“First we eat, then we do everything else”M.J.K. Fisher
The FoodnForage Experience
The FoodnForage French Kitchen is located in our house in Montmorillon in the Vienne Department of France. Montmorillon is located on the picturesque Gartempe River about fifty kilometres east of Poitiers. The kitchen has been customised to host intimate workshops creating a friendly home-cook atmosphere.
Our recipes and menus are classic but simple, using back to basics methods and techniques, easily replicated by home cooks. Our goal is for guests to adapt what they have learned at the FoodnForage workshops when they return to their home kitchen.
During our workshop sessions you can choose to participate hands-on, or just enjoy watching as we work through our menu. Our menus are generally one to three courses and have a particular focus on specific techniques.
The carefully curated food and cooking experience starts with coffee and pastries in the cozy workshop kitchen before immersion in our rich French cooking adventure.
Our session may begin with an optional walk to our local markets to forage for local, seasonal produce. The local market is held in the town square, just a short stroll away. We believe in the importance of supporting our local and small producers.
The FoodnForage advertised workshops feature menus using seasonal ingredients obtained from local markets and producers, showcasing the burgeoning regional produce of the Vienne. We strongly adhere to the principles of non-chemical, organic, sustainable and recyclable as much as possible. The seasonal sessions and prices can be viewed on the Workshops Menu at the top of this page.
After preparing and cooking our menu, we move to the FoodnForage dining room featuring a beautifully set table with an eclectic mix of unique collectables, lovingly gathered from brocante markets from all over France. This convivial dining experience is usually our guests favourite part of the workshop, where they chill out and really experience the flavours and the quality of the produce they have just cooked.
We will also be bringing some videos to you while we wait to travel back to France again. So, if you have a particular request for a menu or a technique, such as pastry baking, desserts or maybe to brush up on some cake decorating techniques, this may be arranged by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We can include these ideas in the videos we bring to you and also in our curated workshop menus.
see our sample menus and workshops
The menu is a mix of French regional and international cuisines focusing on simple, classic foods that are enjoyable to prepare and equally important, to eat!
Carpaccio of Radish
Petite Fromage Creme Brûlée
Cabbage and Foie Gras Bundles
Brioche Pissaladiere Tartelettes
Honey Glazed Duck Breast served with Potatoes Dauphinoise and Frisee Salad with Apples
Armagnac Chicken served with pruneaux onions, carrots and Potatoes Gratin
Beef Cheeks with Beetroot, Watercress and Grated Horseradish
Charred Beef with Potatoes en Papillote Anchovy and Rosemary Vinaigrette Provencal Roast Tomatoes
Paris Brest with Creme Patisserie
Quatre-Quarts Aus Poires with Creme Fraiche
Tartelettes aux Pommes with organic double cream
Fresh Peaches with Smoky Mozzarella and Balsamic
- Confiture – seasonal fruits when available
- Pizza Making – with gourmet toppings
- Middle Eastern specialised menus
- Cake and Pastry Making Techniques
- Cake Decorating Fundamentals – Buttercream and / or Fondant
Debbie Skelton, published food writer and former owner of The Food Collective and Redbox Pantry, welcomes you to her curated, small group cooking and dining experiences. Held in her home in Montmorillon, France in the beautiful and historic Vienne region, using the best available sustainable seasonal and regional produce. Debbie also offers food and brocante market tours to complement the workshops. These are advertised on the website’s Workshop Page and social media when available.