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France Culinary Vacation

France
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Duration

5 Days/ 4 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

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Overview

Chalet Savoie Faire French Cooking Holiday

Seasonally inspired food, cookery lessons will vary from month to month, depending on what is available when you visit. This vacation specialises in organic, healthy vegetarian cooking, a fusion of French flavours and culinary delights to tantalise your taste buds. Local cheeses, fruits and vegetables are bought directly from the farmers markets, taking only the freshest ingredients into the large and spacious kitchen. The property is a hidden treasure in the heart of the French Alps, a remarkably stunning region of France with magnificent views from every window.

The old farm house is beautifully decorated, warm and cosy with many different eating areas and lounges, making you feel at home,

This fun hands on cooking adventure is all about learning simple, healthy and colourful dishes that can be easily replicated back in your own kitchen.

France Culinary Vacation

Food

A hands-on cookery course, Nikki will teach you a range of skills to fully embrace all variations of vegetarian cooking. To expand your meat-free repertoire, get the best out of your vegetables, and learn about seasonal produce. The classes are small, meaning you will get a lot of time and attention.

The meat-free courses aim to help those who are reducing their meat intake or those who have given up altogether. This will inspire you with an array of veggie recipes that are easy to re-create at home and geared to make you a natural in the kitchen.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Pescatarian
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request

France Culinary Vacation

 Program

During this vacation, you will experience relaxing and hands-on learning, where you will build your understanding and knowledge of local food styles and learn how to confidently present your cuisine.

The atmosphere

You will be enabled to understand your ingredients, the importance of the combinations of color and texture to produce an amazing array of dishes you can carry along as you cook for family and friends. You will be picking your own mushrooms, vegetables, and berries depending on the season.

You will also be using ingredients that are easily sourced from local suppliers such as cheese and wine. At Chalet Savoie Faire, they are also conscious that food budgets need to go a long way. So recipes are affordable and delicious.

The kitchen

Enjoy the cooking course in a relaxed and fun atmosphere, gaining confidence each day. The kitchen is beautifully appointed with plenty of room. It has been designed to feel as close to a chalet kitchen as possible, so skills can be easily replicated. It is attached to a large dining room where we share the meals you have produced.

The training

Having been in the Catering industry for more than 25 years, working and developing menus for hotels, chalets and yachts, Nikki has put together a program that will motivate you back into the kitchen. The course is fun, hands-on, with interesting and easy recipes that can be replicated back in your own kitchen.

You will look at ingredients, how they work together, different ways to cook the same item but with completely different twists and importantly the art of presentation to the table.

France Culinary Vacation

Location

Savoie

The medieval county of Savoie (or Savoy) became French by the vote in 1860. Savoie is dominated by the Vanoise range, the second most important one in France after that of Mont Blanc. Savoie is famed for its world-class ski resorts, amongst which is the clutch in the Trois Valles, including Courchevel and Mribel. The ski trains are a popular means of reaching the slopes easily and painlessly.

Alternatively, you can fly to a number of airports. As one might expect of such an alpine stronghold, there are some very impressive mountain passes, many of which can only be crossed in summer, that includes the Col de lIseran, known as the highest pass in Europe at 2,764 meters. The scope for those to whom heights hold an appeal is endless in this alpine department.

Fontaines Naves

Fontaines Naves is a picturesque mountain hamlet situated 15 minutes away from the nearby town of Moutiers and is only 30 minutes from the ski resorts of Valmorel and Meribel/ Courchevel. The stunning lakeside town, Annecy, is a 50-minute drive.

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Highlights

  • 3 half-day cookery classes
  • A market adventure, discovering the local delights of the Savoie region
  • A local restaurant outing
  • Take home recipe selection and Chalet Savoie Faire gift
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner with wine, tea and coffee
  • 4 nights luxury accommodation, bath robes, slippers and toiletries
  • An afternoon at the natural thermal springs

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and afternoon tea

Arrive into Chalet Savoie Faire and settle into the luxury accommodation
Go for a walk around the village
Afternoon tea will be served and Nikki will talk the guests through the program
This is followed by pre-dinner drinks and a three-course meal with wine

Day 2: Cooking class, local forest walk

08:30 Breakfast is served in the dining hall
09:30 - 13.00 Into the kitchen, you will make two entrees, two main vegetarian meals, one dessert, one afternoon-tea cake, and a pre-dinner snack
Everyone will be eating together either in the top dining room or on the outside terrace under the apple trees (depending on the time of year)
In the afternoon, you can take a walk or a snowshoe into the local forest. You can also rest by the fire or in the sunshine depending on the time of year
Pre-dinner drinks and nibbles will be served in the lounge area, you can go through recipes during this time
19:30 The evening meal will be served

Day 3: Local market trip, picnic in the mountain area, and cooking class

Today, a trip to the local market to purchase local farm fresh produce and enjoy a picnic in a stunning mountain area
14:00 - 17:30 In the afternoon, the group will start cooking
During the evening, you will get to enjoy the meal together in the kitchen dining area

Day 4: Cooking class and thermal spring

09:30 - 12:30 Cooking class
Next, get down to the local thermal restaurant, where a three-course vegetarian lunch awaits you
Then, get into the natural thermal spring to relax
Pre-dinner drinks will be served in the top private bar area, followed by a three-course meal

Day 5: Departure

A beautifully prepared breakfast awaits you in the top kitchen dining room before your departure.

Included/Excluded

  • 4 nights luxury accommodation
  • 3 vegetarian cookery lessons x 3 hours
  • A Chalet Savoie Faire apron
  • A recipe selection
  • Full board including, breakfast, lunch & dinner with wine
  • Entrance to thermal springs, 3 hours of relaxation
  • Local restaurant - 3 course meal with wine
  • Excursion to the market with cheese tasting
  • Ongoing support and recipes on line
  • The return transfer is free of charge if you travel by train - Albertville or Moutiers
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal injurytanbul (60 EUR, Transfer included)

Tour's Location

France

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