Week in Uzès Sample Program
The following is a sample program for our Week in Uzès – French Culinary holiday in the South of France. The program is subject to change due to weather or availability of our suppliers. 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 based on our 2017 sessions (just to give you a taste)
Arrival at the house/Welcome dinner cocktail
Arrival at the guest house after 4 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.
Day off. We would be happy to make suggestions for a day of exploring the region and Uzès. A chance to get to know your fellow housemates and settle in.
1st day of class
The morning will start with a 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 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. You will have the evening free to relax. We can provide suggestions on dining options in the area.
Morning in Nîmes
Start the day with a 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.
After our exploration and shopping of the market, we will head back to the school to be picked up for a horse and carriage ride to our exclusive picnic location to enjoy a delightful Provencal pinic and wine tasting in the company of our sommelier.
We’ll return to the school after lunch to prep some bread and other items for the rest of the week ahead.
Wednesday Market day in Uzès
The morning will start with a 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
Start the day with a continental breakfast before being picked up for the day’s lesson. We’ll be whipping up several recipes including preparing our lunch, expertly paired by local wines selected by our sommelier.
After lunch, we’ll visit a local vineyard (preferably organic), for some tasting.
Dinner together at a fine-dining French restaurant highlighting the talents of the region and the south of France.
Final cooking day
The morning will start with a continental breakfast at the guesthouse. You will be picked up and taken to the school to prepare for the evening gourmet banquet serving up of some of what you’ve learned during the week including Mediterranean classics of the season. We will prepare and enjoy a light lunch together.
An evening to remember! We will be joined by a few local guests for an evening of live musical performance from the gypsy group Compas. Prepare yourself for dancing, fun, laughter and of course food and wine.
A continental breakfast will be served at the guesthouse before checking out by 10 am.
(Please note that this is a sample itinerary to give you an idea of what to expect during your week in Provence). We will be baking bread almost every day of your cooking holiday.