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If there's one thing that our clients tell us they're most interested in exploring, it's the glorious food and cooking of Provence. So we've worked overtime to find and create the very best foodie experiences for you. Whether you want a market tour followed by a class or a meal...or a talented private chef to prepare a stellar meal in your villa...or a delicious dinner waiting for you when you check in...or you want to master making the best bouillabaisse...or try a quick-and-fun two hour pastry class...or get out and about on foodie electric bike tour...or spend three days and nights with two fabulous local cooks...we've got all that and much more. The menu below is organized geographically, starting with St. Remy and the surrounding villages. The Luberon and the Vaucluse come next, then Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Uzes and on to the Cote d'Azur. Wine tours and other wine activities (in all regions) appear on the next page. Bon Appetit!





One Day Artisan Food Tour

St. Remy


Our favorite tour by far! Your fully bi-lingual guide will pick you up at your hotel or rental villa around 9 am…or rendezvous in St. Remy. And then we hit the rue running! First stop: a visit to the only olive mill in St. Remy, where fifth generation brother-and-sister farmers tend 5,000 trees and make a wide range of fantastic products. We’ll comparison taste the various olives and oils…plus tapenades, anchoiade, sun-dried tomato spreads, confitures and all sorts of other homemade goodies. Then we’ll head back to the village where we’ll roam from shop to shop, tasting artisan chocolates, cookies and calissons, fruits confits, honey and more. At some point, we'll take a break for a wonderful coffee...gotta keep our energy up! After lunch in one of our favorite local spots (local wine included), we’ll head over to an excellent local patissier for a two-hour hands-on class where you’ll learn to make four or five different popular French treats such as croissants, pain au chocolat, macarons, lemon tart or other goodies. Then we’ll pop in at our favorite goat farm, to meet the goats, possibly see the milking and taste a few of the delicious award-winning cheeses made there.  If there’s time, we’ll slip into a local winery, to learn a bit about the varietals and wines of the AOC Les Baux and be led in a short tasting. The day ends around 7 pm. Note: this tour can be expanded to multiple days…or skip the baking class and we’ll replace it with other visits and tastings. 2023 Prices: This fully escorted one-day food tour is 300€ per person for adults, including lunch, baking class, all tastings. Under 18s pay 150€ (min age 14, please). Sorry, we can’t go out with fewer than two people but if your schedule is flexible, we’ll try to pair you with other fun foodies. Available: year round.


Foodies on the Loose!

A walking tour in St. Remy


St. Remy is filled with artisinal food producers, working in traditional ways, keeping local food traditions alive. And luckily many of them have shops and workshops, right in the heart of the village. To give you a taste, we're now offering our most-popular full-day tour--St. Remy for Foodies--in an additional way. You can still book an artisan food tour privately any day you like--meaning you and your peeps have the driver/guide to yourself for the day. (That day includes visits to an olive mill, a goat farm/cheesemaker and a baking class; see above.) But just about any day of the week can offer an edited version of the full-day tour...on foot...for mixed groups. This means you'll be paired with other travelers (tours are ten people max) for a very-full, very-filling, very-fun morning! Your guide will rendezvous with you at the Tourist Office around 9:30 and then we hit the rue running! Staying in the heart of the village (with minimal walking) we’ll roam from shop to shop, tasting homemade chocolates, cookies, calissons, nougat, honey, olive oils, tapenades, confitures and more. Along the way you'll get a taste of the rich history of this cobblestoned village ...and a glimpse into local life from your charming guide. The tour ends around noon and we'll happily recommend a restaurant for lunch. Or, we can do the same tour in the afternoon, starting around 2 pm. A cheese tasting with wine can be added for an additional 25€ pp. 2023 Prices: 80€ per person for adults, 50€ for ages 12 to 18 and 30€ for kids 6 to 12. Kids under 6 are welcome to join the party free, as long as they're fearless and willing to taste! If you're solo and we don't have others on the tour, we'll be delighted to tour you for 150€. Available: On demand, year round, whatever day you prefer, morning or afternoon.

Easy Rider: An Ebike Tour for Foodies

St. Remy

Discover the striking, natural beauty of the Alpilles Mountain region from the comfy seat of an electric bike. Your guide will choose a nice, easy route along a shady, peaceful canal and a bike path without traffic as much as possible. Along the way you'll visit a few of our favorite local artisan food producers on picturesque, family owned properties, such as:  * An olive oil mill where they make 6 award-winning oils and a wide range of other delicious local products such as tapenade and confiture and honey. * A small charming winery in a 17th century mas, where we’ll be offered wine (bien sur!) and other local products. * An authentic and off-the-beaten path goat farm where plenty of animals run free. We’ll milk the goats, taste the milk, learn a bit about cheesemaking and of course sample the delicious chevre. * A beautiful manade (ranch) where they raise bulls for the famous and traditional "Course Camarguaise"…where we'll nibble their special bull saucisson. All told, you’ll be doing a roughly a 20 km loop in the gorgeous countryside surrounding St. Remy...with no climbing of hills unless you want to! We'll have with 3 to 4 visits with tastings depending on timing and schedule. Half day tours are 9 am to 1 pm or 2 pm to 6 pm. The half-day tour price includes electric bikes, helmets, bottled water, all tastings and your foodie bike guide. 2023 Prices: A half-day tour (for 2 people minimum) is 175€pp; additional bikers are 50€ pp. Kids prices depend on age and size. We can take kids of all ages, using a bike seat, a bike trailer or a "follow me."  Ages 9 and up usually ride their own bikes. Available: year round, morning or afternoon, but in July and August we suggest biking in the am to avoid the heat.

Two Hour Hands-On Pastry Workshop

St. Remy


Working with a top local patissier in St. Remy, learn how to make a number of the most-popular French sweets. These might include traditional or almond croissants, pain au chocolat, macarons, lemon tart, mille feuille and religieuse. This is great fun for all are welcome. In addition to new skills and more confidence in French baking, you’ll take home a bag of delicious goodies that you made yourself. The class is 40€ per hour, minimum two hours, per adult. (Most people do a two-hour class.) Kids 8 to 13 are 25€ per hour, with two paying adults. Under 8 is free with 2 paying adults. For kids classes, please inquire about pricing. For those who don’t speak French, we’ll send a translator for an extra 30€ per hour. Please note that we can't provide printed recipes for you to take home...but if you'd like to take notes, photos or even video, you're welcome to. Chef prefers to teach between 1 and 4 pm, Tuesday through Friday although other days are possible upon request. Available: year round.

Three-Hour Hands-On Bread Baking Workshop


In a beautifully restored 18th-century mas (farmhouse) in Tarascon, 15 minutes west of St. Remy, learn to make a number of delicious and popular breads--Provencal, French and otherwise--in a fun three-hour class. Breads might include: a version of the classic French baguette, pains au lait (deliciously soft little sandwich breads reminiscent of brioche), dark Irish soda bread, rosemary focaccia, no-knead seven-cereal bread (cooked in a Dutch oven), croissants and pain au chocolat. You'll go home with recipes and of course, all the delicious things you made! Class can be taught in French or English or both. Prices: 150€ pp; minimum two people; group prices available. Available: year round.

Family Style Meals from a Worldly French Chef

St. Remy

After many years spent living abroad (she owned a French bistro in Brooklyn and an American cafe in Barcelona!) this charming self-taught chef is now back in her native Provence, living in St. Remy and cooking a comforting style of Provencal cuisine that often incorporates flavors she mastered on her travels including Spanish, Thai, Middle Eastern and Southern American. “I’m extremely curious and always learning,” she says. “I love to eat and always plan my travels around food shopping and restaurants!” While she’s happy to prepare plated meals served in multiple courses, she much prefers cooking family style, meaning one main dish with many delicious sides, which she believes makes for the most-welcoming table. Typical starters include a millefeuille of crispy fresh-herb ravioli and goat cheese on a bed of greens with caramelized grapes. One super-popular main course is a cross between a Provençal seafood stew and a Spanish zarzuela: market-fresh fish and shellfish in a rich tomato broth with almonds, potatoes and roasted red-pepper aioli on the side. A chef-prepared meal in your villa, with a customized family-style menu and wine, begins at 80€ per adult (min 4 people). Or, she’ll prepare your meal in her own kitchen and drop it off for you for you to reheat as you wish. Meal delivery to rental villas from 60€ per person (min 4 people). Available: Year round.


