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3 Day Valerie Kazansky Culinary Vacation in Carmel-By-The-Sea, California

Pine Inn, Ocean Ave & Lincoln, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA

Cooking Vacation USA

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Did you ever dream of having a real chef coaching you in the fine art of making fancy French sauces or perhaps a Pate Sablee (tart)? If so, join this culinary experience with Chef Valerie Kazansky! She will be guiding you on how to prepare your favorite dish in her warm and welcoming kitchen as she shares the secrets of her culinary passion! It will be an unforgettable cooking holiday that you will never forget.

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  • Learn a variety of cuisines
  • Personalized culinary experience
  • Hosted touring and tasting with Chef Valerie
  • Libations and light fare in historic bar and lounge
  • Free time to enjoy your own activities
  • 2 nights accommodation


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Step into the Pine Inn and you are transformed into a world of gracious hospitality, blending historic splendor, and modern comfort. Settle in to your elegant, custom-furnished accommodations and enjoy all that this fine destination offers.

The world class Pine Inn is ideally situated to take advantage of the finest shops and restaurants Carmel-By the Sea has to offer, and don’t forget the beach is just a few steps from your door. Each beautifully furnished room features Aireloom pillow-top mattresses, high-speed internet access, and thoughtful amenities like curved shower rods in the bathroom. Some accommodations offer stunning ocean views while others offer soothing Jacuzzi bathtubs.The Pine Inn has even installed an electric vehicle charging station, and it’s free to their guests. You just need to reserve a space.



  • Cooking class
  • Golf course (fees not included)
  • Walking on the beach
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing


Warm, welcoming, and gorgeously decorated, the rooms and suites at the Pine Inn invite relaxation and tranquility here in the heart of Carmel. You’ll find everything you need for a comfortable visit - from amazing Aireloom pillow-top mattresses to free high-speed Internet access and thoughtful amenities like curved shower rods in the bathroom. Some of the accommodations feature stunning ocean views, and others offer soothing Jacuzzi bathtubs.


It’s your choice

This holiday is all about you! You get the chance to choose what you want to do with your all most full day with one of Carmel’s top-rated chefs, Valerie Kazansky. The Monterey Peninsula is famous for its’ noted wineries, fish markets, fresh produce, bakeries, cheese makers and chocolatiers. You and chef Valerie will discuss prior to your arrival, all the fun experiences you want to enjoy.

Oh how about the sights and delicious smells from the restaurants lining the docks of Monterey Bay - or just walking along the wooden wharfs watching the fishboats unload their catch of the day - maybe even watching as a talented captain maneuverers his boat so effortlessly into its’ berth, a real treat for your senses.

You might prefer a trip to Carmel Valley to one of the fabulous wineries for a tasting experience to tell your friends about? And don’t forget lunch. Depending on your appetite, you and your chef will enjoy lunch at one of the fine restaurants in the area. Later, in chef Valerie’s fantastic kitchen, it will be time for the culinary experience you’ll remember for a life time.

In Chef Valerie’s kitchen

If your choice is to spend a fantastic afternoon with Chef Valerie as your cooking coach in her well-equipped kitchen, then be prepared for the perfect culinary experience. You will have discussed the details of what you want to cook well in advance. And remember, Chef Valerie received her culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, so perhaps ask her about that French pastry you always wanted to conquer.

Sample cooking classes


Learn how to make sauces to enhance your cooking and make all your dishes especially flavorful. You can learn how to make classic French sauces and the secrets of reduction sauces.

Pastry doughs

Learn how to make those tricky pastry doughs such as Pate Sablee (tart) or the famous Pate A Choux for yummy chocolate eclairs.

Local Monterey cuisine

Does the word artichoke frighten you? Or what about Indian curries or Mexican tamales? With Chef Valerie as your coach, you will be serving these frightening ingredients to your guest in no time.


Day 1 - Arrival

Check into the Pine Inn. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy.

Day 2 - Meet Chef Valerie

Weekdays, you'll enjoy the complimentary breakfast at the Pine Inn. On weekends, you'll enjoy breakfast on Savoury Destinations in the Pine Inn Bakery. Then spend your morning relaxing till the pre-determined time to meet Chef Valerie.

Day 3 - Departure Day

After the complimentary breakfast or the bakery breakfast, it’s time to say good-bye till Savoury Destinations see you again soon!


Valerie Kazansky


This culinary vacation will take place in Carmen by the sea, California, USA.



  • Cooking classes
  • Golf course
  • Shopping


  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace


  • Meeting room
  • Wedding


A full breakfast buffet awaits you in the on-site llFornalo Restaurant. from Monday through Friday with fluffy eggs, granola’s, beautiful breads and spreads, fresh fruits and beverages. On weekends enjoy the offerings of the on-site bakery with a flaky pastry and a cup of hot coffee. If you’re staying in the village for lunch or dinner, the llFornalo is perfect. Seasonal locally sourced Italian fare is the specialty at this on-site restaurant created by their expert chef and complemented by delicious regional wines. Sit indoors at the counter and watch the activity in the display kitchen or relax indoors and soak in the ocean views.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

On your free time, you can stroll along the serene beaches, visit unique art galleries, fine restaurants, go for some wine tasting experience, play golf, or just relax and enjoy Carmel by the sea local surroundings.

What's included

  • 2 nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Free time to enjoy your own activities
  • Hosted touring and tasting with Chef Valerie
  • Personalized culinary cooking and dining experience with Chef Valerie

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
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