Cooking Classes in Aix-en-Provence Giveaway

Cooking Class Aix en Provence

After a short Winter break working on the new site and new culinary vacations, I’m back in France where I’ll again be offering cooking classes in Aix-en-Provence. To celebrate another year here, I’m giving away two spots to any one of my cooking classes. The winner and his/her friend will be able to join the class of their choice with me in Aix-en-Provence.

I offer three types of French cooking classes each week. All classes are based on the seasonal produce available at the market in Aix-en-Provence. You’ll create typical French and Provencal dishes. I’ll give you the recipes along with my tips and tricks, so you can easily make them again once you return home from your vacation. The winner will be able to choose from any of these classes:

MARKET TOUR AND FULL 4-COURSE MEAL – The day starts with a croissant and market tour of the big market in Aix-en-Provence. After our tour, we’ll head to my nearby private kitchen and cook a starter, main dish with vegetable side, and French dessert. During class an apero buffet of typical Provencal tapenades, saucissons olives, and baguettes will be available to snack on. Once the cooking is complete, we’ll sit down together in the dining room and enjoy a four-course French meal, which will include the cheese course, with cheese purchased at the market, and wine.

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PLAT DU JOUR CLASS ~ FRENCH DISH AND DESSERT OF THE DAY – During this half-day class, we prepare a typical bistro-style dish of the day, a main dish with vegetable side and sauce, and a French dessert of the day. An apero buffet of tapendades, saucissons, olives and baguettes is available to snack on while we cook. When we’re done cooking, we’ll enjoy the meal together with wine.

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FRENCH PASTRY-MAKING WORKSHOP – Learn tips and tricks of the French pastry chef while making a classic French pastry during this half-day pastry making class. Workshop themes include Macarons, Eclairs, Seasonal Tarts and Creams, or a French classic, like the Fraisier or L’Opera.

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This is my third year offering these cooking classes in Provence, and it’s been so much fun meeting so many of you, cooking together, and sharing a meal together at my home in France. I’ve had only fabulous feedback from previous guests and have put together this photo slide show from some of last years’ market tours and many cooking classes. If you’ll be traveling to France this year, I hope you make a stop in Provence, come cook with me and share the meal we create together.




It’s easy to enter, just leave a comment below telling me the best French meal you’ve ever had or the French meal and/or pastry you’d like to make in class with me.

The deadline to enter the giveaway is Midnight Provence time on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. I’ll select one winner randomly using and announce the winner on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

The winner will receive two spots in the Provence cooking class of his/her choice. The giveaway is open to anyone worldwide. Transportation to Aix-en-Provence and accommodations in Aix-en-Provence are not included. The cooking class prize can be redeemed any time before November 2015 where there is availability in an open class. The prize must be redeemed and used before November 2015.

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Good Luck and I hope to see you soon in Provence!



  1. Maureen Deeley
    March 30th

    The best meal I had on a visit to Champagne country was foie gras lasagna.

  2. Michelle Rowe
    March 30th

    The best French meal we ever had was during our visit to Parks. We discovered a wonderful fig pate at Monoprix (we even smuggled some home) which we had along with a lovely little platter of assorted cheeses, some olives we bought at a market and a baguette from one of the award winning boulangerie. We enjoyed our feast with a lovely, inexpensive bottle of wine and ended our meal with a selection of tarte aux citron. Along with our quest to try all the award winning baguettes, we were also working our way through the award winning lemon tarts! Simple and simply blissful!

  3. Patricia Meegan
    March 30th

    My favorite French meal is probably one I shared with a dinner group of friends several years ago. We each brought a course and the hosts provided the wine and dessert. Since part of the French dining experience is definitely atmosphere, sharing the meal with good friends made it especially memorable

  4. Paula Hunter
    March 30th

    As I went through my mental list of great French meals, the one that kept popping up was the first crepe avec limon et citron I had from a cart in Paris!

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  5. Shannon
    March 30th

    I adore French cheese, so I would like the meal I make with you to start with a cheese souffle. For the main course seafood would be nice, especially calamari. And for dessert, anything chocolate….maybe a chocolate creme brulee or chocolate souffle?!

