Gourmet food break Strawberry Season

Strawberries, beef, duck, shellfish

France’s strawberry season commences with the Garriaguette strawberry prized by chefs all over the world. They are a relatively new commercial variety and are elongated not to large, delicately sweet with perfect acidity which makes them ideal to eat alone and perfect to cook with.

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 cookery course. A mix of market visits, relaxing, wine tasting, a tiny bit of cooking, great food, great 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.

Wild Mushrooms & Winter Truffles

 Example itinerary

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.

Example dinner

Fizz & Canapés

White & green asparagus, hollandaise, crispy parma ham

Sautéed dorade, crushed potatoes, green beans,
tartare hollandaise

White chocolate & strawberry profiteroles

All paired with local wine

DAY 2 Help yourself to; Continental breakfast/ croissants, toasted mais bread, house Jam, tea, coffee juice, etc…. A visit to Ste Foy one of Frances biggest street markets. We will pick up the freshest of ingredients, have a relaxing wander around the stalls and have coffee in one of the cafés. Back at the house for lunch made from market ingredients; wild mushroom tartine, or goats cheese honey & walnuts and then preparation for dinner.

The afternoon is a bit of preparation and for those wishing to visit a winery we can visit a local vineyard and have a tour and taste some wine. You can also have it delivered to your home when you return. We can also have a little strole around our local town of Duras with its beautiful Chateau and artisan shops. Back at the house to relax and we will meet early evening for dinner.

Example dinner menu

Fizz & Canapés

New season potatoes, boiled eggs & caviar,
house tartare sauce and shaved tuna

BBQ duck breast, gratin potatoes, charred asparagus & smoked lardons, burnt orange salsa

Local cheese & fig jam

Strawberry and pistachio frasier

All paired with local wine

After breakfast Monday relax and have a swim. 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.

Afternoon Preparation If you would like a cookery lesson and a few tricks of the trade then a quick knife skills just to check you’re not going to injure yourselves. Onions, Diced Carrot, Tomato Concasse, Mushrooms, Celery, easy chicken stock and creating an easy meal for another day. fresh pasta, ravioli, frangipan &  armagnac tart, dinner party canapés.

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

Fizz & Canapés

King prawn, salmon & avocado tian

Wood oven roasted beef ” bavette aloyau”,
potato sarladaise, green asparagus, horseradish hollandaise

Local cheese

Pistachio crème brûlée tart, strawberry compote

All paired with local wine

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 £995

Single person occupancy £625.00 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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