Laurence is a masterful French chief and teacher. She began our day by meeting at the Santa Barbara harbor dock where the fisherman had just brought in their fresh catches. We visited with Stephanie the urchin diver and tasted urchin fresh from the Pacific! We also talked talked with the lobsterman, Jim the rock crab fisherman and the and a fisherman who had some beautiful fresh caught halibut. Laurence selected a 22 lbs halibut that became our main course later in the day.
The next stop was at the Santa Barbara farmers market. We spent a wonderful time browsing the market vendors for a variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts other items. This farmers market rivals those that we visited in Provence!
The next stop was at C'est Cheese shop for multiple tastings and to purchase cheeses for Laurence's meal and for our own nibbles for the rest of the week.
Next on to the main event! In a beautiful gourmet kitchen overlooking the Pacific, we spent the next couple of hours learning and cooking with two other couples and Laurence, our master French chief. We were served specially paired wines as the various courses were ready and also a glass or two just to complement the learning process!
The meal, wine and the good friendships developed where simply superb!! This day reminded us of a similar experience with Mama Agata in Ravello Italy.
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