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ISO France - Cooking classes and Wine Tastings in May 2016 in or around Mougins, France between Cannes and Nice.

I'm trying to plan a cooking class and wine tasting for an American couple. They will have a car and will drive to experience a fun and educational cooking class and wine tastings. Does anyone have any suggestions? I've checked the hotline and the internet. They will be staying Le Mas Candille in Mougins. Also, if there is an activity or day trip besides cooking classes, wine tastings, spa and visiting a perfume factory that's fun and different please share! If you know of anyone in the US that can assist me such as a travel agent or website that can assist that would be helpful. Travel dates May 5th through May 12th. Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Chops is a trusted home cook.

asked 9 months ago
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added 9 months ago

Happy to help as it is my neck of the woods! Let me do some research and I will get back to you.

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added 9 months ago

So here it is:

For wine testing tour I had the following recommendation:

Chateau de CREMAT,
http://www.chateau-cremat...

Chateau de Berne
http://www.chateauberne...

There are various cooking classes on offer and depends what your friends are looking for:

Many Michelin Star Restaurants have cooking classes, and to make a day out I would recommend choosing a place they want to go and look for one of those restaurants in the area and their cooking class schedule. If they want to go to Grasse to tour the Profume market, I am sure there will be one around there that will offer classes.

But if they like ART I would absolutely recommend coming around my area Saint Paul de Vence and indulge in all five senses:

History:
Saint Paul de Vence is one of the oldest medieval village in the French Riviera famous for its contemporary and modern art it is a fantastic showcase where antique meets modern.

Art:
They shouldn’t miss the Fondation Maeght, ( Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Alberto Giacometti, Georges Braque, Alexander Calder and Fernand Léger) just outside St Paul village and Matisse Chapel in Vence. Whether they are catholic or not the Chapel is magnificent.

Food:
Christophe Dufau (one of my guest at the Lunch with LT) Les Bacchanale is situated next to the Matisse Chapel in Vence.

“After feeding your eyes and soul with the mystical beauty of Matisse's masterpiece, you will be ready to satisfy your palate with Christophe’s creations.”

You can find out more about his restaurant on my Blog:
http://yourguardianchef...

He offers COOKING CLASSES and I have sent him an email to check his schedule around that time.
I will let you know.

There are also several cooking classes in the center of Nice combined with a visit to the market:
Rosa Jackson
www.petitsfarcis.com

Aude Bertaux
http://www.cuisinesurcours...

If you still wants to know more you can contact Friend in France for organized tours:
http://www.friend-in-france...

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added 9 months ago

Additional curiosity: John Robie's villa in "To Catch a Thief" is also around Les Bacchanales, Vence area: The Villa des Bijoux, 335 Rue de Saint-Jeannet (D18).

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More wine tours:
http://www.bandolwinetours...

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BTW, thanks to this inquiring I found out that just 20 minutes drive from Mougins, Julia Child’s France Home La Pitchoune is opening for cooking classes in April 2016. They can cook in Julia Child's original kitchen !
http://www.bostonmagazine...

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added 9 months ago

Cooking classes begin in 2007. Man, that would be great though.

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added 9 months ago

oops, 2017

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added 9 months ago

You have made me so happy! Thank you for your research and inquiries. It means so much and is appreciated!

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added 9 months ago

I'll get this info to my cousin and his wife ASAP.

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You are very welcome. You inspired me to investigate more and make a post about it, I am sure it would be helpful to many.

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yay, YGC!!

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added 9 months ago

I would add the Chagall Museum in Nice to your list. I thought that was worth the trip.

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added 9 months ago

Thank you, Maedl.

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Absolutely Meadl, and the MAMAC with the permanent collection of Niki de Saint Phalle (artist of the moving fountains at the George Pompidou Center in Paris)....I am going out of theme here...

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Christophe Dufau at Les Bacchanales organises cooking classes once a month on a Wednesday. It is a full day with the Chef which not only cooks with them but also joins them for a relaxed lunch in the restaurant patio. He speaks fluent English and they will really get to know him and ask any questions.

He is an amazing source of cooking ideas and flavours mixing. When he was working in Denmark he was sent abroad to explore different culinary traditions and bring home the tastes and spices of such diverse destinations as Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Guangzhou (Canton-China), Martinique, San Sebastian and Piedmont. Early in his career he also worked for Daniel Boulud in NY.

Just to be clear, I don't get any cut by recommending him, but once you tried his cooking and met with him, you become a good friend.

If they call him in advance he can organize a class for them for the 11th of May, just let him know that they had my recommendation and he will know who they are.
Here you will find his contact information:
http://yourguardianchef...

How you like this?: Oyster and Mediterranean sea bass, green apple, agastache.

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added 9 months ago

May 11th will not work for the. Let me email them the info ASAP!

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added 8 months ago

A short video clip of what they will eat and drink at the Mas de Candille...Chocolate in a Bottle ! :-)
http://yourguardianchef...

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added 8 months ago

YGC- My cousin and his wife booked the cooking class with the market trip. Your recommendations were spot on! They plan on going to a perfume factory, dining at a 3-star Michelin restaurant and enjoying their luxurious hotel. They leave tonight! If you can get credit for the booking pm me and I'll give you their names.

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added 7 months ago

Thank you SLC, I am glad I was of help.

Your Guardian Chef is the only English food Blog on the French Riviera and with such richness of gourmet culture, there is so much to discover and taste.

Unfortunately, as in most tourist destinations, it is difficult to choose where to go and what to do.

While some tourists might say “there are no bad restaurants in France and Italy”, for those who appreciate food.........THERE ARE, THERE ARE !

In my opinion, there is nothing worst that a waist of calories (and money) on mediocre food, so I am sharing on my Blog my search for outstanding gourmet experiences, and I enjoying every moment of it!

Tomorrow I am going to La Peetch, Julia Child’s house in the French Riviera. I am meeting the new owner to find out about her plans to make La Peetch “A Center for Food and Culture”.

I will write all about it on my Blog, and if FOOD52 editorial is interested, I would be happy to share it with them.
(sorry for the late reply, I was notified of you question only today)

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added 8 months ago

YGC- Any culinary souvenirs that they should buy that would be less expensive or available than purchasing in the US. I recommended mustards. They plan on buying some pottery.

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added 7 months ago

Serendipity, just yesterday I received an email from a friend from NY. Two years ago I went to visit his mother and brought her 5 table mats (here in the picture). She loves them ! She was looking to buy more but cannot find them in NY.

The brand is “Valdrôme” 100% cotton, made in France. I bought them inside the airport, just as I was leaving, so they might be able to buy them Tax Free.

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added 7 months ago

Follow-up:
www.petitsfarcis.com was an amazing fun and educational hands-on cooking class. Highly recommended!

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added 7 months ago

They must be back by now and hope they enjoyed their stay. I pm you, did you received my messages?

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Chops is a trusted home cook.

added 7 months ago

Hi, I did receive your email, replied back and Food52 customer care told me it was sent to them. I then sent you the message (2x) through your food52 email message system.

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added 7 months ago

Not sure why I am not receiving the messages. I will check with FOOD52. In the meantime I will send you a message with my email address. Thank you