Our group will experience French cooking techniques, forage seasonal produce from eye-popping markets, prepare exquisite classic and creative dishes. Regional wine pairings will accompany our masterpieces.
Our adventure takes place in a stunning 18th century house, within walking distance to all that the city has to offer. The magnificent kitchen, sunny airy rooms, elegant furnishings, outdoor dining in the private courtyard, all set an ideal stage for our culinary collaboration.
Workshops are lead by Tess Kelly. She teaches a balanced, seasonal approach to eating. Her love of France and French cuisine runs deep, ever since her teenage years in Paris where it all began. We will also be joined by Angela Shore. She is the founder of Jiva-Apoha, a line of organic skincare oils for both men and women. She will be creating an all-natural body oil (a little bit of the South of France) for you to take home. Using local essential oils like Roman chamomile, lavender, and rosemary from Provence.
We’ll enjoy a walking tour, taking in the beautiful streets of Nîmes, ancient Roman sites, amazing gardens, art and more. In preparation for our outdoor adventures, we will explore the art of the French picnic as part of our workshop series.
The Jardins de la Fontaine is a few steps away from the house, ideal for picnics and exploring. This 17th-century park on 15 hectares offers Roman ruins & botanic gardens, plus ponds & sculptures. It was the first public garden in Europe. The Maison Carrée is an ancient Roman temple it is one of the best preserved Roman temples to survive in the territory of the former Roman Empire, is also within walking distance.
And lastly, we will celebrate our new found perspective on French cuisine (and life) by sharing a sensational dinner in one of the region’s highly-rated restaurants. Here we can share our successes, compare notes and congratulate ourselves on our own culinary creations.
The workshop and accommodations are housed in an elegant 18th century house in Nîmes— that’s been restored with all of the modern amenities. The entrance to the house is through a private courtyard, once inside you will find an infinity pool and trellis that is ideal for lunch in the shade.
The magnificent kitchen, sunny airy rooms, elegant furnishings, all set an ideal stage for our culinary collaboration. The lodging is included in the price of the workshop on a first come first serve basis. Space is limited, additional lodging recommendations will be provided once the house is full.
Each bedroom contains one comfortable queen size bed with high quality bed linens. We are offering a price discount for two people who share a room. Tickets can be purchased for the workshop without lodging, please contact us for prices.
Cost and what is included
The price for this 5 1/2-day workshop is $3,950 per person, or $3,600 per person if two people share a room. It includes all food and wine at the workshop meals, lodging and a dinner out in Nîmes. A detailed itinerary will be provided upon booking.
Because of the planning involved (and to avoid frivolous bookings) 50% of the total cost of the ticket is non-refundable upon purchase, the ticket becomes fully non-refundable six months prior to the workshop date, but can be used towards a future European workshop. Please read our terms and conditions.
Airfare and transportation to and from airport is not included. The workshop is located about 39 minutes from the Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport by car. Taxis are available at the airport. Please contact us if you require more information.