Our Gourmet Expeditions
The Epicureans are taking the road!
Anthony & Val are inviting you to join them for culinary adventures!
8 Days 8 Nights
September 17th-24th, 2022
A trip to France with Anthony & Val
An adventure curated around good times, good food and good wines. We are offering a unique experience. An itinerary designed with “slow travel” philosophy where you will stay in one location to immerse yourself with the local lifestyle and where you will have the opportunity to meet, interact and live like the community residents. We will discover Gironde (Bordeaux area) trough its exquisite gourmet flavors.
Our offering includes assistance with pre and/or post trip organization (want to stay in Paris for a few days? We can help you plan an unforgettable and seamless experience.)
Our group will comprise of a maximum of 20 guests.
Val & Anthony will host your entire stay. We expect visit from Anthony’s Family to join us on certain days/activities.
We will have the exclusive use of the Chateau Pitray, when not experiencing French Gastronomy in local establishments, we will have Chef Anthony cook his home specialties for us at the Chateau.
We will have our own private transport in coach with a private driver to take us comfortably from site to site.
We are curating, for you, a unique itinerary based around the pleasures of the table.
Our home for the week is Chateau de Pitray located 10 mins away from St-Emilion. It is a historical chateau with an operating vineyard. It comprise of 13 bedrooms, a kitchen, a formal dinning room, gardens, a pool, a reception room, two living rooms, tons of history and a unique character!
You will be assigned a bedroom and may have to share a bathroom with one other room.
As a Gourmet Expedition hosted by Epicureans Co, Fine Food and Beverages will take the central stage.
Breakfast will be enjoyed at the Chateaux and will consist of a typical French breakfast with an assortment of freshly baked pastries and breads from a local artisan bakery. It will be complemented by small farm jams, yogurts, fruits, juices, coffee and teas. You will be free to eat breakfast to your convenience in the kitchen, dinning room, your room, on the patio or by the pool.
For lunches, we will experience a variety of local eateries: creperies, bistros, relais du routard, pick-nick in the vineyard, fine vineyard restaurants, truffle farm restaurant, oyster shack; just to name a few.
Apero, French tradition: all good meals start by an Apero! We will sample a variety of specialties from Bordeaux areas to open our appetite: Pate, Saucissons, Rillettes, Foie Gras, Cheeses & Charcuteries from local markets… with a little local beverage;)
Dinners: Most Dinners will be enjoyed in the comfort of Chateau de Pitray. Anthony will feature some of his favorite meals, a few things he misses from back home. If you have sampled Anthony’s cuisine at the Bistro, you know what to expect: simple, flavorful heartwarming meals. Patisseries from a local artisans will conclude our meals everyday. We are planning to invite les Gueletons les Bon Vivants for an entertaining catered feast on the grill.
We have so many unique experiences for you! As we speak, we are still communicating with local producers to curate private tours and experiences. Our itinerary is on the draft board!
Here is a sample of the activities we are looking to include in your itinerary just to put you in appetite:
Private Guided Visit of Bordeaux in open roof bus.
Sight seeing Cruise on La Garonne
Visit of Bordeau covered market: Marche les Cappucins
Visit of Dune du Pila Archachon
Oyster sampling (feast) at a fisherman shack in Archachon
Caviar sampling at Perlita esturgeon hatchery
Visit of a Truffle Farm with a 3 courses truffle lunch
Visit of St-Emilion old town and churche's undergrounds in tuktuk
Visit of wineries of St-Emilion, Margaux and Sauternes famous wine regions and wineries
Bread making workshop at an old mill in Libourne with visit to the local Market
Bordeaux assemblage workshop. (yes, be a winemaker and design your very own blend!)
Dinner with les Gueletons les bon vivants (Anthony’s dad is particularly excited for this one!
We can promise you one thing: a tour like no others! One of a kind experience!
Your gourmet adventure includes:
Your accommodation in Bordeaux for 1 night and Chateau Pitray 7 nights
Daily apero and 3 meals a day in local restaurants or at Chateau Pitray cooked by your very own Chef: Anthony
Local transport in private coach with chauffeur
All visits, gourmet activities and tastings
Services from your personal hosts (Val & Anthony)
Assistance for your pre/post trip
Your flights to and from Bordeaux
Your travel insurances