March 7 - 14, 2020 La Pitchoune Itinerary
Join us for a week in the countryside of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of France.
We’ll stay for seven nights at the once homes of Julia Child and Simone Beck surrounded by mountains, the sea, olive groves, wineries, lavender fields and rows of cypress.
Our culinary focus is on the traditional and seasonal foods of the region as well as inspiration from Julia and her cookbooks of course! Each day we’ll explore the French Riviera visiting medieval villages, local towns, farms, and a Michelin-starred restaurant. We’ll shop as Julia did in the open markets and purchase produce, cured meats, fresh fish, and French cheeses. Julia will be our muse as we cook in her (once) kitchen.
Below is an outline of our itinerary. Each trip has it’s own itinerary based on the season.
Arrive at the former homes of Julia Child and Simone Beck and settle in. You’ll have time to explore the grounds and enjoy a cup of tea and a good book like Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Meet your fellow chefs over a glass of rosé as we prepare our first dinner together.
We’ll visit Frederique and Isabelle, who raise heritage black pigs in the local mountains. These pigs live as nature intended, foraging primarily on leaves, roots, nuts, fruits, and flowers. The meat is purchased by Michelin chefs who appreciate the care and quality of the animals. After visiting the pigs, we’ll feast at their home featuring Frederique’s home cured and smoked meats.
Off to the market to gather groceries for dinner as Julia would have done, basket in tow at the open air market in Cannes. Friend Beatrice Levinson, Naturopathe - spécialisée GAPS, will guide us through the market. We’ll search out traditional regional specialties like tapenade, olive oil, goat cheese, spices and lavender honey. We’ll also visit the surrounding area. In the evening, Beatrice will join us for dinner and prepare one of her specialties.
Into the kitchen with chef Alain Llorca at Michelin-starred restaurant Alain Llorca. After arriving for coffee and croissants we’ll head down to the kitchen for a cooking class with chef and his staff. Then, champagne and amuse bouche followed by a Michelin lunch overlooking the sea below. Très magnifique!
A tour through the French Alps and medieval villages. Today includes a visit to Grasse, perfume capital of the world where we’ll visit Fragonard, the oldest perfume factory in Grasse. On to Gourdon from which the whole French Riviera can be seen and Saint Paul de Vence which is surrounded by ramparts dating from 12th Century. Picasso, Marc Chagall, and Renoir have stayed here, inspired by the light and superb environment. There will be time for lunch and shopping.
We will head to Nice and spend the day in the city. Located on the French Riviera, Nice sits on the pebbly shores of the Baie des Anges. We will visit the farmers market and Vieille Ville (Old Nice). Our final evening together, we’ll dine at a small restaurant featuring Nicoise cuisine. Fresh fish, ratatouille, tapenade, soupe au pistou and pissaladière might be on the menu.
We say our goodbyes over coffee and croissant.
Consider staying a few extra days in Nice or the surrounding area. I have loads of suggestions!
$5450 per person, shared room & en suite shower ~ $6150 per person, one master bedroom, en suite soaking tub, shower & private porch ~ One room available for single occupancy with double bed & en suite shower, $6650
For detailed information, terms, conditions, payment schedule and registration form, email me here.
Program fee includes:
Seven nights at Mas Bramafam / La Pitchoune
Daily buffet breakfast
Three to four cooking classes with meals
Seven dinners, see itinerary
Four plus lunches, see itinerary
House chosen wine and nonalcoholic beverages at all planned meals at the house and while on excursions
Planned excursions too lengthy to list here, see itinerary
Private transportation on all planned excursions
Planned restaurant meals, see itinerary
What is not included in our program fee:
Airfare to and from France and/or the Nice International Airport
Transportation to La Pitchoune on arrival day and from La Pitchoune on departure day
Personal shopping and expenses
Tips for Community Cuisine staff, drivers and/or house concierge
Food and drink not included in the itinerary
Any expenses incurred during free time
Optional excursions or extensions
Non-refundable passport fees
Excess baggage charges
Airport taxes that are collected on the spot in foreign airports, departures taxes, airport fees, airline and federal security fees and ticket handling fees, surcharges due to changes in currency, any mandatory new or increased fees/taxes/fuel surcharge (if any) levied on airline tickets, hotels, incidental expenses in hotels, and hotel room upgrades.
Note: We have rented the homes “AirB&B style” meaning there will be no daily maid service. We will have a washer and dryer on the premises and will happily wash and restock towels.