Cutting it Fine: A Printmaking and Chef’s Table Experience

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Overview

Cutting it Fine is our second doubleheader for the season. Printmaking and a Chef’s table experience where the culinary artists will work equally as creatively as their fellow printmakers. Create a small edition of linocuts with Theo Paul Vorster in the La Creuzette art studio. The culinary artists will visit fresh produce markets, work with renowned French chefs, and eat at a Michelin restaurant while Louis Jansen van Vuuren and Theo Paul Vorster are doing their tutoring in the La Creuzette studio.


Cost Breakdown

La Creuzette special interest programmes are carefully compiled to ensure that you have the ultimate, hassle-free luxury holiday experience. Our all-inclusive land arrangement means that everything aside from flights, train tickets, Schengen visas and personal expenses are taken care of as follows:


  • €3 250 per person sharing
  • Collection from Châteauroux train station on the 15th October and transfer to La Creuzette
  • Luxurious accommodation at La Creuzette
  • Full board accommodation (i.e. all meals with drinks, also at restaurants we visit)
  • All excursions including entrance fees and gratuities
  • Painting course, art materials, and instructions
  • All cooking demonstrations and guest chefs
  • Transfer back to Châteauroux train station at the end of the week at La Creuzette


A non-refundable deposit of €1 000 secures your booking with the balance due on or before your arrival at La Creuzette. A single supplement of €650 for the week applies for single occupation. 


Itinerary

Day 1 (Tuesday, 15 October)

Collection from Châteauroux train station where the group will arrive between 12:00 and 13:00, and road transfer to Château La Creuzette, your holiday residence in Boussac village. We stop for a delicious lunch at the famous l'Escale Village. You arrive at your holiday destination in time for tea, coffee and mignardises (typically French confectionaries). Take some time to settle in, relax and explore the grounds. We meet in the dining room of the summerhouse at 19h30 for a glass of champagne followed by a four-course welcome dinner.


Day 2 (Wednesday, 16 October)

Breakfast will be served at 09:00 in the main dining room. After breakfast, the artists will start their first art session at 10:00 in the studio. A full day will be spent in the studio: Morning session 10h00 - 13h00. Lunch at La Creuzette. Afternoon session 14h30 - 17h00. The chefs will join Hardy on a visit to the Royal city of Bourges where we have scheduled a visit to the Monin factory. We enjoy a leisurely lunch at a delightful small bistro ‘LA GARGOUILLE’ right next to the cathedral, and thereafter we will have some time to shop for interesting ingredients to take home at one of the large restaurant suppliers in the city. At 18h00, we join the chefs at 1star Michelin restaurant “le Cercle” for a hands-on cookery session in the restaurant kitchens, followed by dinner. The artists will enjoy dinner at La Creuzette where Louis and Theo will be your hosts for the evening.

Day 3 (Thursday, 17 October)

Today is market day in Boussac. After breakfast, we take a short walk to the village to take in the fresh morning air and to browse the market stalls. Here you will find everything from fragrant soap from Marseilles to live chickens. The art guests will return to the studio at 10:30 for a full day of painting, while the cooking guests will forage for inspiration for our lunch menu with Hardy. Using the fresh ingredients selected at the market, lunch will be prepared and enjoyed at the long stone table in front of the La Creuzette summer kitchen. After lunch, we take a short walk to the 11th century Chateau de Boussac. This gothic castle (privately owned) is filled with an incredible collection of antiques and beautiful tapestries. We may have an opportunity to see the owners’ private apartments, which are not usually open to the general public. We explore the rest of the village and its interesting history. Later, we all meet in the summer kitchen at 18h30 for a cooking demonstration presented by a guest chef. Dinner follows.


Day 4 (Friday, 18 October)

After breakfast, the artists will have another full day in the art studio. The chefs visit a saffron farm where the owner will guide the group through the various stages of saffron production. We plan to do a hands-on picking/harvest session in the colourful fields. We return to La Creuzette where we will have lunch. After lunch, the artists will continue in the studio with their afternoon session. Hardy and the chefs are joined in the kitchen by patissier Philippe Vacheyroux for an afternoon pastry-making session. Later, we all meet for drinks followed by dinner.

Day 5 (Saturday, 19 October)

After breakfast, the artists will have their morning art session in the studio until 13:00. The chefs will meet Hardy in the summer kitchen at 10:00 to learn some basic molecular gastronomy techniques and after a morning of great fun producing ‘el buli’ type dishes, we all (artists included) sit down to lunch that we will have created. After lunch, we all (artists included) take the short drive to the picturesque village of Aubusson where tapestries and carpets have been woven and restored for centuries. We visit a master weaver’s studio, the carton (tapestry pattern) museum, and a restorer of antique masterpieces. There will also be time to amble through the rest of the village. Back at La Creuzette, you will have some time to pack before we meet for cocktails and our farewell dinner.


Day 6 (Sunday, 20 October)

After breakfast, the artists will have their last short morning art session while the chefs visit a Nougat manufacturer to see how nougat is made (with an opportunity to taste of course). Late morning we depart for Châteauroux from where the fast train to Paris departs.


Please note that this itinerary may be amended to accommodate suppliers, service providers and the weather.

Terms and Conditions apply

15 Oct 2019 - 20 Oct 2019

€ 3 250 per person sharing

  • Collection from Châteauroux train station on the 15th October and transfer to La Creuzette
  • Luxurious accommodation at La Creuzette
  • Full board accommodation (i.e. all meals with drinks, also at restaurants we visit)
  • All excursions including entrance fees and gratuities
  • Painting course, art materials, and instructions
  • All cooking demonstrations and guest chefs
  • Transfer back to Châteauroux train station at the end of the week at La Creuzette

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