July 7, 2020
We are often asked what our favorite destinations for the best cooking vacations are, and as I explained in our recent video (see below!), that…Read This Post
Provence remains a top destination in all of France due to its beautiful views, olives, goat cheeses, and so much more. While one of the lesser known villages, Tavel is a charming place that offers all of those things and more; in fact, the town is known for its sweet AOC French rosé. At the edge of this wonderful town is the bed and breakfast, Jardin de Bacchus, which is run by a lovely husband and wife team. They also offer our cooking vacation “Provencal Adventure,” which you can get a glimpse into with these photos and client comments.
“The B&B was absolutely fantastic, mostly because of Christine’s hospitality and warmth. She is a wonderful guide to the area, and was able to give us great ideas about where to go and what to do… From the food and wine perspective, every meal was memorable, but in particular our class-prepared picinc at the Pont du Gard and dinner at La Genestiere (walking distance from the B&B) were particularly good. Several wineries in Tavel offer free degustations, and all of the wines were excellent. Make sure to try Tavel rose while you are there—Americans used to fruity, sugary rose will be pleasantly surprised, and the local residents are extremely proud that this is what the village is known for.” – Glen V. of Minnesota
“The B&B where we stayed was stunningly beautiful, as was the village where it was located, Tavel. It is rustic, unspoiled and lovely, surrounded on many sides by miles and miles of vineyards. The weather during our stay was 70’s and sunny, with only a few windy days (the famous Mistral, as recounted by Peter Mayle). We thoroughly enjoyed our cooking lessons, set as they were in our host Christine’s sunny kitchen, with doors open on to the terrace. We made herb-crusted chicken, Coq au Vin, Brandade de Morue (salt cod mixed with cream and potatoes and baked in pastry), goat cheese wrapped in eggplant slices, 3-chocolate mousse, strawberry/basil/lemon terrine, Pissalidiere (a kind of sweet-onion “pizza” with black olives and anchovies), among other dishes.” – Kate V.
This Provence cooking vacation is a 4-night program that includes three classes, a picnic lunch, two dinners, and all breakfasts. While it does not include transportation, your host Christine will provide some wonderful maps and directions to local excursions, including places like Orange and Avignon.
By Liz Hall
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Other culinary vacations in pictures:
A Culinary Adventure at Le Calabash – Chateau (Loire Valley, France)
A Culinary Adventure in Umbria (Italy)
Tuscany by Air & Land (Italy)
Cooking in Andalusian Olive Country (Spain)
Greek Cooking Odyssey (Poros Island)
A Culinary Adventure at Le Calabash (Loire Valley, France)
Women Only Week (Amalfi Coast, Italy)
Cooking Passport to Provence (France)
Blue Sky and Sea of Amalfi (Italy)
Mediterranean Cooking Experience (Amalfi Coast, Italy)