La Pitchoune Itinerary
September 22 – 30, 2019 and March 7 - 14, 2020
Join us for a week in the countryside of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of France.
Surrounded by mountains, the sea, olive groves, wineries, lavender fields and rows of cypress, we’ll stay seven nights at the once homes of Julia Child and Simone Beck. The last two nights, we’ll stay in a boutique hotel overlooking the Côte d'Azur or “French Riviera” in the charming city of Nice.
Our culinary focus will be on “slow food” meaning the regional dishes of the area and France itself as well as Julia’s cookbooks of course! We’ll visit the markets and purveyors of We’ll cook from scratch preparing traditional dishes. We’ll shop as Julia did in the open markets and purchase organic and homegrown produce, cured meats and French cheeses. Julia will be our muse as we cook in her (once) kitchen.
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 dine on the veranda at our first meal 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.
Nothing, we’ll do absolutely nothing! It’s our day to rest and enjoy the property, the two gorgeous pools, Julia’s kitchen and a nap! If you’re in the mood, you can visit neighboring Valbonne, a pretty medieval village with narrow cobbled streets. Today is market day with stalls strewn throughout the village. Have lunch in the plaza and shop for gifts.
Off to Nice. We’ll stop in Antibes, a port city where you’ll have time to shop and have lunch featuring provencal specialities or perhaps a seafood lunch along the Côte d’Azur. We’ll visit an artisanal glass factory and then head to Nice where we check in to our hotel. A free night, I’ll have suggestions for dinner or you can meander through old town to find the perfect spot.
Our final day is left for you to explore Nice. Located on the French Riviera, Nice sits on the pebbly shores of the Baie des Anges. There’s the Musée Matisse and Musée Marc Chagall and Roman ruins. The Cours Saleya open market, dating back to the early 18th century, is located in Vieille Ville (Old Nice) off the Promenade des Anglais. 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.
This morning we check out of our hotel. However, there is much to see in Nice! Think about extending your trip for a day or two. Monday is the open air antiques and bric-a-brac market.
$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:
Six nights at Mas Bramafam / La Pitchoune
Two nights in a boutique hotel in Nice
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, please see itinerary
Private transportation on all planned excursions
Planned restaurant meals, see itinerary
Transportation to Nice
What is not included in our program fee:
Airfare to and from France and/or the Nice International Airport
Transportation to Bramafam on Sunday the 22nd
Required travel insurance
Personal shopping and expenses
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
Tips for Community Cuisine staff, drivers and/or house concierge
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.