Provence in California- Culinary Weekends at my Small Farm in Northern California
Since I’ve decided to suspend my cooking classes in Provence due the weak dollar against the euro and instead to share my “Provence in California” world by having culinary weekends at my small farm in Northern California. I have a huge seasonal potager garden, more than 100 fruit trees and grape vines, and a field with more than 1,000 tomato plants, all for us to cook from. My husband makes wine and grappa for us to sample, and my neighbors are organic market growers, walnut and almond farmers and one of the first farmers’ markets in California is only 15 minutes away in Davis. It sounds like Provence, doesn’t it?
My farm kitchen, where we will be cooking is light and airy, surrounded by Meyer lemon trees, and with a big kitchen fireplace, where we’ll also cook in late fall and winter, just like I do in my house in Provence. In summer and early fall, we’ll cook on Sundays in my outdoor wood-fired oven, making flatbreads, roasting meats, vegetables, and fruits.
On Saturday we’ll start the weekend by shopping at the nearby farmer’s market in Davis, one of the first in California, where we will meet at 9 am. When we’re done, we’ll come to my home where we will gather herbs, vegetables, and fruits from my garden and orchards. We’ll have a hands-on cooking class in my farm-style kitchen on Saturday, followed by a French-style aperitif together under the deep shade of my 100-year old black walnut tree, and then a long leisurely lunch. On Sunday, we’ll gather again from the garden and orchards, and have a hands-on cooking class that includes using my outdoor wood-fired-oven or big kitchen fireplace, followed by an aperitif and Sunday lunch, just as if we were in Provence.
Sample Classes for Summer and Fall Weekends
All classes and menus determined by what is in season locally.
2011 Class Schedule
Partial Class Schedule for 2011:
$325.00 per person. Each weekend includes 2 full multi-course lunches with wine, one morning at the farmers' market in Davis, and cooking in my outdoor wood-fired oven.
Provence in California Cooking Classes 2012
- April 28-29, 2012
- June 2-3, 2012
- June 23-24, 2012
What is included in Weekend Classes
Guided visit to the Saturday Davis Farmers Market on Saturday with shopping list provided by Georgeanne, two 2 1/2 to 3 hour hands-on cooking instruction, two lunches, all wine, copies of all recipes.
Not included: accommodations, breakfast and dinner, and transportation. However, I can provide you with suggested accommodations in Davis and Winters, as well as restaurants and evening entertainment possibilities.
Registration for All Classes
How to register: Please send me an email or call me with your name, address, telephone and email address to request registration and availability. Once I can confirm availability, please send a check payable to Georgeanne Brennan to secure your registration.
Send checks to:
PO Box 502 Winters, CA 95694
When your payment is received you will be registered and sent a receipt, driving and meeting instructions for the Davis Farmers Market, and driving instructions to my home, as well as a list of suggested accommodations, restaurants, and evening entertainment.
Cancellations and Refunds: If a request for cancellation is made more than 15 days prior to arrival, $250.00 of the payment will be refunded or the full $325.00 can be applied to a future session if desired. There will be no refund for cancellations 15 days or less prior to arrival unless your place can be filled with another participant. In that event, your total fee will be refunded. In the event that Georgeanne Brennan must cancel a program for any reason, all fees will be returned in full. No reimbursements can be made for any travel expenses.
Travel insurance: We recommend that you purchase separate insurance in case you have to cancel your trip, as well as accident, health and baggage and personal effects loss or damage.
Responsibilities: We assume no liability for injury, delay, inconvenience, irregularity, loss or damage to person or property or additional cost resulting directly or indirectly from the following causes: fire, acts of government, thefts, delays, cancellations over which we have no control. Further, Georgeanne Brennan and her employees act only as agents and assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, or accident in any vehicle or through default of any company or persons engaged in carrying out the arrangements of the program. No refunds will be given for any activities, meals, or excursions that the participant misses or decides not to take.
For more information, contact: Georgeanne Brennan P.O. Box 502, Winters, CA 95694 Tel: 530-795-3043