Friday, December 3
Arrive in Paris and get settled into the chic Hôtel 9Confidentiel in the lively Marais neighborhood. We’ll have an early evening wine reception at 5 p.m. so you can meet our editor-in-chief, Brian Hart Hoffman, and your fellow bakers. The gathering will be held at La Cuisine Paris, a quick walk from the hotel, so you can see the space where you’ll be baking for the next three days. Dinner will be on your own with our list of top restaurants to try while you’re in Paris.
Saturday, December 4
Day 1 at La Cuisine Paris. The morning baking module will focus on the traditional holiday dessert bûche de Noël. In the afternoon, you’ll master macarons by preparing a special holiday flavor as well as making decorations for your bûche de Noël. A light lunch will be provided at La Cuisine, and class will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Following class, we’ll head back to the hotel for a quick refresh before being whisked off to a fabulous holiday afternoon tea. Transportation in a private coach will be provided to and from the afternoon tea.
Sunday, December 5
Day 2 at La Cuisine Paris. We’ll meet at La Cuisine and then head to the famed Bastille Market as a group to gather seasonal fruit for the day’s baking projects and cheese and meats for lunch. The day’s baking module will focus on tarte Tatin and other seasonal French tarts. A light lunch will be provided at La Cuisine, and class will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Following class, we’ll head back to the hotel for a quick refresh before being whisked off to a fabulous holiday experience. Transportation in a private coach will be provided to and from the afternoon experience.
Monday, December 6
Day 3 at La Cuisine Paris. The final day of baking at La Cuisine will focus on making puff pastry to prepare your own galette de rois and pâte à choux dough for festive choux buns. At the end of class, we’ll gather as a group for a Champagne toast to an amazing few days of baking. A light lunch will be provided at La Cuisine, and class will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. You’ll have the afternoon free to do a little holiday shopping with our list of the best holiday markets and window displays.
Tuesday, December 7
Departures at the time of your choosing. No retreat programming is scheduled.
Half of the retreat cost (50%) is due at booking. The second half of retreat cost (50%) is due October 15, 2021. Your reservation will be confirmed upon receipt of payment. We accept payment by American Express, Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, and Amazon Pay. Trip prices are in US dollars.
The price of the trip includes all hotel accommodations, all baking classes, some meals, and a private coach transfer to/from retreat activities.
Single-occupancy, double-occupancy, and participant plus non-baking guest rates are available.
Your credit card will be charged by Hoffman Media, the parent company of Bake from Scratch.
Since the trip is nonrefundable, we suggest buying trip insurance through a company like Travelex. You can also check with your credit card company to see if they provide travel insurance.
If you don’t purchase travel insurance, you agree to indemnify us against any charges that might otherwise be covered by your insurance. You further agree that we are not responsible for any costs of cancellation or costs related to COVID-19. Due to COVID-19, there may be limitations relating to activities. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result of changing circumstances. Please know that we are working closely with our partners to plan and execute a safe baking retreat for our guests, but there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 when traveling. By booking this baking retreat, you acknowledge and assume these risks associated with travel.
If a mandatory quarantine for visitors is in effect for travel to France during the retreat, the retreat will be cancelled, and your money will be refunded in full. If quarantine is required of you due to not meeting entry standards such as a COVID-19 vaccination, you are responsible for adhering to the France’s quarantine regulations and will not be offered a refund. You are responsible for following all travel protocols to enter France. This may include proof of vaccination, a health visa, and negative COVID-19 test. (We will help you navigate this process, don’t worry.)
We reserve the right to cancel this retreat if fewer than 16 participants have signed up by November 5, 2021. We will send an email confirmation to all participants when this number has been met. If Bake from Scratch initiates the cancellation, we will refund all payments. Please note that we will be monitoring travel advisories related to the COVID-19 pandemic closely.
Have a question about this baking retreat? Contact us.