French Culinary Tours : Intensive Cooking with TIK
We’re featuring our French culinary tours this week in honor of France’s victory in the World Cup, and to celebrate last week’s Bastille Day. France is one of our favorite destinations for a cooking vacation, and one that we’ve working in for over 20 years. No wonder: it’s considered one of the culinary capitals of the world. Specifically we’re featuring some of our best intensive cooking vacations in France:
- Gourmet Cuisine in France
- Cooking in Gascony
- Cooking in the French Alps
- Cooking in a French Chateau
- Savor the Flavors of the Languedoc
- Cooking in Brittany
Many of our clients looking for a culinary tour in France are interested in intensive cooking. Often these savvy travelers have been to France before – they’ve seen the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, they’ve sunned themselves in Provence, they’ve explored the castles or the Loire. What they want are hands-on cooking classes featuring authentic regional and classic French cuisine.
Gourmet Cuisine in France
This is one of our longest-running itineraries, and we’ve just posted dates for 2019. Located in the Loire Valley, the chef will teach you classic French cuisine during intensive hands-on and demonstration cooking classes. Sharpen your knife skills (heh!), prepare stocks and breads, try your hand at terrines and mousses, and don’t forget the desserts!
Cooking in Gascony
Enjoy this intensive cooking program in Gascony, in southwest France. You’ll learn regional French dishes such as cassoulet and foie gras, not to mention a variety of classic dishes and desserts.
Cooking in the French Alps
This culinary tour is different than the others – instead of the cooking school environment, you cook with your hostess in the amazing kitchen of her beautiful chalet B&B. The casual and beautiful surroundings are the perfect foil for the intensive cooking sessions, which can be tailored to suit your tastes.
Cooking in a French Chateau
Your cooking vacation in French Basque Country will include accommodations at a gorgeous chateau and 5 cooking classes with your host, Chef Laurent. You will learn traditional French dishes such as creme brulée and coquilles St. Jacques as well as modern vegetarian and vegan dishes, and even some molecular cooking.
Savor the Flavors of the Languedoc
We think the Languedoc is one of the most wonderful regions in France, and it has first class food and wine. Your hostess and instructor is a food writer, cookbook author, and accomplished chef, and she will teach you the fine cuisine of the Languedoc during this pff-the-beaten-path culinary tour.
Cooking in Brittany
Join us for a week in Brittany and cook to your heart’s content. Most days you will cook both in the morning and the afternoon. A sample menu for one meal? Grilled scallops with endive soup; veal fillet with roasted vegetables and crème fraiche potatoes’ a cheese course; and lemon cake for dessert. This gives you an idea of how much you will learn, and how well you will eat, on this cooking vacation in France!
If you’re interested in learning more, please contact us, or check our the day-to-day itineraries on our website.
By Peg Kern
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