Cooking Vacation

USA ~
Inn on the Alameda, Santa Fe, N.M.
The
cooking school provided by this charming inn in Santa Fe includes a two
night stay, a 2-1/2 hour class (with lunch and recipes), large
continental breakfasts both days and other amenities. The cooking
school fee starts at about $400 for double occupancy, depending on room
choice.

Applewood Inn & Restaurant, Sonoma County, California
Classes
at the La Buona Cooking School are held twice a month and range from
preparing unusual cuts of meat to BBQ and seafood. The rate is $100 per
person for a daytime class and $150 for an evening class, with dinner.
The inn features16 rooms and suites and occupies three pink stucco
buildings. The Piccola Casa suite, with its bedside fireplace, is
particularly nice. There are no special packages with rooms included.
Doubles start at about $200.

Laguna Culinary Arts cooking school, Laguna Beach, California

Red Mountain Spa School, St. George, Utah
At
this spa school for adventure cuisine in St. George, Utah, executive
chef Jim Gallivan teaches four two hour cooking classes every month. He
allows time for hiking and other activities in the schedule. Each class
is limited to 12 participants and emphasizes the principles of healthy
cooking. Package cost is about $2,800 for double occupancy and about
$1,700, single. The package includes deluxe accommodations in a
pristine natural environment, three meals a day, fitness classes, spa
facilities and other active life amenities.

Cherry Valley Lodge, Newark, Ohio
This
lodge offers several cooking and wine weekends throughout the year.
They also feature a program to cook with your kids. Programs include
lessons, accommodations, breakfasts and one dinner. Costs start at
about $600 for double occupancy.

Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, Amelia Island, Florida
The
Ritz-Carlton offers a seasonal two day package that includes working
side-by-side with the resort’s talented chefs. The cooking school
package includes two nights in a spacious, coastal-view guest room,
daily lunch with the chef, as well as all of the amenities of a luxury
resort. The package fees begin at about $900 double occupancy, $650
single.

Jane Butel, La Posada de Albuquerque hotel, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Held
at La Posada de Albuquerque, a historic landmark, this festive culinary
school offers authentic and innovative New Mexican and Southwest
dishes. Jane Butel, an expert on the region’s cuisine, offers
full-participation classes. Options include three-hour classes to
five-day, full-participation vacations.

Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekell Island, Georgia
"Cooking
at the Club" is a special three-night, four-day package available every
August at the Club Hotel on Jekyll Island, the barrier island midway
between Savannah, Ga. and Jacksonville, Fla. The mid week package
includes superior rooms in Crane Cottage for three nights, hands on
cooking classes in the Crane Cottage kitchen, patisserie sessions, a
wine tasting evening with the club’s sommelier, a daily breakfast and
farewell dinner. Doubles start at about $1,000, $650 single.

The Greenbrier Culinary Arts Center, White Sulphur Springs, W.V.
This
Greenbrier Spa has been offering cooking classes since 1977 and a
variety of new activities are in store for 2005, including BBQ
University with Steven Raichlen (May 3-6, May12-15, June 12-15 and
September 4-7), Saveur Cooks (April 22-24), A Marriage of Food and Wine
(May 24-27) and Cooking with Cast Iron with Chef John Folse (September
11-14). Please visit the Greenbrier website for current rate and
booking information.

Wheatleigh, Lenox, Mass.
This
English style country house hotel in Lenox, Mass. is renowned for its
exquisite dinners. Chef Bryce Whittlesey lets you in on his secrets
with his personally directed culinary classes. His full-day classes are
limited to six participants and held twice a year. There are also
shorter evening classes as well. Full day classes, including lunch and
dinner are about $200 per person.; half day, about $100; evening
classes, including dinner are $125.

Fourteen Lincoln Street, Niantic, Conn.
The
shore village of Niantic offers a culinary weekend retreat under
special arrangements. You and a group of family or friends must reserve
all four guest rooms of this unusual bed and breakfast inn for a
weekend that includes cooking classes taught by Cheryl Jean, the inn’s
proprietor and a Culinary Institute of America graduate. Jean
specializes in regional New England cooking but she also offers themed
classes if you prefer. The package includes two night’s accommodations,
a half-day cooking class, breakfasts and a sumptuous Saturday dinner
for about $725 per couple.

Canada ~
Strewn Winery Cooking School, Ontario, Canada
This
wine country cooking school offers five day packages consisting of
daily hands on cooking classes, visits to food markets and producers,
wine tastings, breakfasts and lunches, dinner at one of the region’s
top restaurants and deluxe accommodations at the Harbour House Hotel.
The package double rate is about $4,600 or $2,600 for single and
includes daily shuttle service between the hotel and cooking school.
Classes are held from late May through mid November.

Italy ~
International Cooking School of Italian Food and Wine
Cooking
courses range in price from $1,895-3,695. During the six-day course, 40
authentic dishes are taught. The students’ multi-course meals are
paired with regional wines.

Cuisine International

Cooking with Giuliano Hazan

Tuscan Women Cook
No
larger than 12 students, these classes are ideal for cooks at all
experience levels. Programs are offered in May, June, July, September
and October.

Bluone Cooking School
Offers week-long classes with a choice of four hotels.

Ecco Domani

Frence ~
Two Bordelais
A
former chef from Berkeley’s Chez Panisse started this regional school,
held in the idyllic countryside of Burgundy, France. Some of the
classes are held in a 300-year-old farmhouse, with first-class lodging
nearby. Field trips include visits to medieval villages, wine estates,
local artisans and more.

Le Cordon Bleu

Ecole Lenotre Paris

Ecole Ritz Escoffier

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