Europe for Families Itinerary

Europe for Families Itinerary

Europe for Families Itinerary

EUROPE FOR FAMILIES ITINERARY

Join other families, in our exciting Families in Europe Program! Your hosts, Dorette and Erick and the Taste Team invite you to join us in the beautiful and ancient 14th Century watermill in the small village of Poudenas. We’re excited to share this warm and robust week with you and your family! A minimum of 6 parent and pre-teen or teen participant teams is required to offer this itinerary and is limited to a maximum of 13 participants. Make this the year you live the legend, Gascony.

DAY ONE

Arrival, Exploring and Aperitifs Tasting

After a late afternoon arrival at the train station you will be met by your host who will take you to your home for the next few days, the beautiful and charming La Belle de la Gasconne in the small village of Poudenas. If you come with your own car you will be sent directions to come directly to the millhouse. Settling in.

After a walk through the village, you'll return for an aperitif tasting at the millhouse. Each night we’ll try a different delicious regional aperitif. Dorette, and her entourage are experts in teaching you the “trucs” of enjoying typically southwestern French dishes: garbure – a delicious soup, apple desserts, patés, rillettes, duck confit, foie gras, etc.  

Walk across the street for Dinner at Cafe Galerie, owned by Jean-Claude Gracia and his wife, Sandrine.

 

DAY TWO

Morning walk, Typical Long Lunch, and Light Dinner Repast

Petit Dejeuner.

(Coffee, Tea, Honey, Yogurt, Fruit, Confiture, Croissants, Baguettes) 

Or relax or take your own stroll along the towpaths along the Gelise River.

Tres Typique Sunday Long Lunch – in a bucolic setting with fabulous regional duck dishes!

Cooking Class and Artisan Visit*

Apres lunch visit a local farm and make your very own long wooden cooking spoon!

Enjoy sweets prepared from the Farm’s fields and orchards; such as   

Saracen Cookies and Buckwheat Cake with Plums.

Learn about Marmite cooking and sustainable farm life in France.

Light Dinner Repast.

 

DAY THREE

History of the Kitchen, La Belle Gasconne and Poudenas

Petit Dejeuner.

(Coffee, Tea, Honey, Yogurt, Fruit, Confiture, Croissants, Baguettes) 

Enjoy visiting the kitchen and learning about the history of la Belle de la Gasconne.

 

Patisserie Class: Begin Puff Pastry, Gateau Jaune with Crème Anglaise

Horse Ride in the Country or Horse and Buggy Ride

Before dinner ritual: a walk to Chateau Poudenas will give you a panoramic view of the Lot-et-Garonne and a moment to stretch your legs before we head back to the millhouse for a dinner inspired by the day.

Dinner: 

Aperitif of Pousse Rapier

Salade Frisee Aux Lardons

Grilled Toulouse Saucisse With Lentils

Gateau Jaune with Crème Anglaise

 

DAY FOUR

Learn about the days when La Belle Gasconne was a 14th Century Flour Mill. How did it work?  Visit the Regional Shop besides Café Galerie.

Petit Dejeuner.

(Coffee, Tea, Honey, Yogurt, Fruit, Confiture, Croissants, Baguettes) 

 

Visit Marche In Lavardac. Enjoy a deluxe charcuterie tasting.

OR

Visit Buzet Wine Cooperative.

Before dinner ritual: walk along the Gelise River and learn more about the number of mills in the region. Head back with an appetite for a robust dinner by candlelight.

Cooking Class and Dinner:

Aperitif of Vin de Noix

Poisson With Fennel and Onion Confit

Celeri Remoulade

Carrot Rapee

Les Pruneaux d'Agen au vin blanc du Jurancon et a l'Armagnac

 

Day Five

Local Herbs and Village Gardens.

Petit Dejeuner.

(Coffee, Tea, Honey, Yogurt, Fruit, Confiture, Croissants, Baguettes) 

After the mist clears, the morning is bright and clear. Snails climb the picture window. Ducks swim across the millpond.

 

Morning Desserte Class: Lemon Verbena Flan.

Visit to Vic-Fezensac: Lunch followed by Gelas Armagnac Tasting.

Before dinner ritual: walk to the horse farm above Poudenas. What fruit trees are those? Can we see Spain? Let's collect some herbs for our Pomme de Terre. 

Dinner

Moule Marinieres (mussels in the style of the boatman)

Pomme De Terre with local herbs (potatoes with herbs)

Les Flans a la verveine de la Mere

 

Day Six.

Fig and Honey Tasting. Ooolalalalala.

Petit Dejeuner.  

(Coffee, Tea, Honey, Yogurt, Fruit, Confiture, Croissants, Baguettes) 

 

Visit Marche in Auch or Eauze

Before dinner ritual: walk to a walnut grove and learn about the art of making an apertifi called vin de noix. Then back to the millhouse for a luxurious and rare honey dinner. 

Miel (Honey) Class and Dinner:

Aperitif of Chestnut

Roasted Beet And Mache Salad With Walnut Vinaigrette

Poulet with Shallots, Tarragon and Acacia Honey Jus

Fig Tart with Chestnut Honey

 

Day Seven

Chateau Poudenas walk. Scavenger Hunt. 

Petit Dejeuner.  

(Coffee, Tea, Honey, Yogurt, Fruit, Confiture, Croissants, Baguettes) 

Your team assignment for tonight's D'artagnan Cooking Competition awaits at breakfast!

Team Gnocchi or Team Tart? Bon chance!

 

Visit Chevre Farm or Local Apiary

Dinner: Grande Finale, Three Musketeers Cooking Competition

(we provide the ingredients, you just have to find them)

 

Day Eight

Petit Dejeuner.

(Coffee, Tea, Honey, Yogurt, Fruit, Confiture, Croissants, Baguettes) 

 

Visit the Nerac Market, Lunch for the train ride.

Agen train station and au revoir...unless you want to prolong your visit for a few more days with more wine and food discoveries and new French acquaintances to make.

After breakfast you will head to Agen (depending on your departure schedule) with a visit though the Nerac market before getting back on the train or plane for your next destination.