During five days at On Rue Tatin you’ll find yourself cooking, laughing, enjoying, tasting, as you settle into the rhythm of life in a small French town. We will cook with the finest local and seasonal ingredients, meet the locals, get to know the area, and enjoy sumptuous meals, each accompanied by fine, small-production wines and artisanally made cheeses.
A Sample Class Itinerary:
Please note that the following is a sample itinerary. Details within the five-day framework may adjust and change depending on the season and the availability of artisans and those who contribute to On Rue Tatin to make it so special!
Welcome to On Rue Tatin! – For our first night together, we will enjoy a Welcome Feast that I prepare for you! I pull out all the stops and as we get acquainted, we will taste the very best the region offers. This is just a sneak preview to the rest of the week, when we work with only the finest ingredients to prepare meals that you will be recreating for years to come. Our first meal might include roast pigeon with figs poached in red wine, or gorgeous cod showered with herbs from the garden before being baked in parchment, or grilled lamb shoulder that has been studded with rosemary and garlic, or roasted guinea fowl bathed in Calvados and surrounded with apples. The Welcome Feast, and all the meals during our time together, are a mirror of the season and the region.
Day One: You will tie on your On Rue Tatin apron, tuck a tea towel under your belt, and get right into the kitchen where all the ingredients for our class are mise-en-placed and ready to go. Every class begins with a tasting which grounds the meal, and often I’ll demonstrate a key technique. Then, it’s up to you all to prepare the meal. We will enjoy it, course by course, in the dining room, matched with wines and cheeses.
Day Two: Here we will begin with a tour of the edible garden in front of the house. I have primarily herbs, edible flowers and fruits, and a handful of “witness plants,” which help me know how the season is progressing, and what I might expect to find at the market. We will prepare a sumptuous lunch, then you have the afternoon and the evening to do as you like.
Day Three: We assemble early to go visit a farmers’ market, one of the best in the region. It is a short 20-minute drive from On Rue Tatin. We have coffee in a market cafe with the locals, and you will want to pay attention to everything, for there is no more authentic spot in all of France. Then, we tour the market, meet the vendors, and choose what we’ll prepare for our market lunch back at On Rue Tatin. I give you the choice of joining me for the entire market visit, or wandering off on your own to explore and find what it is you want to cook for our picnic. We return to On Rue Tatin to prepare our market feast.
Day Four: Today, you’ll travel further into the soul of Normandy and you have to be very, very careful because you are likely to leave your heart in this gorgeous region! We will spend the morning with an artisan producer, then travel to an unforgettable wine tasting in either Le Havre or Honfleur. You’ll have some time to wander as well. We will return to Louviers in the late afternoon. You have the evening free.
Day Five: We reassemble for a hands-on cooking class where there will be a tasting to enchant you before we get started and you’ll get to dice, chop, and julienne your way to another gorgeous meal, our Farewell Lunch.
The fee for a five day class is 4000€, with 2000€ due at registration to reserve your spot. We also have a “guest eater” program for spouse, friend, whomever is traveling with you. The guest is invited to all of the meals except our day in the countryside. The fee for a guest is 150€ per meal.
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