Gourmet weekend Friday 10th May 2024 – Fruits de Mers, Duck, Asparagus

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; 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.

We are at the beginning of white & green asparagus season and the famous Gariguettes strawberry season is well under way. This area is famous for all things duck related & there is great shellfish this time of year, so Fruits de Mers

Fruits de Mers

Example itinerary

 DAY 1 Friday 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

Canapés & local pink fizz

Asparagus tart, poached egg, lemon butter

Emma’s duck a l’orange

Local cheese

Strawberry tart

Of course local wine

DAY 2 Help yourself to; continental breakfast/ warm croissants, toasted mais bread, house Jam, tea, coffee Juice, etc….

A visit to Issigeac market to get some wonderful fresh ingredients, especially oysters 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.

A visit to Maison Guingets chocolate shop/factory and a visit to Duras and our local market . A coffee at our local café Sylvy’s.

Baked Oysters

Afternoon prep Afternoon Preparation Quick knife skills just to check you’re not going to injure yourselves. Onions, tomato concassé, Lobster prep, pasta & lobster sauce

Example dinner

Cocktails & canapés

Baked oysters; Rockefeller, chorizo & garlic

Les Caulins “fruits de mers”

Cheese and quince

Red wine poached pear

Local wine

Beef Fillet

DAY 3 Help yourself to; continental breakfast/ warm croissants, toasted mais bread, house Jam, tea, coffee Juice, etc….

Late Lazy French Sunday Lunch / Dinner French Sunday lunches are celebrated for the way people take their time to enjoy multiple courses of food accompanied by good wine and good conversation. We start with aperitifs and canapés, followed by whatever is in season. Cheese follows and a typically French dessert.

Back at the house a lunch of award winning Goats Cheese that has been made just 2km from the house by the wonderful shepherdess Stephanie.

After a lunch a tour at one of our local vineyards.

Cocktails & canapés

Potted shrimps and toasted corn bread

Beef fillet, fondant, asparagus

Cheese and quince

Fine apple tart, Armagnac ice cream

Local wine


 DAY 4 Help yourself to; Continental breakfast/ Croissants, house Jam, Tea, Coffee Juice, etc…depart for the airport

Interested in this weekend? Then please complete the form below; name, how many people? and it is always good to know where you are coming from.

2024 gourmet weekend 10th May 2024

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 the cookery course.
Bergerac airport pick up

What’s not included?

Flights are not included. We are 35 minutes from Bergerac airport & 80-100 minutes from Bordeaux.

The price per room based on 2 people sharing is £1595.00
Single occupancy £950.00
3-6 persons on each course

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