2022 Excited About Food – in Provence!

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2022 Edition

A Culinary Adventure in Provence

Award winning cookbook author Cheryl Alters Jamison shares her passion for food, wine and the south of France with other food lovers.

Hosted by four-time James Beard Foundation award-winning cookbook author, Cheryl is a lifelong Francophile. She made her first trip to France nearly five decades ago, in college, and has spent as much time as she could there. Her twenty cookbooks, many written with her late husband Bill—including Smoke & Spice, American Home Cooking, and The Big Book of Outdoor Cooking & Entertaining—have been widely recognized as standard setters, and have sold some 2 million copies. For a decade, she led culinary adventure groups to the Dordogne. After a few years’ hiatus, she has decided it’s time again to share her love of the country’s South with other food- and wine-obsessed travelers, by pairing up with Absolutely Southern France.

Saturday, June 18 : Welcome to Provence !

Your culinary adventure in the south of France begins with airport and train station transfers from Marseille to settle into your gorgeous provencal estate near St Remy where you can enjoy your welcome cocktail followed by a delicious buffet with Cheryl and other food lovers on your Provence culinary adventure.

Sunday, June 19 : Gordes & Coutellet 

Your day will start with the not to be missed  Sénanque Abbaye to enjoy the lavender fields and the  audio guided tour. A stop outside Gordes will be made for a photo op of the stunning town. Another stop will be made at the Lavender Museum in Coustellet for an audio tour. After lunch, you’ll meet lovely Elsa in her lavender field for a hands on lavender wand workshop.
Cooking with Cheryl

Monday, June 20: Cassis & Cadière d’Azur  

On arrival in Cassis, weather permitting you will get on board a boat to admire the famous “calanques” or red cliffs . Lunch will be at the villa Madie bistrot Carton with a stunning view onto the Med.
In la Cadière d’azur, you’ll be greeted by the gardener of a bastide owned by the Hostellerie Berard for a garden tour followed by plant based cocktail workshop with renowned cocktail master . Dinner will be in a quaint restaurant in St Remy

Tuesday, June 21 : Marseille & Cadenet 

You cannot leave Marseille without picking up some olive oil based soap at the oldest producer’s workshop and museum right on the harbour. Next will be a stroll to the vibrant Noailles district featured in the NYT as the up and coming district with a wide range of exotic shops and restaurants. A stop will be made at Maison Empereur boutique with a wide and sometimes “unusual” array of cookware, hardware supplies since 1827. Lunch will be with Nadia Sammut (daughter of michelin starred legendary chef Reine Sammut) in her tiny fine food shop. After lunch, you’ll be taken for a photo op at the iconique Notre Dame de la Garde basilica overlooking Marseille. On your way back to St Remy, you’ll be taken to a countryside private home  for a truffle hunt with dogs trained by Johan on his family property followed by a tasting and champagne bien sur ! Dinner in a typical  bistrot in St Remy

Wednesday, June 22 : St Rémy

You’ll understand the sources of inspiration for a number of Van Gogh’s works after your visit to the Saint Paul de Mausole hospital where he was interned.  Today is the day to pick up a few souvenirs and gift items at St Remy’s lively provencal morning street market.
After lunch, you’ll be getting private intruction from the President of the Petanque club in St Remy followed by a tournament at the
“boulodrome” with prizes and pastis bien sur !
Cooking with Cheryl

Thursday, June 23 : Roussillon &  Les Baux de Provence 

On arrival in Roussillon, you’ll be blown away by the occre – for photo ops you’ll take a short and easy hiking trail through a former ochre quarry and the surrounding woods. You’ll want to leave your white shoes and trousers back at the villa.  After lunch, we will travel along a picturesque route to the Carrière des Lumières that sits below the village of Les Baux de Provence. We will walk
through the cavernous quarry, transformed into a spectacular art gallery to experience an audio-visual masterpiece. You’ll fall under the spell of Les Baux on your stroll through the cobblestone streets.

Cooking with Cheryl and guest star chef Jean Pierre Novi

Friday, June 24 : Wine &  Olive oil 

A special treat for your last day! You will be introduced to a variety of wines as you visit a local vineyard at a charming Mas straight out of your best south of France dreams. There will be a stroll amongst the vines, so dress for the country and be sure to bring a hat.  After lunch off to a women owned olive mill in a small Provençal village in the heart of the Alpilles. The Sourdon family, through four generations, has produced its fine olive oil in a typical Mas from the 12th century. As all good things must come to an end, the end will be spectacular with dinner at the Michelin starred Beaumanière.

