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Join California Culinary Retreats for an exquisite weekend of an authentic French cooking. Chef Carol Cotner Thompson has been teaching French cooking for over twenty-six years. This cooking retreat will focus on cooking techniques, such as sautéing, braising, roasting, and baking and, as always, you will begin your retreat with knife skills. This cooking vacation is perfect for those people who are looking for a short getaway from the Los Angeles area, and want to learn more about French cuisine!
Babcock Estate House & Guest House is a 1930’s villa situated on a lush sleepy street, minutes from the beach and hiking trails. The rooms have one bed. Whoever books the room must be okay to sleep with their companion. Be it a mother / daughter, couple, best friends, etc.
You will have four cooking classes while staying with California Culinary Retreats Cooking Vacation at the beautiful Montecito property. All the classes begin with an overview lecture and move to hands-on cooking in the kitchen. You will dine together at beautifully-set tables. When you are not cooking, you are free to relax, read a book in the garden, go for a walk in the hills, stroll on the beach, or shop in Montecito - your choice.
The retreat begins on Friday, November 9, 2018. The arrival is between 16:00 to 18:00, and you will conclude your weekend Sunday after a leisurely late lunch around 14:00.
This cooking vacation will take place in Montecito, California, USA. The seaside haven of Montecito is a stone’s throw from Santa Barbara. This treasure, known as "The American Riviera", exudes relaxing luxury. Montecito has a fantastic Mediterranean climate - it boasts a perfect cool temperature year round. Some of the most beautiful beaches in all of California are in Montecito - Butterfly, Miramar, and Fernald.
Please book your flight to arrive at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA).
Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) is the nearest airport, only 30 minutes away by car meanwhile Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is two hours away. Car rental would be necessary, as California Culinary Retreats does not provide transportation to and from the retreat place.