Gourmet French Food Weekend

Beef, Lobster, BBQ, Strawberry, Chocolate

The perect time of year for Lobster slap bang in the middle of the Lobster season. We will have Lobster every day; Lobster Cocktail, Ravioli and Emma’s favourite Thermidore. Emma’s secret treat is Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese and, if we are able to, I am sure Emma will fit it into the weekend. We will also make use of the great new season spring vegetables and the amazing beef that we have in the area. Our favourite cut is Bavette Aloyau which we beleive is the beefiest cut and lovely roasted as a whole 2 kilo piece.

Salmon & Prawn Cappuccino

 Example itinerary Gourmet Shellfish Weekend

DAY 1 Friday/Saturday We will pick you up at Bergerac Airport and take the picturesque 30 minute drive to our house “Les Caulins”. A quick tour of our house, relax, kick off your shoes, have a drink & settle in. We will meet at 7pm for aperitifs, canapés and a 4 course dinner with local wines.

Local pink fizz & nibbles

Lobster BBQ, garlic butter

Baseball sirloin,”Pittsburg” peppercorns, mushrooms, cream.
fondant, mache & pinenuts

Lemon tart

Some local wine

Lobster Thermidor

DAY 2 Help yourself to; Croissants, house Jam, tea, coffee Juice, etc ….

A visit to Ste Foy la Grande market, one of Frances busiest street markets, to get some wonderful fresh ingredients and have a stroll around and a coffee in one of the cafés. Back to the house for lunch and ready for some cooking in the afternoon. For those wishing to visit a winery we can visit a local vineyard and have a tour and taste some wine.

Lazy Sunday Alfresco lunch Sundays in France are a family day and much of the time is spent around a large table, outside, preparing and eating food and enjoying the day. It is a time to unwind after a busy week and enjoy the sunshine, relax with nice food, accompanied by good wine and good conversation. We start with aperitifs and canapés, Oyster if you all like them followed by whatever is in season. Cheese follows and a typically simple dessert.

Canapés & Fizz

King prawns, lobster, potatoes, marie rose

BBQ shaved beef, koftas & beef fillet
jackets & sour cream, pea shoot salad.

Local cheese & walnut bread

Garriquette strawberry pavlova

BBQ Chicken Brochet

After breakfast Monday begins with a trip to our local bastide town Duras and the weekly market. Then on to one of the areas best chocolatiers at the Maison Guinget shop and chocolate factory. This is a great place to sample the amazing chocolates and buy gifts. Back to the house for a light lunch and a relaxing afternoon. For those wishing to visit a winery we can visit a local vineyard and have a tour and taste some wine.

We will meet at 7pm for aperitifs and dinner and of course a glass of something.

Canapées & cocktails

Lobster Ravioli

Veal chop
Lyonnaise, spring greens, hazlenuts, brebis

Local cheese & quince

Chocolate fondue

Tuesday after a relaxing breakfast or early lunch we can head to the airport.

Our gourmet weekends are a perfect short break, in the beautiful South West of France, with the emphasis firmly on the all that is in season and from local producers. Three nights with highlights from our 5 day summer lifestyle break. A mix of market visits, lots of relaxing, wine tasting, a tiny bit of cooking, simply amazing food, great local wine and good company. The three night break will leave you wanting more of the Lot-et-Garonne lifestyle, far reaching views, peacefulness and relaxing way of life.

Allergies & Intolerances. We will be tasting and eating many different products that the area we live in is well known for. Clearly if you have an allergy to mushrooms do not book a course that involves mushrooms and truffles; Equally if you do not eat seafood there is no point on attending our fish and shellfish course. WE must be informed of all allergies before you book and pay any deposit. Itineraries cannot be changed with short notice.

What’s included?

3 nights’ accommodation in a room with super king size bed, Egyptian cotton bed linen, flat screen TV English channels, en-suite bathroom with walk in showers;

All meals breakfast, nibbles, lunch & dinner.

All aperitifs & wine with meals.

Coffee, tea, biscuits and cakes

All ingredients for any cookery

an afternoon Cooking Class

2 Market visits

Chocolate shop visit

Winery visit

Bergerac airport pick up

The price based on 2 people sharing an en-suite bedroom with a superking size bed is £1195

Single person occupancy £825.00 per room

3-6 persons on each course

What’s not included?

Flights are not included.
We are 35 minutes from Bergerac airport & 80-100 minutes from Bordeaux. We can arrange a taxi, from Bordeaux Airport, English driver and paid locally.

We are working on our 2024 schedule and it will be released in February 2023

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