Cooking with butter? Cream? Olive oil? Foie gras? The richness of French gastronomy is the result of the variety of its climates and its terroirs giving each region its own specialty. Indissociable from the cuisine are wines, from grands crus to simple local wines going well with regional dishes concocted by top chefs or also at home. The first step of our gourmet itinerary takes us in the Provence with its cuisine of the sun; we turn next to the Rhone Valley and its wonderful vineyards, then to Lyon to the crossroads of greedy routes and culinary capital. Discovering local products in their environment always superb, learning how to select them, learning sleight of hand, taking advantage of tips and know-how, using professional equipment and above all, sharing the passion of our hosts for their terroir: such is the objective of our roaming.
THE HIGLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
- Careful meals based on regional specialties
- Meetings with local chefs and producers
- Tastings of wines, cheeses and local products
THE TOUR in detail
step by step
DAY 1 : Aix en Provence
Arrival at the airport or the train station Marseille / Aix en Provence. Route to Aix en Provence, short walk in the old town and visit of a Calisson factory, sweet specialty, lozenge shaped, with almonds and candied melon. Check in at hotel in the Provence, dinner and overnight.
DAY 2 : Marseilles and the bouillabaisse
To discover the bouillabaisse, we are welcomed on the market of a small harbor, west from Marseille, by the chief for the purchase of fishes that compose this preparation, once fishermen’s dish which became a famous specialty. In the workshop, we discover during the demonstration that bouillabaisse is much more than a fish soup. Bouillabaisse lunch in the restaurant on the seafront is a delight.
In the afternoon, drive to Les Baux de Provence for a walk in the village in the heart of the Alpilles where the panorama over the Provence is gorgeous. Visit a wine and olive producer; the specialty here is “crushed olives ». Dinner and accommodation in Provence.
DAY 3 : Avignon, Châteauneuf du Pape and the chef’s workshop
Morning visit of Avignon, surrounded by ramparts, the city is dominated by the Palais des Papes which we visit. By the end of the morning, drive to Châteauneuf du Pape, where we are expected for an initiation to wines around a small buffet of specialties.
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