Cooking Classes and a Foodie Country House


In an enchanting setting--a beautifully restored 18th-century mas (farmhouse) in Tarascon, 15 minutes west of St. Remy—enjoy a morning or late-afternoon cooking class followed by a meal. The multi-lingual chef/owner is a wonderful hostess and instructor who after 40 years abroad decided to settle in Provence and dedicate her time to her passion: food. "In my family, it's a religion," she says. While the entire property is charming--it has lovely gardens, a pool and a shaded, wisteria-draped terrace for outdoor dining--building the perfect kitchen for cooking, teaching and entertaining was of course priority #1...and today the kitchen is the heart of this historic home. Throughout the year, different menus will transport you across France and the five continents. Clients from California who cooked here recently wrote me: "We LOVED our class! It was incredible. We had fun, learned a lot and had a delicious meal. The chef could not have been more accommodating and welcoming." A morning class (10 am) with lunch or late-afternoon class (5 pm) with dinner is 170€ pp (min: 4 people). All meals include wine, juice or soft drinks. If you’d like to add a market tour, the total price becomes 200€ pp (min: 4 people). The nearby markets are Tuesdays (Tarascon), Wednesday (St. Remy), Thursday (Beaucaire or Maussane) or Sunday (Chateaurenard). Also available: Private chef service in villas throughout Provence, with or without cooking classes (dinner only begins around 100€ pp; villa dinner and cooking class around 180€ pp); dinner drop-off in villas throughout Provence (around 65€ pp); and full party- and event-planning services. Discounted prices for groups of 8 or more. Available: year round.

The Perfect Provencal Experience

St. Remy

Your day begins in the a colorful outdoor market where you’ll be met by a passionate foodie with years of experience leading market tours and cooking classes in the region. You’ll learn about local Provence specialties, collect an abundance of fresh ingredients and taste olives, cheese and wine along the way. Then everyone heads over to her charming home in the heart of historic St. Remy, to produce a scrumptious, authentic French country meal.  “My food is the opposite of complicated or pretentious,” she says. “I prefer local Provençale recipes where the emphasis is on very fresh, natural and high-quality seasonal ingredients. Everything is local, fresh and 100% house made."  2024 Prices: Collective group classes are offered every Wed, Thursday and Friday. The price of $195 pp includes market tour, class, 4-course meal with cheese, wine or soft drinks and coffee. The group size is 12 people max and you'll most likely be joined by other students but classes are usually 6 to 8 participants. Private classes are $225 pp but it's minimum 4 people. Kids are welcome and are priced accordingly; kids under 12 are usually free when accompanied by 2 adults. Classes are available: Every day except Sunday...although Wednesday (St. Remy market), Thursday (Maussane market) and Friday (Eygalieres market) are best. Please note you'll need to provide your own transportation to the Thursday and Friday markets. New this year: private group lunches and dinners are available, both at the school and in your rental villa. Available: year round.

One Delicious Day: A Cooking Class and More

St. Remy

This lovely hotel in St. Remy offers cooking classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays, led by a chef who worked in Parisian Michelin-starred kitchens before a coup de foudre drew him to the sun-drenched south. The day begins at 9:30 with coffee and croissants, then you’ll head out to buy your ingredients: to the goat farm for fresh chevre, to the potager for vegetables, to the butcher for lamb or the poissonerie for fish, and to the olive mill if time allows. Cooking starts around 11 am. By 1:30, you’ll be seated in the shaded garden, ready to savor your quintessential, Provencal meal: tapenade on toasts; a puff pastry tomato/pesto tart with arugula salad; leg or rack of lamb (with confit garlic, olive oil-mashed potatoes and a vegetable tian); cheeses made in St. Remy and fondant au chocolat. Wine, coffee and mignardises are also included. For those who don't want lamb, chef will adapt the menu...and he promises that all dishes will be do-able back at home. 2024 Prices: 2 people, 185€ pp. 3/4 people,165€ pp. 5/6 people, 139€ pp. Available year round except in July or August.

The Chef Invites You…

Near St. Remy, Graveson, Maillane


Our chef is a firm believer that cooking and eating should be, above all, fun. So this self-admittedly eccentric culinarian—who has cooked, run restaurants and appeared on TV all over the world—offers an interesting twist on the cooking school experience in Provence. He welcomes guests into his charming kitchen/workshop not far from St. Remy; it’s located in an 18th-century building on the grounds of the former hunting lodge of the Roi René in the 15th century. There you’ll listen to music (chef has 300-plus discs to choose from), cook side by side then enjoy the meal you’ve prepared, with great wines or whatever else you care to drink. Surrounding the house are farms and gardens (60 acres of melons alone!) and he sources the very-best fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. When the weather is nice, you’ll cook outside, under the platane trees, to the sound of the chirping cigales. ‘’I don’t see food as a business,” he says in perfect English. “I see it as a wonderful means of expression. I hate stiff formal kitchens, I hate boring. I love cool, interesting people and I love foreigners! You come, we’ll cook, we’ll eat, we’ll talk, we’ll have fun.’’ Three-hour morning workshop (at 10 am) followed by lunch with wine: 180€ pp (two people), 170€ (four people), 160€ (six people). For larger groups please inquire. Three hour late-afternoon private workshop (at 5 pm) followed by dinner with wine: 180€ pp (includes four courses, plus a small gift cookbook in French). Group size: Normally it’s two to six people but larger groups are welcome. New in 2024: Cooking Class Dinner Parties. Join other foodie travelers for a class and meal, every Thursday evening from 5 pm to 9 pm, in a beautiful new space in the chateau. Price:150€ pp. One of my recent clients wrote me about her workshop/dinner here: "Loved it - more than I expected - he's a gem! One if my best days in Provence so far and I've lived here for three years!" And my friends' well-traveled 20-year-old son said ''I think that was the best meal we've ever had.'' If needed, transportation can be arranged at an extra cost.  If you'd like to add a market tour with the chef before your class (or in the morning of an evening class), add 100€ total to the price, no matter how many people. This chef also works privately, is available to prepare meals in rental villas and other venues, and offers dinner delivery. Available: Year Round.

From Le Marché to La Table

Fontvieille (near Maussane & Paradou)  

So how did this American chef end up running a culinary atelier in the tiny, charming village of Fontvieille? Originally from San Francisco, she graduated from Berkeley and was settled into a career in Silicon Valley when she met her now French husband, Charles, at the gym. When he announced he wanted to leave his tech job, move back to France and join the family farm, “as fate would have it,” she says, “I’d always dreamed of moving to France and quietly thought to myself maybe this is my chance!” After months of planning, she quit her job so she could pursue her passion for all things culinary. First came an intensive course in French cuisine at Ferrandi in Paris, then a restaurant stage in Paris, then a job in one of the most coveted kitchens in Provence, the Michelin three-star L’Oustau de Baumaniére (under chef Glenn Viel). Finally, she felt ready to do her own thing and stumbled upon a former restaurant for sale, the perfect place to set up what would become her cooking school. Lunch classes might include visits to the local marché where you’ll pick up ingredients for your farm-fresh Provençal lunch or dinner. Or if there’s no nearby market that day, you might pop in to meet local purveyors, learn about their products and sample a few along the way. She also offers masterclasses honing in on specific dishes or techniques (like handmade pastas, cheese making, knife skills, etc.). 2024 Prices: Class & Lunch (3-4 hrs), 150€ person. Marché Tour, Class & Lunch (4 hours), 175€ person. Masterclass (2.5 hrs), 110€ person. New in 2024, a series called Cooking & Conversation. In partnership with a French teacher, this class combines the fun of cooking with the joy of learning the beautiful French language in the kitchen. Cooking & Conversation (2 hrs), 160€ person. Classes in your rental villa (min 4 people) followed by lunch or dinner with wine are 175€ per person. * Private chef meals in your villa, with customized menus and wine, begin at 350€ plus the cost of ingredients (min 4 people). * Learn about fun French culinary traditions like apéro (happy hour anyone?) or how to create a next-level cheese plate; pricing on demand. Whatever class you choose, with this charming chef as your guide you’ll discover beautiful local produce, delicious regional dishes and of course some great tricks of the trade. Available: Until June 1, 2024 and after January 6, 2025.


Market Shopping + French Cooking Classes

St. Remy


This popular local catering company with charming husband-and-wife owners has a shiny professional kitchen for cooking classes and a large, welcoming dining room for  meals, both located just outside the village. (Before coming south, he worked in Paris at Guy Savoy and Ledoyen while she has an equally strong background in catering.) They currently offer the following. A Morning at the Market. On Wednesday (market day in St. Remy), the chef will meet you in town at 9:30 to select your produce and taste a few delicious Provencal ingredients from his favorite vendors. At 10:30, everyone returns to the workshop to prepare either a starter and main course or main and dessert. Main courses can be fish, meat or vegetarian. Everyone enjoys a glass of wine with lunch and the day ends at 3:30. Typical dishes might include starters such as asparagus with citrus fruit sauce or parsnip soup with scallops; mains such as guinea fowl with Brousse d'Aix cheese stuffing or catch of the Mediterranean with seasonal vegetables and desserts such as a summer soup of strawberries with verbena or choux pastries with caramel brittle and red fruits. Pricing: 2 people (360€ total). 3 people: 480€ total. Four people or more: 144€ per person. Morning Workshop with the Chef. Not interested in a market tour or want to visit the market on your own? The chef also offers morning cooking classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Arrive at his workshop at 10 am to prepare either a starter and main course or main and dessert. As above, the main can be fish, meat or vegetarian and your lunch includes a glass of wine. Pricing: 120€ pp (min. 2 people.) Note: Class size is 20 people max so you may be paired with other students. Available: year round, but already fully booked in June.

