Europe for Young Adults

Europe for Young Adults

Europe for Young Adults
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OVERVIEW

For over 10 years, the C’est Si Bon! Cooking School leads small, intimate groups through a sensory-awakening, educational European taste adventure. You’ll start life-long friendships while learning new culinary skills and tasting the world’s finest foods. Our fun-filled, enriching culinary curriculum encourages young people to familiarize with international cuisine, hone conversational language skills, and explore new cultures. Our mission is to empower generations to come with the skills and confidence needed to passionately pursue and fulfill their life goals and shape the world around them. Join C’est si Bon and taste the adventure!

A SUMMER EXPERIENCE TO REMEMBER 

Let France and Spain enchant you with their host of colorful, historic buildings and charming sunflower-filled landscapes. On this one to two-week European excursion, your hands will acquire the culinary sense necessary to shape and craft French and Spanish 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. Float through the French countryside on our canoe tour and drink in the graffiti that builds into Spanish cities with its imaginative force. Take to European waters by canoeing down French canals and stand-up paddle boarding along Barceloneta beach. The sensory experience of European cooking and dining is the center of every day. You'll stir saffron into a fragrant authentic paella bursting with local seafood that you’ll pluck from the famous Boqueria market. Get lost in the feeling of exploration of life and all its flavors.

ACTIVITIES 

o Puff Pastry Making

o Learning Centuries-Old French Recipes

o Patisserie and Charcuterie Expert Lessons

o European Market Shopping Adventures

o Spanish and French Language Immersion

o Canoeing along Historic Rivers

o Horseback Riding through Sunflower Fields

o Fencing in the Hills of Gascony

o Hiking alongside European Castles

o Mushroom Gathering in France

o Bicycle Tours through Lively Barcelona

o Picnics on the Mediterranean Sea

o Spanish Tapas Restaurant Hops

o Cultural Studies

A “TASTE” OF YOUR DAYS IN EUROPE

Our adventurous travelers can enjoy up to two weeks in Europe, with one week in the gorgeous rolling hills of Gascony, France and another week in the lively city of Barcelona, Spain. From small country markets and fields of sunflowers and lavender, to bustling tapas restaurants nestled along the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea, our adventurers gain a broad and rich understanding of French and Spanish cuisine, culture and life. During our mornings, participants learn new recipes for pastries, omelets, frittatas and quiche. Language practice, aroma guessing games, and food market exploration fill our afternoons. We integrate farm-to-table methodology with an emphasis on seasonal offerings, local authenticity, and friendship-building across cultures. Through this experience, travelers 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 lessons in puff pastry making, local market shopping and preparation for afternoon picnics. More active mornings include a horse-back ride through King Henri’s forest, a lesson in the art of fencing, 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.

A Day in Barcelona, Spain
You are sure to have a magical start to the day with a scavenger hunt for dragons in the Eixample district, a study into mythology’s impact on Spanish architecture, or paddle-boarding within Barcelona’s famous Mediterranean waters. A visit to the home of famous artist, Gaudi, or an exploration of the Boqueria market with guided discussion about Iberico ham and Catalonian artisan olive oil open our minds to new culinary experiences. As afternoons fall into evening, we’ll bicycle to the best tapas cafes, learn how to prepare freshly caught fish, or enter another world alongside Barcelona’s beaches and gardens.

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WHO’S JOINING THE ADVENTURE?

We welcome college students, young alumni, and those in graduate studies who understand the ultimate adventure that is a food-centered life! On our European culinary travel adventures, you’ll meet other young people ages 18 and up with enthusiasm for culture, cooking, and travel. Our lead instructors are Dorette and Rich Snover, the husband-and-wife couple behind the highly applauded C’est Si Bon! Cooking School in North Carolina. Their talented son, Erick Snover joins Kayla Telles as chef guides for our teen travelers. A highly trained executive chef in Vail, Colorado, Erick specializes in Japanese kaiseki cuisine. He loves introducing individuals to the world of European cuisine and traveling extensively for 2-3 months a year to experience other cultures and cuisines. Kayla is a talented culinary conoussieur who is passionate about educational and cultural experiences for young people. She is also a licensed EMT with advanced training who loves to teach programs in the Vail area, where she has also worked in sports medicine. Her medical background gives us all wisdom and comfort. We are thrilled and honored to have her on the team of Taste the Adventure. 

ACCOMMODATIONS 

14 days, 13 nights for both weeks

OR

7 days, 6 nights for one week

In Gascony: a restored 14th century French millhouse that was once a Michelin restaurant.
In Barcelona: a modern bed and breakfast in the artsy Gracia district.

SESSIONS

2-Week Session Available:

Barcelona & Gascony
Session 3 from July 21 to August 4

1-Week Sessions Available:

Barcelona
Session 3 (A) from July 21 to July 27

Gascony
Session 3 (B) from July 27 to August 4

COST

$2500/participant/session + flight + train for one week (Gascony or Barcelona)

$4750/participant/session + flight + train for two weeks

Bring a friend = $250 per person off for one week OR $500 off for two weeks

Individuals are required to book their flights from home to Europe and back. (Or wherever their travel plans bring them from and take them on to.) Participants traveling in Session 3 A (July 21st to July 27th) need to arrive in Barcelona (BCN) and depart from Barcelona (BCN). Participants traveling in Session 3 B (July 27th to August 4th) need to arrive to Agen train station and depart from Agen train station. If you are doing both Session 3 A and 3 B group train reservations from Barcelona to Agen will be handled by C’est si Bon and participants will be required to pay for their train costs by June 1st. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for additional information on booking plane travel.

  • At time of registration – deposit due ($1500) for each session
  • May 1st – remaining due ($1000) for each session
  • June 1st – Train travel cost due (estimated $200-$300)

SAMPLE RECIPES FROM OUR ADVENTURES

From Barcelona - Barcelona Brittle with Smoked Paprika and Black Pepper Chocolate

From Gascony - Salade Frisee Lardon with Crispy Duck and Sesame Dressing

REGISTER NOW!

We are still accepting applications for Summer 2017 sessions! Contact us to schedule a Skype chat or phone call so we can tell you more about our incredible years leading adventure cooking experiences through Europe. We would love to answer your questions and learn about your love of travel, cuisine, and adventure!

Call us today to talk with our team: (919) 942-6550! Or click the image below to contact our team and schedule a phone call or Skype chat! You can also register by clicking the "Register Now" image below. We're excited to meet you!

 

Learn about our other adventure travel experiences for foodie teens and families!

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