Week in Uzès Sample Program
The following is a sample program for our Week in Uzès – French cooking vacation in the South of France. The program is subject to change due to weather or availability of our partners. A more definitive program will be given to you on the day of your arrival. Barring any changes in weather and the desires of the group, this final program will be what you can expect for the week. We ask that you try to be understanding about any slight modifications that will not affect your overall enjoyment of the program.
Sample program for our 2019 sessions. This is an example to help you create an image of the week we have in store for you and is subject to change based on season and availability.
Arrival at the house/Welcome dinner cocktail
Arrival at the guest house after 4 PM. If you do you not wish to have your own transportation, group pick up at Avignon TGV at 3 PM.
To get you excited about the week ahead, we have arranged a “cocktail dinatoire” at the guesthouse. A chance to meet your chef instructor and the team who will be part of making your French cooking vacation spectacular. Meal included.
Start the day off with a light breakfast of delicious French pastries, bread, & jams
1/2 day winery tour and tasting with local wine specialist. Enjoy a fabulous morning tour with our wine specialist as your guide and discover one of the family run wineries of the region. Light lunch will be provided.
1st day of class
The morning will start with a French continental breakfast at the guesthouse. You will be picked up and taken to the school to start your first day of cooking including preparation of the lunch that we will enjoy together. After lunch, we will take a tour of a local cheese producer, a chance to stretch our legs and take in the countryside.
Evening wine and food pairing course with our sommelier. Because sometimes you have the wine before you’ve planned the meal. No further dinner plans required.
Morning in Nîmes
Start the day with a French continental breakfast at the guesthouse. Out of the kitchen and into the market. Tuesday is a day to explore the covered market of Nîmes to select not only what we will eat for our picnic lunch but also get a crash course into delectable French produce. We’ll also have an opportunity to take in a bit of the history of this UNESCO world heritage site contendor.
After our exploration and shopping at the market, we will head back to the school to prepare our lunch for the day. We’ll also work on prepping some bread and other recipes that we will complete throughout the week.
Evening free. We would be happy to offer suggestions for any dinner reservations if you’re still hungry.
Wednesday Market day in Uzès
The morning will start with a French continental breakfast at the guesthouse. You will be picked up and taken to the Uzès “marché des producteurs” taking place on the Place aux Herbes. Take in this beautiful medieval city and shop like a local with chef Eric for seasonal produce to take back to the school and prepare together for a 4-course luncheon. After our lunch break, we will resume cooking.
Early evening Apéritif at the Pont du Gard
Evening free post apéro.
Déjeuner sur l’herbe
Start the day with a French continental breakfast before being picked up for an early morning of bread-making.
Bake your baguettes and get excited for the fabulous picnic lunch that awaits you. You will be whisked off to a secluded location for a casual and delicious afternoon.
Final cooking day
The morning will start with a French continental breakfast at the guesthouse. Off to class to prepare our lunch for the day. You will head back to the house after lunch to relax and perhaps take a dip in the pool.
For our final evening together, we will take you out for a wonderful dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.
A French continental breakfast will be served at the guesthouse before check out and pick up for the return to Avignon TGV at 10 am.
(Please note that this is a sample itinerary to give you an idea of what to expect during your week in Provence).