Teach the Kids to Cook

Near St. Remy...and in Other Locations


The more they learn now, the more they'll cook for you later! Kids cooking workshops are roughly 80€ pp, depending on how many kids and their ages. This super-fun two-hour morning class is followed by a picnic lunch in the garden. Drop them off at 10:30 am and pick them up at 2 pm. What a great idea for a birthday party or just to get them away from their video games! Please note this class is available pretty much any day but we need four kids minimum to hold the class. It's also available in your own rental villa (for a small extra charge), and available evenings (hours would be roughly 4 pm to 8 pm). Available: year round.


Garden Fresh Cooking Class

St. Remy

At this popular B&B outside St. Remy, one of the many attractions is the large, lovely garden…with 4000 rose bushes, herbs, vegetables, lavender, olive trees, fruit trees and much more. Owners Philippe (an artist/sculptor) and Anne-Marie offer cooking classes on request for two to six people at a time (larger groups can also accommodated). You'll start at 3 pm with a garden visit, after which everyone works together to prepare a casual supper with local wines and enjoys it together on the terrace or indoors. You'll be cooking and baking roughly 2.5 hours and you'll finish up around 7 pm. A typical menu might be Mezze (tapenade, hummus, aioli, brandade de morue), a starter of papeton d’aubergines or courgettes, a main course such as lamb, filet mignon of veal or roast chicken with garden herbs and potatoes...and a dessert such as a blanc mange or a fresh-fruit crumble. Special classes (gluten free, lactose free, etc.) are available on demand. Groups of four or more can have a private class. If you're fewer than four people, others may join your class. Class size is generally six students max. 2023 Prices: 165€ pp. Available: May to October.


Marketing, Cooking and Eating Together in a Gorgeous Private Home

Eygalieres and St. Remy

Many travelers in Provence want to visit private homes….to see how the locals live, cook and entertain. This day was created to give you a taste of real life in Eygalieres,  with a very-talented home cook  and private chef as your host. “Food and cooking is probably for us the most important occasion to meet, share and enjoy life all together,” says the chef, who was born and raised in Marseille and lived there until age 30, except for four years in California as a teen. He now divides his time between Marseille, Aix and Eygalieres, where he cooks and teaches in a a charming 1750 farmhouse on a huge gorgeous property. The best day to do this is on Friday (when Eygalieres has its charming market) or on Wednesday (starting at the market in St. Remy). Meet at 9:30 am in front of the Tourist Office in St. Remy on Wednesday or in front of the Town Hall in Eygalieres on Friday. The chef will propose 2 to 3 different menu options and together you'll do the shopping. Then you'll hop into his van (8 guests max) to visit a local winery for tasting and to buy the wine for your meal. Back at his home, you'll prepare the meal together, most likely on the lovely shaded patio. Lunch will be served casually,  “which is just how we do it when we have good friends and family over,” the chef says. The day ends at 3:30 pm. Prices are two tiered. 2023 Prices: For a private experience (you and your friends/family only), prices range from 930€ (2 people) to 1770€ (8 people). For a public group experience if available (it happens for 4 to 16 people), you'll be paired with other cooks and the price will be 225€ pp. Sometimes the chef offers a version of this experience for dinner instead of lunch, in which case you'll meet at 5 pm for marketing at local purveyors. Available: year round.

Soirée the Easy Way:

A Provencal Drinks Party (with or without dinner after)

So you've rented a gorgeous villa for your Provence vacation or you’ve settled in to your summer home...and now you of course you want to entertain! Or, just share a lovely, special evening with your friends and family...and let someone else do the work. We've got this! We work with a terrific chef, fully English speaking, who offers  a delicious selection of light or substantial, cold and hot party hors d'oeuvres such as mini ratatouille tartlettes; foie gras-stuffed profiteroles; rosemary skewers with lamb meatballs, mini tomatoes and roasted zucchini; mini Provencal onion tarts; smoked duck lollipop pizza; comte-and-rosemary shortbread; roasted cherry, thyme and goat cheese crostini, etc.  She'll arrive early to set up, stay on to serve and clean up. She can also suggest--or provide--the perfect drinks to accompany your chosen menu. If you'd like your drinks  party to be followed by dinner (served seated,  in courses, or buffet style), she'll be happy to do that as well; pricing depends on menu, format and number of guests. Pricing: A Provencal Drinks Party with all the accoutrements begins at 30€ pp, plus drinks if wanted, for a minimum of 15 people. This chef also offers a full-range of culinary and party planning services for larger events including weddings, birthdays, etc.

St. Remy Market Tour + Cooking Class + Lunch


What’s the difference between saucisse and saucisson? How do you tell a grossane from a bouteillan? Which is more flavorful, the Banon or the Picadon? The Wednesday market in St. Remy is one of the largest and most popular in the region. And there you’ll find a fantastic array of seasonal local products including olives and olive oils, fruit and vegetables, cheeses, poultry, meat, sausages, herbs, spices, seasonings, breads, sweets, wine, fruit juices and much more. Tour the market with our chef and not only will you get to taste; you’ll also learn a ton about the most-famous food products of Provence. Then you’ll head back to the chef’s kitchen workshop nearby for a two-hour class…and relax around the table over a luscious lunch that you’ve helped prepare yourself. 2024 Price: 200€ pp, minimum two people. Available: Wednesdays, year-round.

Foodie Fridays



Eygalières is a small, very quaint village not far from St. Remy...and their Friday market is super charming, filled with local farmers and food purveyors such as a bee keeper, a fisherman, a confiture maker, etc.  Leading your tour is one of my foodiest friends, who lives in Eygalieres and loves to share her local market with travelers. She takes terrific care of her clients! You'll start the morning off with a cheese tasting at Chez Emily, a wonderful local cheese affineur. From there you'll make your way through the market enjoying tastes of olives and cured meats, meeting locals and learning about the products. The tour runs approx. 2.5 hours and caps with a drink at everyone's favorite bar, the Café de la Place, on the terrace in the sunshine. 2024 Prices: 80€ pp for two people. 75€ pp for four people. 55€ pp for six or more. Price includes all tastings and one drink in the cafe. Group size max is 10. Available: year-round.


Foodie Market Tours

St. Remy, Eygalieres and Other Villages


What’s the difference between saucisse and saucisson? How do you tell a grossane from a bouteillan? Which cheese is stronger, the Banon and or the Picadon? The Wednesday market in St. Remy and the Friday market in Eygalieres (15 minutes east of St. Remy) are two of the largest and most popular in the region. There you’ll find a fantastic array of seasonal local products including olives and olive oils, fruit and vegetables, cheeses, poultry, meat, sausages, herbs, spices, seasonings, breads, sweets, wine, fruit juices and much more. This 90-minute tour with a local food expert lets you meet the producers, taste...and learn a ton about the most-famous foods and dishes of Provence.  2024 Prices: 80€ per person, depending on which market, which guide and # of people; the min. Is usually two. Tours start around 10 am and are offered year round.

Dinner at Your Door

Within 25 km of St. Remy


Maybe you just arrived in town tired from the trip. Or you want a cozy night in your pretty villa or gite but don’t feel like shopping and cooking. Maybe you have guests arriving and want to just relax and share a comforting meal. We work with a few terrific chefs who will deliver a homemade meal to your door. Then you simply re-heat and eat whenever it suits. This is not gourmet food but a delicious, simple, approachable meal…something all ages can enjoy: a main course like lasagna or beef stew or pork roast or chicken in wine sauce…with a seasonal salad…or fresh gazpacho….fresh baguettes…and a tarte or another lovely dessert…and a nice local wine. Clients who have done this rave about it, from start to finish.  2024 Prices:  70€ pp for four adults; 60€ pp for more than four adults. 30€ for kids up to 10; delivery charge 10€. Dinner drop off also available in the Luberon.

Bouillabaisse Bash!

Within 20 km of St. Remy


We work with an amazing local chef, a former restaurateur from Marseille, who makes some of the best bouillabaisse around: chock full of fresh fish and seafood; perfumed with fennel, garlic, saffron and onion; topped with garlicky rouille and homemade croutons. He'll show up at your rental villa with his huge pot, plus everything else you need for the perfect hassle-free party: fresh baguettes for dipping, a green salad, wonderful wines and of course, a terrific homemade dessert. Price: 150€ per person, minimum four people. For more than four people, please inquire about pricing. To book (with 48 hours notice please or more).

