Learn, create, and examine the world of food and wine-Cooking Classes & Wine Seminars

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Wine Boot Camp

Michigan Winemaker, Mark Johnson at Chateau Chantal By attending one of Mark Johnson's wine seminars, you will get extensive experience pairing wine and food. You will also learn about wine, wine making, grape growing, and the art of wine tasting. Mark is a great storyteller, a non-intimidating wine instructor, and is adept at getting everyone involved. Sometimes his stories are even true! These are some of the things participants said about past seminars:

"You've got a great program keep up the good work, Mark makes everyone feel like a participant - great humor and wit! Can't wait to be back, Terrific all the way around, Wonderful food, wines were complimentary, presentation of food was awesome - fantastic service!"

Both classroom style and hands on experience are part of your wine immersion seminar. Your day includes a tour of the cellar with an explanation of the wine making process, vineyard walk, short explanation of the art of tasting wine, and multi-course leisurely dinner with accompanying wines.

Each course, from the appetizer to the dessert is specially paired with Chateau Chantal wines. The meal is a work of art, worth the price of the seminar on its own, but is included in the overall price of $95 per person.
Offered March 25 & April 29, 2017.

Book your Boot Camp experience online here.

Cooking Classes

Offered January-May 2017

January 21 5 Basic Cooking Techniques
January 28 Handmade Pasta and Authentic Sauces
February 4  Artisanne Chocolate
February 11 Artisanne Chocolate
March 4 Authentic Mexican
March 11 Fish
March 18 Italian Cuisine
April 1 Creole & Cajun Cuisine
April 8 Grilling is Good
April 15 -  TBD
April 22 - TBD

We offer two day cooking class packages:

Cooking Classes do not require a stay in our B&B. If you do wish to stay the weekend, however, the cost begins at $275 per person based on double occupancy, accommodation and double enrollment for the weekend stay including breakfast both Saturday and Sunday morning, cooking class with the Chef on Saturday, and the opportunity to enjoy the food you prepare after class as well as wine tasting and a lodger cellar tour.

All classes are approximately four hours and hands-on.  Class runs from 12:30pm-4:30pm and includes the enjoyment of your preparations paired with our wines during class.  The price is $95 per person. Bring an apron and a favorite knife.

Class descriptions and bookings online.

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Chateau Chantal - Top 50 US Culinary Destination!

As named by author Joe David in his latest book, Gourmet Getaways-50 Top Spots to Cook and Learn. Mr. David writes, “An American version of a modern Loire Valley chateau, Chateau Chantal is more than just another stunning bed-and-breakfast-it is a retreat for gourmets who seek a food and wine holiday.” Cooking classes are a natural extension of the offering at Chateau Chantal, where a lifestyle of family, friends, hospitality, wine, and food go hand in hand each day.

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