Party Provence Weekend Cooking Class Course

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I absolutely love teaching in Provence, the southeastern region of France bordering the Mediterranean. The famous outdoor markets of Saint-Rémy and Uzès are always brimming with delicious cheeses, the freshest seafood, gorgeous fruits and vegetables, spices, and are truly a shopper's paradise. Lucky for us, the ingredients from this area - olives, olive oil, garlic, sardines, lamb, chickpeas, fragrant herbs, cherries, peaches, and apricots, are easily found in the fantastic farmers' markets we have here in San Francisco. And of course the wines from the Rhone Valley including Chateauneuf-du-Pape and the delicious rosés are an essential element of Provençal cuisine!

During this week-long course, we'll virtually transport ourselves to Provence through the recipes I teach during my culinary journeys. I'll teach you how to make some of the classic Provençal summer recipes including Pissaladière, Bouillabaisse with Rouille, Socca (a chickpea, olive oil and cumin pancake from Nice), Spit-Roasted Leg of Lamb with Lavender Salt, Caramel Pot de Crème, Rustic Apricot Tart, and so much more. We will have wines paired from the region along with Rhone-style wines produced in California!

Cooking Class Details

Each hands-on cooking class will include recipes designed to highlight the typical dishes of a particular region, theme and/or cooking technique. After reviewing the recipes together, students will divide into teams to work on recipes together.

When we are finished cooking each day, we'll sit down in my spacious dining room and enjoy hand-selected wine pairings with each of the dishes we've prepared.

Wine Pairings

You know how I feel about wine so a delicious meal is not complete without the perfect pairing of wine! At the end of each class and paired with the meal we have prepared, we'll taste a variety of wines whose flavors and acidity have been selected to match those of each dish, and we'll learn about the grape varietals and origin of each wine and discuss them together. Wine tasting notes will be provided. We will also have a very special guest(s) pouring wines at some of our meals!


After cooking during the day, you will still have plenty of time to enjoy San Francisco and all of its wonderful views and sights. We can provide a list of nearby hotels and bed & breakfasts to choose from for your stay.

We can also arrange for car or taxi service from/to your hotel to Joanne's home. We are also happy to provide a list of Joanne's favorite San Francisco restaurants, cafes, wine bars, shops, and farmer's market locations. You can find some of her local favorites here.

Cooking Course Details

This week-long course costs $2,000 per person. The cost includes hands-on cooking instruction, copies of all recipes, an apron, and a multi-course lunch each class day complete with wine pairings. Full payment for the course must be included with your completed reservation form. Due to limited availability we cannot provide any refunds for cancellations.

*Note: Course fee does not include accommodations or transportation to the cooking school location.

Classes begin at 10am and finish at approximately 3pm. Classes are limited to 10 students so everyone gets lots of personal attention and a real hands-on experience. We recommend wearing closed-toe, rubber-soled shoes and comfortable clothes for the cooking classes.

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