Cooking Class + Lunch or Dinner at Your House

All Over Provence


For travelers staying in rental villas, we've put a great twist on the idea of having a private chef come in to cook: our chef arrives a couple hours early and leads your group in a cooking class. Everyone agrees on the menu...the chef arrives with the ingredients and any necessary equipment...then you all cook the meal together with lots of guidance and tips from a pro! Afterwards, everyone gathers around the table for the meal, paired perfectly with local wines. (This is a very hands-on class but if your group has a few people that don't want the class, that's fine too.) Do a morning class followed by lunch (class at 10 am, lunch at 12:30) or a late-afternoon class followed by dinner (class at 5 pm, dinner around 8 pm). Kids are welcome and wanted, for both the class and the meal. Available: Year round, all over Provence, as long as the right chef is available and you have at least four people. Price depends on # of students, # of eaters and selected menu, but expect to pay 90€ to 150€ per person for adults.


Down on the Farm 


Provence is known for the quality and flavour of its farm-raised food and the sustainable methods used to grow it. This ½ or full-day tour is led by one of our favorite Provencal food experts, who just happens to be married to a tomato farmer! Join her for a great day visiting local farms, meeting the producers and of course, sampling. Depending on the season and your interests, your tour could include a dairy farm and milk producer, a sheep farm, a goat farm where you can sample just-made cheeses, an olive farm, an olive mill, a tomato grower, a farm producing the famous melons of Cavaillon, a fig farm growing 25-plus varieties (where you’ll taste a wide range of confitures made from the fruit), a vineyard/winery...and perhaps a flower farm that exports vast quantities of blooms to Northern Europe. A half-day tour is three to four hours; a full-day tour is eight hours with a break for lunch (the cost of lunch is extra). This tour is based in the St. Remy/Eygalieres/Les Baux area. Prices:  275€ half day, 400€ full day, for up to 4 people. For larger groups, please inquire.

Discover the Wines & Olive Oils of Les Baux

The famous Vallee des Baux-de-Provence (aka the AOC and AOP Les Baux), has roughly 500,000 olive trees, its farms and 12 mills producing 500 tons of oil per year and another 140 tons of table olives. It's also known for wine: vast rows of grape vines shimmering in bright sunshine on fertile plots in the foothills of Alpilles Mountains. So why not discover both on the same day? Led by a professional sommelier, you'll depart St. Remy at 9.30 am (or any village within 10 km of St. Remy). By 10 am you'll be settled in at one of the best wine domains, having a cellar visit, presentation and tasting. Lunch will be in one of our favorite nearby bistros; the cost of lunch is extra. At 2 pm, we'll visit a terrific olive mill, learn about the different olives and the process of pressing oils. Then we'll have time for one more winery visit before returning to St. Remy (or wherever you're staying) around 5 pm. This day has everything: stunning scenery, terrific tasting, lots of learning and a lovely lunch! If you prefer to skip the olive mill, you can visit three wineries instead of two. 2024 Prices: 2 people 500€ and 100€ for each additional person. Available: Every day except Sunday, year round.

The Holy Trinity Tour: 

Wine, Goat Cheese and Olive Oil


Ok so we decided that if wine and olive oil is a good way to spend the day, then an even better way would be to add goat cheese to the mix! First stop is the goat farm/goat cheese maker where you can play with the goats, learn a bit about the cheese-making process and of course taste the delicious fresh chevre. Then we'll hit one or two wineries in the AOC Les Baux de Provence, for tasting and cellar visits if possible. Finally, we'll cap the day at a local olive mill to learn about this important local "liquid gold" and taste the various varieties, oils and other local products. Timing is roughly 9 am to 5 pm but flexible. Pick up and drop off are included within 10 km of St. Remy; otherwise there's a small charge or you can meet your guide in St. Remy. 2024 Prices: 2 people, €600. Additional guests are 100€ each. The cost of lunch is extra. Available: March thru October, everyday except Sunday.


Why Cook on Vacation: Private Chef Dinners!

Various Villages


You’ve rented a villa with a smashing kitchen but don’t feel like cooking on vacation. Or you have guests staying with you and you’d like to really roll out the red carpet. Or you’re celebrating a special occasion. Whatever the reason, having a private chef in to cook is a lovely indulgence…and you deserve it! We work with all the top private chefs in the region and will find one available on your dates. They’ll prepare a multi-course dinner using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and provide the perfect wines to accompany. Price depends on menu and number of guests but expect to pay anywhere from 75€ to 175 € per person. A standard menu format is: two hors d'oeuvres with Champagne served at 7:15, followed by a four-course dinner--with perfect wines--served at 8 pm. Available: year round.



Around the Farmhouse Table: The Seasonal Art of Provencal Cooking

Southeastern Luberon


In a beautiful 18th-century farmhouse in a tiny village in the southeastern Luberon, a charming American has opened a unique and welcoming retreat, combining her passions for hospitality, local food, wine, fitness, art, nature, horses and more. This is a deliciously inviting space where like-minded people can share, learn, cook and grow be active and be experience the wonderful artisans and products of the region...and immerse themselves in the peaceful beauty of this lesser-known corner of Provence. A great way to experience it is to come for a cooking class followed by a traditional 4- to 5-course French meal. Your hosts for the day will include a "local mama from the village" and the goal is to give guests "an authentic all-day immersion into the healthy and seasonal art of Provencal cooking." All ingredients, including wine, are sourced from local producers within 50 km. This 4-hour experience normally runs 11 am to 3 pm but can be adjusted to your schedule. 2024 Price: 180€ pp (2 person min), includes class, lunch and wine. If you wish to spend the night, B&B rooms and suites are 100€ to 200€ per night and include a traditional French breakfast. Available: year round.


Market-Fresh Class & Luberon Lunch 

in Maubec (30 minutes east of Avignon, 10 minutes south of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue) 


After 10 years as a chef instructor at The Paul Bocuse Institute in Lyon, Jean-Marc realized his dream of combining his passion for French cuisine and his love of sharing that passion with others. He opened his own cooking school in 2001 in Lyon, the cradle of French gastronomy. In Spring 2015, he took that dream to new heights and brought his school to Provence, settling in a small hamlet in the Luberon, not far from Avignon.  Here he and his wife Alice work with the bounty of the countryside, using local, seasonal and mainly organic products, and welcome travelers from all over the world. Jean-Marc's standard offering is a one-day hands on class. It starts with a welcome coffee with homemade pastries, during which the students get to know each other and Jean-Marc introduces the day's menu. Then you'll shop for ingredients, either at the outdoor market on Saturday and Sunday or at a farmers’ co-op (“Naturellement Paysan”) where local farms sell their products all year long. With guidance from Jean-Marc, you'll cook a three-course menu plus amuse-bouches, and enjoy the meal with wine, overlooking the Luberon mountains. An “apéritif” is served before lunch. Timing: 8:45 am to roughly 3:45 pm. 2023 prices: 1 to 6 people are 230€ pp. (For larger groups or private classes, ask for pricing.) 

Days of Wine and Truffles

Southern Luberon


This adorable Franco American couple moved to the South of France from Chicago in 2003 to take over the his family's vineyard and find a better quality of life. So just like on Green Acres (remember?), they traded in their high-flying jobs in finance and PR for fresh air, starry skies and organic farming in the bucolic Luberon region of Provence. That was nineteen years ago. Today their 11-hectare farm (in Cadenet, near Lourmarin) produces grapes, olives (1000 trees!), lavender, apricots, cherries, plums, apples, pears, pomegranates, figs, almonds, hazelnuts and—wait for it--black winter truffles. Yes, la famille owns 50 mature olive trees and another 950 trees (that they they planted themselves—yikes!) and a stand of oak that regularly produce the prized tuber melanasporum, AKA truffes noirs, AKA Black Gold. They also produce tuber aestivum--black summer truffles--as well. Sign on for one of their truffle tours and you'll learn about how truffle trees are cultivated, the special conditions necessary to grow truffles, the signs nature gives to indicate your trees might have truffles beneath them, dramatic stories about the extreme lengths people will go to in order to steal or even sabotage, all while watching their expert hunter's duo of dogs dig for the hidden treasure and come up with "black gold" before your eyes. You'll learn how to clean and prepare fresh truffles, what dishes taste best with truffles, how to tell the difference between a real truffle and the fakes from China...and then tuck into a sampling of fresh truffle hors d'oeuvres, truffle ice cream with truffle honey, with Champagne, and a tasting of their truffle salt, organic olive and truffle oils. Available: Winter season is roughly Nov 15 to March 15; summer season May 1 to September 30. Summer tours are at 10 am and 6 pm Monday through Friday. Winter tours are at 10 am and 2:30 pm Monday through Friday. Tours take roughly 3 hours. For 2-15 people. 2023 Prices: 96€ for adults, 72€ for ages 10 to 17, 48€  ages 2 to 9.

