CLASSIC FRENCH COOKING CLASSES ON THE BANKS OF THE CANAL DU MIDI
We have had a fantastic summer with lots of people enjoying a day of Classic French Cooking with us.
We are now closed and are not taking anymore bookings for 2019.
We will re-open in April 2020.
We require a minimum of 4 cooks to run a class, so if your group is less than 4 cooks we will hold your preferred date and will confirm with you as soon as we have 4! Take a look at our menu page to see the cooking choices available.
Our classes are limited to just 8 cooks to ensure individual attention! We also have a companion's lunch for those not wishing to cook on the basis of one companion for lunch per cook.
For groups of 6 or more cooks we can offer other days subject to availability so please get in touch for options and group rates.
Canal boaters are welcome to moor with us!
Our Classic French Cooking class costs €125 per cook and includes all tuition, ingredients, recipes, "apero", and 3 course lunch with 3 paired wines.
Our Companion's lunch costs €40 per person for the same "apero", 3 courses and matched wines. We welcome children aged 10-15.
Heather and David
LEARN TO COOK LIKE A LOCAL IN SOUTH-WEST FRANCE
Our Classic French cooking classes are relaxed, fun and informative. We share traditional techniques, timeless methods and simple tips to create traditional French dishes with a modern twist.
Be prepared to chop, dice, mix and whisk to transform local produce (duck, quail, fish, rabbit, guinea fowl, chicken or pork) into modern classics. Learn the art of French sauces and modern plating techniques, then finish with a simple but delicious dessert. We teach about curing, preserving, pickling, confit and how to adapt our dishes to suit the season.
After about 4 hours of “prep” we enjoy a much deserved aperitif of Languedoc Rosé and some stylish canapés before lunch by the Canal du Midi, accompanied by 3 different local wines.
You may be a skilled cook who wants to be completely “hands-on” or someone who just likes to sit back, watch and learn. Our menus are adapted to suit today’s busy lives and changing dietary needs. Our classes are great for kids over 10 - and our oldest cook was 87!
TIMINGS: We start with coffee and a short tour of the farm at 9:45 am. We generally finish lunch around 4:00 pm. We offer a companion's lunch for those who don't wish to cook starting around 1:30 pm. There's plenty for companions to do, including wine tasting, walking, cycling and sightseeing nearby.
PRIVATE CLASSES AND OTHER ACTIVITIES: We offer private classes and activities for larger groups (from 8 to 16 guests). These include a Carcassonne market tour, vineyard tours, wine tastings, tours and assemblage and other food and wine activities.
GIFT VOUCHERS: Please contact us if you would like to give someone a GIFT VOUCHER for a Classic French cooking class as a special treat for Christmas, a birthday, an anniversary or any occasion.
ON THE DAY: Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing as we are on a farm and the roads are quite uneven. Aprons are provided for you to wear and our knives are sharp!
INSURANCE: Under EU law please ensure that you have your own travel insurance or EHIC card. Our location is a working farm, near water and participants are responsible for their own safety.
CANCELLATION: Deposits will be refunded if a class is cancelled more that 2 weeks before the booked date. Please call us if you are unable to attend a booked class.
ACCOMMODATION: If you are looking for a place to stay check out our recommended accommodation.
HOW TO FIND US
We are located 12 km from Carcassonne railway station and 19 km from the airport. Our GPS is 43.194940 N 2.482186 E.
Coming from the A61 motorway take exit 24 from the A61 and use the right lane to take the ramp to Narbonne/Trèbes and after the toll booth merge onto Route de Carcassonne / D6113. Cross the roundabout and stay on Route de Carcassonne / D6113. Pass under the railway bridge and take the next LEFT onto Avenue Général Charles de Gaulle / D610.
Follow the road into Trèbes and pass through the village and over the Canal bridge and RIGHT onto Route de Béziers/D610. Follow the road out of Trèbes after about 4km you will approach a small olive grove with pine trees. At the end of the olive grove turn RIGHT (there is a small sign pointing to ‘MILLEPETIT’).
The tree lined avenue is initially concrete for about 400m. There is a big DIP onto the gravel farm road. Follow it to the end past the rear of the Chateau and we are the last house on the left with the awning and small terrace. Park in front of the terrace.
From Carcassonne follow the road to Narbonne/Trèbes (which becomes the Route de Carcassonne/D6113. Once you pass under the railway bridge follow the directions above.
From Marseillette canal bridge follow the D610 towards Trèbes for 5.4km. After you pass Institute Millegrand on your left we are the next on the left - after the horse jumps and before the olive grove.
From Caunes-Minervois or Villeneuve-Minervois, once in Villalier turn left before the bridge and follow the D101 (signs for Bouilhonnac/Trèbes). At the first roundabout in Trèbes take the first exit towards the canal and then turn left onto the D610. Continue as above.
On a Canal Boat or cycling. Travelling from Trèbes towards Marseillette - after the triple lock you will pass under a small bridge at St Julia and then continue for a further 1.6 km and you will see another small bridge with the Millepetit Chateau on the left. Our mooring is on the left immediately after the bridge. If travelling the other direction you will pass under a bridge at Millegrand after you have left the Marseillette area and then about 1.2 km you will see farm machinery and housing on the right. Our mooring is on the right just before the bridge in front of the tractors!