My blogger friend, Alisa, is hosting a fabulous culinary adventure in Southwest France in September. I want to go. I want to go. I want to go!
Alisa and her artist partner Bruce moved from California to the most amazing village in Southwest France, St Antonin Noble Val. I wrote a previous post about the small community of American expats that have taken up residence in and around the picturesque, medieval village. Alisa also writes a blog about her adventures moving to and living in France, Notre Vie Juteuse.
Alisa sent me the email below that I'll share here. You'll want to pack your bags and head to France, too, for at least a week, if not forever.
"Raison d’Art is excited to announce our Fall 2011 Culinary Adventure with chefs and founders of Chicks with Knives, Suzanne Griswold and Rachael Narins. Together we are pleased to offer an unforgettable 7 day journey to the heart of southwest France. Spend a week with us learning to cook wonderful new dishes with local, fresh ingredients and discover the food, culture and history that this ancient and authentic region is known for.
Our itinerary for the week includes 5 hands-on cooking classes led by Suzanne and Rachel, gourmet food and wine, wine tasting and vineyard tour, visits to local cheese farms, shopping at the local outdoor markets, visits to the local medieval villages of Saint Antonin Noble Val, Albi, Najac, Villefranche de Rouergue, Cordes-sur-Ciel and much much more.
Our home for the week is a restored 200-year-old farmhouse called Le Sivadal, just 4 km from Cordes-sur-Ciel, a medieval hilltop village with a charming square that dates back to the 14th century. We are in the Department of the Tarn, in the heart of the Midi-Pyrénées. This area boasts the most 'la plus beau villages' (the most beautiful villages of France, which is an official classification here in France). We are situated between the wine growing regions of Gaillac and Cahor and many consider this region to be the agricultural heart of France.
Enjoy your free time by swimming in the private pool, playing a game of boule, reading a book, journaling or hiking through the countryside.
Life in France is all about slowing down, relaxing and being in the moment and your stay will allow you time to do just that. There is no pressure to join the group on specific outings, you always have the choice to follow your own inspiration for the day."
Visit Alisa's website at raisondartfrance for all of the retreat details, then, let's start packing!