A non-refundable deposit of half the value of your experience will be required to confirm enrollment (2650 Euros for single occupancy, and 2400 Euros per person for double occupancy). You can pay this deposit by wire transfer or with Paypal or with any major credit card.
If you choose to pay via Paypal, we will add a 2% fee to the price (their handling fee).
If you choose to pay with credit card, we will add a 4% fee to the price, due to Paypal handling fee for the transaction (we use them to handle credit card transactions) and FX charges.
The final payment will be due 150 days before the class. If the payment is not made on time, you could lose your reservation and your deposit.
The class depsoit is a commitment for us to hold your space and for you to participate to the experience, and as such is considered non refundable. Should you cancel at least 150 days before the first day of your experience and have good reasons, we will do our best to refill your spot, and if we succeed will refund you. However, you should also plan to take a personal travel insurance for the risk of cancelation. All cancelations less than 150 days before the first day of the experience you are planning to join will need to handled by your personal travel insurance. You can obtained such an insurance by visiting a local travel agent or on the internet.
In all cases however, if you are able to find people to replace you in the program you were going to attend, we will reimburse you in full for the number of people you will have found provided they actually attend the program.
There will be no exceptions to the above consideration, including in the case of such traumatic events as a death or sudden illness in your family or a terrorist attack somewhere in Europe.
If Le Foodist were to cancel for any other reason than ‘an act of God’ or ‘force majeure’, we would refund you all fees paid to Le Foodist. The costs of any travel arrangements you may have made would however not be reimbursed by Le Foodist. Again, for all refunds and cancellations which fall outside of the responsibility of Le Foodist as defined here, please manage with your personal travel insurance. You can obtain Travel Insurance from your local travel agent, or by searching the web.
There will be no partial refund for not participating in some of the classes or activities – whether by choice or because of illness or any external circumstances.
When we go to local markets you might find vendors who do not take credit cards, and this is when cash will be handy. However in most locations we will visit you should be able to purchase anything with a credit card.
The short answer is no. Your cheapest way to get Euros once in France will be to withdraw cash at an ATM with your credit/debit card. Be sure you have a four digit pin activated with your credit/debit card to do so. You can withdraw cash either on arrival in Paris, in Avignon, or even in the village of Sablet. This will be the best exchange rate you will get – rather than changing at tourists booths in the airport or in Paris for example. However, you should be able to pay with credit card in most places – it will only be at the producers market and maybe some specific shops in the Provençal market that it will be necessary to have cash on hand for purchases.
As the space at the Villa is limited, while we will be happy to welcome your traveling companion for all meals and activities, we can not offer a discount for his/her non participation to the cooking classes.
You will need to pay 50% of the amount as a deposit at the time of booking, and the other 50% at the latest 60 days before the start of your week.
All payments are to be made by wire transfer with details we will provide.
We will do this two weeks in June 2020: from Sunday the 7th to Saturday the 13th, and rom Sunday the 14th to Saturday the 20th
We will pick you up from Avignon TGV station on Sunday at 11:30 am.
We will then have lunch at the Villa, a quick cooking class in the afternoon and later a welcome dining cocktail to get to know each other, go through what the week will entail, and answer any questions.
The week will end on Saturday morning at 09:30 am when your transport will depart from the Villa to get you back to Avignon.
We will cook every day (Sunday to Friday), and sometimes twice a day.
There is no cooking level pre-requisite to participate – except a genuine enthusiasm for learning in general, cooking in particular. And an interest in French culture will make the whole thing even better.
We will provide all that will be needed to cook. If however you want to bring anything that you particularly like to cook with (knives or apron for example), you are welcome to do so.
We will be sending you the recipes of what you will have cooked after the week is finished.
As per our regular classes in Paris, we welcome children 12 years and above provided they are each accompanied by a participating adult. We can not make exceptions, sorry.
Yes, your partner can join you for all activities, excursions and meals without actually cooking. As the place in the Villa is limited though the price will be the same.
Your traveling companion who is not interested in cooking can join all the other activities, including of course all the meals and tastings.
1/3 of a standard bottle of wine (75cl) per person and per meal (lunch and dinner) is included in the price.
As our goal is to use a wide range of seasonal and local ingredients, and share a variety of different techniques there is a high chance you will get plenty to learn and eat. But you should assume this will be an omnivore week, where dairy and flour for example will be used regularly.
However, if you have specific dietary requirement you would like to share to confirm how that would work, please do not hesitate to email us.
We will provide aprons during the classes and you just need to be comfortable. Shorts, skirts or trousers – it is all OK with us, and up to you.
Chances are it will be sunny and quite hot in the sun (or by the swimming pool) during the day, but it will be cooler at night. So plan for a sweater, shawl or light jacket for the evening.
You should also plan footwear adequate to visit large markets and a couple of local farms and fields.
When we go out for dinner you will probably feel most comfortable dressing up a bit on that occasion – “business casual” comes to mind, where casual is really the key word.
Last but not least, there is a beautiful swimming pool, so you should plan the adequate attire to enjoy that as well.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the Villa or during transportation to and from the various activities locations. The smoking policy at the locations we will visit varies by location.
There are no TVs in the room. You will be able to access some services through the internet, but be aware that some services you subscribe to back-home will not be fully accessible in France as the diffusion rights might not have been negotiated for France. For example NetFlix, HBO, etc… have local versions of the services they have in the US – but not all. However it is still quite good: you can still watch “Chefs” …
Please check with your cell-phone service provider on how to get an international plan.
Sunday June 7th to Saturday June 13th
Sunday June 14th to Saturday June 20th
In Summary, pretty much everything
Transfer from and to Avignon
6 Nights Accommodation Double or Double Twin
6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 6 Dinners
6 Hands-on Cooking Sessions of 1,5 to 3 hours each
All visits and wine tastings
All meals with 1/3 bottle of Wine included per person per meal
(Double Occupancy Basis)
(Single Occupancy Basis)