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Culinary Education Program

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Schedule Overview


This program is from May 14-20, 2016. Please choose a day from the links above to see that day's activities, or use the arrows below to cycle through the schedule and read full details about each day's activities.

Saturday, May 14:

Introduction to Food Studies and French Cuisine

  • Guided tasting of Bourgueil and St. Nicholas de Bourgueil wines
  • Welcome dinner at the Chateau des Sablons, Bourgueil, France

Sunday, May 15:

French Gastronomy I:
Food History – Early French Diet and Farming

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Chinon: visit the monthly brocante (antiques market), lunch, visit castle, free time in village
  • Wine tasting at a Chinon Cabernet franc wine producer
  • Visit Chateau Azay le Rideau
  • Dinner at Chateau – Historic Loire Valley foods

Monday, May 16:

French Gastronomy II: Food, Culture and Health

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Visit a French Supermarket
  • Lunch at the Chateau des Sablons
  • Visit Troglodyte caves, the town of Saumur and wineries: Cabernet franc and methode champenoise producers
  • Taste perception exercises in food and wine pairings
  • Dinner in a Bourgueil restaurant

Tuesday, May 17:

French Gastronomy III:
Farmers Markets and Eating Seasonally

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Visit the Bourgueil Farmers Market
  • Lunch in Bourgueil
  • Walking tour of Bourgueil wineries, a bike ride or free time
  • Tasting of Chinon and Saumur wines and local goat cheeses
  • Group Farmers Market cooking project for dinner

Wednesday, May 18:

French Gastronomy IV:
From Royal Banquets to Peasant Soups

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Visit the Tours Market (les Halles) and Tours Flower Market
  • Walk through central Tours
  • Lunch in Amboise
  • Visit the Chateau de Chenonceau
  • Dinner in Chinon

Thursday, May 19:

French Gastronomy V:
Modern French Food Culture and Food Advertising

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Taste perception exercises for food and wine pairings
  • Visit the Chateau de Villandry
  • Lunch at a local farm restaurant
  • Visit the Chateau of Langeais
  • Gala Dinner

Friday, May 20:

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Delivery to Train Stations, Airport, or onward transportation

Please Note: Events listed in this tour may be altered slightly in order to take advantage of better opportunities. The sum of what is to be provided – housing, number of meals, travel transfers, chateau visits and guided tastings, etc., will not change.

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