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7 Days Culinary Holidays in Paris with Patricia Wells

  • Paris, France

Cooking and Wine Tasting Holidays at Paris, France

The cooking feast takes place in a comfortable, English-language environment. It is designed to bring students into a private Parisian world. Students cook with the best seasonal produce, fish, poultry, meats, cheese and breads to be found in the Paris markets. The week long program offers four cooking classes followed by a multi-course shared meal around the atelier table that includes plenty of discussion and tasting of spectacular French cheeses and wine.

Highlights

  • 4 cooking classes
  • Visit to a master baker
  • Detailed recipe booklets
  • French cheese, olive oil and wine tasting
  • Discussion on cooking techniques, kitchen designs etc.
  • Personalized embroidered aprons
  • Multi-course shared lunches
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Accommodation will be arranged at Hotel des 2 Continents at Rue Jacob in the beating heart of Paris in any of the following rooms.

Single rooms

Simple and comfortable, single rooms know how to welcome the lone traveler. A single or double bed is adjusted to the very Parisian size of the room and the colored fabrics give warmth to the walls.

Double rooms

Facing the street or the courtyard, Htel Des Deux Continents' double rooms are happy to receive love-birds. Warm colors and opaque curtains promise a long and intimate night together because Paris promises magical memories for every couple.

Twin rooms

Htel Des Deux Continents' twin rooms have a view of the courtyard or the street. Equipped with a desk, free Wi-Fi access and a telephone, they have all of the facilities that a pair of travelers need. You can reach some of these rooms via the small bridge that crosses over the charming little courtyard.

Triple rooms

All of the triple rooms are on the very Parisian rue Jacob. The lightly colored wall fabrics are in harmony with the woodwork, and seem to bring light into the rooms. The red chairs and marble bathroom bring refinement and elegance.

Junior suite

These two rooms looking out on the courtyard are the biggest in the hotel as they can lodge 4 people. They include two double beds and a brand new bathroom. Red or taupe, the rooms are tastefully decorated. And when night comes, they invite the weary traveler to dream under Parisian rooftops, shown by the windows.

Below is a sample schedule of this culinary holiday.

Day 1, Sunday

  • Arrival

Day 2, Monday

  • Morning cooking class and lunch at the Paris atelier
  • Discussion topics: "Mise en Place", "Lets Talk Organic", kitchen design, "What is an AOC/AOP?", French wine: labels and importers
  • Learning food techniques like braise, poach, blanch, bake and dish preparation

Day 3, Tuesday

  • Knife sharpening class
  • Cooking class and lunch at the Paris atelier
  • Preparation for day 5 lunch
  • Learning food techniques like blanch, steam, infuse, set, braise
  • Cheese tasting

Day 4, Wednesday

  • Morning tour of President Wilson market, Paris 16
  • Lunch at Michelin three-star Guy Savoy restaurant
  • Dinner free

Day 5, Thursday

  • Visit to Poilne bakery
  • Private wine tasting with Juan Sanchez of La Dernire GoutteLunch at the Paris atelier
  • Preparation for Friday lunch

Day 6, Friday

  • Olive oil tasting
  • Cooking class and lunch preparation at the Paris atelier
  • Learning food techniques like sear, fry, cheeses, set, bake

Day 7, Saturday

  • Departure
  • Bakery visit
  • Market visit
  • Wine tasting

The cooking holiday takes place in Patricia Wells cooking studio on the charming Rue Jacob in the heart of Saint-Germain des Prs on the Left Bank of Paris, France.

Activities
  • Cooking classes
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Restaurant nearby
Services
  • ATM/banking nearby
  • Car rental
  • Car rental nearby
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Shop nearby
  • Wireless internet

Below is a sample of the multi-course meals that participants will prepare and enjoy.

