cooking in the cuisine

5 nights/ 6 days

Fully booked

If you love food, cooking, French culture, getting creative, good company, and a little R&R then this culinary workshop is for you! We will spend six days tickling our tastebuds, channeling our creativity, both in and outside of the kitchen, and learning about the delectable local gastronomy by international and local chefs from Kitchen Culinaire.  

Sometime ago, we were given original Château recipes and so, it will also be a historical and heartfelt experience to reproduce some of these during this time together ( I tried to make little chocolate cakes from the 18th Century recipe and realised how hard it must have been back then to find chocolate and sugar. Not to mention a pair of silk stockings needed to sieve the ingredients)! 

We anticipate the company of 14, sharing time together in all of  the Château's upstairs, downstairs and medieval kitchen's.  

 

 

Saturday | Arrive and Welcome

  • Let's meet at the Capitole Square in Toulouse at 10am. Then we will walk together to the Victor Hugo market, and afterwards the flea market nearby and the little corner store of the famous cheesemaker Xavier's

  • Get to know each other over lunch a french bistro in Toulouse

  • Travel to the Château

  • Welcome aperitif and introductions in the Château kitchen, the "heart of the home" 

  • Dinner at the Château prepared by local chefs

 
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Sunday | Getting to know the Château and local area

  • Breakfast

  • Sunday morning market

  • Historical tour of the Château and its parc

  • Hands-on lunch cooking class enjoyed as an al fresco picnic in the parc

  • A leisurely afternoon stroll through Les Cabannes. Alternatively, you can play some tennis, lay by the pool swim, or take a nap

  • Hands-on hors d'oeuvres cooking class, and guidance on wine pairing

  • Lounge chair dinner on the front terrace

 

Monday | All things French!

  • Breakfast

  •  Mirepoix Markets

  • Visit to Château de la Tour, a 13th century château in a ruined fortified village

  • Search for treasures at the local brocantes 

  • Traditional French lunch at Daniel's local bistro

  • Spend the afternoon swimming, napping or reading

  • Late afternoon informal wine tasting

  • Hands-on vegetarian cooking class and an al fresco dinner at the Château

 
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Tuesday | Let's get cooking!

  • Foraging for nettles to make a pie, plums for jam, and flowers and branches for decorating the table

  • A demonstration cooking class led by Marianne on how to make nettle pie followed by lunch at the Château

  • Open kitchen discussion about culinary traditions and the original 19th century Château cookbook 

  • A demonstration cooking class led by local french friends from the village, Marie Andreé and Monique, on how to make trout with almond cream, boiled potatoes from the Chateau garden, green salad vinaigrette and apple croustade (Yum!). Monique and her grandmother were the cooks  for the family who lived at the Château in the 1940s

 

Wednesday | Gratitude and Champagne

  • Morning light at the Château

  • Breakfast cooking class and informal food photography lesson

  • A trip to the local bakery for a baguette making tutorial, followed by shopping for our evening cooking event, the Gratitude Dinner 

  • Lunch at Daniels

  • Prepare the Gratitude Dinner

  • Champagne on the front steps of the Château followed by a candlelit Gratitude Dinner in the 18th Century Salon de Musique with live harp music

 

Thursday | Au Revoir Mes Amis

  • Breakfast 

  • Drive to Toulouse and goodbyes

 

Dates -  July 22nd to July 27th

Cost - €2,880

This includes: 

daily breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared by international and local chefs

unlimited beverages - house wine, house spirits (the drinking kind), house beer and non-alcoholic

shared accommodation and bathroom facilities

organised and activities

complimentary laundry facilities for own use

transfers to and from Toulouse (excludes flights to Toulouse, personal spending money and personal insurance)

To book, a 25% non-refundable deposit is required. The balance, which is required prior to the 8th of May 2017, can be paid in one payment or by instalments.