Olive Picking Party in Provence



This 11-hectare farm (in Cadenet, near Lourmarin), run by a Franco American couple, produces a wide range of fruit, nuts, black winter truffles, wine grapes and olives...lots and lots of olives...from 1,000 olive trees. A couple years back the owners began inviting travellers to join in the harvest and it became a huge hit, a wonderful rite of fall in Provence. First, learn how olive trees are raised, farmed and found in the wild...and how the precious oil is made. Then head out into the orchard to pick three different ways, learn about pruning and more. There will also be time to discover the rest of the property with its wild herbs, grapevines, truffle trees and beehives. Finally, everyone heads for the outdoor kitchen to enjoy a post-picking party with charcuterie (pâté, ham, sausage, etc.), cheese, truffle products (truffle oil, truffle salt, truffle honey) and more. And of course you’ll taste the estate’s organic extra-virgin olive oil and other olive-based products. It’s all accompanied by red and rosé wines...all you care to drink. Plan to stay at least three hours. Prices: 32€ adults; free for kids under 17. Available: Depends on the season but roughly late October to late November, weekdays only.

Barrels of Fun: Grape Stomping in Provence



This 11-hectare farm (in Cadenet, near Lourmarin) produces olives, fruit, nuts, black winter truffles...and wine grapes. They make their own wines with syrah and grenache...and have just planted 10 additional varietals which will yield unique wines in a few years. A couple years ago, they started hosting grape stomps for friends and then opened them up to the public; they’re now wildly popular. First you’ll learn how grape vines arrived in Provence and how to harvest them. Then it's off to handpick the grapes. Afterwards, you'll crush organic muscat (table grapes) and organic syrah-grenache by foot, in a big barrel, with a view of Cezanne’s famous Mount Ste. Victoire in the background. You’ll finish the day in the farm's summer kitchen, nibbling cheeses and charcuterie--with the farm's own truffle honey, truffle oil and truffle salt—and all you care to drink of red wine and rosé. Great fun for all ages...and you’ll learn French drinking songs too! Plan to spend at least 2.5 hours. Prices: 75€ per adult, 50€ for kids (10 to 17) and 25€ ages 2 to 9. Minimum: 2 people. Available: Weekdays only, from early August until end of October, depending on weather and grapes! 

Truffles in the Morning, Wine in the Afternoon


If you're staying in the Alpilles region of Provence (near St. Remy), this is a great escorted one day outing to discover two of the iconic Provencal delicacies: truffles and wine. We'll depart at 8.30 am from your hotel and head for a very small pretty village in the Southern Luberon, to have a truffle hunt and tour with our favorite trufficulteurs! Then we return to their comfy outdoor kitchen for truffled hors d'oeuvres and Champagne. In the afternoon, we'll visit two top wineries in the Luberon AOC area with tastings, finally returning around 6 pm to your hotel. Note: pick up within 10 km of St. Remy is included in the price. Otherwise meet the guide in St. Remy or pick up can be arranged for a small surcharge.2024 Prices: 2 people, 800€; 4 people: 1000€ Price includes transport, truffle tour and two winery visits with tasting. The cost of lunch, if wanted, is extra. Available: in both winter and summer truffle season.


The Luberon for Bike or by Car


Choose your bike--road bike, hybrid or electric bike--and then off you go on a glorious full-day adventure in the Luberon, with a professional bike guide leading the way. Depending on the day of the week and the time of the year, your day might include a local market, an olive mill, a goat farm for a tasting of fresh goat cheeses, an ancient bread bakery still in use, a studio making superb confitures, the winery made famous in Peter Mayle's movie A Good Year and a tasting of truffle products. (We work only with English-speaking professional bike guides, one of whom is also a chef with 20 years experience working in Provence.) Plus you'll experience some of the top sites in the Luberon such as the Abbaye de Senanque, The Chateau of the Marquis de Sade and the historic hilltowns of Gordes, LaCoste, Bonnieux, Menerbes and Oppede le Vieux. No matter what's in season (poppies, lavender, sunflowers, olives, grapes, fruit, etc.), you'll experience stunning scenery, taste wonderful artisan foods and best of all, go at whatever pace feels perfect to you. Total cycling is about 60 km or 38 miles but that's flexible. The day starts in Bonnieux around 8:30 am and ends about 5 pm. Available: Every day except Sunday. 2024 Prices: Cost: 350€ pp for two people. 300€ pp for three to six people. For larger groups, please inquire. We can take kids of all ages, using a bike seat, a bike trailer or a "follow me."  Ages 9 and up usually ride their own bikes. Price includes bike rental, helmets, market tastings, artisanal visits and tastings, restaurant lunch and any museum entry fees. Note: This same tour can be done by car, including lunch and tastings.  

Cooking with a Top Chef

Isle sur la Sorgue

In beautiful Isle-sur-la-Sorgue--known as the center of the antiques trade in the South of France-- we work with a charming, well-known English-speaking chef who offers cooking classes for private groups at his highly regarded restaurant. You'll prepare a starter, a main course and dessert. Classes last two hours, so you can choose either 10 am to noon or 5pm to 7pm, then have an aperitif and a meal (with wine) afterwards. Available every day except Tuesday and Wednesday, year round. 2022 Price: 1080€ (for up to 6 people); 180€ for each additional person. Non-cooks can join for the meal at 60€ pp.

Discover the Vineyards & Villages of the Luberon

Your guide on this private tour is a professional sommelier, formerly of the Michelin three-star Baumaniere. And she's got a great day planned, taking you to visit two of the most popular villages in the Luberon and two of the best wine domains. The tour departs St Rémy (or nearby) with pickup at 8.30 am. First stop is the beautiful historic hilltop village of Gordes with the Senanque abbey, and follow with the famous perched village of Roussillon, where they mine ochre to make pigments for paint.  Everyone who visits loves it. Then you'll have lunch. After lunch it's all about the wine,  with tastings and cellar visits at two of the region's best domains. The tour returns to St. Remy or nearby around 6 pm. (Note: Pick up and drop off is available within 10 km of St. Remy.)  2023 Prices: 2 people 650€ and 50€ for an additional person,  Lunch is extra. Available: Every day year round. 


Winter Truffle-Market Tours

Richerenches, in the Vaucluse


The ancient village of Richerenches, in northern Provence,  has the largest black truffle market in Europe!  It’s in the department of the Vaucluse, which produces more than 90% of the exquisite black truffles (tuber melanosporum) sold in France.  The Saturday morning market runs from mid-November to late March…and attracts restaurateurs, exporters and truffle lovers from far and wide. The best way to do the market is with an expert tour guide…and I’ve got just the person. She lives nearby, knows the market in and out, often cooks with truffles…and loves to share her passion. As you poke amongst the stalls, you’ll learn what makes for a great truffle harvest; how to choose, clean and preserve them; what wines pair best with them; what local restaurants specialize in them…and much more.  You may even meet some trufficulteurs (truffle hunters), who work the market with their bulging linen bags, meeting discreetly with “courtiers” who evaluate and buy their precious “black gold.”  You’ll break for coffee at the locals’ favorite café—permanently permeated with the smell of fresh truffles--and visit a few historic Templar sites too.  You might even be able to enjoy a wonderful local tradition: a communal lunch of truffled omelettes (with salad, cheese, bread, wine and dessert) served in the village hall. Tours are 3 hours (or longer if you have lunch) and cost €150 for the first person, 75€ for each additional person. Group prices available and lunch is extra. You’ll meet your guide in Richerenches or at the Bollene exit (#19) of the A7 autoroute.  Available: Saturday mornings, mid Nov to late March.


Why Cook on Vacation: Private Chef Dinners!

Various Villages


You’ve rented a villa with a smashing kitchen but don’t feel like cooking on vacation. Or you have guests staying with you and you’d like to really roll out the red carpet. Or you’re celebrating a special occasion. Whatever the reason, having a private chef in to cook is a lovely indulgence…and you deserve it! We work with all the top private chefs in the region and will find one available on your dates. They’ll prepare a multi-course dinner using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and provide the perfect wines to accompany. Price depends on menu and number of guests but expect to pay anywhere from 75€ to 175 € per person. A standard menu format is: two hors d'oeuvres with Champagne served at 7:15, followed by a four-course dinner--with perfect wines--served at 8 pm. Available: year round.







