I hope you are doing well as our days are becoming lighter and longer after the long winter months. On the note of looking to a brighter, lighter seasons, I’m delighted to share our upcoming culinary journeys with you.
Over the next couple of months we’ll be exploring gastronomy temples in the Basque region, full of regional delights and hard-to-find (and even harder to book) restaurants—only a few remaining spots for this one; taking a deep dive into the Burgundy wine scene; and exploring next-level pasta with a “tour de force” tour in Bologna; as well as celebrating Bouillabaisse with a Marseille discovery tour to open in the summer months.
Spaces are filling up fast so get in touch if you’re interested in joining us on one of these adventures, or learning more about our personalised trips.
An Exceptional Deep dive into Burgundy
APRIL 20 – 23
Luxeat is pleased to offer a truly unique, insider’s tour at the table with the vigneron’s from eight noble domaines; dining at fine restaurants; a prestigious Gala Omakase dinner; a Burgundian banquet and Paulee and insights into the gourmet traditions of the world renowned Côte d’Or region of Burgundy.
This may be your only opportunity to sit at the same table in Burgundy with some of the best vigneron’s in the world; to ask them about their lives and wines, to feast like Burgundian nobility for three days and drink a very high end selection of Premier Cru and Grand Cru white and red Burgundy wines sourced directly from their cellars and private collections. Provenance does not get any better than this.
1: The Omakase dinner on Friday evening, prepared by Sushi Master, Tiago Cardoso di Silva, who is joining us from Paris for this exceptional event.
In keeping with Luxeat’s passion for Japanese excellence, our Omakase dinner will feature both high end Sushi and Wagyu offerings, accompanied by a range of exceptional Premier and Grand Cru wines from Puligny Montrachet and Vosne Romanée and other villages of the Cote de Nuits.
To accompany the Sushi courses we will be enjoying aged White Burgundies in magnum from the three great Clos Monopole vineyards in Puligny Montrachet of domaine Jean Chartron. These magnums are part of the family cellar collection and will be presented by Jean-Michel Chartron.
To accompany the Wagyu beef and other savoury courses; we will be enjoying a range of refined and pure Red Burgundies from Vosne Romanée & Nuits Saint Georges. These bottles are supplied directly from the prestigious cellar of domaine Thibault Liger Belair, as presented by Thibault Liger-Belair.
2. A Burgundian banquet and Paulee at Chateau de Charodon on Saturday evening, featuring the biodynamic wines of Louis Vallet. Louis has been likened to being the new Henri Jayer of Burgundy by the renowned chef and wine bar owner; Fabienne Parra: the former owner of Ma Cuisine and Le Bout du Monde.
There will be live music during the dinner and Paulee. In true Burgundian tradition, a Paulee is where Luxeat guests are invited to share their own favourite Burgundy wines with each other and the vignerons, after the conclusion of the dinner wines served by Chateau de Charodon.
3: Three fine Burgundian restaurant meals with specially selected Luxeat menus and Burgundian vignerons with their fine wines in attendance.
The restaurants and vigneron’s are:
- La Ferme de la Ruchottes in Bligny Sur Ouches, run by the renowned Fred Menager.
Vignerons: Hubert L’Estime of domaine Jean-Noel Gagnard in Chassagne Montrachet, and Virginie Taupenot of domaine Taupenot-Merme in Morey Saint Denis.
- La Benaton in Beaune, run by Keishi Sugihara.
Vignerons: Representing the Femmes de Vins des Bourgognes:-Nadine Gublin of Jacques Prieur in Meursault and Anne Parent of domaine Parent in Pommard.
- L’Agastache restaurant in Volnay; run by Nunzio and Caroline.
Vigneron: Mark Fincham of domaine Tawse in Beaune and Maison Marchand Tawse in Nuits Saint Georges.
4. A guided walking tour of the wineries and vineyards from Vosne Romanée to Chambolle Musigny, featuring a Caisse-Croute (mid morning snack Luxeat style) opposite the Romanee Conti vineyard.
5: There is also a guided tour of the Grand Cru vineyards of Puligny Montrachet and Chassagne Montrachet, a tutored tasting of the excellent jams and confits of Vignes and Vergers in Chassagne Montrachet which are sourced from the finest ingredients and a foodies tour of Beaune Market on Saturday morning.
Basque gastronomy temples
MARCH 23 – 26
Pintxos crawl and visits to the most difficult-to-book gastronomy temples in the Basque region.
Basque cooking holds a reputation for being one of the best cuisines in the world, Meca for foodies, who respect and adore the quality of local products and their simple preparation, not forgetting the roots of traditions.
Casa Julian: which is one of the top restaurants in the world specializing in grilled-to-perfection beef.
Elkano: which is a specialist in local ingredients and special turbot. Hands down, no one outsources and grills turbot as precisely as Aitor Arregi and his grill masters. Slowly and patiently grilled on charcoal ashes, the turbots are served whole on your table with some tiny bit of sea salt and olive oil to mesmerize your buds. World’s best turbot at Elkano- it’s all about the terroir product and not ruining it.
Asador Etxebarri: a difficult-to-book restaurant that was voted the third best restaurant in the world according to World’s 50 Best. The restaurant has gathered a cult of followers from across the globe for its bud-clutching culinary offers.
For Etxebarri chef Vittor Arguinzoniz, food is religion, and ingredients are sacred. The chef mastered the art of grilling any food, capturing the heat of the fire, and honing the skills to achieve legendary levels of cooking.
Also, we will not forget pintxos, txakoli and local producers‘ visits.
A pasta “tour de force” in Bologna and its region
MAY 11 – 14
Follow a trail of the most important trattorias around Bologna, learn how to make tortellini at the legendary institution, taste exceptional Italian vintage wines, regional produce and much more.
This June, Luxeat brings a chance to get into the belly of Italy – the gastronomic region of Emilia Romagna – with a three day culinary extravaganza. The city of Bologna is known as La Grassa, the culinary capital of Italy and home to many of its most famous dishes. Above all, it is known worldwide for tortellini, the delicate hand-rolled pasta parcels made by “nonne” in the same way for generations. The trip will showcase the best of what this part of Italy has to offer.
Amerigo 1934: a one Michelin starred restaurant, where the focus is all about regional ingredients too: while many of the dishes are taken from grandmothers’ recipe books, they have been reinvented with creativity and contemporary flavours. The specially chosen tasting menu, paired with the finest selection of Gaja vintage wines.
Osteria Mirasole: an iconic Emilia Romagna spot. Widely regarded as one of the greatest unsung heroes of central Italy, Chef and Owner Franco Cimini cooks meat over a charcoal grill, serving exceptional local produce rich in memories of the past.
Visit to a historic Parmigiano Reggiano factory and balsamic vinegar tasting.
Bouillabaisse feast at a private villa in Provence
JUNE 09 – 11
A party to welcome in the summer months and celebrate bouillabaisse with an exceptional feast at a private villa in Aix en Provence, accompanied by a foodie tour to the most important culinary spots in Marseille.
A tour dedicated to Provencial cuisine, highlighting one of Luxeat’s favourite dishes—Bouillabaisse—the authentic Provencal fish stew made of Mediterranean seafood, tomatoes, herbs and saffron, which has become both expensive and almost extinct in the region.
Dinner facing breathtaking views of Calanques.
City-guided tour with lunch at the famous pizzeria and authentic French Bistrot.
Bouillabaisse dinner at a private villa in Aix en Provence with the top vintage wines.