We hope sometime soon to take another group of people to the Berry region of France, where Chef Roland originally came from. Like all regions of France, the Berry has its own distinct set of flavors. There, we’ll set up house for one week at a country gite (country inn). Every day, we will explore the various markets, restaurants, chateaux, and other food experiences in the area. In the evenings, Chef Roland will guide us as we prepare our own French, family-style meals.
This isn’t about visiting the big cities or seeing the Eiffel tower; we want to show you how the French think about food from the ground up. (Note: There are brief opportunities to explore Paris.) We want to walk into a grocery store and see how differently food is marketed. We want you to experience everyday French food culture. When we return, we want you to have a better understanding of your own food culture for having experienced someone else’s. In 2010 and 2014, we took our initial tours to the Berry region of France, where we explored markets, local food (everything from quickie marts and 5-star restaurants), farms, vineyards, and local historic sites. When we go to France, we embed with a local family to experience authentic French life and what eating is all about.
Due to family needs and circumstances, we have had to postpone plans for tours at this time. We plan to resume tours as soon as our family situation allows. We will announce plans here and on Facebook.