Culinary Adventures

Food. Travel. Fun. 

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. You can discover Gascony in Southwest France or join Kate on a road trip through the Basque Countries of France and Spain, head for the South of Spain- Seville and Andalucia. 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 goes on her own days off in Europe and is delighted to share with you.

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Insider's Gascony

Insider's gascony: Nerac, France

What we do in Gascony- eat, cook, celebrate, explore, shop, laugh! Insider’s Gascony is a behind the scenes celebration of food and wine with a team of bon vivants who love this part of France known as the kitchen garden.

Kate Hill has been teaching about and cooking this good food grown in Southwest France at Camont, her French farmhouse kitchen, since 1991. Her first book, ”A Culinary Journey in Gascony”, explores the village markets and small producers who inspire the best chefs of France. This collaboration between Kitchen-at-Camont and the Chateau de Mazelières celebrates the Gascon art de vivre-both the rustic and refined. Stay in a charming Chateau and discover the country life with new friends.

Gascony, nestled in the crook of the Garonne River between Bordeaux and Toulouse, is the most diverse agricultural area of France and her cuisine reflects it: 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 seasonal scenes of Gascony:

  • Stay in capacious rooms, salons and kitchens of the beautiful 12th 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.

  • Discover the secrets of French wine at the Chateau and how to serve it the French way with delicious aperitifs.

Dates: May 1-6; Sept 25-30 2018

Rates: 4500€ per person double occupancy; single supplement 750€
 

 

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Basque
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Basquelandia: French PYRENEEs & San Sebastian coast

In the spirit of a true road trip, we stay in 3 different locations for 2 nights each moving from Seaside to Mountain to City and discovering the special charms of small family hotels and grand chef restaurants.

I first made these forays along the Basque 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 to extraordinary. I fell in love with a view, a taste, the scent of salty air. I like the small hotels and their everyday cooking in the French Pyrenees as well as the grand kitchens of Spain's 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 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? Come with me and discover the secrets of Basquelandia- part mythical, part cultural, all delicious! I’ll meet you in Bordeaux on Day 1 and leave you in Bilbao on day 7; in between are full days of charcuterie, good food, and conviviality.

Itinerary: St. Jean de Luz, Banka, France; San Sebastian, Spain

Dates: May 11-17; Sept 13-19 2018

Rates: 4950€ per person double occupancy; single occupancy 750€