Dordogne, France

We are excited about our newest Foodie destination.  We will meet in Bordeaux / BOD Airport.  Our home for the week is a 17th century Chateau, nestled in a 184 acre estate in the heart of the Dordogne Region / SW France (nestled between the Loire Valley and Pyreneese mountains).
The property has been beautifully restored to its former glory and will provide us 10 luxurious guest rooms w/ private baths, 2 kitchens to utilize for cooking classes, an outdoor cooking area, fire pit for relaxing in the evening, Indoor  & Outdoor dining area, heated pool, extensive gardens (flower / vegetable) and a private lake stocked w/ Trout for fishing.  Available Games: Table Tennis, Boules, Badminton, croquet and board games.  An assortment of living rooms and lounge/ bar will provide our guests with many secluded areas to relax.  

Day 1: Meet at BOD Airport – 11am – Sight seeing in Bordeaux, wine tasting St. Emilio

Day 2: The Vezere Valley and Prehistory.
Drive to the village of Les Eyzies, visit to the PIP (Pole International de la Prehistoire), presentation of prehistory in South West France, particularly in the Vezere Valley, drive up the Valley as far as the picturesque village of St Leon sur Vezere, pause to stroll through the narrow paths in the village, lunch break. Afternoon visit to the Lascaux Cave replica. 

Day 3. Bergerac Vineyards, Roman Perigord
Drive to Bergerac, brief visit to Monbazillac Castle followed by guided visit and
wine-tasting, drive back to Perigueux, lunch break in the Medieval sector of the town followed by afternoon visit to the old Roman city of Vesunna.

Day 4: Morning visit to a Truffle Farm to learn all about the growing and hunting truffles. Drive on to the village of St Cyprien for lunch break followed by an afternoon visit to the village and castle of Beynac.

Day 5: Morning visit to local market with Chef Michael for mystery basket menu. Morning visit to the Sarlat farmers market w/ Chef Michael for mystery basket menu, followed by free time for shopping and lunch.  Early afternoon walking tour around the Old Town followed by a visit to Foie Gras Farm.

Day 6: Drive to Castelnaud, visit to the Walnut Farm, continue on to the the village of La Roque Gageac, lunch break followed by excursion on the Dordogne River by Gabarre.

Day 7: Morning walking tour of the Bastide village of Domme and Chateau des Milandes, pause for lunch then visit to Josephine Baker’s home, the Castle and the gardens.

Day 8 Depart Villa 8am – to Bordeaux BOD – book return flights after 11:30am

Weekly Menu

Day 1 – 
Welcome Dinner

Day 2 – 
Filet of Beef – black truffles, Bergerac wine reduction, buttered crouton
Local Greens – shallot-walnut dressing, goat cheese, homemade thyme crackers
Honey Seared Duck Breast – Pommes Sarladaise, sauce Monbazillac
Walnut Tart

Day 3 – 
Dinner Out

Day 4 – 
Mystery Basket Dinner – ingredients from a trip to the local farmers market

Day 5 – (Sous Vide Day)
Sous Vide Chicken “Coq-au-vin”
Garlic Soup
Sous Vide Pork Tenderloin – sauce Perigueux (truffles, Madeira, foie gras)
Walnut Parfait

Day 6 – 
Beet Purée – goat cheese ice cream, asparagus and seasonal vegetables
Duck Leg Confit – Monbazillac poached fruit, Anna potato crisps
Chocolate-Hazelnut Dacquoise

Day 7 – 
Salade Perigourdine – smoked duck breast, foie gras, potatoes, baby greens, vinaigrette
Walnut Crusted Cod – beurre blanc
Strawberry Charlotte – lady fingers, custard, whipped cream


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