Classic Gascony- 5 Days of Hands-On Cooking
The Art of the Fat Duck, Confit de Canard to Foie Gras, Cassoulet classes, and excursions
Kate opens her Kitchens at Camont for cooking intensive weeks of hands-on classes, market excursions, gourmet shopping, special 'School Lunches' at Camont, and a celebratory lunch out at our favorite 1-star Michelin restaurant. This 5-day cooking retreat is a foodie's dream exploration of the Cooking of Southwest France with cook, author of Cassoulet: A French Obsession, and expert teacher Kate Hill at her home and school at Camont. Guests stay in nearby accommodation that we can help arrange- from village hotel to chateau to country home.
In Gascony we love all things duck- from foie gras to confit de canard and paté. Local farm and seasonal market produce form the foundation of learning, practicing, and experiencing as Kate shares her Gascon 'mother sauces', classic cooking techniques, and a few French pastry basics and regional specialties. Learn about living in the Gascon Slow Lane as Kate introduces you to her favorite artisans and artists for some fun shopping, exploring, and touring. Make new friends, learn new tricks, and experience Gascony to create your own French memories.
INCLUDES five days of:
Cooking classes with Kate Hill
Five lunches with wine including one-star Michelin restaurant
Market excursions and guide for shopping, dining, and armagnac tasting in the area.
Recipe book, apron and Not Poterie Cassoulet pot
Dates & rates
Booking 2019: Sept 24-28, Oct 15-19
Reserve for 2020 dates.
Classes are small and limited to 6-8 participants. Program dates start from Day 1 Welcome Supper to Day 6 Sunday Lunch.
3950€ per person includes: all instruction for five days (9:30-5:00), all materials, recipe booklet, Camont gift market basket, all lunches including one-star restaurant, and wines.
Does not include: accommodation*, evening meals, local transportation, personal expenses. *We can arrange all that for you for an all inclusive fee- lodging & local transportation.
We're happy to arrange pickup from Toulouse, Bordeaux airports or Agen train station or airport with a local English-speaking taxi service. Enquire for rates and details or any travel questions you might have.
French Country Weekend at Camont
How perfect! A three day weekend in the French countryside. Whether you are hitting the city lights of Paris or taking the fast train to the South, a gastronomic stop off is worth a long weekend of eating and drinking the good life in Gascony with Kate Hill. Arrive on Friday afternoon and depart on Sunday evening with three cooking classes, a market shopping expedition, and with supper and two lunches in between. We’ll even help you arrange a place to stay and local transportation. Just tell us what you want and poof! The Fairy Godmothers of Gascony will make it happen. For more information about a charming country weekend click on the button.
Cook & Eat
Day Cooking Classes
La Matinée Cooking Classes
A morning cooking class + Lunch
Throughout the year Kate teaches simple and intensive one-day classes focused on special projects: Savory and Sweet French Pastry; A Long French Lunch; Market to Table. Coming to France this winter and want to know how to make a perfect Cassoulet? Summer vacationing in Southwest France and want to learn a taste of how Gascon dishes are made? Pop down from Paris on the TGV for a day of cooking in the French Countryside. Classes are usually scheduled for Wednesday and Saturday market days. Day Classes are hands-on and delivered in English or French. Come for a day of exploring good Gascon food and cook with Kate Hill in her Kitchen at Camont.
Private groups of 1-12 by special request. Contact us here.
Market Classes begin at the Wednesday Farmer's Market in Lavardac at 10:00; other days begin at Camont at 10:00
Hands-on Cooking Class 10:00-1:00
1:00- 3:00 Four-Course Lunch with Wine & Beverages
Class fees includes all food, drink, written recipe booklet, and Camont's professional French apron.
2019 Rates below for small groups:
300€ per person-minimum 4 people or 1200€ day fee.
250€ per person for each additional person.
European Culinary Adventures
Like planning a perfect meal, Kate Hill organizes her Culinary Adventures from charming introductions to in-depth explorations to sweet endings. Kate opens the doors to her favorite people, places, and food for very small groups of 6-8 friends—old and new. More interested in eating than cooking? How about we throw in some shopping, museums, history, and a glass of local wine? Then these are the weeks for you. Discover Gascony in Southwest France and all its riches from foie gras to armagnac, Roman mosaics to playing boules. Or join Kate on a gastronomic road trip through the Basque Countries of France and Spain or head for the very South of Spain—Seville and Andalucía. Each week is a self-contained adventure that weaves delicious food, art, history, and stories of the living treasures of local food producers. Want a private guide? Some trip planning? Just ask Kate. These are the special places she travels to on her own days off in Europe and is delighted to share with you. Sign up for new offerings and special trips in 2020 here.
