Paris Lifestyle Customized Tour
Presented by BoatShed Cheese
May 13-19, 2016 (7 days / 6 nights)
- Market Cooking class
- Choux pastry baking class
- Bread & Croissants demo/hands-on class
- Gourmet walking tour including the visit to a top-ranked cheese shop and tasting lunch
- Full-day excursion to Provins medieval village through the Brie region, lunch included
- Welcome and farewell dinners to gourmet traditional restaurants
- Apartment accomodation with kitchen facilities
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 that centuries of history have elegantely designed.
MARKET COOKING CLASS celebrating the French cuisine.
Imagine strolling through a French market, picking up the perfect ingredients for a delicious French meal with the help of an expert on French food and fellow enthusiasts, and then cooking all of that fresh seasonal produce in a beautiful kitchen!
This English-language cooking class is a four-hour experience that focuses on exploring a Parisian typical local market. Class begins directly at the market where you will tour the stands and pick out produce with your guide/chef. You will learn all about the products available: seasonal vegetables, meats and poultry, cheeses, and more! The chef will help you decide what to cook – all depending on what’s in season and the group’s preferences. Every market trip is a unique experience. We take responsibility for buying all of the ingredients for the meal – all you have to do is be curious and ask questions…
Back to the cooking school (only 5 minutes distance from the market), you wash hands, tighten your apron… ready to learn how to prepare and to cook a well-balanced 3-course menu, under our chef instructions. Tasting lunch accompanied by wine and coffee espresso follows the class and ends this program.
GOURMET WALKING TOUR including a Cheese class & tastings
Itinerary is unique, designed by Corinne Preteur who personally escorts this tour. In addition to the classic tour that features prize-winning food artisanal shops, you will partake a cheese class taught by Laurent Dubois « Meilleur Ouvrier de France » associate. This program is a Tour de France of traditional specialties including charcuteries, hand-shaped breads, delicate pastries, devine chocolates, farmers cheeses, and of course wines that you will learn to pair with the food.
Tour starts at 9:00am, and ends at 1:30pm.
CHOUX PASTRY CLASS
You are on the way to experience the top-trendy Parisian pastry at this time : choux pastry ! The class you will partake is hands-on, and taught in English. It will be private for you.
Choux pastry includes éclair, Paris-Brest, Religieuse, Chouquettes and savory cheese flavored Gougeres.
It’s scheduled Wednesday, starting at 10:00am and it lasts 2h30.
BREAD BAGUETTE & CROISSANTS DEMO/ HANDS-ON CLASS
Curious to know more about yeast, flour, gluten? Interested in getting tips to shape French baguettes and buttered croissants correctly ?
Welcome to a traditional Parisian bakery kitchen for a demo and hands-on two-hour course.
Our bakers will detail their recipes for preparing the bread dough and teach you about the fermentation process. You will see how the bakers shape the baguettes and you will do it yourself afterward.
The pastry chef will teach you the puff croissants method.
You will cut the dough and shape croissants under our chef instructions.
You will take the fruits of your labor after the class…of course !
This course is scheduled Friday 13 May at 3:00pm (meet Corinne at your hotel at 2:00pm). Our bakery is located in Vanves, a few steps to metro station Corentin Celton.
« PENTECOST SUNDAY » FULL-DAY EXCURSION TO PROVINS MEDIEVAL VILLAGE THROUGH THE BRIE COUNTRYSIDE
Provins medieval village is certainly one of France’s most preserved, listed at the UNESCO world heritage since 2001. Take a trip through the past times, at the period of Kings Philippe Auguste and Saint-Louis !
The town’s strategic location at the crossroads of the legendary trade routes between Flanders and the powerful Duchy of Burgundy made Provins a prestigious and wealthy market town by the middle ages. The fortified site offers beautifully restored half-timbered houses, cobbled back streets and
3 main points of interest which contribute to make this town a treasure :
- Cesar Tower, a 12th century octogonal dungeon with a square floor
- L’Hostellerie de la Croix d’Or (Golden Cross Inn), the oldest inn in France dating back to 1270
- La Grange aux Dîmes, a 13th century merchants house turned into a museum to exhibit middle-age professions such as : potters, stonemasons, merchants, etc.
Provins schedules daily scenes of knights in armour, music, horse and falcon shows.
Provins is 1h15 distance to Paris (south-east), not far from the « Brie » farms cheese region.
Excursion by private minibus.
You will enjoy a 3-course lunch in La Table Saint-Jean traditional restaurant.
Excursion departs at 9:30am. You will be back to Paris around 6:00pm.
Price includes : Hotel accommodation in the 17th arr., Welcome and farewell dinners (wine included), gourmet walking tour including cheese class and tasting lunch break, market hands-on cooking class followed by lunch, hands-on pastry class followed by tasting, bread & croissants demo/hands-on class, full-day excursion to Provins (private minibus transportation from/to your hotel in Paris, lunch and entrance tickets to the medieval site included), 5-day metro pass.
NOT INCLUDED : lunches and dinners which are not mentioned in the program, personal insurance, and personal expenses.