Sunday, June 25  : Au revoir !

Last croissant and café au lait, transfers to Marseille airport or train station

 

 

About Cheryl

A four-time James Beard Foundation award-winning cookbook author, Cheryl is a lifelong Francophile. She made her first trip to France nearly five decades ago, in college, and has spent as much time as she could there, as well as in the French Caribbean. Cheryl has taught cooking classes in venues across the United States, as well as appeared numerous times on the Food Network, NBC’s Today Show, and on other television internationally, from China to the UK. She’s the former culinary editor of New Mexico magazine and host of a weekly food radio show and podcast, Heating It Up. Her twenty cookbooks, many written with her late husband Bill—including Smoke & Spice, American Home Cooking, and The Big Book of Outdoor Cooking & Entertaining—have been widely recognized as standard setters, and have sold some 2 million copies. For a decade, she led culinary adventure groups to the Dordogne. After a few years’ hiatus, she has decided it’s time again to share her love of the country’s South with other food- and wine-obsessed travelers, by pairing up with Absolutely Southern France. She lives just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico with a small flock of hens with outsize personalities. Find out more about Cheryl at her website, excitedaboutfood.com. Cheryl is also a guest contributio to our blog page . Read here what she has to say about her passion for the south of France.  

 

 

Deposit
To secure a place on our tour, we ask that you fill in our reservation form, which indicates that your deposit of 30% will be required to secure your space.
The balance will be due 2 months prior to the tour.

Included
All meals including wine, gratuities (tips for guides, drivers, restaurants) and taxes, professional tour facilitator/guide, activities and entrance fees, transportation and accommodation  as indicated.

Not included
Roundtrip airfare to France, train to the South of France, any Spa Treatments desired, any personal souvenirs or purchases, additional wine, beer or spirits beyond what is offered at meals, travel insurance (highly recommended) and trip medical coverage (required for travelers over 50 years of age).

Terms and Conditions
If insufficient numbers of participants or in the event of conditions deemed unsafe for our clients, the tour may be cancelled or postponed.

Cancellation Policy
This is a package tour and non-refundable with no refunds even in case of injury or illness or personal emergency. Cancellation must be notified by email to nancy@absolutelysouthernfrance.com. We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance including medical assistance and cancellation.

Payment
We accept all credit cards except AMEX.

Arrival and Departure
You will be welcomed on arrival by Cheryl at a food and wine pariring buffet dinner on June 20th. Airport or train station transfers to your accommodation on day of arrival and departure from Marseille are included.

What to Pack
Phone chargers, medication, hat, sunscreen, bug repellent, comfortable walking shoes. Temperatures should be pleasant. We expect clear sunny skies with average daytime temperatures between 29C / 84,2F and overnight lows of 16C / 60,8F.

Accommodation
Your vacation home away from home will be in a fully private gorgeous estate near St Rémy equipped with heated swimming pool, tennis courts and petanque field

https://www.provenceholidays.com/en/holiday-rental/alpilles-mas-saint-andiol

Weather
Temperatures should be pleasant. We expect clear sunny skies with average daytime temperatures between 29C / 84,2F and overnight lows of 16C / 60,8F.

Transportation
You will be travelling in a comfortable air- conditioned coach driven by a professional driver.

Additional Services
Absolutely Southern France is happy to assist with roomate matching as well as pre and post tour travel arrangements in France.

CONTACT US

To reserve your spot or request additional information,  please fill out the form below. Nancy will then contact you to discuss the tour details and arrange your booking.

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Tour Details

Dates: June 18 – 25, 2022
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Cost: 4750 € single occupancy * consult us for double occupancy rate
Participants: 10 spots

Tour HIGHLIGHTS

  • 3 hands-on cooking workshops with Cheryl Jamison 4-time James Beard award winning cookbook author
  • Playing pétanque beneath plane trees, with a glass of pastis at hand
  • Truffle hunting with dogs and champagne
  • Lavender wands workshop
  • Wine tasting and picnic lunch in vineyard
  • Soap factory tour, olive oil mill tour, Cassis calanques boat cruise
  • Garden tour and plant based cocktail workshop with starred chef
  • Light show in Les Baux quarries, hike the rousillon occre trail
  • Cassis calanques boat cruise
  • Sightseeing Marseille, St Remy, Les Baux, Gordes

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