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Sur La Table: An Insider’s Taste of Paris, France

Sur La Table’s 40th-Anniversary Paris Adventure! We’ve cooked up a foodie’s dream trip to Paris with the help of insiders David Lebovitz and Mort Rosenblum. Our guests will be treated to private demos and tastings in some of Paris’ most renowned food destinations, and our guides have arranged a once-in-a-lifetime culinary adventure that lives up to our reputation for being the food and cookware authority.

We’ll visit the legendary store that was the inspiration for Sur La Table, Dehillerin, and then dine at some of the most famous restaurants in the world, including Le Petite Chaise, Paris’ oldest. You’ll enjoy luxury accommodations at the 4-star boutique Hotel Bourgogne-Montana, savor the city of light with our guided tours, and master new cooking skills in a hands-on class with chefs from La Cuisine Cooking School of Paris.

October 15–20, 2012 6 days, 5 nights

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October 22–27, 2012 6 days, 5 nights

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Five nights’ luxury accommodations in Paris at the 4-star Hotel Bourgogne-Montana
  • Three dinners: La Petite Chaise, the oldest restaurant in Paris; a specially designed dinner menu at Christian Constant’s Le Violon d’Ingres; and an 8-course tasting menu with wine at Verjus
  • Guided tour through the legendary cookware shop Dehillerin
  • Spend the day with author and former Chez Panisse pastry chef David Lebovitz
  • Late-morning espresso at the famous literary haunt Café de Flore
  • Hands-on cooking class with chefs from La Cuisine Cooking School of Paris
  • Meet Mort Rosenblum, the James Beard-award-winning author, for a private chocolate tasting at La Maison du Chocolat

You have two easy ways to book your trip. Make your deposit online and our trip concierge will call you. Or, if you prefer, call our trip concierge directly at 866.392.3302 to take care of everything over the phone.

$4,450.00 per person, double occupancy. Airfare not included. A nonrefundable deposit of $425.00 is required to reserve your space.

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Michelin Food & Travel Experiences – Côte d’Azur

Is the French Riviera really as pretty as the postcards claim? Matisse, Picasso, Renoir and other great masters certainly thought so. But our favorite Côte d’Azur masterpieces don’t hang on gallery walls. Nice is home to some of the world’s most celebrated culinary artists, and the bounty of Michelin-starred restaurants here ensures that every meal is a priceless work of art. (Well, almost priceless.) And of course there’s more; the glamour of Monaco pairs perfectly with relaxed Antibes. Considered by some the best of the best, St. Tropez is really two towns in one depending on when you visit. Busy seems an inadequate description of the summer season; and tranquil, rather fitting for autumn and winter.

Chefs & Artisans

In order to best appreciate the cuisine of the Côte d’Azur — bread in infinite varieties, the famed 1980 bouillabaisse charter, the amazing possibilities of courgettes—we must look to our guest chefs.

In Mougins, just north of Cannes, sits Mas Candille where Chef Serge Gouloumes, after taking you on a visit to the local market in Cannes, will prepare for you a most exquisite lunch.

Further north in Grasse, Chef Jacques Chibois will display his incredible culinary imagination by combining gastronomy with the native horticulture. Prepare to be amazed!

Later still in Marseilles, the three-star Le Petit Nice will expose you to the delectable seafood menu of Chef Gérald Passédat, whose food is as beautiful to look at as it is to taste.

Hotels

After cooking and tasting the bounty of the Côte d’Azur, you will spend your nights at a selection of hotels that more than match the culinary wonders you have sampled during the day. We start with Le Mas de Pierre, less than 30 minutes from the coast with a modern take on classic Provençal design.

Eden Roc is loaded with history and cachet. The service is exemplary and the grounds are simply breathtaking.

The Grand Hotel du Cap in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is a legend around these parts, consistently setting the bar for southern France luxury.

Cap Estel was originally built as a private home and distinguishes itself from other properties with its 18 individually designed and decorated suites and rooms. You might not want to leave.

