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The Provence Culinary Experience



The Plein Air Experience

If you want to learn French cooking or try Plein Air painting, you have to book one of our memorable trips. You'll take home artwork made by you and impress your friends with delicious meals.

Your Itinerary

Our all-inclusive vacations let you experience French culture up close. You will become a part of local village life during your stay, learn about local history, and enjoy the stunning views of Provence.

Trip Details

$200 Discount
When you invite another couple to join you, receive a $200 discount off your package when both vacations are paid in full by 120 days prior to arrival. In 2017 classes are held in March and April, and in October.

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Karen Mitcham-Stoeckley and John Stoeckley

About Us

Cooking in Provence in Les Arcs sur Argens provides weeklong cooking and painting vacations. Discover France through delicious cuisine and stellar vistas, while staying in a gorgeous hillside town. Our inviting home has private suites for couples, and our ample kitchen space is fully equipped for chefs of all levels. And, of course, all classes include costs for food and wine.

Enjoy Plein Air painting courses with renowned artist, John Stoeckley, and capture the stunning local scenery on canvas. Our guests have a choice to either participate in our cooking classes or painting outdoors each day.

Our owners, Karen Mitcham-Stoeckley and John Stoeckley are your hosts and instructors. They have more than 20 years of experience in traveling to Provence and have offered these trips for more than five years. Karen has more than 35 years of experience in the culinary world. Her studies have taken her to countries like Italy, Japan, and the US, and she co-authored the cookbook A Culinary Legacy: From Escoffier to Today. John is a professional artist, painting, drawing & exhibiting across America and France. His gallery, located in Louisiana, MO, displays his Plein Air work as well as his pen, ink & watercolor works. Learn the secrets of a recognized chef and a master painter firsthand by sharing an exceptional adventure in food and culture with us.

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A Member of Les Dames d'Escoffier International

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The fee includes, all ground transportation, tolls, petro, six nights lodging, daily breakfast, classes and meals, excursions, and dining at the Logis. Suites are double occupancy. Total fee for two individuals is $3,700.


Thank you for your interest. Please reach out with questions or comments using the information below. We look forward to hearing from you.

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