The Three-Day "Cooks Tour"

Available various weekends throughout 2024

This immersive food-and-market experience will give you a taste of real Provence, with two top local chefs (originally from the UK) as your hosts. Nestled amongst the sun-drenched orchards, olive groves and vineyards of St. Remy, their warm and welcoming B&B (in a 19th-century stone farmhouse) sits just over 1 km from the village center. The old mas once produced herbs and flowers for market but now it’s a relaxed and homey table d’hôte, with a large beautiful garden, a gorgeous country kitchen, a big terrace for outdoor dining and two en suite guest rooms:  one with a roof terrace and apricot-orchard view; the other opening out on to the terrace and garden. The idea here is that you’ll spend the weekend doing what the hosts themselves do when they’re off work…and what they love to do when friends come to visit: marketing, antiquing, site-seeing, restaurants, cooking, drinking and long dinners under the stars. Included are two informal cooking classes called cooking “experiences” because while there will definitely be instruction, the chefs like the vibe to be more like friends cooking and learning together. All meals are provided including the evening meal at the mas on arrival day, 2 meals as part of your cooking experiences, 2 restaurant meals and 3 breakfasts! Also included are 2 market visits in gorgeous nearby villages with transportation (one food market, one antiques/brocante market)…and 3 nights lodging. You’ll be involved in all menu planning, with the emphasis on locally grown Provençal produce, and get recipes for everything to take home. Come solo, as a couple, with a friend or with another couple; group size is four people max. Price: €1150 per person (single) or €1900 (two sharing a room). Available: Most weekends year round, except in December, however many weekends in 2024 are already taken, so please inquire for your first and second choice of dates. 

Foraging with an Expert

Ansouis, Luberon


Hike the hills of the Luberon in search of wild herbs, natural springs and fossils from 20 million years ago, when this part of Provence was underwater. During this beautiful nature walk, you’ll learn to recognize fossils and identify wild herbs growing naturally in the countryside. After the hike, a table will be waiting for you with a traditional apéritif (rosé and red wine, homemade Pastis, homemade Provencal pâté, tapenade, mushrooms, etc.) and great stories. Cost: 62,50€ for adults, 37,50€ for children under 17. The outing lasts about 3 hours and usually happens from 9 am to noon, depending on the season, weather, etc. Available: year-round.


Mushroom Hunting

Lauris, Luberon


Deep in the forests of Provence, learn how to distinguish between edible and poisonous mushrooms while we hunt for about 10 different varieties including: cepes, chanterelle, golden chanterelle, hedgehog mushroom, blue stalk mushroom, Tricholoma myomyces, Saffron milk cap, white saddle, elfin saddle and black trumpet. You'll discover the quiet, unspoiled forests of the area and enjoy the bucolic and relaxed atmosphere of Provence.  After the hike, a table will be waiting for you with a traditional apéritif (rosé and red wine, homemade Pastis, homemade Provencal pâté, tapenade, mushrooms, etc.) and great stories. Pricing: 62,50€ for adults, 37,5€ for children 10- 17, 25€ for kids 2-9. This 3-hour outing is usually 9 am to 12 noon, depending on the season, weather, etc. Available: Sept 15 to Nov 15.



Etang de la Bonde, Luberon

Spend a morning fishing one of Provence's most beautiful lakes or rivers! Experienced sportsmen will marvel at the natural beauty of the countryside, while beginners will learn how to assemble the rod, use the various lures, cast, and, with a little luck, catch some pike, perch or carp. After the activity, a table will be waiting for you with a traditional apéritif (rosé and red wine, homemade Pastis, homemade Provencal pâté, tapenade, mushrooms, etc.) and great stories. Pricing: 75€ for adults, 37,50€ for children 10-17, 25€ for kids 2-9. This 3-hour activity is usually done from 9 am to noon, dending on the season, weather, etc. Available: year-round.



Eat Your Way Through Avignon


Join us for a delicious unforgettable foodie walking tour in lovely, historic Avignon.  This four-hour Taste of Avignon Tour will introduce you to the local gastronomy as well as Provençal traditions and the city's history. You'll visit the best artisan shops, discovering and tasting  unique, high quality products made in traditional ways. From handmade chocolates to freshly roasted coffee, every stop will be a culinary surprise ! You will also learn about the Rhône Valley Wines and enjoy a commented fine wine tasting (AOC). At the colorful Les Halles market you'll meet food producers and purveyors, then enjoy a real "Apéritif Provençal" (olives, cheeses, etc.) Altogether, you'll be offered roughly ten tastings plus drinks. The Taste of Avignon tour lasts about 3.5/4 hours and is offered in English. Other languages (FR, ES, PT) are available for groups on request only. Available Tuesday through Saturday, starting at 9 am, from March to October, except in July and August. Prices: The Taste of Avignon Tour is 65€ pp adults; 25€ kids under 12 and free for kids under 6. Group size is 8 people max. A second tour, the Food & Wine Day Tour, pairs a morning walking food tour in Avignon (ten tastings) with an afternoon visit to Chateauneuf du Pape, to visit and taste at a family-run winery and a historic chateau winery. Transportation to Chateauneuf provided. The Food & Wine Day Tour is available Tuesday to Saturday, March to October, and is priced at 150€ pp.


Avignon Walking Tour, with or without Brunch at Les Halles Market


We have a wonderful friend based in Avignon who guides extensively in the region. One of her most popular offerings is a four-hour walking tour of Avignon’s historical center (touring around but not in the Palais des Papes, plus the St. Benezet Bridge, churches, gardens, shopping streets and the Les Halles market). The tour ends with brunch in the heart of the Les Halles covered food market. She orders platters of delicious Provence specialties (olives, tapenades, local cheeses, cold cuts, oysters, bread, etc.) from the various market vendors... and the group eats together in a bistro near the market. Rates: The walking tour plus brunch in Les Halles is 200€ total for the tour (for up to 8 persons) + 25 € / person for the brunch. Available Tuesday through Friday. Tour starts at 9:30 am and ends around 1:30 pm. Meanwhile, she also offers a two-hour Avignon walking tour for 150€ total for up to 8 persons; it's available mornings or afternoons, every day, year round. Full day car tours in the region (in the Luberon, for example) and theme tours (food, wine, lavender, history, etc.) are also available.


A Delicious Market Tour and Cooking Demo at Les Halles



Rendezvous in the morning with one of our favorite Avignon based chefs to peruse the stalls of the lively and colorful indoor food market, where many local chefs buy their meat, fish and produce. You’ll sample the local specialties and learn about traditional Provencale ingredients, dishes and much more. Then enjoy a chef's demo of two tapenade preparations and a third dish, which changes daily. Then everyone enjoys all three together with a glass of local wine. Available Wednesday to Sunday, from 9 to 11:15 am, year round. Price: 40€ per person. Lunch is offered afterwards at an additional cost. 


Shopping and Chopping with the Chef at Les Halles


Rendezvous in the morning with one of our favorite Avignon-based chefs to peruse the stalls of the lively and colorful indoor food market, where many local chefs buy their meat, fish and produce. You’ll sample the local specialties while learning about traditional Provencale ingredients, dishes and much more. Then you stay right in the market to have a full on, hands-on cooking class followed by a seated lunch with wine. The class is not private; other travelers will probably join in. The day begins at 9:30 am and ends at 2 pm. 2024 price: 105€ per person.

A Day of Food & Vines

Avignon & Wine Country


Les Halles in Avignon is a large, loud, colorful indoor marketplace, with rows of vendors selling every edible imaginable: meat, seafood, shellfish; fruit and vegetables; prepared and packaged foods; olives and tapenades; a fantastic array of fresh cheeses; herbs and spices; and every type of sweets imaginable. The market is open every morning except Monday and this is where the locals-- and the local chefs—come to buy the freshest foodstuffs, gossip with friends, catch up with their favorite purveyors...and then eat and drink together in the market cafes. A great way to experience the scene is with a local food/wine expert and I’ve got just the guy: a sommelier who worked for years at the top restaurant in Avignon. “I spend thousands of dollars at Les Halles and should own the place by now,” he says. “It’s a wonderland of tastes and people just go crazy for it.”  You’ll meet at the market around 9:30 or 10 am and get free tastes of a wide range of local products. All the while, you’ll be picking up this and that to assemble a fantastic lunch. Then you’ll find a table and enjoy a splendid indoor picnic, with a glass or two of wine. But don’t go crazy on the wine...because after lunch you’ll pile into a big comfy SUV for an afternoon of wine touring around the Southern Rhone. You’ll hit two to three wineries, meeting the winemakers if possible, tasting a range of top labels and getting a crash course on the grapes and wine styles of these famous appellations. Return to Avignon around 6 pm. Price: 440€ for a couple; 660€ for four; 880€ for six. Because some clients want a sandwich and others want fois gras, oysters and Dom Perignon, the cost of the lunch is extra. Available: Year Round, every day except Monday.


Why Cook on Vacation: Private Chef Dinners!

