France Culinary Vacations: Cassis Versus Cassis

Boats at the harbor of Cassis during a France culinary vacation with The International Kitchen.We’re always on the hunt to develop more culinary vacations that you might enjoy, and so founder Karen Herbst and all the staff of The International Kitchen often travel to Europe for various trade shows. On Karen’s most recent trip, she learned something new in France that may save you some confusion on your next trip!

“I was just in Provence with “Atout France,” the French government tourist office, attending a trade show.  We meet with potential suppliers for our cooking vacations and always have a few days to explore the area as well.

A Kir Royale, made with Cassis and Champagne, during a culinary tour of France.“One day we were in Cassis, a charming port town where I have been before and that I love going back to again and again. We had a wonderful bouillabaisse dinner, accompanied with white, rose and red wines from the region.

“Now, I had always assumed that the liquor Cassis was from the town of Cassis.  Wrong.  As it turns out the liquor Cassis, pronounced with the final “s,” is produced in Burgundy.  The area of Cassis, pronounced without the final “s,” is home to the wine production.  Could they make this any more convoluted?

Cassis berries, used for making the Cassis liquor.“But don’t let this stop you if you have an opportunity to visit this quintessential waterfront town, and have a plate of moules et frites!”

For more information on our French culinary vacations or all of our one-day cooking classes in France, please visit our Website. We offer culinary tours throughout Provence and all of France, including wonderful excursions and delicious food and wine. Or contact us for details on how to plan a custom trip!

France Culinary tours and Cassis HaborBy Liz SanFilippo Hall

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