Come with me on a Culinary Tour of a Lifetime!

Kitchen at La PitchouneYou’ve seen the movie now travel to the place where the incomparable Julia Child wrote “Mastering the Art of French Cooking – Volume II”. Experience the extraordinary beauty of Provence relaxing on the terrace of La Pitchoune, her former home, with an aperitif. Enjoy lunch that you’ve prepared in the kitchen that inspired her. Take all this in during a culinary tour led by Bret Bannon of Bret’s Table.

Your destination is a classic Provençal-style farmhouse with a tiled roof and painted shutters; nestled on a hillside amongst olive and cypress trees and vineyards, overlooking Grasse and the village of Placassier just north of Cannes and the lights of Monte Carlo and the Côte d’Azur. Guests walk away with more than just cooking classes but with a knowledge of Provençal cooking and lifestyle.

Most mornings are set aside for “in-the-kitchen” cooking instruction taught by the current proprietor, Kathie Alex, and interspersed with lessons and excursions to an open air market, cheese and butcher shops and 2-star hotel restaurant kitchens.

After lunch each day, guests have the opportunity to continue soaking in the life and culture of Provence either on their own or through tours around the countryside led by Bret Bannon, a self-professed Francophile and longtime cooking instructor at COOKS of Crocus Hill in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota.

The tour will take place in June 2010. The cost is $3650.00, which includes double-occupancy lodging, each bedroom with a private bath at La Pitchoune. A welcome dinner the first evening, all breakfasts, lunches, and planned tour excursions are also included.

The tour is limited to six people providing an intimate hands on experience. Make plans now to come to Provence next summer.

Please contact me if you have any questions or go to my La Pitchoune webpage for more information.

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