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This exclusive cooking vacation program features Provence exquisite and healthy food, fine wines, traditions, history and exceptional lifestyle. You will explore a region of exceptional beauty with outstanding landscapes, perched historic villages, vineyards, lavender fields, olive groves, and much more! You will enjoy Provence for its alive markets, magnificent lights, smells of delicately perfumed fresh air by wild herbs and flowers… for its flavorful and healthy cuisine paired with delicate local wines.
Welcome to Beaumes-de-Venise, a charming Provence village which is reputed for its delicate Muscat naturally sweet wines, organic fruits orchards, vegetables gardens, and sweet life. Beaumes is home-village of La Villa des Dentelles luxury guest house nestled in the Ventoux-Provence countryside between woods, vineyards, and saffron gardens.
You will be amazed by its panoramic breathtaking view on the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains, especially at the sunset. Unique! It offers 5 elegantly decorated rooms and suite, with en-suite bathroom equipped with walking shower. Each room or suite is in beige, grey and white colors trends, furnished with stylish antiques and king-size or two single beds. Modern amenities include minibar, safety lock, hairdryer, bathrobe, toiletries, etc. Free WiFi connection in all rooms. The villa has a pool.
This cooking program includes four hands-on classes celebrating the Mediterranean and Provence classics with recipes adapted to home cooks. Provence is a blessed region with tasty organic vegetables, fruits, aromatic herbs, olive oil, goat cheese, honey and your menus are designed with these local produce, in addition to the Mediterranean fish, the lamb of Sisteron, the free-range chicken of the local farms, and others. Cooking classes are run at La Villa des Dentelles by Chef Marie and Corinne, whose long list of accomplishments includes Michelin-star experiences.
All along your classes, and at the market place tour, you will get precious tips to make your cuisine successful. Teachings include cooking methods and organization rules in the kitchen, balanced menu creations with fresh produces, food and wine pairing exercises, olive oil tastings, and more. All classes are taught in English, scheduled in the afternoon to leave the morning free for visits, tours, resting time, and shopping.
The menus follow the seasons. Asparagus, artichokes, rhubarb, cherries start in April. After summer, you are still lucky with berries, peaches, apricots, figs, plums, grapes, pears, tomatoes, eggplants, zucchinis, and more. Sample menus can include pistou soup, pissaladière, ratatouille, tian provençal, petits farcis, spelt risotto, sea bream topped with a black olives crust, sautéed veal with lemon, thyme and green olives. Classic desserts and pastry such as the crème brulée, chocolate soufflé, fruits tarts, clafoutis, profiteroles will certainly be in the menus too!
Each class is followed by a delicious 4-course dinner including an appetizer, a starter, a main course and a dessert, accompanied by wine, and coffee espresso or tea.
Lifestyle Vacations' authentic Provence covers a territory located north to Avignon at the border of the Drôme county. Here local people welcome you as a guest and a friend not as a tourist.
Corinne will guide you through medieval villages nestled in the awesome sites of Montmirail, Mont Ventoux and the Luberon. You will visit tiny hilltop villages by walking, and meet artists, artisans, and producers who offer “la crème de la crème"…which means the best food. Program includes a visit to a goat cheese farm, and an olive oil mill.
You will visit Avignon and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and Vaison-la-Romaine millennial town with its Roman and medieval quarters, and enjoy its alive open-air market scheduled on Tuesdays which is one of the biggest in Provence. You will discover quaint Côtes du Rhône wine villages and Beaumes-de-Venise including a guided tour to a winery.
This cooking holiday will take place in Provence Mont-Ventoux, Avignon area.
Daily continental breakfasts are served from 19:00 to 10:00. Lunches and dinners at La Villa des Dentelles, and in traditional and gourmet Michelin-star restaurants. This program is adapted to gluten-free people.
Marseille Provence Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Marseille Provence Airport (MRS).
You can also 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.