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Marrakech Culinary Adventure

with James Beard recognized Chef, Chris Maher
Culinary & Cultural Immersion Week in Marrakech, Morocco

These dates will be rescheduled as soon as possible for late fall, 2020 

Culinary week in Marrakech, Morocco: Date: April 27th – May 3rd, 2020
$4,195 per person, all-inclusive – based on double occupancy. Does not include airfare.

To ensure your spot:

$1,000 due upon acceptance of contract (non-refundable) per guest, balance due minimum 30 days in advance of event (by February 8th, 2020).
Payable to: COOKING STUDIO TAOS
P.O. BOX 750
ARROYO SECO, NEW MEXICO 87514.
Credit cards incur an additional 3.5% transaction fee. Venmo or Paypal payments are also an option.

Contact: Valerie Maher, Exec. Director: 575-776-2665 or 575-613-3321 cell/Text

Email: cookingstudiotaos@mac.com

You can also fill out the form below to begin the resevation process. We will get right back to you shortly!

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We welcome our students, friends and guests to join us for a week-long (7 days / 6 nights) food, wine and cultural immersion in Marrakech, Morocco in an incredible, private villa for a fabulous week. Our location is just outside of the hustle and bustle of Marrakech in a tranquil, secluded location.

All our guests will be staying together in an amazing, private villa that was designed and built by an architect from Barcelona in a true, Moroccan style. The locations we scout in advance to see in person and ultimately choose for our culinary trips are always unique and wonderful and are located in non-touristy areas. Each bedroom has a unique feel and layout with an en-suite bathroom. Our standard is double occupancy, but we make exceptions as needed for singles sharing a room (2 beds) and location dependent can accommodate singles as well for minimal additional fee.

Each morning, one or two students along with the chef will prepare breakfast for the group. After breakfast, enjoy several hours of free time prior to meeting up again for the day’s activities and preparations of the recipes. On cooking days, we will enjoy a lighter, al fresco lunch and have an evening meal of the recipes we have created together.

Excursions

Excursions await us for interesting things to see and do in Marrakech. A professional tour guide will lead us on a guided tour to learn more about Marrakech – shopping in the old medina, Jemma el-Fnaa square – exciting at night!, visiting with a highly reputable (and fair priced) rug merchant who has been in the medina for many years, visiting a spice shop and learning more about spices. Opportunities to sample local delicacies.

There are many other cultural attractions for those interested, and our exact plans for these will be determined once we confirm our guests and their interests (museums, Saadian Tombs, Palaces, Atlas mountains, etc.)

Multiple, morning yoga classes ~ for those interested ~ will take place outdoors, near the pool.

We are delighted to offer private Hammam services at the villa – Morocco’s version to the Turkish bath – it is a pretty vigorous scrubbing and bath, done by a professional and ends with a massage! Yes, please…

About Marrakech
 The ancient section of the city, known as the medina, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985. Surrounded by a vast palm grove, the medina in Marrakech is called the “red city” because of its buildings and ramparts of beaten clay, which were built during the residence of the Almohads. The heart of the medina is Jamaa el-Fna square, a vibrant marketplace. Nearby is the 12th-century Kutubiyyah (Koutoubia) Mosque with its 253-foot (77-metre) minaret, built by Spanish captives. The 16th-century Saʿdī Mausoleum, the 18th-century Dar el-Beïda Palace (now a hospital), and the 19th-century Bahia royal residence reflect the city’s historical growth. Much of the medina is still surrounded by 12th-century walls; among the surviving gates to the medina, the stone Bab Agnaou is particularly notable. Our location is minutes away by car.

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Quick Facts

  • Seven Days, Six Nights Accommodations
  • Welcome Dinner on arrival day cooked by Chef, Chris
  • Traditional HAMMAM experience and massage at our villa (yes, there is even a private hammam at the villa!) for those interested
  • Multiple morning yoga classes at our villa, poolside for those interested
  • All Meals During Your week, including a lunch and a traditional ‘ftour’ dinner at a local restaurant, planned in advance
  • Amazing nearby garden tour and other cultural visits
  • Guided Culinary Tour in old Marrakech
  • Visits to local producers in the area – old Medina shopping experiences including a visit to an incredible rug shop, spice shop, etc. with buying opportunities if you choose
  • Hands-on traditional Moroccan and other North African cuisine Cooking Classes with James Beard recognized Chef, Chris Maher
  • Local produce market excursion for discovery and purchase of ingredients and spices for our cooking classes

We also encourage our participants to let us know if there are any particular Moroccan recipes they are interested in learning in advance so that Chris may incorporate with his lineup.

Our last evening together, we will enjoy discussing what we have learned, fallen in love with and what we will take home from our experiences. Let’s enjoy our last taste of Morocco together with new friends and recipes!

Getting into Marrakech / arrival to our location – closest and easiest is to fly into Marrakech.   WE STRONGLY ADVISE GUESTS NOT TO DRIVE in Marrakech.

We will pick you up or have a driver for our guests to bring you to the villa, from the airport, train station or if you’re coming by car we will have very clear directions, etc. There is parking at the villa. We will also have a driver for our excursions throughout the week to keep it stress free and safe - the area is extremely safe as is the old city, but the driving is so chaotic and not anything what we are used to dealing with at home or in Europe.

 

Cost per person for this culinary week in Marrakech, Morocco

$4,195 per person, all-inclusive – based on double occupancy. Does not include airfare.

Culinary week in Marrakech, Morocco: Date: April 27th – May 3rd, 2020
$4,195 per person, all-inclusive – based on double occupancy. Does not include airfare.

To ensure your spot:

$1,000 due upon acceptance of contract (non-refundable) per guest, balance due minimum 30 days in advance of event (by February 8th, 2020).
Payable to: COOKING STUDIO TAOS
P.O. BOX 750
ARROYO SECO, NEW MEXICO 87514.
Credit cards incur an additional 3.5% transaction fee. Venmo or Paypal payments are also an option.

Contact: Valerie Maher, Exec. Director: 575-776-2665 or 575-613-3321 cell/Text

Email: cookingstudiotaos@mac.com

You can also fill out the form below to begin the resevation process. We will get right back to you shortly!

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We are a family that cooks, travels, and explores life together. Our invitation to you is to join us and find inspiration and delight whether you are traveling solo, with a friend, loved one, or a group. 

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About Us​

Come have an unforgettable food adventure with your hosts, James Beard recognized Chef, Chris Maher & Executive Director, Valerie Maher. Bon Appétit!

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P: 575-776-2665
E: cookingstudiotaos@mac.com

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