Since 2004, the C’est si Bon! Cooking School has led small, intimate teen groups of 6-10 students through a sensory-awakening, out of the box, educational and challenging European taste adventure. You’ll start life-long friendships while learning new travel and culinary skills while searching out the world’s finest foods to make your own. But this is more than cooking. Our fun-filled and powerful curriculum encourages teens to expand their knowledge of international cuisine and culture, while honing conversational language skills, and exploring by foot, bike, and other active means where exactly they have landed. Our mission is to empower the next generation and generations to come with the skills and confidence needed to passionately travel, connect, find and fulfill their life mission and shape the world around them. Join C’est si Bon and Taste the Adventure!
A SUMMER EXPERIENCE TO REMEMBER
Let Gascony enchant you with her cuisine and charm you with her sunflower-filled landscapes. On this eight day European summer adventure for teens, your hands will acquire the culinary sense necessary to shape and craft Modern French cuisine while your mind indulges in the rich surrounding culture. There are countless adventures to be had in these new worlds of thought and experience. Explore the French countryside on horseback. Take to European waters in Gascony, and canoe the King's rivers. Combine the sensory experience of European cooking and dining with your growing confidence to make your world your own. You'll select fromage and plums in a French market, and cook in a 16th Century Michelin star restaurant kitchen. Get lost, and found, in the feeling of exploration of culture and all its flavors.
o Learn Modern French Influenced Dishes That You Can Make at Home
o Charcuterie Lessons with Local Experts
o European Market Shopping Adventures
o French Language Immersion
o Canoeing along Historic Rivers
o Horseback Riding through Gascony
o Hiking alongside European Castles
o Foraging Field Trips
o Rustic Picnics in the famous Gardens of the King
A TASTE OF YOUR DAYS IN EUROPE
Our adventurous teen travelers enjoy eight days and seven nights in France, flying into Paris and then training south to the gorgeous rolling hills of Gascony, Southwest France. From bustling markets to fields of sunflowers in Gascony, our teen adventurers gain a broad and rich understanding of country French cuisine, culture and life. Teens experience new flavors while they practice language within food market exploration. We integrate a farm-to-table methodology with an emphasis on seasonal offerings, local authenticity, and friendship-building across cultures. Through this experience, teens learn and celebrate the gifts of producing and cooking food in community.
A Day in Gascony, France
In Gascony, you’ll become part of the daily pace of a French village and steep yourself in the culture that brought the Three Musketeers story to life. We’ll start our mornings with petit dejeuner, local market shopping and preparation for afternoon picnics. More active mornings may include a horse-back ride through King Henri’s forest, and canoeing down the calm waters of the Ancient Gelise River. In the afternoons, we gather within the small restaurants of local experts and artisans in charcuterie, patisserie, and cheese-making. Each evening, we return to our welcoming 14th-century millhouse to practice our French language skills, relax by the pool, learn delicious French recipes, and gather around the table for warm conversation and reflections on the day.
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Join a small group of 6-10 teens aged 13-17 for our European culinary travel adventures! You’ll meet other teens with passion for culture, cooking and travel. Our lead guides and instructors are Erick Snover and Abbie Nichols, of the highly applauded C’est Si Bon! Cooking School in North Carolina. Erick is an excellent chef guide for our teen travelers. A highly trained executive chef in Vail, Colorado, Erick specializes in Japanese kaiseki cuisine. He loves introducing teens to the world of European cuisine and traveling extensively for 2-3 months a year to experience other cultures and cuisines. We are thrilled and honored to have him on the team of Taste the Adventure.
8 days, 7 nights
Accommodations in Gascony, France where we stay in a restored 14th century French millhouse that was once a Michelin restaurant!
Families are required to book their teen traveler’s round trip flights. Please inquire about remaining travel details.
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SAMPLE RECIPES FROM OUR ADVENTURES
From Gascony - Salade Frisee Lardon with Crispy Duck and Sesame Dressing
Interested in Booking a Family Travel Adventure? Call us today to talk with our team: (919) 302-5715! Or schedule a Zoom chat!