Come cook with Robin in the Tarn!
Healthy, delicious and simple recipes
to inspire your home cooking.
No special cooking experience needed!
October 3rd-6th, 2013
Venue: La Terrasse de Lautrec
An elegant and charming small hotel in the center of the scenic French village in the beautiful department of the Tarn
The hotel has a magnificent and historic terrace garden with lovely views over rolling hills and farmland.
Wifi throughout; swimming pool; en suite bathrooms;
Free street parking nearby for those who rent a car.
The Cooking Classes
Robin leads all the cooking classes.
The workshop is conducted in English.
Group Size: About 7 participants
The dishes & recipes are based on his cookbooks, Delicious Dishes for Diabetics and Healthy Eating for Life (publication date January 2014, Constable & Robinson) plus recipes from his blog, http://robin-ellis.net/.
The focus is on healthy, delicious food based on Mediterranean cuisine. This is friendly, home-style cooking—not complicated or professional chef style.
No special cooking skills are assumed.
Photos of the last workshop (May 2013): http://tinyurl.com/Robin-sCookingWorkshop/.
Most of the cooking will be hands-on by all participants.
The group will prepare the lunch and dinner meals together under Robin’s guidance.
Kitchen clean-up help will assist.
Morning outings to local open-air markets including the Friday market in Lautrec and the Saturday market in Castres.
There is a hot air balloonist offering rides from Lautrec: www.ballade-en-ballon.com (Extra cost! Weather-permitting!)
The price of the workshop is based on each participant having her/his own private bedroom. However all the rooms can accommodate two people (some double beds, some twin).
You may bring a spouse, partner, friend, traveling companion who doesn’t wish to cook for a meal supplement.
Arriving Early, Staying On
If arranged in advance, it is possible to arrive at La Terrasse earlier (indeed most people arrive the day before the course starts) and stay on after the workshop finishes. Contact the owner, Dominique Ducoudray, directly to arrange this (she is fluent in English): email@example.com
Lautrec is a medieval bastide–a fortified hilltop village with a population of about 1700 people.
Additional photos of La Terrasse and Lautrec: http://tinyurl.com/LautrecWorkshop
It enjoys the official recognition as Un des plus beaux villages de France [one of the most beautiful villages in France].
The village is a step back in time with wonderful architecture, pleasant walks with lovely vistas. The church dates back to the 14th century. A lovingly restored working windmill sits on the hillside with a spectacular view from the summit towards the Black Mountains and the Pyrenees.
Lautrec has a charming café-bookstore, Café Plum, a small grocery store, a bakery, a butcher’s shop, an antique store, a pharmacy, post office, several hairdressers, and a few gift shops featuring local culinary delicacies including l’ail rose, pink garlic (the local specialty) and gift items using pastel bleu (the dye that once made the region wealthy).
Dates & Scheduling
Tentative schedule (based on the previous workshops, but subject to change):
Thursday afternoon, Oct 3rd, 2013
The workshop starts about 4pm with “Welcome” refreshments in the beautiful garden at la Terrasse and group introductions.
Then it’s off to the kitchen with Robin to prepare supper. Dinner together at around the table at La Terrasse.
Friday, Oct 4th
We buy our lunch ingredients at the Friday open air market in Lautrec and return to the kitchen to prepare our meal.
Late afternoon, cooking with Robin.
Dinner out together at a local restaurant.
Saturday, Oct 5th
Morning excursion to the lively Castres Saturday open air market to buy provisions for lunch and dinner.
Kitchen class at 11am with Robin followed by lunch.
Afternoon cooking class with Robin to prepare a special dinner in the main dining room of La Terrasse.
Sunday, Oct 6th
Cooking with Robin, preparing Sunday lunch, the final celebratory meal!
Monday, Oct 7th
Departures after breakfast (by 11am)
(Note: This schedule is subject to alteration.)
Getting to Lautrec (in the Tarn) southwestern France
The nearest airports are Toulouse Blagnac and Carcassone (about 1 hour 20 minutes drive).
Toulouse is served by British Air, Air France, KLM, Alitalia and Easy Jet amongst others.
Toulouse Blagnac is an excellent airport as the city is home to France’s aerospace industry. http://www.toulouse.aeroport.fr/en
If you are traveling from north America, you will need to change planes in London, Paris, Barcelona or similar European hub city.
Carcassonne Airport (served by RyanAir [no frills] http://www.ryanair.com/en) is about 1h20 drive to Lautrec. Ryanair runs no frills flights (usually the least expensive alternative) to Carcassonne from: Brussels Charlerois, Cork, Dublin, East Midlands, Eindhoven, Glasgow, Prestwick, Liverpool, London Stansted and Porto.
Castres-Mazamet Airport also has a small airport with a limited service from Paris and other French cities. Airlinair is the main regional airline.
All the airports have rental car agencies on site.
The nearest train station is Castres. From the station it is about a 15 minutes drive to Lautrec. Taxis and rental cars are available.
Private Ground transportation from the airport or train station to Lautrec can be arranged for an extra fee.
Handicapped access: Unfortunately the hotel venue is not suitable for anyone with mobility problems. There is one flight of stairs to the bedrooms and no elevators or lifts. There are stairs to the demonstration kitchen as well.
(In US dollars: $1440; in Sterling: £930)
Payment can be made in euros, dollars or sterling by bank transfer or check.
What’s included: accommodation for 4 nights, continental breakfast, all lunches & dinners, wine, teas & coffees.
All cooking tuition with Robin and excursions.
What is not included: Your travel costs to Lautrec.
A deposit of 25% secures your place on the workshop.
The balance is due one month before the workshop, i.e. September 3rd, 2013
Should you need to cancel before Sept 3rd, the deposit will be returned if your place on the workshop is filled.
(In that case, a handling fee on 50 euros will be charged.)
The deposit is not refundable after Sept 3rd 2013.
To book a place, fill out the registration form below and
return with your deposit (25% of the fee).
For further info, contact Meredith:
Registration Form: Cooking with Robin
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