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5 Days Cooking Workshop in Verteillac, France

Culinary Vacation in France

With the success of both the cookery school and subsequent pop-up dinners, author and food stylist, Louise Pickford is delighted to announce a very exciting residential workshop to be hosted by the truly stunning creative workshop and accommodation venue Les Soeurs Anglaises in La Dordogne, France. Louise will be leading an in-depth cooking weekend, where food lovers can discover the delights of the culinary traditions of South West France. You will utilize some of the season’s best produce to create delicious dishes pairing Asian, Middle Eastern, and North African flavors with more traditional Northern European ingredients.

Meet the instructors

Louise
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Highlights

  • 3 cooking classes
  • Workshops with Louise
  • Morning visit to the local market
  • Plenty of free time to explore the area
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Pickup and drop-off

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer included: Bergerac-Roumanière Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

During this holiday, you will be staying in superior bedrooms in either the stylishly modern, super-comfortable en-suites at L’Espace or more traditional Maison de Maître, Briançon (all superior double rooms). The main venue, L'Espace, is set atop a small hill with a huge terrace and magnificent views across the valley.

The reconfiguration of the original 14th-century barn, with its combination of modern minimalism and traditional building materials, was the brain-child of Katie Elliott Armitage who has been running workshops at L'Espace for the last 12 years. The resulting unique ambiance reflects Katie's warm sense of style and hosting skills and continues to be the preferred locale of numerous weddings, musical concerts, and creative workshops.

Program

The long weekend will kick off with an evening meal, prepared and cooked by Louise, welcoming you all to the course. On the first morning, you can accompany Louise to the largest weekly market in the region to discover the season’s best local produce. If you like, this could include a pastry and coffee at the market rather than breakfast at the accommodation. The group will return to the venue for lunch followed by an afternoon of cooking.

After breakfast, on morning two and three, you are free to relax and spoil yourself in the beautiful surroundings, by one of the two pools, or take a walk through the stunning countryside. Extra cookery classes can also be arranged as can visits to local producers or food stores.

All three afternoons will be spent with hands-on cooking and preparing the evening meal together. Louise will demonstrate some of the more complex dishes if necessary teaching you how to prepare meat, fish, seafood, and vegetables. It will be all hands on deck, slicing, chopping, searing, and roasting. You can participate as much or as little as you like.

DAY 1

Travel day, you will be sent information regarding transportation to Les Soeurs Anglaises (pick-ups are generally late afternoon) from Angouleme train station and Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (EGC). Welcome, meet and greet dinner at the house.

DAY 2

Morning at the marché. After a light lunch, there will be an introduction to L'Espace Studio where the evening meal will be discussed and prepared.

DAY 3

Free morning to relax. Light lunch followed again by discussing and preparing the evening menu together.

DAY 4

Free morning to relax. Light lunch followed again by discussing and preparing the evening menu together.

DAY 5

Brunch followed by departures before lunch.

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary and is subject to modest modifications, depending on available fresh produce, new opportunities, and the wishes of the workshop leader.

Instructors

Louise Pickford
Louise Pickford has been a food editor of several food and lifestyle magazines in London and Sydney. She now lives and works in South West France with her husband Ian Wallace and her dog, Enzo and three cats. She fell in love with cooking in her early twenties and it was then that she decided to follow her heart into working in the culinary world. Her journey has taken her all over the globe where she has been fortunate enough to work with some of the best chefs and cooks.

Location

Les Souers Anglaises, your accommodation venue, is situated in the Perigord Vert region of The Dordogne, in Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of Southwest France. The kitchen and workshop space is a stunning barn conversion with dynamic views over the surrounding countryside. The Dordogne is renowned for its fresh produce, especially truffles, foie gras, and duck.

Distances:

  • Angoulème and Perigueux, 40 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

Food

This region of France is renowned for a wealth of wonderful fresh produce. The dishes are often simple, but there are honesty and integrity here that people love. The ingredients are wonderful, the seasons varied, the foraging vociferous. Food is for sharing, Louise is passionate about this and about sharing her knowledge with others.

Each evening meal will be the four-course dinner prepared in the afternoon, accompanied of course with complimentary wines, lots of laughter, and the musings of the group's shared love of food. Full board, wines to accompany meals, all food costs for the cookery courses, and the trip to the market are included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your free time you can relax and enjoy the beautiful venue with its two swimming pools. Take a trip to the fresh food market or to one of the pretty local towns or villages in the area. Go to one of the local brocantes in the area for a browse at old French wares.

What's included

  • 3 days of L'Espace workshop with Louise
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners (served with wine) and refreshments
  • Snacks and beverages throughout your stay
  • A morning visit to the local market
  • Pick-up and drop-off at arrival airport Bergerac / train station Angouleme (at allocated times)
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Train fare
  • Alcoholic beverages other than wine or beer

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (EGC). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Come Cook In France will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by train

Pick-up and drop-off are available at Angouleme Train Station at allocated times.

Airport: Bergerac-Roumanière Airport Airport transfer included: Bergerac-Roumanière Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Thursday June 13, 2019
Departure: Monday June 17, 2019

Solo travelers

This holiday can accommodate solo travelers.

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