A Chateau Culinary Adventure in the Loire Valley - Travel Agent Educational
Yzeures-sur-Creuse (Indre et Loire)
About the location: Le Calabash Cooking School is located on the river Creuse in the heart of the Indre et Loire region, set in a small French hamlet on the edge of the local forest. The region is home to the finest goat’s cheese producers, and winemaking has been deeply rooted here for centuries. This area is simply known as France’s ‘Bread Basket.' This particular culinary vacation has become a popular one among our clients. As a travel agent, discover the vacation that has our clients raving.
This 5-night itinerary at a special price is exclusive to travel agents and their companions. Experience for yourself how Le Calabash's French culinary vacation will open new doors to flavors, techniques and skills that will enable you to follow your own cooking flair and imagination. Initial concerns about the level of cooking skills required are immediately dispelled by the informality of the environment, and the realization that the only qualifications needed are a love for food and the desire to learn about cooking. The kitchen where your French cooking classes are held is a traditional French farmhouse kitchen, fitted to allow you to feel at home. You will work with equipment and ingredients that can normally be found in the home kitchen. The cooking courses provide a hands-on opportunity to develop your culinary skills in a practical and supportive learning environment, as well as being on vacation in the most beautiful surroundings, and the chance to make new friends.
About the accommodations: Your home for the week is a lovely former manor home, now a stunning relais hotel. The property has been lovingly restored with gorgeous taste and attention to every detail, keeping in mind modern conveniences, such as air-conditioning, while not compromising the character of the building. There is also a lovely dining room and a wonderful lounge with a large fireplace, a perfect location for an aperitif in the cooler evenings. The hotel has complimentary Wi-Fi throughout, and there are hairdryers on request. The hotel is also located right near the river (where all the locals swim). This is a lovely scenic village, very pastoral and charming, a perfect location for a wonderful food and wine experience.
About the lessons: The cooking classes are limited to a maximum of 8 participants, which allow Alison and Sidney to give personal attention to all their guests. Alison and Sidney are award-winning chefs with many years of international experience. After meeting at The Royal Swazi Sun Resort and Spa in Swaziland, they married and have enjoyed a colorful culinary career. They have cooked for several heads of state and celebrities (including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Richard Attenbourgh, Mick Jager, Madonna, Cher, Sylvester Stallone, U2, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton), and have won recognition by major food guides and medals at the international level. 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.’
You will leave Le Calabash Cooking School with a new-found enthusiasm and confidence, impatient to return to your own kitchen to use your new skills and to share this once-in-a-lifetime experience with your clients.