Lots to get through here today . . . .
Los Angeles–based globetrotting gastropreneur Wolfgang Puck is in town on Monday teaching a private, hands-on participation cooking class at the Walker Art Center followed by a private dinner cooked by the master himself. Last year, this event was responsible for providing its guests with loads of star power—both local and the LA type—a great class, and one of the best meals I had all year in any city. There are a limited number of seats available, and you can find ticket information on the Walker’s website.
Anyone interested can tune into the Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight at 10:30 p.m. CST to watch me feed Felicity Huffman and Jay Leno all the haggis they can handle.
Speaking of Bizarre Foods, season one resumes on July 9 with six brand new episodes, beginning with our Alaska show, which was phenomenal to shoot and promises to be even more fun to watch. The trip was previewed on these pages last February with some spectacular photos of our trip.
My pal Bret Bannon is leading a very exclusive and private food tour in Provence this coming fall that anyone who loves food and travel should consider checking out. Julia Child’s Cambridge, Massachusetts, kitchen sits in the Smithsonian Museum of American History, making La Pitchoune the only place where you can cook in the kitchen once owned by the culinary legend. According to Bret:
Cook in the footsteps of the incomparable Julia Child during a culinary tour to her former home, La Pitchoune, in Provence, where she lived when she wrote her first book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. La Pitchoune is a classic Provençal-style farmhouse sitting amongst olive trees, cypress trees, and vineyards, overlooking Grasse and the Côte d'Azur.
Guests will participate in daily cooking classes, most taught right in Julia’s former kitchen, led by the current proprietor, Kathie Alex, with one class being taught by a two-star Michelin chef. One morning will be spent touring one of the nearby outdoor markets and local food shops before a behind-the-scenes tour of Le Mas Candille, a two-star Michelin restaurant with Chef Serge Gouloumès, followed by aperitifs and lunch.
Each six-day tour is unique and might include a visit to a perfumery in Grasse, or a family-owned confectionary where organic rose petals are turned into a delicious and ethereal jam.
The first tour will take place October 28 – November 3, 2007. The cost is $2950, which includes double-occupancy lodging, each bedroom with a private bath at La Pitchoune. A welcome dinner the first evening, all breakfasts, lunches, and planned excursions are also included. The tour is limited to six people which provides an intimate, hands-on experience.