Day 1, Monday:

  • Provenal asparagus with rosemary and bay leaves
  • Poached chicken breasts with morels and spring peas
  • Blanched haricot vert and artichoke salad with toasted hazelnuts
  • Baked apple and rosemary galette with fresh cream
  • Caramelized pistachio nougat glac

Day 2, Tuesday:

  • Steamed turbot with lemongrass and kaffir lime, peas, spinach and mint
  • Rich fish stock
  • Orangerie du vieux svres Sicilian tomatoes with new olive oil and herbs
  • Sheeps milk cheeses like Regalis and napoleon
  • Caramelized pistachio nougat glac with fresh raspberries
  • Lemon panna cotta
  • Braised Provencal lamb daube with lamb, tomatoes, olives, mushrooms and herbs

Day 3, Wednesday:

  • Lunch at Guy Savoy

Day 4, Thursday:

  • Bakery items from Poilne bakery
  • Private wine tasting
  • Lunch at the Paris atelier
  • Provenal lamb daube with tomatoes, olives, mushrooms and couscous
  • Lemon panna cotta and candied lemon zest

Day 5, Friday:

  • Olive oil tasting
  • Seared semillas shiitake mushrooms
  • Seared rib steak topped with herb salad
  • Cold fry frites
  • Cheeses, young and aged, made from cows milk, yogurt
  • Raw milk comt cows milk cheese from the Jura
  • Chocolate satin
  • Baked chocolate almond squares
  • 4 cooking classes
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Detailed recipe booklets with 50 cherished recipes
  • Discussion on cooking techniques, kitchen designs etc.
  • French cheese and wine tasting
  • Multi-course shared lunches
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Personalized embroidered aprons
  • Visit to a master baker and a market
  • Dinners
  • Travel expenses to Paris
For information about the booking conditions, please send Patricia Wells an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by A traveler from California, USA
    9 out of 10

    "This restaurant comes up when one googles reviews on steak frites as a famous Paris must try. Not undersold. The steak frites was a stop-talking "be quiet husband I need to concentrate on this moment" kind of delicious. Steak cooked to perfection, fries amazing and worthy of a visit on their own. The star- THAT SAUCE, I am still thinking about that dreamy creamy tasty sauce. I will have dreams about this. YUM. We went at lunch time, no reservation needed."

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  • Review by A traveler from London, UK
    8 out of 10

    "Proper French Bistrot with lovely atmosphere. Good food and service."

    "Very pleasant staff and good value for money."

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  • Review by Philip from New Jersey, USA
    10 out of 10

    "We loved everything about this small, but elegant bistro on the Ile de St. Louis. The focus is on vegetables and they are the highlight of the meal. Dishes as simple sounding as "runner beans with white peaches and fricasseed of green vegetables with preserved lamb shoulder were incredibly fresh and full of deep flavors. The wine list is very reasonable, the service warm and efficient and the desserts magnificent. Its very reasonably priced for the quality of the food and the obvious skill of the staff. We loved everything and every minute of our meal. The neighborhood is full of wonderful shops."

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  • Review by a traveler from Cary, North Carolina
    10 out of 10

    "We went there for a business group. Its a very small but charming restaurant in the Ile Saint Louls, an exclusive area on the small island east of the Notre Dame. Fortunately we had reservations from the concierge. We had a great waitress "Allison" who is from Chicago and has lived in Paris for 4 years and was awesome! There are only two essential large tables which add to the charm. Dinner for 7 was 550 EUR which included lots of wine! Its a very nice surprise."

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  • Review by a traveler from Indianapolis, Indiana
    10 out of 10

    "During our 15 days in France, we enjoyed the best meal of our trip at this attractive bistro. A simple and generously portioned dinner of roasted chicken on a bed of melt-in-your-mouth spinach proved how great the classic dishes can be. My starter of shrimp with a barigoule of fennel and artichokes was also very good, and my husband loved his soup. We marveled at the excellent service provided by just two servers who covered the house so efficiently. I look forward to another meal here in the future."

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