Join us for a memorable vacation in Southern France with Chef James Eddington
September 22 – 29, 2018
Chef James Eddington invites you to join him on a culinary tour in the South of France.
Explore the charming Minervois wine region with this award winning chef.
We’re planning an intimate house party for a small group of food and wine lovers and hope you’ll join us in France next Fall!
Bring along your passion for beauty, history, cooking, good conversation and new sights and tastes for a holiday you’ll long remember.
your stay in a magnificent 12th century castle!
Home will be a beautifully renovated chateau in a tiny village surrounded by vineyards. Five private acres, a swimming pool, a garden and a vineyard will be yours to enjoy, and beautiful walks will take you out into the countryside in every direction.
Inside there is plenty of space for 10 guests to find privacy or spend time together. The house has been in the same family since 1730 – parts of it date back to the 12th century when it was a Cathar stronghold – so family furniture and portraits fill every room, making it a real home away from home. Your shared accommodation will be in handsomely decorated, antique-filled bedrooms with en suite baths and king or twin beds.
your culinary skills and knowledge of local food and wine at daily cooking classes.
Breakfasts will be at home and then we’ll set off in our own comfortable bus to a local market or artisanal shops to help James plan menus and select food. Cheeses, breads, seafood, sausage, honey, olives, produce of amazing size and quality – a morning at the market is entertaining and educational!
Lunches will be in restaurants typical of the region, from local favourites to Michelin-starred, from simple home style cooking to works of culinary art. We’ll taste our way through olive mills, wineries and dairies; we’ll make our own culinary discoveries and bring them home to share.
the countryside, the vineyards and ancient villages.
An early morning walk into the hills is a lovely way to begin the day and never to be forgotten. Bring your camera to capture vines bursting with fruit and the sun rising on tiny medieval villages that dot the patchwork of olive groves, orchards and vineyards. You’ll experience a way of life that hasn’t changed very much in thousands of years.
And each day will take us to an historic site or ancient village…
• Carcassonne, the largest walled city in Europe;
• Minerve, one of ‘The Most Beautiful Villages in France’;
• Narbonne, once the Roman capital of Gaul;
• Collioure, a medieval Mediterranean seaport;
• The Canal du Midi, in the 17th century considered to be the greatest human feat of engineering in the world
a way of life little changed in hundreds of years. The loveliest part of France is waiting to be discovered, and Chef James Eddington invites you to visit it with him in September 2018. The Minervois wine region is in the sunny south, nestled between the Pyrenees mountains and the Mediterranean Sea – the country’s oldest wine-producing region, beautiful, charming, rich in history and culture, the garden of France. Wine aficionados will already be familiar with the exceptional vintages to be found here, there’s no better place to explore and enjoy French cuisine, and no better guide than Chef James Eddington.
Your Tour Host
Chef James Eddington
Food is the focus of our trip, and cooking classes with our own chef will be the highlight of your days. You’ll learn the secrets of French cuisine and the culinary techniques and philosophies of Chef James Eddington. You’ll take home a wealth of knowledge and a week’s worth of new recipes, too!
James graduated from Fanshawe College in 1997 and immediately came to Exeter and opened his own restaurant, “Eddington’s of Exeter”, now celebrating 20 years in business. The restaurant is located in the original Carling homestead, built in the 1870s. After two major renovations, an addition of a new dining room and a serene outdoor backyard summer patio, the restaurant has a clean and modern look while maintaining its warm, traditional feel. James is an advocate of serving local food and states “we are so blessed to be living in such an agriculturally rich area of the world”. Although the local food movement is really starting to take off, it has always been the driving force in Eddington’s kitchen. At Eddington’s the menu changes frequently, as each season inspires the delicacies our region has to offer. Chef James was award “top 30 under 30” by the Ontario Hostelry Institute recognized by the Globe and Mail.
In addition to overseeing all aspects of the restaurant, James is also involved in the community. He is a member of the Exeter BIA, sits on the Huron County Economic Development board, as well as an Exeter Director for RTO4 Regional Tourism Board 4 (representing Agra culinary for Huron, Perth, Wellington and Waterloo counties). James has also supported many charities in Huron County and region throughout the years. He has donated many culinary prize packages as silent and live auction items for the Conservation Dinner and the Exeter Hospital Foundation. James has also supported the Huron Women’s Shelter, Taste for Life and helped promote International Women’s Day through the restaurant. On a personal note, James hosted hospitality and tourism students at the restaurant and mentors future chefs at Fanshawe College. Recently Chef Eddington has just purchased a small 25 acre farm along the shores of Lake Huron producing many of the restaurant fruits, vegetables and white beans and now tends his own Honey bees on premise.