Join us for an unparalleled, 3-day
Food and Wine Extravaganza in Burgundy!
June 22-24, 2018
Imagine yourself dining in a private 15th-century vaulted wine cellar by candlelight, surrounded by newfound friends, quaffing delicious vintage Burgundies in the heart of the world’s most iconic wine country with a celebrated French-American chef as your guide.
The fun begins Friday evening with a welcoming poolside party served with ample hors d’oeuvres and plenty of local wines from Savigny-Les-Beaune to indulge in. The following morning, we will meet at the famous Beaune Saturday Market and shop together for lunch, stopping afterwards to enjoy escargot and charcuterie and an informal wine tasting on the terrace at Pavillon François Gaunoux in Volnay. We’ll then return home to transform the raw ingredients into a fantastic late lunch paired with exquisite wines. On Sunday morning, we’ll have a cooking class where we prepare one of the most classical Burgundian dishes: Poulet de Bresse à la crème, made with the highly acclaimed AOC blue-footed Poulet de Bresse. Regional wine expert Pascal Wagner, self-described ‘Oeno Technical Wine Storyteller Sommelier’, will stop by the mansion to present a very personalized and lively wine tasting followed by a sumptuous meal served in the celebrated 15th-century wine vault.
Jovial. Good Humored. Gregarious. Festive. Fun.
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“SI BENE COMMEMINI CAUSÆ SUNT QUINQUE BIBENDI HOSPITIS ADVANTUS PRÆSENS SITIS ATQUE FUTURATUM VINI BONITAS ET QUÆLIBET ALTERA CAUSA” — If I recall correctly, there are 5 reasons for drinking: the arrival of guests, the actual thirst and the future one , the quality of the wine, and any other reason that pleases.
The three-day gastronomic excursion will be based in Savigny-Les-Beaune, located 3 km from Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, and is perfectly located in the center of the famous “wine route.” The meals will be held at a historic winery built above a 15th-century Cistercian Abbey cellar. The former winery was built in a warm, contemporary style, while respecting its authentic character. The comfort of the house, with its large enclosed garden and swimming pool will offer a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere to discover the Burgundy wine region.
Each event will offer something completely different and unique for you; the personalized cooking classes are prepared with only the freshest, local and seasonal ingredients available, and shared together around the winery’s large dining table in the bright, open kitchen, or perhaps in the superbly restored 15th-century vaulted cellar. Throughout the lessons, we will discuss cooking techniques, theories, methods and labor saving tricks learned over decades of professional cooking. Every student, regardless of cooking competency, will walk away having learned to cook in a more purposeful and freeing style.
Friday Evening: Welcome to Savigny Les Beaune (7pm to 10pm; June 22, 2018)
Join us for a welcome poolside party with ample hors d’oeuvres, charcuterie and farmhouse cheeses served with local wines from Savigny-Les-Beaune to indulge in. This is the perfect moment to get together and learn more about each other.
Saturday: Morning Tour of Beaune Market, Wine Shop Visit and Cooking Class followed by Late Lunch (8:30am to 5pm; June 23, 2018)
Meet bright and early in the center of Beaune to wander the famed Saturday Market where we’ll meet local vendors selling everything from Poulet de Bresse, cheeses, air-cured meats and charcuterie, fruits and vegetables, to antiques and dresses. We will source all the necessary ingredients to make our two cooking classes and meals a delicious success.
At 11:30, we will visit Pavillion François Gaunoux and have a quick snack of escargot and charcuterie before heading back to the mansion for a personalized cooking class and late luncheon.
Sunday: Late Morning Cooking Class, Lively Wine Tasting Class and Rustic Cellar Luncheon (10am to 3pm; June 24, 2018)
We will meet at the winery for croissant and coffee, then begin to make lunch together. Noted wine expert and storyteller, Pascal Wagner, will join us for a lively wine tasting complete with insider stories followed by lunch in the 15th-century wine cellar.
We would be thrilled to have you join our insider’s gastronomic food and wine tour!
NOTE: Airfare and Lodging are not included; great accommodation recommendations can be found here.
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Convivialis, To Feast (v)
Chef François de Mélogue has over 20 years of cross-cultural culinary experience, and brings an impressive culinary history and a unique French cooking style. After graduating top in his class from the notable New England Culinary Institute, Chef François began his career in a number of highly acclaimed kitchens across the country, including Chef Louis Szathmary’s restaurant The Bakery in Chicago, Old Drovers Inn, a Relais and Chateaux property in New York and Joel Robuchon’s Gastronomie restaurant in Paris, before opening award-winning restaurant Pili Pili in his hometown of Chicago, rated in the Top Ten new restaurants in the World by Food and Wine magazine in 2003. While working with Robuchon, François began to shape his personal culinary philosophy of “Cuisine Actuelle,” which showcases the natural flavor in the ingredients he uses to create his dishes.
François specializes in simply prepared cuisine that is enhanced by his appreciation and knowledge of fine wine, craft beer, charcuterie and cheese. In line with his belief that food should be prepared without unnecessary distractions or alterations, François creates honest, healthy and delicious cuisine that is approachable and always delightful. He has written his first cookbook about Southern French cooking, “Cuisine of the Sun; A Ray of Sunshine on Your Plate” – an edible love letter to the South of France.
Lisa de Mélogue is obsessed with creating organization and weaving fun and education into everything she encounters. She has over 15 years of hospitality experience doing everything from managing restaurants and tasting rooms (including world-renowned Duckhorn Wine Company and Roederer Estate), conducting educational wine classes to hosting wine and food events of all sizes. Lisa is a Francophile who loves all things French and is thrilled to share her passion and love with the group.