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 capricious 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 2019 here. 

 

Insider's Gascony

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Insider's Gascony: Nerac, France

Insider’s Gascony is one of a kind, behind-the-scenes collaborative celebration of food and wine with a team of local bon vivants who love this part of France known as much as Kate does. Come to Gascony- eat, cook, celebrate, explore, shop, laugh!

Kate Hill has been teaching about and cooking this good food grown in Southwest France at Camont, her French farmhouse kitchen, since 1991. In her first book, ”A Culinary Journey in Gascony”, Kate explored the village markets and small farm producers who inspire the best chefs of France. Over the years, this collaboration expanded between Kitchen-at-Camont and the Chateau de Mazelières to help celebrate the Gascon art de vivre-both rustic and refined. Stay in this charming country Chateau while discovering the relaxed French life with new friends.

Gascony is nestled in the crook of the Garonne River between Bordeaux and Toulouse. A beautiful and most diverse agricultural area of France, Gascon cuisine reflects the gastronomic riches: foie gras to fine wines, farmstead charcuterie, armagnac, and lavish farmers’ markets sporting rainbows of fruit and vegetables. Join us and our good Gascon friends on an edible journey behind the Spring and Fall seasonal scenes of Gascony:

  • Stay in capacious sleeping chambers, with attached salons and kitchens in the beautiful 17th-century Chateau de Mazelières, makers of fine Côtes de Buzet wines, and discover a relaxed chateau life hosted by bon vivant Philippe Bon.

  • Roll up your sleeves in the warmth of Kate’s 18th century farmhouse Kitchen at Camont as we cook rustic French country dishes like cassoulet, poule-au-pot, and confit de canard at Camont. Dine in the garden, play a game of petanque, walk along the canal at Kate's culinary retreat.

  • Discover the secrets of French wine beyond Bordeaux and how to serve it the French way with delicious aperitifs. Côte de Buzet, Côte de Gascogne, Madiran, Cahors.

  • Roll through Armagnac Country sipping and warming up on one of France's most cherished eaux-de-vie with the people who distill it. Learn the secrets of choosing France's lesser known eau-de-vies.

  • Lunch and dine out at charming village bistros, riverside pique-niques, and Michelin-starred restaurants.

  • Enjoy free time to stroll the markets and small shops of Agen, Nerac, and Lectoure- three charming towns.

  • Visit a family duck farm to learn what it takes to produce some of Gascony's famous charcuterie- confit de canard, paté and foie gras, of course!

  • Create your own sweet memories of life in the French Slow Lane. Kate and her team will help you have a memorable week in Gascony.

New Dates:  2018-  Sept 25-Sept 30; 2019- May 13-18, Sept 16-21

New Rates: 4250€ per person double occupancy; single supplement 500€

Includes: 6 days/5 nights accommodation in double bedroom with private bathroom; all meals with the exception of one lunch; wine included with most meals; local transportation from Agen train station or airport; all excursions and entrance fees. Airfare and other transportation not included.
 

Insider's  Andalucía

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 An Insider's RoadTrip Beyond Seville: May 27-June 2 2019

Meet us in Sevilla for a Spanish jaunt around Andalucía and all the charms and secrets of the South of the South of Spain.

  • The Very Best Jamon and Sherry bodegas
  • In and out of bars and cafés
  • Through orange blossom-scented landscapes dotted with haciendas
  • Cook in a hill-top hideaway tucked into the Sierras on the edge of the dense oak dehesa where Iberico pigs browse and get fat
  • a Private tour of Cinco Jotas- 5J's iberican hams
  • Explore the golden hued streets of Jerez
  • Discover a secret three star Michelin restaurant
  • The sunny sea coast port of Cadiz and it's amazing fish market?

Interested in knowing more?  2019 Dates are May 27- June 2, 7 days and 6 nights; Small group maximum 8; 

2019 rate 5395€ per person (double occupancy 4975€ per person) includes: all local transportation from the meeting point; all accommodations, all meals including 3-star Michelin restaurant; cooking classes and tours, and private guides.