Gastronomy & traditions
Outstanding monuments built along the majestic Seine river, museums by hundreds, historic quarters crossed by narrow cobbled-stone streets, typical cafés, restaurants and tiny food stores, small fashion designers boutiques with beautifully decorated windows, cute bookstores, and much more. Welcome to Paris, City of Light, City of Romance, City of Beauty designed by centuries of history.
You are a gourmet traveler, you like to cook and to bake, you are interested in learning about wines, you want to discover Paris off-the-beaten paths, and enjoy the best food and wine at authentic and traditional restaurants. You want to meet Parisian people. Taste of Paris is for you!
4-STAR HOTEL OR LUXURY B&B ACCOMMODATION
Corinne A. Preteur has designed this awesome program that includes a 4-star hotel or luxury B&B accommodation, daily breakfasts, welcome dinner, cooking and baking classes, gourmet walking tour. Hotels and B&Bs are centrally located in Paris safe quarters, steps to a metro station, casual restaurants, and fine grocery shops. Each one offers a high level of comfort, and all modern amenities including wifi access.Whether you choose a hotel or a B&B, you will get the comfort and all modern amenities. B&Bs we have chosen offer spacious rooms with en-suite bathroom (bath or walk-in shower, and hairdryer). According to the French law, B&Bs are limited to 5 rooms, and we strongly recommended to secure your reservation at least 4 months in advance.
COOKING CLASS CELEBRATING THE FRENCH TRADITIONAL CUISINE
Welcome to our cooking and baking school located in Paris 17th, and join us in the kitchen to experience the French traditional cuisine through a hands-on class celebrating the French traditional cuisine.
You will learn how to prepare and to cook a well-balanced 3-course menu from scratch, including a starter, a main course and a dessert that you will enjoy afterwards. You will improve your skills in peeling chopping, slicing, etc. Your will learn the right cooking methods. You will prepare fresh produce only from the market.
Menus change according to the season and it can include Onion soup, Duck breast in orange sauce, Veal stew, Boeuf bourguignon, Chicken made-in-Normandy, Rack of Lamb topped with a herbs crust, Sautéed scallops with leeks and Noilly-Prat sauce, Grand-Marnier soufflé, Chocolate lava-cake and raspberry sauce, Profiteroles, Raspberry and vanilla cream macaron, etc.
Cooking class is scheduled Friday morning at 10:30am. It’s taught in English, and it’s designed for small groups up to 6 people. Program ends around 2:30pm after lunch.
PASTRY & DESSERT BAKING CLASS
France is internationally known for its exquisite flavorful pastry, and awesome presentation of desserts by the plate. This is the reason why a pastry and dessert class is included in this program.
During your 2 hours hands-on lesson, you will learn the methods for succeeding in choux pastry, the basis for making Eclairs, Religieuses, Saint-Honoré, Paris-Brest, Profiteroles, Chouquettes, but not only. Same pastry can be used for savory bites filled with cheese cream, salmon cream, foie gras mousse, etc. A must when you organize an “Aperitif à la Française” at home!
In your class you will make and bake eclairs or Paris-Brest, you will prepare the cream fillings, and you will learn to decorate your pastry French-style. Pastry class is scheduled Thursday from 2:30pm to 5pm. Tasting accompanied by drinks follows the class.
CULTURAL AND GOURMET WALKING TOURS
Paris is a city to be visited by foot. Join Corinne and indulge in the city through a cultural tour, off-the-beaten paths. You will explore covered art galleries, cobble-stone streets, picturesque historic quarters of Saint-Germain, Le Marais, Ile Saint-Louis, Ile de la Cité… and enjoy lunch in a traditional bistrot serving the authentic French cuisine.Cultural walking tour is guided in English. It’s scheduled Saturday morning, starting at 10am for 3 hours.
Gourmet tour starts at 9am for 3 hours, and it celebrates the “Tour de France” of food and wine. You will visit a marketplace, enjoy a coffee & croissant in a Parisian café, and explore top-ranked gourmet shops highlighting cheese, bread, pâtés, pastry and macarons, chocolate, and of course wine. For sure, the French food and wine won’t have secrets for you after this tour, and you will get Corinne’s recipes as well.
Day 1: Check-in at your hotel or B&B after 2pm. In case of earlier arrival, please contact us. Relaxing time.
Meet Corinne Preteur at your hotel or B&B at 7pm.
Welcome food and wine pairing dinner in a chic traditional restaurant.
Transfer to your hotel or B&B by car. Overnight.
Day 2: Breakfast. Gourmet walking tour starting at 9am, including the lunch break.
Afternoon pastry and dessert class starting at 2:30pm until 5pm. End afternoon free.
Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel or B&B.
Day 3: Breakfast. Cooking class starting at 10:30am for 3 hours followed by tasting lunch accompanied by wine.
Afternoon free for visits and shopping. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel or B&B.
Day 4: Breakfast. Cultural walking tour starting at 10am for 3 hours including a 2-course lunch break.
Afternoon free for visiting and shopping. Overnight at the hotel or B&B.
Day 5: Breakfast. Check-out not later than 11:00am. End of the tour.
$ 2,270 per person > luxury B&B, double occupancy – $590 single supplement
$ 2,500 per person > boutique-hotel****, double occupancy – $790 single supplement
Airport transfer upon request ($350 round-trip for 1 to 3 people sharing a private van)
– 4-star boutique hotel or luxury B&B accommodation
– Daily continental breakfasts
– Welcome food and wine pairing dinner on arrival
– Hands-on cooking class followed by tasting lunch accompanied by wine
– Hands-on pastry class followed by tasting accompanied by drinks
– Recipes in English
– Gourmet and cultural walking tours walking tour
NOT INCLUDED: international airfare to/from your country, personal expenses and personal insurance, and all which is not mentioned in “price includes”
2019 TOUR DATES
March 11-15, 2019
May 13-17, 2019
October 21-25, 2019
November 4-8, 2019
Other dates can be added upon request. Please contact us.
Tour is confirmed with 2 people, and it’s limited to 6 participants.