Classic French Cooking – California Style

November 9, 10, 11, 2018


California Culinary Retreats weekends are all inclusive. That means all your meals and drinks, your 4 cooking classes, accommodations, materials, and take home items are included in the price. All you have to do is get yourself to your retreat, and leave the rest to us!

The Weekend in Brief

Join us for an exquisite weekend of authentic French cooking. Chef Carol Cotner Thompson has been teaching French cooking for over twenty-six years. This cooking retreat will focus on cooking techniques, such as sautéing, braising, roasting and baking and, as always, we begin our retreat with knife skills.

You will have four cooking classes while staying with us at the beautiful Montecito property. All the classes begin with an overview lecture, and move to hands-on cooking in the kitchen. We dine together at beautifully-set tables. When you are not cooking, you are free to relax, read a book in the garden, go for a walk in the hills, stroll on the beach,  or shop in Montecito - your choice.

The retreat begins on Friday afternoon between 4 - 6pm, and we conclude our weekend Sunday after a leisurely late lunch.

Classes will cover:

  1. Sole al a meuniére, potatoes dauphinoise, haricot verts, chocolate mousse

  2. Croissant workshop, composing delicious salads

  3. French cheese tasting, chicken fricassee, baby greens with goat cheese, fresh apple galette

  4. Perfecting the soufflé, and finish your croissants (yes! you get to bring them home)


8 guests

The retreat is all-inclusive - including your private beautifully-appointed room, classes, all beverages and meals.

2 rooms w/private bath, each priced @ $1990 per couple ($995 per person)

2 rooms w/shared baths, each priced at $1890 per couple ($945 per person).