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Savoring the Flavors of the French and Italian Riviera

with Patricia Ravenscroft

Preparing ravioli and borage

Preparing borage and spinach ravioli

Imagine immersing yourself in the sights, sounds, aromas and tastes of the French (Cote d’Azur) and Italian (Riviera Dei Fiori) Riviera, the heart of the Mediterranean at its very best. Unlike any other earthly paradise, the Riviera is filled with abundant sunshine, soft, refreshing breezes, exquisite gardens and dramatically perched villages overlooking the brilliant blue Mediterranean sea. The food is heavenly as well. The Ligurians and the Niçois devour the lightest ravioli, gnocchi, and fettucine dressed with pesto, a creamy gorgonzola sauce, or often simply with a perfectly ripe fresh tomato sauce. The region is rich in fruits and vegetables, including delicious peaches, pears, figs, artichokes, wild greens, olives, fava beans and tomatoes. The citrus fruits grown around Menton are legendary and basil is the region’s heraldic leaf, with sage and borage close behind. And, of course, the Riviera is known for its succulent, fresh crustaceans and fish, notably langoustine, dorade, loup, sardines, calamari and shrimp. (more…)

Simply Splendid Seafood in Brittany

with Chef Jean-Yves Jaguin
Château de Kerivon

In addition to being a land of mystery and legend, Brittany is a region of endless, rugged shorelines, vast salt marshes, rich interior farmlands, and simply splendid seafood. Nowhere in France can you find a more tempting array of large succulent lobsters, tender-sweet langoustines, mouthwatering scallops (coquilles Saint-Jacques), clams (praires and palourdes), periwinkles, mussels, and incredible crabs (torteaux and araignées de mer). Exquisite globe artichokes, delicately flavored pré-salé lamb, buckwheat crêpes, and cider round out the local specialties. In Brittany, the cuisine is fresh and simple. Imagine eating the freshest briny oysters right out of the sea, followed by a perfectly grilled lobster with a bottle of crisp, dry muscadet, while sitting at your own window-side table surrounded by the sea.
If this sounds like heaven, join us at the exquisite, privately owned Château de Kerivon in the heart of the pink granite coast.  Châtelain (owner) Le Viconte Gérald Rogon de Carcaradec and his wife Christine will be our hosts as we settle into la vie de château at the magnificent Château de Kerivon, which is exclusively available to Les Liaisons Délicieuses. The Château de Kerivon was built in 1741 to replace an older manoir which was destroyed. It has been continuously inhabited by Gérald’s ancestors, one of whom fought with General Lafayette in the American Revolution. Kerivon’s walls are adorned with an extraordinary collection of original 13th-century Aubusson Tapestries. Its library boasts a collection of rare antique books—La Fontaine and Rousseau to name a few—and family documents with the original signatures of Louis XIV and Louis XV. Kerivon also has an exceptional collection of antique carriages. Christy and Gérald will be our guides as we explore the Brittany coast and countryside, learn about its rich Celtic and Gallic heritage, see some ancient standing stones, and visit other splendid private châteaux and manoirs where Gérald’s friends will invite us for tea or dinner.
Chef Jean-Yves Jaguin, whose restaurant La Ville Blanche has had a Michelin star for many years, will share his passion for his native Brittany and the secrets of his exceptional cuisine. All of this will come alive in hands-on cooking classes, a market visit, and oyster and shellfish expeditions. To round out this extraordinary week, we will take several lovely promenades with breathtaking views of the sea.

 

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

• Arrival at the Guingamp train station in the afternoon.
• Tea at the Château de Kerivon, followed by a tour of the château and grounds.
• Champagne and festive welcome dinner at Château de Kerivon.

Day 2

• Cooking class and lunch with Chef Louis Leroy at the Goeland Restaurant.
• An afternoon of exploring the Côte de Granite Rose.
• Late afternoon crêpe cooking class at Kerivon.
• Soirée crêpes at Château de Kerivon.

Day 3

• Morning boat trip weather permitting.
• Light lunch at the Manoir de Lan Kerellec
• Afternoon cooking class and dinner at La Ville Blanche with Chef Jean-Yves Jaguin.

Day 4

• Morning cooking class and lunch at Le Goeland with Chef Louis Leroy.
• Afternoon of shell-fishing with Chef Leroy, followed by a walk on the lovely Ile Milliau.
• Simple seafood dinner at Château de Kermezen.

Day 5

• A full morning at the magnificent market in Lannion where we will purchase seasonal delicacies for lunch.
• Feast on our market purchases at the Château de Kerivon.
• Afternoon cooking class and dinner at La Ville Blanche with Chef Jean-Yves Jaguin.

Day 6

• Early morning market in Perros-Guirec.
• Shopping or optional 1/2-day at the fabulous new spa Agapa (additional fee).
• Moules-frites lunch in Perros-Guirec.
• Afternoon free for more shopping or walking along the coast.
• Champagne cocktail party with the chefs.
• Farewell gala dinner at the Château de Kerivon.

Day 7

• Depart for the train station at Guingamp after breakfast.

 

Accommodations & Cost

Accommodations: Beautiful antique filled rooms in a private château.
Included in the cost: Six nights accommodations; all ground transportation; all meals including aperitifs and carefully selected regional wines; all cooking classes; and all sightseeing and private visits as described above. Limited to ten class participants.
Not Included in Cost: Airfare; train to and from Guingamp; alcoholic beverages except as specified in the program.
Cost: $4,690 per person, single supplement $600.00. Important note: substantial changes in the value of the dollar may require changes in the price of the tour.
Deposit: $1,000.00 per person.

 

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