Regional Cooking and Food
in Southwest France
Sponsored by Chateau de Balsac • Led by Jill Dahan
September 11–15 • 2023
Participant Fees 2300€
Expand your culinary talents and tastebuds with a journey to Aveyron.
Located in southwest France, Aveyron has beautiful and diverse landscapes with a unique culinary history. The Aveyron is a must for the food connoisseur and has everything from your local little auberge to Michelin star restaurants featured in international guides. Traditional local cuisine is simple, hearty and fresh.
Whether you are an experienced cook or just enjoy trying new cuisine, this journey through the villages, markets, farms, wineries, cafes and gourmet restaurants will give you the opportunity to deepen your cooking skills and enjoy new tastes. This 5-day all-inclusive* workshop is a chance to explore, be inspired and tickle your tastebuds.
“Food can be very transformational, and it can be more than just about a dish. That's what happened to me when I first went to France. I fell in love. And if you fall in love, well, then everything is easy.” — Alice Waters
“In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.” — Julia Childs
During the cooking sessions you will make every single dish from scratch. You will be preparing pastries and desserts, making sauces, vegetables and sides, and finally cooking, baking and plating every single one of your creations.
And you won't be stuck in a kitchen! You will get a real taste of life in France as we take you to local villages, meet the producers, visit the farms, taste the products and immerse yourself in southwest France! If the harvest allows us, you will cook with our homegrown organic fruit and vegetables and pick herbs from one of many plants we grow. You will get a glimpse of this beautiful region, and make the best of the local seasonal produce.
Jill’s passion for sharing easy ways to whip up delicious food for family and friends shines through in her cookbook, Starting Fresh. She publishes a monthly column, and is a regular contributor on the NBC Charlotte Today show. Jill founded the non-profit SunningHill Jill Kids to support children and their families diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders. Her classes and recipes inspire those around her to embrace the deliciousness of whole foods, and using seasonal ingredients and combinations that provide delicious, fun, and ‘body hugging’ morsels in every bite. Jill’s cooking comes from a place of love.
She began teaching over 25 years ago in the English village Sunninghill in the UK where the lived with her husband and three boys. She currently teaches in North Carolina in the US where she and her family have been living for the past 19 years
*Includes breakfast, lunch, 5-course evening meals, all restaurant dining, elegant accommodation, excursions and transportation during the workshop.