The South of France is a vision as much as it is a place – of a coast that inspired generations of artists, and stone villages sleeping under the warm sun. The Luberon is one of my favorite place to spend time and if you want to stay in Apt for the day, a small perched village, go to the Saturday’s market, it has been around for 500 years. This small town has the largest market in the all Luberon region, the locals always go early to get their goods. It is a lively affair with specialties of local crystallized fruits, lavender oil and beautiful pottery.
There are 300-plus stalls taking over every street and square in the center of the town in a show of great abundance. Olives sit in tubs of brine, while goat’s cheeses sit redolent of Provence’s aromatic scrub. Also the orchards are the source of Apt’s famous candied fruits as well as the hills provide a dozen variety of honey. Sticks of saucisson are labeled “Wild boar” and even “Donkey”. Most priced of all , truffles bide their time in airtight containers waiting for the November season. The summer truffles are more affordable but once November is in full swing the price.
The chefs of the region share a love of the best produce from this beautiful land, but , maybe not more than Edouard Loubet, in charge of La Bastide d Capelongue, approximately five miles southwest of Apt, believes that it is a mistake to label Provencal cooking as ” cuisine of the south”, Provencal cooking involves food that is supposed to simmer , and mixes all the traditions between the Alps and the Mediterranean. Dinners are an instruction in the variety that the region can offer. Fittingly, there is even a small summer truffle, cocooned inside soft pastry, waiting to be revealed.
La Bastide de Capelongue is a double-Michelin-starred restaurant outside of Bonnieux and it offers a weekend lunch menu or multi- course tasting menus. the restaurant also runs cooking courses including wine tasting.capelongue.com
Thanksgiving in Provence, 2014.
Gather a group of 9 friends and win a one week stay in Provence.
November 22 -November 29, 2014.
$ 4,000 pp.
Villa Accommodation ( double occupancy).
Drivers / tour guides ( transfers, touring the region).
TGV train ride ( round trip) Charles de Gaulle international airport to Avignon.
Local chef ( breakfast, lunch & dinner) included.
3 bottles of wine included for dinner.
All activities are included.
Join us this November and spend Thanksgiving with us!