Photos by Oddur Thorisson
Mimi Thorisson's cooking workshops
Mimi Thorisson is a celebrated food-writer, passionate practitioner of French country cooking, and cookbook author. She offers resplendent 3-day cooking intensives that will blow your socks off. We've listed a few examples from her 2017 calendar below so you can see exactly why you want to sign up.
Mimi's courses are offered from her amazing home in Saint-Yzans-en-Médoc. With its fitted cupboards, antique floors, and chimneypieces, the house reminded her of a Proust novel the moment she saw it. It dates back to the 1870s, and wears its history beautifully: It was once owned by a baker's wife who had a passionate affair with the local mayor. When he gave her the house as a gift, she took the opportunity to open a hotel and restaurant which became renowned in the region. It was especially popular with wine merchants, who stayed in the hotel while visiting the vineyards of Saint-Estèphe and Pauillac nearby. The hotel and restaurant lasted until the late Fifties, while the house itself passed down through the family, before being bought by the Thorissons to become the heart of Mimi's family life and food projects.
Maison la Folie offers very convenient lodging for those attending Mimi's cooking workshops.
The workshops below are examples only. For details about Mimi's cooking workshops, visit her site.
Photos by Oddur Thorisson
The Spring workshop
The first workshop of the year. A classic setup of cooking together all day and having lunch and dinner together. We’ll visit an asparagus farm, focus heavily on spring vegetables such as fava beans, artichokes, chard, asparagus etc. We’ll have wine tastings in the house, perhaps with an emphasis on white wine. This workshop will be very light on meat and suitable for vegetarians.
The early Summer workshop
As classic at it gets, we’ll do it how we’ve been doing it for the last two years, meet in the mornings, cook lunch, have it together, drink a little too much … then start again for dinner. A proven formula for success.
The “sweet” workshop
A woman or man cannot live on sweets alone (or can they?) so we’ll cook some good savory things but this is where we go crazy with desserts. I’ve always wanted to do a class where we rush through the mains and end up having three desserts per meal.
The special summer and Bastille day workshop
Another dream has been to do a very “outdoorsy” workshop, al fresco dinners every night, barbecue on the beach and fireworks on Bastille day. During the day we’ll go cycling in the vineyards and have lavish picnics among the vines.
The fall workshop
Another “classic” workshop where we stick to the proven format of cooking and eating all day. Seasonality of course comes into it with this being one of the richest seasons of all, we might visit markets and even pop by a wine harvest if the time is right but mostly we stick to our format.
The harvest and foraging workshop
This workshop will be a little more physical than most, waking up early to hunt for mushrooms, bringing them home, cooking and cleaning. We’ll visit pumpking farmers and a beautiful chicken farm, we’ll go fishing in the morning and if the stars align we’ll participate in on of the harvests that are happening all around us this time of year.