France Cooking Vacation: Discover the Town of Mayenne

December 17, 2020  |  By Liz SanFilippo Hall
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A France cooking vacation with The International Kitchen to our Gourmet Cuisine in France culinary tour is all about the food. In the wonderful hands-on courses you’ll make classic French cuisine, such as baked goat cheese soufflé, in a professional kitchen where you’ll receive personal attention from Chef Maynard.

Walnut Grove Cooking SchoolBut when you’re not in the teaching kitchen during your France cooking vacation, you’ll also get a chance to visit the beautiful French town of Mayenne, which dates back to the early 1100s and is the location of your cooking adventure. With its moderate climate, it’s a great destination no matter what the time of year.

Located near the border of the Brittany and Normandy regions in the French countryside, Mayenne is a charming small town and a perfect spot for your France cooking vacation. The river is a popular destination as its a great place for fishing, which is why the fish is so delicious here! Visitors can also bike or walk along the river path and visit some nearby towns, such as Laval. In fact, Laval — the capital of the Mayenne department — is home to a 11th-century chateau, where there’s wonderful views of the town below.

Mayenne wind millPart of your France cooking vacation itinerary also includes a stop at the town’s 19th century windmill Le Moulin des Gués. This family-owned mill makes blé de noir (buckwheat flour), a process you’ll get to see with your own eyes.

This Loire Valley cooking vacation with Gourmet Cuisine in France includes daily cooking classes as well as every meal. Browse our blog for recipes from this amazing trip!

Alas, the chefs retired and closed up the cooking school in 2019, but you can still enjoy a cooking vacation in France!

By Liz Hall

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