Various Villages


You’ve rented a villa with a smashing kitchen but don’t feel like cooking on vacation. Or you have guests staying with you and you’d like to really roll out the red carpet. Or you’re celebrating a special occasion. Whatever the reason, having a private chef in to cook is a lovely indulgence…and you deserve it! We work with all the top private chefs in the region and will find one available on your dates. They’ll prepare a multi-course dinner using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and provide the perfect wines to accompany. Price depends on menu and number of guests but expect to pay anywhere from 75€ to 175 € per person. A standard menu format is: two hors d'oeuvres with Champagne served at 7:15, followed by a four-course dinner--with perfect wines--served at 8 pm. Available: year round.




Around the French Stove:

Cooking Classes in Aix


This charming and talented French cook left Paris and a career in pharmaceutical sales and marketing when her husband's job transferred the family to Aix. She enrolled in a school for professional chefs, worked in restaurant kitchens and took all the cooking classes she could from top chefs. Finally, in 2013, she opened the doors of her own cooking school in Aix and it's been embraced by locals and travelers alike. The school is in the heart of historical Aix, close to the daily market which ensures a regular, seasonal supply of fresh produce and ingredients. After a short market visit and intro to the town, you'll enjoy a small-group class (8 ppl max) in a colorful setting, around a central kitchen island which creates a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Then of course you'll share the meal you prepared, with wine. "I try to put the accent on the French 'art of living,' she tells me, "using traditional Provencal recipes as well as more contemporary ideas that coincide with the seasons. I'm not native English but the courses can be in either language." Classes are offered on Wednesdays with scheduled menus, and privately on request, all on a seasonal theme. 2022 Prices: Market Visit & Lunchtime Classes (9:45 - 2 pm) are 105€ pp. Classes run with four people minimum, so you might be paired up. Private classes for two guests can be arranged for lunch or dinner. Available: year round, except August.


A Terrific Tasting Tour of Aix 


Our favorite foodies in Aix are a bubbly French and American duo who’ve been hosting tasting tours for over a decade. And they'll give you a passionate, insiders' taste of Aix, the former royal city now considered a gourmet paradise. You’ll visit the charming 700-year-old marketplace and stop into several historic food shops, tasting 8 to 12 savory and sweet specialities. Plus you’ll get to chat with local food producers and learn history and culture, too. A stop for coffee or hot chocolate at the best roastery in town is always on the menu. And finally, you’ll finish with a tasting of the iconic rosé wine of the region, along with cheese or charcuterie. Think of this as a delicious crash course in Provencal food culture; most guests walk away feeling they’ve gotten way beyond the average tourist experience. All guests also receive a copy of the “The Foodies Guide to Aix,” packed full of shopping and dining tips, a map of Aix and lots of cultural advice which will serve you well throughout all of France. Pricing: 280€ flat fee for 1-4 people; additional people 70€ each. Available: year round, except the last 2 weeks of August.


Market Shopping and Cooking Class with Chef Gilles



How wonderful to explore the city's famous market with a local chef who knows everyone...and then cook with the ingredients you just selected. This day starts at 9:30 am when you meet your chef/guide in front of the Tourist Office of Aix. You'll walk to the fantastic open air market, meet the producers, taste cheese and charcuterie, and buy the ingredients for lunch. Then we'll pop in to a well-known, highly regarded wine domaine to taste and buy the wine for lunch. Back at the chef's modern home--set on 12 acres of pine and oak, with a large vegetable garden-- everyone cooks together and of course, then sits to enjoy a lovely, leisurely lunch. The chef will return you to the Tourist Office by 3:30 pm. 2023 Pricing: 195€ per person and others may join your group.  For private class, prices range from 690€ (total for 2 people) to 1530€ (total for a party of 8). Available: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, year round. 


Why Cook on Vacation: Private Chef Dinners!

Various Villages


You’ve rented a villa with a smashing kitchen but don’t feel like cooking on vacation. Or you have guests staying with you and you’d like to really roll out the red carpet. Or you’re celebrating a special occasion. Whatever the reason, having a private chef in to cook is a lovely indulgence…and you deserve it! We work with all the top private chefs in the region and will find one available on your dates. They’ll prepare a multi-course dinner using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and provide the perfect wines to accompany. Price depends on menu and number of guests but expect to pay anywhere from 75€ to 175 € per person. A standard menu format is: two hors d'oeuvres with Champagne served at 7:15, followed by a four-course dinner--with perfect wines--served at 8 pm. Available: year round.


Boulangerie, Fromagerie, Epicerie...Apero!

French Happy Hour in Aix

Everything stops for the French version of “happy hour” as people gather to enjoy the "apero” before dinner, in cafés or with their friends at home. For an original taste of this enjoyable tradition, our foodie friends in Aix will take you out in the afternoon for a truly local experience, gathering all the elements for an authentic Apéritif from several food shops. Along the way, you’ll learn a bit of history about the town and what makes Aix such a special food destination. The afternoon starts with a little sugar boost at the best patisserie in town, along with a coffee or tea at an artisan roaster, and then you’re on to some wonderful neighbourhood shops. You’ll hit the boulangerie for some rustic baguettes and visit the fromagerie to collect some delicious French cheese. You’ll visit a 100-year-old “epicerie” and a local deli for “rillettes” or “tapenades.” Finally, with all these wonderful treats in hand, you’ll head to  a local “caviste”, where the wine merchant will pour chilled rosé to go with your spread.  This is a super and original way to spend the afternoon, before heading out for dinner. Available: Thursdays from 4:30 pm to 7 pm and other days upon on request, year round. Price: 250€ flat fee for 1-4 guests; additional guests 60€ each. Available: year round.



Half-Day Marseille Walk for Foodies 


​This popular 3-hour food tour is offered from 10 am to 1 pm with five stops to taste local specialties. You'll learn about French gastronomy and the delicious treats, savory and sweet, for which Marseille is known. We start at the Vieux Port and its famous fish market to meet the fisherman and learn about the daily cash, then move on to taste ham and cheese treats and a very special chocolate made with olive oil. Next it's on to the historic Panier to taste "black ice" and the city's famous cookies called navettes, made with olive oil and orange blossom. The tour ends in the new district Joliette to sip a (local) Pastis, that classic Provencal aperitif, on a sunny cafe terrace.  Pricing: This is a private guided tour for a minimum of two people. The price drops as your group gets larger: It's 132€ pp for two people, 102€ pp for three, 84€ pp for four and 72€ for five to ten people. Available: year-round.

Full-Day Marseille Walk for Foodies

This award-winning food tour dives deep into Marseille’s colorful neighborhoods to reveal a world of hidden culinary gems. On these intimate walks, taste canistrelli still warm from the oven, savor seafood caught the same day, meet the spice seller of Noailles, and experience an afternoon apéro like a local, plus other surprises. More than food, we’ll discuss history, culture, architecture, and more, leaving you with a rich portrait of the city—and long-lasting memories. Normally, you can choose between public and private versions of this tour but for the time being, all tours are private...just you and your guide. Pricing: $135 pp includes all food and drink. Once Covid restrictions have lifted, public tours will be available at that price, with 7 guests in the group max. And private tours will be available priced as follows:  2 guests - $370, 3 guests - $505, 4 or more guests - $135 pp. Tours start at 10 am, run 5 to 6 hours and are offered Tuesday to Saturday, year round.

The Magic of Marseille

​Marseille is a thrilling, fast-changing city, the second largest in France. Dozens of shiny new attractions opened in 2013--when Marseille was the center of the European Capital of Culture--and the momentum continued into 2017, when it was named European Capital of Sport. Today Marseille buzzes with an energetic, artistic and very-international vibe...and we want to share that with you alongside its rich and ancient history. We'll likely start around the Old Port and the winding streets of the Panier (the Old Town, with its shops and galleries and craft shops), taking in the Vieille Charité, the Hotel Dieu and the MuCEM, Marseille's bold and dazzling museum, along with the historic Fort Saint Jean, which has become its annex. Depending on timing and preferences, other visits could include Marseille's colorful street markets... the Maison du Pastis, which stocks nearly 100 different types of Provence's classic aperitif... a workshop/museum of santons (iconic Provencal terracotta figurines)... an artisan making Marseille's traditional Savon de Marseille...and a bakery where the city's beloved boat-shaped biscuits called navettes are made. A short hands-on soap-making workshop is also possible. Depending on timing, this tour could also include Notre Dame de la Garde; the beautiful, ancient Saint Victor Abbey and the Jardin du Pharo. This tour is designed to be done on foot and may use public transport as well. Pricing: Half-day tour, morning or afternoon, for up to six people: 250€ flat fee. Full day tour for up to six people: 350€. The cost of lunch, public transport and any entry fees are extra. Available: Year Round.


