Culinary Delights of Provence - NEW
Les Baux de Provence
Provence is a land of picturesque landscapes and charming hilltop villages, such as Les Baux-de-Provence, which is situated on a rocky outcrop among the Alpilles mountain range. The town is known for its royal history as, during the Middle Ages, it was a seat of power in the region. With the population now just over 400 people — and at its height in the French Revolution, there was nearly 4,000 — the village today is home to a number of scenic ruins, including the Chateau des Baux de Provence, that date back to the 14th century. Between the ruins and the stunning views, it's easy to see why the town was classified as one of the most beautiful villages in all of France. As with many villages in Provence, herbs, olives, tomatoes, and Mediterranean-influenced cuisine abound here.
Just two kilometers from the town is your accommodations for the week, Hotel Mas de l'Oulivie. Surrounded by a lavender field, Mediterranean garden, and olive grove that produces four varieties of olives that are used to make an AOC olive oil, the 4-star luxury property is a relaxing respite in the heart of beautiful Provence. The property is also a part of the Chateux & Hotels Collection.
About the cooking classes: After studying French cooking, patisserie, and chocolate in Lyon, the capital of French cuisine, Chef Gilles Angenieux worked as a chef in Switzerland, Crans-Montana, Lausanne, Friboug, Toronto, and Tahiti. After his tour of the "French Grand chefs," he returned home to France to open his own restaurant, La Cascade, in the Loire. For a decade, his cuisine was inspired by the produce of local markets and acclaimed by the gastronomic guidebooks. Upon moving to Provence, a region that has inspired him for many years, he started to offer cooking classes.
Chef Gilles will introduce you to market produce, olive oils, and herbs, and how to use those ingredients in classic French dishes during your classes among the olive trees. Each class begins with a stop at the local market to pick out ingredients, and the class includes preparation of three courses, an appetizer, entree, and dessert.