So What’s an Insider’s RoadTrip?
In the spirit of a true road trip, the travel is as important as the destination. Short journeys with a relaxed pace traveling through some of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes. We stay in different locations for a few nights each moving from French farm country to green mountains to seaside cities discovering the special charms of small family hotels and grand chef restaurants.
Travel with Kate and discover the secrets of both her home area in Gascony and in Spain— Basquelandia, part mythical, part cultural, all delicious! Or Join me in Barcelona for a trip through Catalunya. We meet up on Day 1 and finish on day 8; our seven nights together are strung along miles of good food, friendship, art, architecture, and history.
We stay in a private Chateaux or at small charming hotels. We eat at village cafes, French farmhouses, Michelin-starred restaurants, and Basque shepherd's picnic spots, and everything in between.
Basquelandia is neither France nor Spain and both, of course. I dubbed this culinary and cultural wonderland “Basquelandia!” as I first made these forays along the country back roads between sea and mountain about two decades ago, getting to know the people as well as the places, the eating joints- modest cafes to 3-star extraordinary. I fell in love with a view, a taste, the scent of salty air on my tongue in the shape of an anchovy. I like the small hotels and their everyday cooking in the French Pyrenees as well as the grand kitchens of Spain's Bizkaia coast. I like discovering new things for myself, and then sharing them with new friends.
Have you been wanting to eat your way through the seafood and pintxo bars of San Sebastian? Discover the secrets of great ham curing in the Pyrenees? Need to see the Basque pigs eating their share of acorns and chestnuts in open air parks? Or maybe just learn to say ‘thank you’ in Basque (Milesker!) so you can return again and again on your own?
Basquelandia RoadTrips are suited for 6-8 people only. Come in a group of friends or come alone and make new friends. Spring is a great time to explore the la Mar y Muntanya; green hills, grazing sheep, little red fishing boats, and a glass of cider.
L’Escala . Cadaqués . Portlligat . Girona . Olot
A Catalan RoadTrip
September 9-15 2019
After years of dipping my toes in and out of the clear Blue Mediterranean Sea, I thought it time to share my love of this very Northeastern part of the Iberian peninsula aka Catalunya, Spain. Come with me on a easy going week of lovely small hotels perched on the sea, a sea that warm enough to swim in on these late Summer days. the crowds of gone, but the holiday feeling remains in L’Escala, that anchors the southern crook of the Bay of Rosas. Named after the Island of Rhodes, it’s easy to see why the Phoenicians, Greeks and then the Romans settled into this fertile delta now known as the Empordá or the Emporium.
Today, the long history of these ancient port towns are still apparent. If you look slowly and let the time seep into your bones. Catalan cooking remains a highlight of my favorite foods- direct, unvarnished, strictly traditional and, of course, delicious! Sweet red prawns from Rosas called Carabineros and tender calamari are two of my favorites. Cooked with locally grown rice over an open flame, and served with Garnatxa wine, we begin to understand how life revolves around eating with family. I have cultivated friends and family here over these decades of wandering the little backroads, looking for the perfect anchovy, tasting small sips of fresh and fruity Arbequina olive oil, and eating Pa amb Tomaquet (bread with tomato) at every meal.
Join me at some of my favorite places as I shared with Saveur Magazine’s Kat Craddock and Matt Taylor-Gross. You can see one of our videos here!
3 nights just outside of L’Escala at the Hostal Empuries for it’s fabulous bar and terrace and beach; discover the Empuries archaeological site; day trips to La Bisbal, Vichy Catalan, and Figueres market.
1 night inland near medieval Olot at the amazing Les Cols pavilions & restaurant under Chef Fina Puigdevall Nogareda.
2 nights back at the sea in magical Cadaqués where friends fish and cook for us as we discover the world of Salvador Dali and his crazy house at Portlligat.
Some highlights of this Catalan Roadtrip:
Savor late summer along the blue Mediterranean Sea/
Exploring the Ruins of Empuries under the pine scented sea breeze
Market shopping for the best of Catalan specialties
Take a private boat ride along Cap Creus and dive into the clear waters
Learn to make Paella and Arroz con Gambas and other Catalan dishes with Kate
Taste the eloquent cooking of a two-star Michelin restaurant tucked into an historic Catalan farmhouse
Interested in knowing more?
2019 Dates are Sept 9-15; 7 days and 6 nights; Small group maximum 8; Pick up and return to Barcelona or Girona. (SOLD OUT)
2020 . Inquire for Spring and Fall Dates. Small groups 4-8
Includes: all local transportation from the meeting point; all accommodations, all meals including 2-star Michelin restaurant; cooking classes and tours, and private guides.