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. Built on the homestead of Simone Beck, known as Bramafam, La Pitchoune was the house 'Built on Friendship'. Julia Child, after the death of her beloved, left La Pitchoune back with the Beck family. Soon after, Kathie Alex moved in and rented from Simone Beck. In the early 1990's, she purchased La Pitchoune, and turned into a beloved cooking school and experience, Cooking With Friends.
After a near decade hiatus, La Peetch returned to her roots as a center for culture, food, and community in 2016 after a bright eyed young Smith graduate (just like Julia) bought La Pitchoune from Kathie Alex. Pitchounians, as they have been called for decades (although we've taken to calling them Pitchunicorns), return year after year and already we've had return visitors ourselves. They are drawn by the magic of the countryside, the good company, the fabulous food, and of course...the wine. Rosé especially.
La Pitchoune is a country home in rural-ish Provence–far enough from reality, but close enough everything you need is just minutes away. It is charming and quaint and comes with all the loveliness that is rural France. The ambiance of La Pitchoune, as Provence 1970 author Luke Barr said, is a bit "freewheeling and a little tipsy". La Peetch is by no means 'fancy' it an unfussy space for Courageous Cooking™, deep conversations about food/culture/art, and a place to make or deepen relationships. It's rural, it's petite (La Pitchoune literally means 'the little one'), and it is a pseudo museum that lauds times long past.
We turn timid home cooks into courageous chefs, melt tension into magic through food & wine, and create new friendships through impeccable service.