Weekends at Camont
French Country Weekend at Camont
Join me for three days as I introduce you to French Country Cooking. I take a relaxed approach to cooking from scratch based on impeccably fresh ingredients from neighboring farms and markets; I teach traditional French techniques- braising, sautéing, and knife skills that give you the building blocks for any recipe; and we discover classic Gascon food pairings like pears and Roquefort cheese or savory farm duck and sweet Agen prunes. These recipes spring from a deep history of remarkable diversity of ingredients grown in the Garonne River valley.
Just when you thought you understood French food, here is a new ‘old’ language. One that is stripped of the bourgeois niceties when the cooking of 19th-century France became restaurant fare where sauces were king and food was disguised as art. In Gascony, our cooking is as modern as it is ancient- simple, direct, and using very fresh ingredients. Every recipe is a story of country life, inspired by the villages, farms, and a cast of the lively characters in Gascony. Buying food becomes an adventures, an art and a celebration of French life.
Live the French Country Life one weekend at a time. Classes begin with an idea, a basket of just picked vegetables, and a plump farm chicken ready for the pot. Soups magically appear from a hand full of radish leaves and a couple of zucchinis or some summer ripe tomatoes and fresh onions--all served with a crusty sourdough pain de campagne.
Our weekend cooking classes look like this:
Friday Farmhouse Cooking Class and Supper. 5:30-9:30 pm
Saturday Market Shopping, preparing a French Garden Picnic, and afternoon Pétanque Tournament. 10:00 am-4:00pm
Sunday Country Brunch Cooking featuring Kate’s Easy French Pastry Primer. 9:00 am-2:00pm
Rates: 1950€ includes: 3 hands-on cooking classes, one supper, one lunch, one brunch, market tour, all materials, recipe booklet, Camont professional made in France 100% Cotton apron, Gascony Gifts market basket, Brocante at Camont discount. Does not include: accommodation, transportation and other meals, personal purchases.
The Weekend starts at 5:00 pm Friday afternoon and ends Sunday at 3:00. Camont is 20 minutes from Agen and Agen is just 3½ hours from Paris by TGV or a little over one hour from Bordeaux or Toulouse. We recommend guests stay nearby or in Nerac (20 minutes away) so you can explore the area in the evening. You can check out our favorite local places here.