Rave reviews today from guests (including me) who participated in the Silver Shore Collection experience, Market Visit & Cooking Class in Sete.
The six-hour excursion started with a visit to the local markets: There were three, all in close proximity to Silver Wind and one another — a flower market; an outdoor market (operating only on Wednesdays and where you’ll find everything from fresh produce, cheese and ham to infused olive oils and just-out-of-the-oven bread); and the covered market, where we shopped for mussels and squid.
In all three markets, we shopped with our guide (Danielle Dumontel) and chef (Carole Aragon) for ingredients to prepare lunch in Carole’s shop/restaurant, called La Decoratrice.
The market alone was quite an experience, particularly as we had a guide who could inform us about what we were seeing — and who knew where, and where not, to shop.
The experience was not only informative but also intimate, with only seven guests participating, plus Carole’s two lovely daughters and our guide.
Donning aprons and knives, we chopped, grated, sliced and diced to prepare a meal better than we could have imagined possible. Scotsman Steve Robertson, pictured above, called our risotto, with calamari and mussels, the best he’d ever had.
American Jill Steward, second from the right below, said: “One of the things I really like about coming to this cooking class is that we feel like we’re in her home and cooking traditional food. I don’t know of any other place where I could have had this experience. I’m really glad that we participated.”