Truffles, Caviar and Other Good Food    

From Chateau Marouatte


Dates: October 21 - 27, 2019

Marouatte is a stunning 14th Century fortified castle steeped in history and now fully restored as an amazing family home. Perched on a hill in the Green Périgord, a short distance from Périgueux, Chateau Marouatte enjoys spectacular panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. This majestic environment is the perfect setting for creativity, inspiration and relaxation.  Marouatte hosts many creative retreats throughout the year -- writing or song writing.  With the wealth of produce available, proposing a retreat in Culinary Arts seemed obvious. 

Experience a 5-day/6 night immersion in the very best Périgord has to offer. You will travel through some of the most picturesque ancient towns and discover the rich cultural history of the area. You will meet artisan producers of walnut oil and cheese makers, sample the rustic traditional charcuterie and cheeses, and enjoy comparative tastings of truffles and caviar. You will dine at several venues from casual bistros favored by the locals, to Michelin-star restaurants. Along the way, you will become an astute wine connoisseur with daily wine tastings of several appellations of Southwest France, and get first-hand knowledge of the region’s cuisine through hands-on cooking classes.

Your host for the week is Miles Copeland, owner of Marouatte and well known in the music business as the founder of IRS Records (REM, Go Gos, Fine Young Cannibals etc), long time manager of the Police, Sting, the Bangles and many others. Miles' father was a founding member of the CIA and his mother was a respected prehistorian, which resulted in an early upbringing in Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon. Growing up visiting crusader castles and ancient sites fostered in Miles an appreciation for history and the past.   

Acquiring Marouatte 26 years ago, the castle has been a great excuse to collect and decorate in medieval style with antiques, stained glass, tapestries, even suits of armor, yet with modern amenities and a home like ambiance. Meanwhile, as a genuine medieval castle, it was not hard to maintain its stately mystique. Invited musicians and songwriters over the past 20 years have created a prestigious legacy of hits created at and inspired by the castle. We hope to see this legacy expanded into other creative ar

The fall culinary retreat at Marouatte Cattle is designed to take advantage of the season’s produce the region is best known for:  truffles, walnuts, wild mushrooms, chestnuts, etc. You will learn traditional recipes such as walnut cake, emblematic hearty soups, the famous sauce Périgueux, as well as inventive, somewhat lighter fare such as salad Périgourdine, local trout with walnuts and wild mushrooms, duck magret, chestnut and chocolate cake.

In between the cooking workshops and market visits, there will be shopping trips to local boutiques and antique stores, and visits to medieval villages and castles.


Classes are limited to 10 students. Non-participating guests are welcome.

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