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Lyon & Carcassonne Culinary Adventure

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

September 12 - 19, 2022

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 full week: (8 days / 7 nights) food, wine and cultural immersion in two of our favorite places in all of France.

We have an exquisite location in Lyon for the first 3 nights from which we will explore the culinary and cultural scene of the food capital of the world.

Our location is just outside of the hustle and bustle of the city in a tranquil, wonderful location.

In Carcassonne, which is the city where we also own an apartment because we love it so much, we are staying together in a gorgeous, refurbished historical mansion from which we can walk to most everything! Fabulous farmers markets, dining locations, great shopping and the central town square full of cafes and restaurants and outdoor seating – the best meeting spot for coffee croissant and people watching.

Why travel to France with Chris & Valerie? We feel that small group travel is a great way to explore other areas together without being lost in the group experience (we are the anti group trip ‘small group trip’). We scout our locations in advance so there are no surprises and we source and meet locals and build our relationships so our trips are full of experiences you might not find on your own or with others. Besides, we are pretty fun and Chris is an incredible chef and you will learn so much! Did we mention we also speak French?

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Quick Facts

  • Eight Days, Seven 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 old Lyon (Vieux Lyon)
  • 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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When we introduce you to a country and it's foods we take pride in establishing a link for you to the people and the soul of the place.

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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!

Contact Us

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

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