La Vie en PROVENCE - A Culinary Vacation Beyond Expectations 6-15 October 2014
10 Days Culinary Odyssey in two stunning villas in the heart of Provence, based near Uzès and L'isle sur la Sorgue
This is Marieke’s tenth program to France. For thirty years the chef-proprietor of the Howqua Dale Gourmet Retreat and Cooking School where she cemented a reputation for exceptional cuisine, Marieke has conducted culinary programs in the Perigord Region in SW France, Normandy in Northern France, in Bali, Rajasthan and South India. Marieke believes life is too short to endure a bad meal and relishes the challenge, wherever she finds herself in the globe, of creating wonderful meals from the ingredients that are local and seasonal. She is also a passionate teacher who loves imparting her skills to students and de-mystifying the techniques and complexities of the world's culinary traditions. And she loves the richness of Provence.
What Guests HaveSaid:
I just wanted to extend my thanks and gratitude for the wonderful tour to the South of France, your research is impeccable and your attention to detail amazing, no other person would have been able to cover all the detail and at the same time show the concern and care that one would normally extend to family or close friend.
It was a wonderful trip, just what I needed after a difficult year.A great mixture of interesting events and I found the other participants friendly and delightful.
Thank Baxter also for the great driving. I look forward to another trip with you in the future.
Connie Stephens-Foran (NSW) 2012
Had a beautiful time in Paris and then went on to London then to Italy.... The highlight was of course Provence and I can't stop talking about it!!! Thanks too for the recipes, wine notes etc. "Marieke finely crafts experiences and treats on her Provence trip. It all appears effortless but a lot of research has been done to create a masterful journey. I didn't feel as if I was on a tour, I felt like I was traveling with a group of friends with Marieke and Baxter the locals!! Each day a gem ....."
Thank you for a wonderful trip....love to you
Di Howison (Adelaide) October 2012
Hi there you beaut gals,
Raylee and I now back in the land of reality called Sydney after THE most wonderful holiday – thanks in no small way to the part each of you played during our week. Thank you again both so so so much!!
We are keen to commence our new style of cooking and try to turn on for our friends some of the fantastic recipes you introduced us to.
Malcolm Williams (Sydney)
I cannot imagine any food experience coming close to the gourmet extravaganza of The French Table! Hilarious company and wonderful hospitality has made this an unforgettable holiday. Thanks to Jane, Marieke and Baxter for an incredible time at Chateau Bosgouet.
What a wonderful week. The sensational food, beautiful wines, magnificent surroundings and great company have made this a memorable experience. I have been inspired by observing Marieke’s creations in the kitchen and can't wait to try some when I get home. Thank you for being such a generous hostess Jane.
What a pleasure this has been being the inaugural French Table group! Normandy will have a special place in my heart because of my Chateau Bosgouet experience – thanks- you have made me feel like family.
This has lived up to all my expectations and more! Wonderful food, marvellous company and laughing till I cried. Thank you - you have treated me like a treasured guest for whom nothing was too much trouble. This week will live in my memory forever.
Nomandy has been fantastic at The French Table. Our host could not have been more accommodating. The cooking experience with Marieke was sensational and we have loved every minute. We wish every success to Jane in the new venture with The French Table and look forward to coming back again some day soon.
Tony, Lesley and Sarah Little