Taste Burgundy’s Countryside

September 25 - October 2, 2021

$5,500.00/person

Join us on a culinary adventure through the heart of Burgundy. The Côte d’Or region is a patchwork of sensory delights and vistas, including fragrant valleys, rivers, legendary vineyards, and storybook French villages. Discover the soul of French gastronomy through curated tours, dining experiences, and classes held by Chef Katherine, a passionate gourmet chef and writer. Taste flavors that are now global household names in their place of origin.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Bienvenue!

Arrive at, ‘La Ferme de la Lochère,’ by transfer and enjoy the local Burgundian “Aperitif & Welcome”.

There will be plenty of time to explore the village & meander along the canal before dinner, where we will discuss the weeks programme and delight in a wine tasting with our expert Brendan Moore from wine-liaisons, who will explain the sometimes confusing appellation of Burgundy’s famous wines.

Welcome Dinner prepared by Chef Katherine

Day 2 - Chablis Region

7:30 – 8:15 am – Breakfast Service

8:30 am – Departure

After breakfast we will be heading to the town of Chablis with Chef Katherine and Brendan – our private sommelier, where they hold a lively Sunday market. We will buy seasonal produce for a picnic lunch after our delicious wine tastings at a family-run vineyard. Introducing us to the Northern Burgundy wines – not as well known as the more Southern Pinots in the Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune but not to be missed.! We will be tasting the finest samples.

Dinner will be prepared by Chef Katherine and all those wishing to join in.

Day 3 - Cooking Day & Charming Historical Villages

At our Leisure – Breakfast Service

Afternoon – Departure/Time to be confirmed

After a leisurely breakfast we will be preparing for our 1st culinary experience, discussing basic knife skills, recipes and techniques guests would like to explore during the week, learning how to combine fragrant herbs, pairing fabulous ingredients to create a colourful ‘al fresco’ lunch outside in the courtyard.

Following lunch, a visit to the famous UNESCO Abbaye de Fontany – A beautiful example of Cistercian monastery where we will be shrouded in a calming and humbling experience, in awe of their hard work and extraordinary technical achievements for the period.

Time to explore the village & relax before dinner.
Dinner will be prepared by Chef Katherine and all those wishing to join in.

Day 4 - Dijon, Markets & Traditional Recipes

7:30 – 8:15 am – Breakfast Service

8:30 am – Departure

This morning we will be visiting the beautiful and ancient capital of Burgundy, the city of Dijon, and the colourful market that is held there 3 times a week. Armed with our recipe book and a list of ingredients to seek out, and testing our French! When our baskets are full, cheese tastings from Chef Katherine’s favourite cheese-maker, accompanied by a glass of local Pinot… of course! Leaving Dijon and heading towards Aloxe-Corton, a pretty village close to Beaune. Lunch will be accompanied by a wine tasting with a cellar visit at Comte Senard vineyards. Dinner will be prepared by Chef Katherine and all those wishing to join in.

Day 5 - The Hospices de Beaune

7:30 – 9:00 am – Breakfast Service

9:30 am – Departure

Today we will be heading off to Beaune and the Cote de Nuits, for a wine tasting and picnic lunch in the vineyards, weather permitting.

Enjoy a cultural tour of the The Hospices de Beaune, and a leisurely walk around this pretty town with its wonderful boutique shops. The Hospices de Beaune is one of France’s most prestigious and beautiful historic monuments. A hospital foundation from the Middle ages, the hospice is also famous for its 60 hectares wine estate, producing prestigious wines.

Dinner will be cooked by your hostess and all those wishing to join in.

Day 6 - Michelin Stars & A Pampered Spa Day

7:30 – 9:30 am – Breakfast Service

10:00 am – Departure

A fabulous pampered day enjoying the incredible new spa at the Michelin starred Bernard Loiseau in the beautiful surroundings of their gardens, followed by a relaxing unique lunch menu. The spa is known as the best in Burgundy.

Returning home, we shall be preparing a light supper with ingredients from the “jardin potager”

Day 7 - Medieval Towns and Farewell Dinner

7:30 – 9:30 am – Breakfast Service

2:00 pm – Departure

This morning we shall be preparing lunch together and enjoying in the courtyard, weather permitting.

Following lunch, we will depart for either Semur or Flavigny (Flavigny is also where they made the film Chocolat). Charming, picturesque, and fortified medieval towns standing atop large granite rocks, providing the perfect view point to alert the Gauls from the roaming Romans!

Our farewell supper will be a culmination of all we have learnt during our stay.

Day 8 - À Bientôt!

Alas, all good things must come to an end and after a very early breakfast, we will returning to

Paris for our ongoing travels. Times to be confirmed.
We hope your new appreciation for all things French can be truly indulged!

Accommodation

La Ferme de la Lochère

Experience relaxation and inspiration in a classic French countryside abode. Our home for the week is a 400-year-old farmhouse nestled quietly by the stream that bears the same name. The farmhouse once belonged to a Chateau and is situated in the charming village of Marigny-le-Cahouët. A sleepy town, as if straight out of a storybook and a perfect backdrop to enjoy a glass of local chilled rosé while catching whiffs of fresh herbs and watching the local scene unfold.

Leaders

Chef Katherine

As a freelance chef, Katherine splits her time between France and England. Originally from England, she regularly collaborates with London’s infamous Borough Market as a regular demo chef in the Borough Kitchen, writes for BBC Good Food Magazine and provides exclusive recipes for worldwide publications in print and online. She is currently working on her second cookbook.

Carol

Carol has perfected the formula for a successful trip: small groups; an attentive host; and culinary adventures off the beaten path. Her contacts around the globe include local cooks, internationally-renowned chefs, experienced drivers and personable vineyard owners. All come together to ensure Carol’s clients have a first-class travel experience.

Details

Included

  • Round trip pick up and transfer – Paris Airport (CDG – airport code)
  • Seven nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Local wines included with all lunches and dinners
  • Cooking with Chef Katherine
  • Spa treatment and lunch at Michelin-star – Le Relais Bernard Loiseau
  • Private Wine Expert
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sights
  • All excursions and tours as per itinerary
  • Ground transportation – Private for our group

Excluded

Airfare, train travel, insurance, incidentals, personal expenses and anything else not otherwise indicated as included.

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