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Learning to Cook in Provence

Ditte Isager Cook's Tour of Provence

Photo: Ditte Isager

What could be better than six days spent touring the French countryside—tasting and learning as you go?Carole, the gregarious chef and owner of the Good News Café in Woodbury, Connecticut, and her French husband, publisher Bernard Jarrier, host groups of 8 to 10 adventurous foodies several times a year at their home in the sleepy Provençal town of Montfrin, just across the Rhône from Avignon. Each tour offers a mix of cooking classes with Carole, as well as celebrated local chefs, sightseeing, shopping, antiquing, wine tasting, and eating—lots of eating—at the region's top restaurants.

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Inspired by: A Cooking Tour in Provence — by Linda Dannenberg, Published Jan. 2008

Hotels (1)

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    La Mirande

    This luxe, 61-room hotel in the heart of Avignon is set in a 700-year-old grand palace—once a cardinal's residence—adjacent to the Palais des Papes

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    Les Demeures du Ranquet

    Ths Michelin-starred restaurant-cum-inn sira among aromatic herb gardens and lavender fields.

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    Le Cilantro

    One of the contemporary bistros in Arles

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    Chez Bob

    A famously funky, beloved restaurant on the mosquito-infested plains. Vintage photos cover the walls of this former ranch, many featuring the hands

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    La Maison, Paluds de Noves

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    Les Trois Salons

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    Joël Durand

    Joël Durand's chocolate flavors swing from the herbal (thyme, rosemary) to the floral (violet, jasmine). Sweetening his international reputation a

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    Weekly Market in St.-Rémy-de-Provence

    A tantalizing array of stalls selling everything from olives and spices to fabrics, shawls, and tablecloths. Be sure to stop by the master chocolat

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    La Bambouseraie

    Exotic bamboo gardens in Anduze.

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    Château Grand Callamand

    Château Grand Callamand is both a winery and a bed-and-breakfast. Located near the town of Pertuis in Luberon National Park, the château is owned b

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    Château de Montfrin

    The Château produces some of the region's finest olive oils—fruity, rich blends with remarkably low acidity. After a brief tour of the property,

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    Carole Peck's Culinary Tour of Provence

    Carole, the gregarious chef and owner of the Good News Café in Woodbury, Connecticut, and her French husband, publisher Bernard Jarrier, host group

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