France Cooking Vacation: A Chateau Culinary Adventure at Le Calabash - 2015 Itinerary
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A Chateau Culinary Adventure in the Loire Valley: 2015
Yzeures-sur-Creuse (Indre et Loire)

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About the location: Situated on the river Creuse, Le Calabash Cooking School is set in a small French hamlet on the edge of the local forest. The area is known for its goat cheese producers and winemaking, as well as its bread, which is why this area of France is known as the country's bread basket. Come join Chefs Sidney and Alison in 2015 with this new itinerary; not only will you partake in their fabulous hands-on classes, but also visit Tours and its market, explore Amboise, and tour two wine estates.


On this French culinary vacation, discover new flavors, techniques and skills. While Le Calabash is a cooking school, there is only one qualification you need to attend: a love for food and the desire to learn about cooking. Chefs Sidney and Alison will help you develop your culinary skills in a supportive learning environment in their recently renovated kitchen, all while you enjoy your vacation in one of the most beautiful regions of France.


About the accommodations: Your home for the week will either be a luxury chateau that borders the majestic river valley, or charming relais property; both are situated in a lovely scenic village, very pastoral and charming.


About the lessons: The cooking classes are limited to a maximum of 12 participants, which allow Alison and Sidney to provide personal attention to each and every guest. Alison and Sidney are award-winning chefs with many years of international experience. The philosophy of this husband and wife team is ‘Balade Gormande sans Frontière’–Cooking without boundaries–or as Sidney would like to say, ‘Let’s take a walk on the wild side’: and he would, as he was born and raised on the plains of Zululand! They take traditional French cooking and introduce exotic flavors and traditions from around the world to create an exciting ‘cooking adventure.’