spannocchia Foundation's 3 month long farm internship program just outside Siena. The program is all about sustainable agriculture...they raise traditional breeds of farm animals like Cinta Senese pigs -- which are slaughtered on site and cured for salumi. They also grow vegetables, grains and legumes to feed the animals (and the interns and staff...).Uygur said that Lucia is excited about this wonderful opportunity for Marquis. There's just one little thing: "Now we just need someone to fill his shoes at the restaurant...," she said. The official request is for an "experienced cook who's interested in learning and working in a creative environment."
During the week, interns do manual labor on the farm and take classes in Italian language and culture. On the weekends, they take field trips to farms and wineries in neighboring towns.
Interested and qualified parties should submit resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Photo: Andrea Grimes/EDFW]