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Invite yourself for a cooking holiday in sunny Provence in South of France! Relish yourself in its exceptional beauty and enjoy its vibrant markets. Not only that, learn how to make the Provence cuisine from Corinne herself or Sophie. All the recipes will be in English making it easier for you to understand. Aside from your cooking classes, you will have excursions to local producers and villages surrounding the local areas.
You will be staying at a three-star boutique hotel. The charming boutique hotel is located nearby Gordes quaint hilltop village in the Luberon, and 10 minutes distance to the cooking school. The boutique hotel has 13 spacious rooms and suites housed in a beautifully renovated 18th-century farm.
This three-star intimate hotel offers you an oasis of greenery and tranquillity. Rooms are decorated in pastel colors, antiques, and furnished with queen-size or single beds. Each room has its own private en-suite bathroom with a shower.
This program includes two hands-on cooking classes taught in English. You will get all the recipes in English. Lifestyle Vacations provide aprons during your lesson. Casual clothes such as tee-shirt, jeans, and comfortable flat shoes are recommended in the school.
Classes will be operated in the Luberon Cooking School which is run by a Michelin-star Chef. Each class features a different four-course menu including an amuse-bouche, an appetizer (starter), the main course (entree) with meat or fish, and a dessert. Along with your four-hour class, you will also learn how to prepare and cook a French-style menu from scratch.
You will learn chopping, cooking, and baking methods, as well as the plated presentation. Tasting lunch accompanied by an aperitif, wine, and coffee or tea follows each class.
Upon arrival at Avignon TGV train station, you will transfer to Gordes through Chateauneuf-du-Pape by private car or van. Then, you will visit Châteauneuf hilltop village where you get a panoramic view over the Rhône Valley. During your visit, you will learn more about Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines from the vineyards.
You will also visit a renowned winery which will be followed by a lunch. Then, you will check-in at La Bastide boutique-hotel and rest before your welcome dinner at the hotel.
Today, you will start your day with a breakfast. After breakfast, you will transfer to Luberon Cooking School. From 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., you will have a market tour with the chef for one hour. At the market, you will meet producers and smile local people while learning how to choose the best produce to be prepared and cooked afterward.
After the market tour, you will return to the school, enjoy a coffee, and start partaking a four-hour cooking class celebrating the Provence cuisine. Aperitif and gourmet tasting lunch accompanied by wine will follow after the class.
After your cooking lesson, you will transfer to Bonnieux where you will meet Julie and Stephane, the honey producers. You will see how the bees work and how hives are organized. You will learn about the beekeeper's work, from the honey collection to the extraction, filtering, maturation. and packaging. Light dinner will be served at the hotel.
On this day, after breakfast, you will transfer to the Luberon Cooking School. Your four-hour cooking class will start at 9:45 a.m. You will learn how to prepare and to cook a traditional gourmet meal including an amuse-bouche, starter, main course, and dessert. Aperitif and tasting lunch accompanied by wine, coffee, or tea will follow after the class.
In the afternoon, you will visit the olive oil mill, followed by tastings. Dinner will be at the hotel.
After breakfast, you will check-out and be transferred to Avignon TGV train station transfer. The transfer will be no later than 11:00 a.m. This will mark the end of your holiday.
In this holiday you will visit perched villages by walking, as well as local producers such as a goat cheese farm, a winery, bee farm, and a saffron producer. All visits will be guided in English.
Born in Paris and raised in the Loire Valley, Corinne has spent many years in the USA, working first for Hasbro Milton Bradley (Massachusetts and Rhode Island), and partnering with Birmingham Associates in Boston, then. Within her long professional career, Corinne has organized and guided numerous VIP tours and press trips worldwide. She has an extensive knowledge in France history, food, wine, and gastronomy, in general. She is the creator, owner, and director of Lifestyle Vacations France, and the founder of Paris-based Antilope Productions company and Côté Loisirs TV France.
Provence is situated in South of France. It is a region of exceptional beauty with its the quaint perched villages, lavender fields, vineyards, and magnificent coasts. In this holiday, you will not only get to enjoy its colorful markets and healthy food but also to smell its fresh air that has been delicately perfumed by wild herbs and flowers.
Daily continental breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are included in the price.
On your free time, you can simply relax in a tree-shaded garden, lulled by the song of the cicadas.
Please arrange your train to arrive at Avignon TGV train station. Transfer from and to the train station is included. Lifestyle Vacations will pick you up from the train station.
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