Cook’n with Class Uzès

Provence Culinary Vacation – French Culinary Vacation Package – Cooking vacation – Foodie Tours – Culinary Escapades

We always try to cook with the seasons so our menus will vary slightly from month to month. We have access to so many wonderful markets in the South of France and we can’t wait to have you discover some of the classics and revisted recipes of Provencal and Mediterranean cuisine.

Here is a sample of some of the preparations we’ve already made during our past French culinary holiday*

  • Pissaladière
  • Melon Sorbert
  • Soupe au Pistou
  • Fried Camembert
  • Lavender Ice-cream
  • Fougasse with Ham, Almond and Herbs
  • Pâté en Croûte Rustique
  • Cherry Clafoutis
  • Coq au Vin
  • Sablé Breton
  • Bouillabaisse
  • Baguette Tradition
  • Brown Chicken Stock
  • Dried Duck Ham
  • Steamed Emperor Fish, Spring Vegetables, Basil
  • Seared Squid à la Provençale
  • Mussels in Saffron Cream Sauce
  • Panisse de Marseille
  • Confit de Canard
  • and so much more!

* This is a hands-on class where you will get to participate in the preparation of numerous French specialities. Some recipes will require working collectively both for their realization as well as to limit unnecessary food waste but don’t worry you will have plenty of opportunities to get your hands dirty.

The examples of dishes we may do in class together is never fixed. All recipes are based on seasonal availability as well as time constraints and YOU. your input is all part of the menu creation.

The program week is modifiable under the same conditions.

We hope this will give you a little idea of what you can expect during your Week in Uzès without giving away all the surprises that await you.

Week in Uzès Sample Program

A culinary holiday that actually gets you cooking. You’ll cook as much or as little as you like but the focus of our culinary holiday is the food and wine of the south of France.

Our 2019 French culinary vacation in Southern France just got better. You can expect an exciting week with even more wine, more food, & the hands-on cooking experience you’ve come to expect from chef Eric Fraudeau & Cook’n with Uzès.

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 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.

Saturday arrival

DAY 1:

Arrival at the house/Welcome dinner cocktail

Pick up from Avignon TGV at 3 PM to bring you the vacation rental (If you prefer to have a rental car, we would ask that you arrive by 4 PM at the house)
Arrival at the guest house around 4 PM
Welcome dinner cocktail at around 6:30 PM
To get you excited about the week ahead, we have arranged a “cocktail dinatoire” at the guesthouse around 6:30 PM. A chance to meet your chef instructor and the team who will be part of making your French cooking vacation spectacular. Meal included

DAY 2:

Winery Tour

Discover the wines of our region with a 1/2 day tour at a picturesque winery selected by our wine specialist. A crash-course into the wines of the Languedoc (Occitanie). A light Provençal picnic lunch will be prepared for you by chef Eric.

Free evening

DAY 3:

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.

In the evening, with the guidance of our sommelier, you will participate in a unique wine and food pairing experience. No further dinner plans will be necessary.

DAY 4:

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 today’s lunch but also get a crash course into the fresh produce that adorns the menus of prestigious French restaurants and our homes.

After our exploration and shopping of the market, we’ll return to the school to prepare your 3-course luncheon + cheese course. After lunch, we will prep some bread and other items for the rest of the week ahead.

Evening free. We would be happy to offer suggestions for any dinner reservations if you’re still hungry.

DAY 5:

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 to prepare for tomorrow’s picnic.

Early evening apéritif at the Pont du Gard. Take in this magnificently preserved UNESCO World Heritage site – not to be missed, while we enjoy wine and a light pre-dinner meal. For most of you, this will be more than enough for the evening but if not, we will be happy to make recommendations for dining out.

Evening free post our apéritif.

DAY 6:

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.

DAY 7:

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.

DAY 8:

Departure Day

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).

