French Gourmet Food Weekend Winter Truffles & Lobster
Winter truffles, pasta, duck & lobster
We are half way through the Winter truffle season and, if we a lucky and well into Lobster season. So expect truly outstanding gourmet delights Along with some tricks of the trade, forward preparation, some lovely local wine, some laughs and good company
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.
Canapés & local pink fizz
Scallops, potato purée, creamed leeks
Sautééd duck, celeriac & truffle, blackened hispi,
roasted garlic & pear sarladaise
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.
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 darrot, tomato concasse, mushrooms, celery, chicken stock and creating an easy meal for another day. Fresh pasta, ravioli, frangipan & Armagnac tart, dinner party canapés.
We will visit a local winery for a wine tasting then back to the house to relax. We will meet for dinner at 7.30pm.
Example Lazy Sunday Lunch Menu
Canapés & local pink fizz
Les Caulins “Fruits de Mers”
Bavette aloyau, fries & chimichurri
Pear “crumble” cinnamon & pear william ice cream
Paired with local aperitifs and wine.
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.
Canapés & cocktails
Truffled potato ravioli
Lemon & garlic roasted lobster, crispy Sarladaise potatoes
Chocolate genoises, prune & armagnac ice cream,
Of course wine.
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.
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.
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
Bergerac airport pick up
The price per based on 2 people sharing a room 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