La Peetch is a space for magic...
La Pitchoune or La Peetch was the summer home of Paul and Julia Child for nearly 3 decades. Purchased by Kathie Alex in the 1990s, and turned into a cooking school, La Peetch will return to her roots in 2016 as a center for culture, food, and community. Pitchouners, as they have been called for decades, return year after year. They are drawn by the magic of the countryside, the good company, and of course...the wine.
We turn timid home cooks into courageous chefs, melt tension into magic through food & wine, and create new friendships through impeccable service. When you're at La Pitchoune, you're family.
La Pitchoune is a multi-use space, and can be visited in the following capacities....
Courageous Cooking, La Peetch École de Cuisine
Sessions start in 2017, and will run weekly April through June and September through October. Sessions are limited to 6 guests, and are all-inclusive vacations. Includes courageous cooking lessons, all breakfasts and lunches, excursions throughout the local area, daily (optional) yoga, beaucoup wine from the region, dips in the pristine pool.
All sessions begin on Sunday and end on Friday.
Enjoy the grounds and energy the cozy home and kitchen. Get messy without fear (we clean up the big messes! Including omlettes on the ceiling, powdered sugar gone awry, and the like). And relax into the space of creating food, making new friends, and gallivanting around the countryside of Provence.
Bring your family for a vacation like no other. Cook freely in the kitchen, and relax the day away next to the pool. We rent directly through AirBnB so your worries (and ours) will be none! Insurance is included, and a deposit will be required. Weekly rentals (six nights, seven days) include a stocked larder for a continental breakfast.
Want us to plan your vacation for you? Our on-site concierge will book restaurant reservations, excursions, and shuttle you to the grocery if needed. (Concierge services are an additional fee. Rates available on request.)
Your Dream Use?
Simply email us or message us via our Facebook page. We'd be happy to discuss with you how you'd love to use the space. If you're interested in renting the space for a retreat, you simply need to book on Airbnb. We have a list of vendors to make your experience magical, and a concierge to assist with the planning.
Want to cook in La Peetch's kitchen?
Reserve your place at La Peetch École de Cuisine :: Courageous Cooking for 2017
Sessions run weekly from Spring to Fall every years. In 2017, we have the following dates available:
April 23 :: 4 spots
June 11, 25 :: 2 spots
October 15, 22, 29
NOTE: If we cannot find a suitable date within 72 hours of booking, your deposit will be fully refundable. After that time, no monies are refundable. We highly suggest you book travel insurance if you're concerned about needing to cancel once booked.
Frequently Asked Questions
Everything you've ever wanted to know about La Peetch. ;)
CAN I RENT LA PITCHOUNE FOR MY EVENT?
The short answer? Yes.
The long answer? That depends on your use of the property. We strive to host high-end retreats, family experiences, food & wine journeys. For more information, please send an inquiry or visit Airbnb. We'd love to have you and welcome you to our home.
Can I come cook in the Kitchen?
Yes! And an enthusiastic one at that. La Pitchoune hosts a minimum of 16 cooking school sessions a year.
If you're interested in joining one of our sessions, simply make a deposit and we'll be in touch with dates. First come, first serve. And these WILL sell out.
We run sessions weekly from April to June, and September to November. All sessions start on Sunday evenings and end on Saturday mornings. A maximum of 6 people can stay in the house. These sessions are kept small on purpose.
WHO ARE WE
The Caretakers, the Storytellers, the Chefs
Head Chef & Chief of Joy
Evie grew up in a home where food was always the center of the family table. Daily family dinners, with quickly prepped meals for as many as 10, were the staple of her childhood.
As an Air Force Captain, she learned to love being in a leadership role. Released under force reduction due to circumstances outside of her control, she found a new panache for life in cooking. At the International Culinary Center she found a deep love of food, and culture. She leads the kitchen at La Peetch with heart and soul.
Sous Chef & Chief of Business
Makenna grew up imitating Julia's lilting voice, and imagining deboning ducks by way of her troll dolls. A graduate of Smith College, she saw La Pitchoune on the market and knew it was meant for her.
A self-taught chef and amateur wine lover–she's cooked at high-end retreats, and in her own kitchen for well over a decade. And she can't wait to share her courage with you. (It's infectious) She's excited to share her love of cooking and hospitality with you. She will begin studying at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris in early 2017.
La Pitchoune Missives:: Blog, Recipes, and Tales from a Food Capital of the World
Thoughts, musings, and ruminations on modern French cuisine, with a hat tip to our muse. Our blog, launching in April 2016.
WANT TO BE IN THE KNOW?
We'll be in touch once a month or so with missives from La Pitchoune. Be first in the know about offerings and availability of the space.