  6. Sarah
    March 30th

    The best “meal” I had was eating freshly baked baguettes in a car while heading back to our home in Germany…the bread was supposed to last us (family of 5) for another day or two back home, but by the time we got there, we only had crumbs. My mother was not amused. I’d love to make a baguette that rivals one in a French shop, or make croissants and a croquembouche.

  7. Stephen Patterson
    March 30th

    As a guest in a home outside of Montpellier, I enjoyed a memorable rabbit and rice casserole. True country cooking.

  8. Carolyn Banks
    March 30th

    I have had several memorable meals in Paris at up-scale restaurants, but the dinner that will always stand out to me was one with a girlfriend at a little non- descript bistro….raclette with a fresh French bagette. I only wish I could prepare it at home for friends!

  9. SR Patterson
    March 30th

    As a college student, I spent part of a summer in southern France. Everything was delicious. The pastries and breads were unbelievable. I really enjoyed the light lunches of cheese, pate, cold meats and baguettes. The small glasses of wine completed the meal!

  10. Janice Patterson
    March 30th

    Of course I would love to learn to make a delicious beef bourguignon. But then again I would have to say that a chocolate souffle or a creme brulee would be outstanding as well.

  11. Janice Patterson
    March 30th

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  12. Bruce arnup
    March 30th

    My wife Helen would love to try a gateau majorlaine

  13. Simona
    March 31st

    Congratulations on the new site! I shared the giveaway announcement on FB and Twitter. That is so nice of you.

  14. Karen Christian
    March 31st

    The best meals I ever had in France were with my late, dear Parisian friend Linda Keniger, who, before her untimely death in 1999, introduced me to fine French dining at Le Grand Vefour and Michel Rostang in Paris, and in Reims at Les Crayeres.

  15. cathy branciaroli
    March 31st

    My best meal in France was the 3-hour lunch my husband and I enjoyed on a terrace perched above Lac Annecy in Eastern France. Course after course of beautifully composed dishes, an enormous cheese trolley and the luxury of just whiling away a Sunday afternoon in the sunshine.

  16. cathy branciaroli
    March 31st

    I subscribed!

  17. Danette St. Onge
    March 31st

    I think the best meal I’ve had so far in France was a pique-nique in the garden of a château of the Saintonge region — pâté de campagne, a baguette, strawberries and champagne.

  18. Danette St. Onge
    March 31st

    I subscribed to your newsletter as well!

  19. Alexsandra
    April 2nd

    Hello from

    My fondest meal memory from France is the great picnics of picking up great cheese from Mons-Fromages du Cannet
    The truffle brie is to die for! Family owned shop with incredible dairy products. Pick up a fresh baguette and fresh fruit and vegetables from the weekend market is the best!

  20. Morgan Elliott
    April 3rd

    I subscribed!

  21. Anni
    April 7th

    Walking up a hilly village road in the fog, unable to see more than a few paces ahead, to be greeted at the door of a tiny restaurant and treated to a hearty meal of homely Provencal cooking. I don’t remember exactly what the meal was, just the all consuming feeling of warmth and welcome.

  22. Heidi Hopkins
    April 7th

    The best French meal I’ve ever enjoyed was at the home of my best friends in laws. France prepared a rabbit stew, while Jean walked me to the local market for fresh baguettes and oysters. He prepared the oysters at a large porcelain sink, wearing a muslin apron. There were fresh, crisp whole salted radishes and an incredible white wine. Mostly I remember smiling a lot.

    I subscribed to your newsletter.

  23. helen genik
    April 7th

    Wish list!! I would like to learn how to make Fougasse, Pissaladiere, Potatoes Anna, Tarte Tatin, Pistou Soup, Soupe aux Poissins de Marseille and any Lamb dishes!

  24. Kathy
    April 9th

    The giveaway is now closed. Thank you everyone who entered. Comment #9 from SR Patterson is the lucky winner of a cooking class with me in Provence!

  25. Cheryl Spiegel
    November 17th

    The best French meal I had was surprisingly, the simplest. It was at a small bistrot on the Left Bank. It was Steak Frite.
    The steak was grilled to perfection at medium rare, the way I prefer
    btw, they never asked me how I wanted it cooked, they just assumed no sane person would want it cooked well done and the most perfectly cooked fries. Crunchy on the outside, moist and meaty on the inside and hot. The bartender was the sweetest, friendliest, most jovial man I’ve ever encountered which put the cherry on the gateau for me.

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