We spent several wonderful days in early October with Terresa. She is an amazing chef and wonderful ambassador for Paris. We visited an incredible bakery, meat market, open air food market ,where we purchased lovely vegetables from local purveyors, and a cheese shop. We have been to Paris many times and were delighted to visit areas for the first time. After the tour we went to her apartment to prepare all this lovely food. Terresa does more than instruct. She teaches you how to take simple ingredients and create delicious food using ingredients you would be familiar with but never think to use in these dishes. We prepared kale pasta, a red cabbage salad, kale stems (which were delicious) and an apple tatin. She paired the food with lovely organic wines and cheese.
The next day we took the train to the Loire Valley and visited an organic winery and learned about the wine harvest which was in progress. It was very interesting to see the differences in the production of organic wine and visit with the local people who were working the harvest. Christophe, who owns the label and produces the wine, was wonderful and full of information about natural wine production. It was really interesting to visit the local cave where he stores wines and his farmhouse. His wines La Lunotte, were delicious and he was a gracious host. We also prepared a lovely vegetable bread soup and poached pears which we shared with the people who were involved with the harvest. There is a great difference between working for someone and friends working together. If you would like to depart from an orchestrated, scripted wine tasting and discover what a day in the life of a dedicated French winemaker is like, we encourage you to take this trip with Terresa.
We love to cook and always try to find interesting cooking classes when we travel. We certainly would rank our time with Terresa at the top of the list not only because of what we learned but it was a real pleasure meeting someone who is so knowledgeable and dedicated to her passion.
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