A program which tells a women story celebrating the Provence lifestyle, flavorful cuisine, and friendship...
Cooking at Simca & Julia's culinary tour includes 4 hands-on cooking lessons at Bramafan's (Grasse) which was Simone Beck's summer residence.
A unique experience and an adventure of a life time!
Cooking at Simca & Julia's is a
Lifestyle Vacations France original culinary tour featuring Provence and the legendary Riviera from Cannes and Cap Ferrat.
You will enjoy Provence and Mediterranean mouth-watering food and flavorful cuisine through 4 hands-on cooking classes taught in English by Chef Corinne. You will enjoy lunches & dinners at Le Vieux Mas, and in traditional & gourmet restaurants. You will visit "La Pitchoune" kitchen which is almost unchanged since Julia Child practiced her culinary skills, stocked with knives, pots and pans. The batterie de cuisine arranged by her husband Paul is still on a pegboard with outlines for each implement. It looks more like a museum!
You will explore picturesque villages such as Grasse, Mougins, Saint-Paul-de-Vence... with its bountiful markets, tiny cafés, designer shops, perfumeries, art galleries, and more.
You will partake a perfume class in Grasse.
You will not only learn how a perfume is made but you will also create your own fragrance that you will - of course - bring back home.
Program includes a 6-night « Le Vieux Mas » luxury Villa accommodation with all modern comfort.
Le Vieux Mas is located 9 miles from Cannes, and it's less than 30 minutes distance from Nice international airport. It sits lightly on the landscape, tucked into a hillside with views across a shallow valley to the hamlet of Bramafan (Grasse).
Cooking at Simca & Julia's is a Lifestyle Vacations France original program designed by Corinne Preteur.
Domaine de Bramafan was Simone and Jean Beck's private property in Grasse. They restored an early eighteen century stone farmhouse called “Le Vieux Mas". My Life in France book tells how Julia and Paul Child cottage retreat “La Pitchoune" (meaning little girl in Provence dialect) came to be built next door.
Le Vieux Mas is today a contemporary renovated villa offering 5 spacious bedrooms, each one with its en-suite bath and modern comfort.
4 hands-on cookery lessons are run by Chef Corinne in the villa's open-space kitchen.
Aside to your classes, you will explore and enjoy Provence stunning villages and breathtaking landscapes, and the mythic French Riviera.
Our cooking program includes 4 hands-on classes celebrating the French, Mediterranean & Provence classics, and taught in English. You will also experience the food market tour & shopping with Chef Corinne, and get her tips to choose the right seasonal produce. Although recipes are featured in famous cook books, classics have evolved over the time. Today, the way to prepare sauces is more a reduction than a roux… All recipes you experience are certainly simplified for home cooks, and no particular skills are required to attend our classes.
Teachings include cooking methods and organization rules in the kitchen, balanced menus prepared with fresh seasonal produce, food and wine pairing exercises, olive oil tastings, and more. Classes last about 3 hours, scheduled in the morning and in the afternoon to leave half-days free for visits, excursions, shopping and resting time.
All our menus follow Spring season with asparagus, artichokes, rhubarb, cherries...but you'll be lucky with berries, pears, tomatoes, eggplants, zucchinis, and more. Sample menus can include Pissaladière, Ratatouille, Tian provençal, Petits farcis, Spelt risotto, Sea bream topped with olives crust, Sautéed veal with lemon and thyme... Classic desserts and pastry such as the crème brulée, Grand Marnier soufflé, fruits tarts, clafoutis, profiteroles... will certainly be in the menus too!
Each class is followed by a delicious 4-course lunch or dinner including appetizer, main course, cheese and dessert. Each one is accompanied by wine, and coffee expresso or tea.
There is so much to see and to explore in our beloved Provence and Riviera!
Aside to your classes, you will enjoy markets, meet producers and have connections with local people.
You will visit Grasse, Mougins, Vence, and Saint-Paul picturesque hilltop villages, as well as Nice and Cap-Ferrat.
Day 1 (Sunday) - Early afternoon airport transfer to Grasse. Check-in at Le Vieux Mas. Welcome snack and resting time. Meet Corinne at 5pm in the living room or on the terrace if the weather allows while enjoying an “Apéritif à la Française", we will review the weekly program together. Food & wine pairing dinner in Le Vieux Mas. Overnight.
Day 2 (Monday) – After breakfast, Cooking Class 1 starting at 9:30am for 3 hours. Tasting lunch accompanied by wine follows. Mougins walking tour in the afternoon. Transfer to Bramafan. Dinner at Le Vieux Mas. Overnight.
Day 3 (Tuesday) - After breakfast, transfer to Cannes. Market tour and food shopping at Le Marché Forville, followed by a coffee or tea on La Croisette before walking through the town and enjoying the legendary seaside. Lunch at Le Bistrot Gourmand in Cannes. Transfer to Bramafan after lunch. Resting time. Cooking class 2 starting at 4:30pm followed by dinner. Overnight.
Day 4 (Wednesday) – After breakfast, Cooking Class 3 starting at 9am for 3 hours. Tasting lunch accompanied by wine follows. Afternoon visit to a perfumery followed by a 2-hour Perfume Class. Gourmet dinner in Mouans-Sartoux. Overnight
Day 5 (Thursday) – After breakfast, transfer to Vence. Visit to the Rosary Chapel painted by Matisse at 10:30am. Transfer to Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Noon lunch followed by a 1h30 guided walking tour. Time free for shopping if you decide. Transfer to Bramafan (Grasse) at 3:30pm. Afternoon Cooking Class 4 starting at 5pm. Food & wine pairing dinner to follows. Overnight.
Day 6 (Friday) - After breakfast, transfer to Nice. Guided walk through the old quarter. Lunch in a typical restaurant to enjoy the authentic Cuisine Nissarde such as Petits Farçis, Panisse chickpea flour fries, Pistou soup, Tapenade eggplant purée, etc. Afternoon visit to Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Cap Ferrat. Transfer to Bramafan. Food & wine pairing Michelin-star dinner at a Relais & Châteaux in Grasse. Overnight.
Day 7 (Saturday) - Breakfast at Le Vieux Mas. Check-out before 10am. End of the tour.
US$ 4,190 (DBL occupancy)
Single occupancy supplement :US$ 875
Private tour (4 people) supplement: US$1,100 (per person)
> 6-night luxury private villa “Le Vieux Mas"accommodation,
> Daily continental breakfasts,
> 4-hands-on cooking classes followed by tasting lunch or dinner accompanied by wine,
> Recipes in English,
> Food market tour and shopping in Cannes,
> 2 lunches in Cannes, Nice and Saint-Paul-de-Vence, 2 dinners at Le Vieux Mas, 2 gourmet dinners in Michelin restaurants in Mouans and in Grasse,
> 2-hour perfume class in Grasse,
> Half and full-day cultural tours to Vence, Saint-Paul, Mougins, Cap-Ferrat, and Nice,
> Nice international airport round-trip > Transportation by private for tours and visits.
Not included: airfare to/from your country, personal insurance, and personal expenses.
April 7-13 (SOLD OUT)
September 15-21 (4 spots left)
This tour is confirmed with 4 people, and it's limited to 8 participants.
Considering the limited space available, it's highly recommended to secure your reservation at least 8 months in advance. Thank you.