Invitation to 1st Ever Grrls’ Meat Camp… in France.
Meet Marie-Helene – pig farmer & artisan butcher. She has a story to tell you. And so does Christiane, Yvette, Jehanne, Marthe, Marjorie and Kate.
I invite you to join me in a week of exploration—of the farms, markets, butchers shops & kitchens of Gascony in SW France—from a Grrl-Butcher perspective. When Chef/Instructor Sarah Wong of Seattle (K-@-C alumni) wrote- “Could you set up an inter-cooperative workshop where each participant could share their strengths, and we could learn from each other?” I knew that was exactly what we needed do.
Come. Let’s work together, in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration, to be inspired and instructed by the generous spirited Gascon women farmers and butchers, my friends and neighbors, and each other- Grrlfriends in Meat.
This is not a tour. This is a wonderful excuse to share and celebrate; to share what I have been doing here in Gascony for 20 years with my friends in meat: the Chapolard family, the 5 Butchers of Nerac, and listen to their stories like Marie-Helene.
Think Camp. Think Grrls Camp. Think Grrls’ Meat Camp. Only this time we’re the ones running the show…
- Who are the women in the butcher’s aprons in France?
- Who grows the beef, pig and poultry that end up on our plates?
- Who butchers it, cooks it, and serves it to the table?
- Why do a Grrl’s only Meat Camp?
Nuts & Bolts:
DATES: Arrive Sunday September 18; Depart Saturday morning September 24 2011. Fly into Paris, Bordeaux or Toulouse then train to Agen. Camont is just 15 minutes away.
COSTS: This is a Kitchen-at-Camont sponsored event. That means at cost.
SLEEP- I’ve got places for about 8 grrls to camp out at Camont- the Gypsy Caravans (sleeps 3), the Summerhouse (sleeps 1-2), and the Julia Hoyt (sleeps 3) for free. After that, there is a sweet inexpensive hotel nearby (about 50€ a night). First come, first accommodated. or bring a tent.
EAT- I suggest a ‘cash kitty’ for food and drink (approx. 25€ per day- breakfast & lunch). Dinners or lunches out, pique-nique and aperitifs will be Dutch Treat.
GET UP & GO- I have a rattle trap car that can tote 4 around; we’ll pitch in for other rental cars as needed. with everyone sharing the costs. Car rental and gas will cost about 500€ a week per car split 4 ways.
WHAT ELSE?- We’re sharing. Bring your best ideas, plans, dreams and recipes. We’ll cook at Camont, go to dinner and lunch as we like, and call out for foie gras pizza as needed! Local wine and house made charcuterie is all we need. We’ll butcher and bake, barbeque and bon fire while discovering how the traditional artisan butcher and French farmers have maintained a viable farm/butcher/charcuterie culture for over a thousand years. You’ll meet French women who have held the farms and agriculture of the Lot-et-Garonne department together throughout the last century… and see how they are doing it now.
Bring your knives and cameras, ideas and plans. Let’s stomp around the farms, cut up some meat, cook, eat together and share what we know and learn from the French pros. And let’s do it as… that’s right-Grrrrrrls.
Join a like-minded gang of women- butchers, cooks, teachers and farmers for six days in Southwest France in Kate Hill’s meat-centric Gascony. Please, come join us as we help define a new standard for women in the meat industry! Your hosts…
First Ever Grrls’ Meat Camp
September 18-24 2011
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