Classic French Cooking – California Style

April 26, 27, 28 2019


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, Salad Lyonaisse

  3. French cheese tasting, chicken fricassee, baby greens with goat cheese, lemon tart

  4. Steak frites, and finish your croissants (Yes, you get to take them home!)


8 guests

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

1 premium king room w/private bath, priced @ $2400 per couple ($1200 per person)

1 standard queen room w/private bath, priced @ $2300 per couple ($1150 per person)

2 queen rooms w/shared baths, each priced at $2100 per couple ($1050 per person)