Chef Janet Fletcher Leads Food and Wine Adventure to Southwest France

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The knife slides through a round of perfectly ripened Brie, the aroma of France permeates the air - and you know why you’re here.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of this Périgord tour.” Entices Chef Janet Fletcher. “Cheeses and wines never taste better than in the region where they are made; the farmers’ markets in August should be at their absolute peak.” Fletcher is teaming with S. F. Seminars - Petit Rousset and Ubiquity International to offer an extraordinary gastronomic tour of Southwest France. (See Flether's bio: http://www.cookstr.com/users/janet-fletcher/profile.)

Famed for its place in pre-history (prehistoric cave paintings) and medieval history (English, French, Catholic and Protestant) the Périgord enjoys the delights of ages past and invites the visitor to explore the promises of the future. This eight day tour takes the traveler though the rustic farmers markets of southwest France to the fine vineyards of Chateau Belingard and Clos d’Yvigne, with plentiful opportunity to secure cheese, wine and other delicacies for community prepared meals. The comforts of home are found at Petit Rousset, a thoughtfully restored 17th century farmhouse surrounded meadows of wild flowers and rows of vines.

Fletcher, cookbook author and food writer, trained at the Culinary Institute of America and Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California. She writes a weekly cheese column for the San Francisco Chronicle, and is well-known for her cookbooks, among them: Cheese & Wine: A Guide to Selecting, Pairing and Enjoying and Fresh from the Farmers’ Market.

“What a find Janet is,” said Thomas Talboy, Director of Ubiquity International. “Fletcher is the sort of person who adds the flavor of good eating to every meal and conversation.” Talboy will accompany the tour, adding his own flavor as the bon compagnon. Ubiquity International arranges flights and other travel needs.

“I enjoy shopping at the weekly farmers markets in San Francisco and southwest France and then using Janet’s invaluable Fresh from the Farmers’ Market to prepare meals from my bounty,” said Beverly Held, director of S. F. Seminars – Petit Rousset. “As an avid reader of Janet's cheese column in the San Francisco Chronicle, I look forward to enjoying the cheeses of France with Janet as my guide.”

Ubiquity International® founded in 2004, is the premier provider of unique cultural, historical and educational travel experiences throughout the world. CST# 2070359-40 and Washington UBI 602 549 382, is based in Piedmont, CA. For information visit online http://www.ubiquityinternational.com, or call 866.984.8687.

S. F. Seminars has developed and offered cultural and culinary programs in San Francisco & Northern California wine country since 1991. Since 2002, S.F. Seminars - Le Petit Rousset has offered Cultural & Culinary tours & Painting workshops in Southwest France. For information visit online http://www.rousset-perigord.org , or call 415.933.9799.

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