For the past eleven years streams of food enthusiasts have been visiting Bagatelle, the cottage in the center of the medieval village of Charroux. Here the huge old 35L Rosieres chef’s cauldron steams away in front of the window facing the cobbled street, with the odd Frenchman calling out a friendly ‘bon appetit’ as he passes by.
During the 6 days course we shop at the local food markets, cook wonderful brasserie luxe food which we enjoy around the huge hard-pear table in the kitchen or under the bay tree in the courtyard. We share long early morning walks, gentle bicycle rides, endless picnics as well as some antique hunting.
We dine from ancient crockery, with antique silver on white tablecloths using embroidered napkins. Our wine goblets are brocante finds and glamorous Bohemian flutes…
All this I want to share with food friendly travellers who can make their way to the train station in Vichy.
Convivial, small-group culinary experience in a drop-dead gorgeous location
Cooking classes at the hand of one of South Africa’s best-loved chefs
Visits to fresh food markets to gather ingredients
Lovely lunches & dinners around the huge hard pear table in Bagatelle’s kitchen
Foodie outings to local producers and places of interest
An immersive introduction to the French way of life
6 full days (not including travel to and from Charroux)
Autumn Course: 24 September – 24 September 2019
Small yellow mushrooms, truffle oil and chestnuts for a bowl of soup before a winetasting during the harvest. Autumn is the time of small sweet figs, ripe apples and late afternoon walks picking up walnuts en route home. A time of stillness and reflection whilst picking herbs to tie a bouquet garni, rich with sage, for the delicate veal stew cooking away in Bagatelle’s kitchen.