Marketing, Cooking and Lunching in a Private Marseille Home


Many travelers in Provence want to visit private homes….to see how the locals live, cook and entertain. This day was created to give you a taste of real life in Marseille, with a very-talented home cook as your host. “Food and cooking is probably for us the most important occasion to meet, share and enjoy life all together,” says Gilles, who was born and raised in Marseille and lived there until age 30, except for four years in California as a teen. After meeting in front of the Marseille Tourist Office, recipes in hand, you’ll head out for the day’s shopping. On the Old Port, where the fishermen have sold their catch for generations, you’ll be introduced to the ingredients for Marseille’s famous recipes such as bouillabaisse and bourride. Then it’s off to the next market, in colorful Noailles, to buy local vegetables, fruits, lamb and spices…with the exotic aromas of the Middle East surrounding you. You’ll pass through the old banking district St Ferréol and by the antique shops near the Prefecture before stopping in at Gilles’ favorite wine shop to get suggestions for pairing and your wines for lunch. Back at Gille’s family apartment, your hands-on cooking class begins: tapenades, aïoli, anchoïade…leg of lamb…pissaladière…scorpion fish with tomato sauce, spaghetti with poutargue (a specialty from nearby Martigue), almond-crusted pear tart or pears poached in wine…and more. Lunch will be served casually on the shaded patio “which is just how we do it when we have good friends and family over,” Gilles says. 2023 Prices: Group classes are 195€ pp (10 people max in the class). A private class for 2 people is 690€ pp; a private class for 8 people is 1530€. The day starts at 9:30 am and ends at 3:30 pm. Available: year round, seven days a week...but the best days are Tuesday & Saturday. 


Bouillabaisse in Marseille


Our favorite Marseille chef Gilles (see just above) makes an incredible bouillabaisse. So say the word and he'll focus your market tour and cooking class on that legendary dish. After meeting in front of the Marseille Tourist Office, you'll head for the Old Port, where the fishermen have sold their catch for generations, to buy the fresh fish and seafood. Then it's off to the Hall of Justice Farmer's Market, to buy local vegetables, fruits, meat and spices. On site, you'll get to taste some of the freshest, most-delicious seasonal products. Then we'll stop in at Gilles' favorite wine shop to get some suggestions for pairing and buy your wines for lunch. Back at Gilles' family apartment, your hands-on cooking class begins. Then you'll tuck into your bouillabaisse lunch, probably on the shaded patio, with all the traditional accoutrements. 2023 Prices: 192€ per person with a minimum of 3 people needed to hold the class. The day starts at 9:30 am and ends at 3:30 pm. Available: year round, seven days a week...but the best days are Tuesday & Saturday. 




Wine and Food Tours From Uzes


If you’re staying anywhere near Uzes, here are some great day-tour options for you. In his air conditioned car holding six passengers, our guide (a Canadian with WSET credentials, based in the region for 20+ years) offers popular tours focused on the wine and food of the region. Vina Nostra Wine Tour (145€ pp for 2 ppl; 120€ pp for 3 to 4 people; 110€ for 5 or 6 people). Visit and taste at three top local wineries (one organic), learning how the winemakers coax the best flavors from the soil. With a break for lunch, this is a terrific one-day immersion in the wines and grapes of the region. Wines and Local foods of Uzès (same prices as Vina Nostra tour above). Visit two excellent local wineries and experience the farmers’ market in Uzès or St. Quentin, where you’ll pick up local cheeses, olives, pâtés and breads for a picnic lunch. After lunch, taste at a premium olive oil producer before heading to the last winery of the day. Half Bottle (90€ pp for 2 people ; 80€ pp for 3 to 4 people ; 65€ for 5 to 6 people ). A ½ day, morning or afternoon overview of Uzès wines, grape varieties and production methods, with two local winery visits. Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gard Côtes-du-Rhône (175€ pp for two). Visits and tastings at two domains plus a top Châteauneuf-du-Pape producer. Tours include free pick up and drop off within a 15 km radius of Uzes; clients staying further afield can pay a small fee for pickup/dropoff or rendezvous at the Uzes Tourist Office (there’s a large car park next door). Custom tours in the Languedoc, Rhône Valley, Arles, Orange and Uzes/Pont du Gard area are also available; rates range from 210€ pp (minimum 2 people) for a nine-hour day; five or more people pay 170€ pp. A custom tour might include winery visits, an olive oil producer, the Roman Theatre in Orange, a visit to the Château Suze-la-Rousse and private tasting at its University of Wine), the new Van Gogh Foundation in Arles and more. 


Why Cook on Vacation: Private Chef Dinners!

Various Villages


You’ve rented a villa with a smashing kitchen but don’t feel like cooking on vacation. Or you have guests staying with you and you’d like to really roll out the red carpet. Or you’re celebrating a special occasion. Whatever the reason, having a private chef in to cook is a lovely indulgence…and you deserve it! We work with all the top private chefs in the region and will find one available on your dates. They’ll prepare a multi-course dinner using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and provide the perfect wines to accompany. Price depends on menu and number of guests but expect to pay anywhere from 75€ to 175 € per person. A standard menu format is: two hors d'oeuvres with Champagne served at 7:15, followed by a four-course dinner--with perfect wines--served at 8 pm. Available: year round.


Market Tours, Cooking Classes, Pastry Workshops... 


The fresh scent of a Menton lemon. The melting texture of long-cooked onions. The bracing chill of that first sip of rosé. These are just a few of the pleasures of a day spent shopping at the Cours Saleya market in Nice and then preparing an authentic Niçois meal in France's most-Italian city. Our favorite foodie here is a native English speaker, food writer, Cordon Bleu-trained cook and longtime French resident who leads popular food tours and hosts cuisine and pastry classes in her custom-designed cooking studio on the Old Town.  All classes and tours are available year round. Her current offerings:


* The most popular program is the Cours Saleya Market Tour, Cooking Class and Lunch, a fabulous intro to the culture and cooking of Nice. Visit the market, learn about the city's history and food culture and then head back to the kitchen through the narrow streets of the Old Town, where you'll pick up wine and cheese to accompany the meal. A couple of hours later you will be enjoying the results of your efforts, enhanced with great conversation and local wines. Note: this is not a private'll almost certainly be joined by others. Hours: 9:30 am to 3 pm, every day except Monday, two people minimum. 2022 Price: 195€ pp or 180€ pp for a group of 4 or more; maximum 8 people.

* Also offered is the Liberation Market Tour, Cooking Class and Lunch, focusing on Nice's biggest and most local food market with a group limited to six people. Hours: 9 am to 3 pm, Fridays, two people minimum. 2022 Price: 210€ pp or 195€ for a group of 4 or more; maximum 6 people.

* Another option is the three-hour Private Nice Street Food Tour, an exploration of the city's unique culinary traditions. Nice is the only city in France that's famed for its street food, a reminder of the days when the county of Nice belonged to the Italian-ruled Kingdom of Savoy. You'll taste pissaladière (caramelized onion tart), socca (chick pea pancakes), fougasse (Provençal flatbread) and tourte de blettes (a sweet Swiss chard pie). Plus, you'll sample Provençal olive oils, flavored vinegars, exquisite cheeses....visit an artisanal butcher..and get our expert's list of recommended restaurants for the rest of your stay. Tour hours: 9.30 am to 12.30 pm, every day except Monday, on request. 2022 Prices: 95€ for 4 or 5 people, 80€ for 6-8 people (minimum four people).

* The Macarons and Choux Pastry Classes demystify these French classics and draw on local, seasonal flavors. Hours: 10am-1pm and 3-6pm Sundays, and on request for a minimum of four people. 2022 Price: €90 per person.

Rosé tasting with Niçoise nibbles, led by a sommelier. Available 5-7pm Fridays, and on request for groups of 4 or more. 65€ per person. All classes and tours are available year round.



Yay, Rosé! A Two-Hour Guided Wine Tasting with Niçoise Snacks

Old Town Nice

How great does this sound? Discover a selection of fantastic rosé wines from Provence and the French Riviera. Learn professional tasting techniques from a charming female sommelier. Nibble traditional Niçoise snacks. And do it all in a beautiful studio in Old Town Nice, with like-minded travelers. from all over the world. Yes, it seems that everyone is falling for the crisp Rosé wines of the Mediterranean coast, which conjure up deep turquoise water and a refreshing sea breeze with every sip. But how is rosé produced and what makes certain bottles stand out? Under the expert guidance of a certified sommelier and cookbook author, you'll learn how modern rosé came to be born in Provence, discover several different rosés from the region and learn to identify your preferred sipping style. While she's sharing her best tips and wine-making tales she'll be uncorking bottles from her favorite producers. Because rosé is an integral part of la merenda, Nice’s famous street-food tradition, nibbles will be served and you'll learn about pairing rosé with foods from the Mediterranean and elsewhere. 2022  Pricing: 65€ per person. Available from 5 to 7 pm on Fridays with other days upon request. Min # of people is 4; max is 12. If fewer than 4 people sign up, your deposit will be refunded. Available: year-round.







Please note that prices are set by the wonderful people who provide these experiences for our clients. We do our very best to keep them current but it's possible they've changed slightly since our last update. 

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