In Saint-Tropez allow us to suggest Villa Marie, the perfect property for guests in search of a little romance, Mediterranean-style.

In Monaco, we couldn’t decide. The Monte Carlo Beach Hotel features waterfront views and is close to the action at Casino Square, but remains removed from the fuss. The Hermitage is relaxation incarnate in the form of a classic Belle Époque property.

Sample Itineraries

The Riviera Quiet Antibes has a remarkably storied past. Learn about its rise, fall and rebirth before moving north in the hilltop village of Grasse. Discover how to cook with the many local flowers used for centuries in perfume, trust us, it works. With its red-tiled houses and beautiful harbour it’s easy to see the allure of oftentimes bustling St. Tropez. Arrive and depart Nice or Marseilles.
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Monaco & The Riviera Monaco, the second-smallest country in the world and host to the second-largest monarchy, the Principality has attracted the jet set for years. Lucky for us it also boasts delicious delicacies and an impressive list of restaurants.
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Michelin Food & Travel Experiences – Provence

Mellow Mediterranean breezes; beauteous landscapes bathed in an otherworldly light; a surfeit of soups, strawberries and seafood… Provence is probably about as close to heaven as you can get without actually shuffling off this mortal coil. Our adventures down south will bring you into close contact with the fruits of both land and sea and introduce you to a kind of laidback luxury unlike anywhere else on Earth. Pastis, pétanque, and paradise.

Chefs & Artisans

The kitchen of La Mirande is a gourmands’ dream workshop. You will be given the chance to try your hand at cooking before you dine, but amid the excitement, don’t forget to inquire about the cellar!

Rendezvous with Chef Laurent in his glass-walled kitchen at La Bastide de Marie for a private morning cooking class.

Nestled in Les Baux de Provence, Chef Michel Hulin is in his laboratory: taking his inspiration from the surrounding environment and his restaurant’s organic garden.

Closer to the Mediterranean in the Camargue, we will pay a visit to Jacques Bon’s family home-turned-luxury hotel. A cattle rancher by trade, Jacques will introduce you to the Camargue by horseback.

Stretching from northern Montélimar to Marseilles in the south, one can cover some serious ground in Provence zigzagging through the stretches of the Drôme and the Vaucluse. Testing local wines and cheeses, visiting the endless local markets or seeking out the prized black truffle, travelling to Provence offers seemingly endless beautiful market towns and culinary delights. Perched villages, cherry and olive orchards and endless blankets of lavender, this is Provence at its finest. Let us guide you through Avignon at the centre of it all, east through the Vaucluse to Ménerbes, into the Luberon, or would you prefer to explore the Camargue via St. Rémy and Les Baux, landing finally in lovely Aix-en-Provence? The beauty of choice.

Hotels

In Avignon, La Mirande sits directly across from the former papal palace. Over 700 years old, this property is a quiet haven from the bustle of busy Avignon.

La Bastide de Marie in Ménerbes, is a fully-restored stone home set amongst the vineyards, each room offering a stunning view of the grounds.

The beautifully appointed and remarkably peaceful hotels L’Oustaù de Baumanière and La Cabro d’Or stand in Les-Baux-de-Provence.

At the centre of Arles is L’Hôtel Particulier, a hotel with a decidedly uncommon charm. Every room here is special and features a view of the wondrous walled-in courtyard.

Finally, Villa Gallici in Aix-en-Provence rounds out our Provençal menu. This 18th-century villa and former private home is the perfect place for R&R.

Sample Itineraries

Orange and the Luberon Travel north to Orange to explore the region’s Roman roots, before moving southeast in Luberon. Make your home in Ménerbes, just 12km east of Cavaillon in the Vaucluse, nestled between the hillsides to the south and the sprawling vineyards to the north. Arrive and depart from Avignon.
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Camargue Noted for its white horses, black bulls and pink flamingos, the Camargue has another surprise to offer: cowboys (or as they’re known in this neck of the woods, gardians). Why not catch up with Avignon and Les Baux, while you’re in the neighborhood. Arrive and depart from Avignon.
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