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Carcassonne Culinary Adventure

with James Beard recognized Chef, Chris Maher
Culinary & Cultural Immersion Week in Carcassonne, France

MAY 8 to 14, 2020 

Culinary week in Carcassonne, France - Date: May 8-14th, 2020
$4,095 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 by the medieval city of Carcassonne, France. We will be staying together in a wonderful, French chateau for a week of fabulous cooking, dining, exploring and tasting the wonders of this region, located in the luscious valley of the Aude River.

Carcassonne’s weekly market will make your mouth water and provide for a beautiful backdrop of all the area has to offer. We will have a great time exploring the market together and choosing ingredients for our cooking classes from these local vendors.

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 by Chef Chris or brought in for all to enjoy.

All our guests will be staying together in an amazing, private villa in a tranquil setting, close to the city. The locations we scout in advance to see in person and ultimately choose for our culinary trips are always uniquely elegant and wonderful and are located in non-touristy areas. Each bedroom has a unique feel and layout. Our standard is double occupancy, but we make exceptions as needed for singles sharing a room (2 beds) or a limited option for single occupancy, for a minimal, additional fee.

Excursions

Excursions await us for interesting things to see and do in Carcassonne and vicinity – Local food and flower markets, local producers, farmers, food and wine tastings.

A professional tour guide will lead us on a guided tour to learn more about the medieval, walled town of old Carcassonne. The old city is the largest walled city in all of Europe!

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, basilicas, shopping, walking and exploring, etc.)

While Carcassonne is famous for it’s Cassoulet (which you all will be learning to make from Chris during your visit), don’t forget that France is famous for it’s cheeses and we will experience an amazing cheese tastings during the week as well as wine pairings! OH LA LA!

 

For more details

Quick Facts

  • Seven Days, Six Nights Accommodations
  • Welcome Dinner on arrival day cooked by Chef, Chris
  • All Meals During Your week, including a lunch and a traditional dinner at a local restaurant, planned in advance
  • Guided Culinary Tour in Carcassonne
  • Visits to local producers in the area – wonderful farmer’s market on town square, cheese producer,
  • Hands-on traditional French and regional French cuisine Cooking Classes with James Beard recognized Chef, Chris Maher
  • Local produce market excursions for discovery and purchase of ingredients and spices for our cooking classes
  • Local wine producers and wine tastings in the area

We also encourage our participants to let us know if there are any particular French 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 France together with new friends and recipes!

Getting into Carcassonne / arrival to our location – closest and easiest is to fly into Paris, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux or Lyon. Trains from these cities are easy as are local flights. Carcassonne also has an airport that you might want to check into from other areas of Europe, depending on your travel plans…

We can arrange to pick you up or have a driver for our guests to bring you to the chateau, from the airport, train station OR for those of you in rental cars, we will provide very clear directions, etc. Driving in France is very easy and does give you more freedom if you plan to come and go and there is parking at the chateau.

You may want to plan to visit other areas of France (or Spain, etc.) before or after your week with us while you are there. More information and assistance will be provided to guests confirmed for the program. We also are happy to suggest a couple options for a travel agent if anyone is interested.

 

Cost per person for this culinary week in Carcassonne, France:

$4,095 per person, all-inclusive – based on double occupancy. Does not include airfare.

Culinary week in Carcassonne, France - Date: May 8-14th, 2020
$4,095 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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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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