  • 7-night accommodations in a privatized guesthouse in the Pays d’Uzès
  • French continental breakfasts each morning
  • Welcome Cocktail dinner at the guesthouse
  • Cheese & wine tastings & culinary & cultural excursions
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners (4 in 2019) including dinner at a select restaurant chosen by your chef, unlimited tastings
  • Transportation to and from the guesthouse & school and for all organized excursions
  • French market & local producer & winery tours
  • Hands-on French cooking experience including, bread-making, breakfast pastries, soups, salads, stews, Provencal dishes, French desserts
  • Musical evening with invited guests (2018)
  • Small group sizes (maximum of 6 students), with up to 2 guests per session
  • You don’t have to be a chef! All cooking levels welcome
  • You don’t even have to cook! A non-participating guest is welcome when traveling with a participant in a shared room. Please inquire.
  • Learn from an experienced French chef in English in a convivial and friendly atmosphere
  • Wonderful recipes to recreate at home
  • NEW! in 2019 Transportation to and from Avignon TGV on arrival and departure date

*Note: Let us know if you have your own accommodations and we will send you a quote. Traveling as a group of 4 or more, we can organize the week as a private session.

 

Group size: 6-7 max; 2 guests per group max
Price: 2950€ single occupancy or 2450€ double occupancy in 2018;

NEW PRICE in 2019 one price for all 2750€/person; 750€ for non-participating guest

 

Booking and Cancelation:

We need to review your booking before confirming your spot in the class. No payment is required till we have reviewed and confirmed your booking. When your request is approved, you will receive a “Your booking has been accepted!” message and can make your payment.

For our Week in Uzes, we require a deposit of 50% of the total price. The balance is due 90 days before the program start date. You are only required to pay the 50% initially so if you wish to pay the balance, You can pay the balance at any time by using the payment button on your confirmation.

Your initial payment must be received within 72-hours of the acceptance for your booking request. Be sure that PAY NOW is selected and make your payment.

Generally, your booking will be automatically accepted once we reach 4 participants (including yourself).

A cancellation fee of 50% of the total course fee will be applied if you cancel more than 60 days before the start date. Should you cancel within 60 days of the start date, no refund will be possible. You can postpone your date with notification at least 45 days before the trip and only one such change will be allowed for any given booking. Once changed, the new dates are final and non-refundable.

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Our Week in Uzès program runs from Saturday to Saturday. Here are our dates:

2019 French culinary holiday:

  • April 13-20, 2019 (6 SPOTS LEFT)
  • May 4-11, 2019 (FULL)
  • May 25 – June 1, 2019 (2 SPOTS LEFT)
  • June 8-15, 2019 (6 SPOTS LEFT)
  • June 15-22, 2019 (6 SPOTS LEFT)
  • September 7-14, 2019 (6 SPOTS LEFT)
  • September 21-28, 2019 (6 SPOTS LEFT)
  • October 5-12, 2019 (6 SPOTS LEFT)

Have questions? Please feel free to send us an inquiry after reviewing our current available dates below.

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Your Provence Culinary Vacation:  A French Culinary holiday in Uzès

WEEK IN UZÈS

My name is Eric Fraudeau, I want to introduce you to the French cuisine and the Provençal way of life with this introduction to Provencal Cuisine at my school Cook’n with Class Uzès, in the sunny South of France. Join us for this Provence Culinary vacation in the Gard Provencal, in the medieval city of Uzès. A 5-Day, 7-nights, hands-on French culinary vacation for all food and wine enthusiasts.

My wife, Yetunde, and I have put together a French culinary vacation package all taught in English by me. I’ll share with you my over 30 years of cooking experience that has taken me from France to Canada, Mexico, the USA, & back again. My passion is French cuisine and I want you to live that passion with us. We will taste fresh, seasonal foods, visit producers as well as historical monuments (including UNESCO world heritage sites); we’ll take in the many delightful fragrances of & bask in all that the south of France has to offer in gastronomical fare.

We like to keep the group size small with a max of 6 people, so be ready for plenty of hands-on cooking experiences. We will not only be at our chopping boards, but we will also have opportunities to visit vineyards and learn about French food and wine tasting and pairing with my good friends, French sommelier, Frédéric Duverger and learn about the local wine production in the AOP & IGP with Wine Specialist, Nicolas Martin. We’ll take you to olive mills, or a working farm to learn how the famous goat cheese of the region is produced. But of course, we will not forget the wine & laughter that the south of France is known for.

Your Week in Uzès includes 5 days of classes & 7 nights accommodations in a private guest house selected for its charm and amenities. Welcome to the perfect French culinary vacation.

Come and join us on a French culinary holiday in France

See you in Uzès!


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