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Food Author Launches Culinary Classes and Walks in Nice, France

NICE, FRANCE -- Food writer and longtime French resident Rosa Jackson recently launched Les Petits Farcis, the Riviera's most centrally located cooking classes and gourmet food walks in Engish.

The editor of four editions of the Time Out Paris Eating and Drinking Guide, director of the custom-designed food itinerary service, and author of cookbooks published by Hachette, Rosa teaches friendly, hands-on half-day and full-day sessions year-round in the historic center of Nice.

After shopping with Rosa at the famous Cours Saleya market, students prepare a four-course meal in her beautifully renovated 17th-century apartment, two minutes from the market and the beach.

For those who want to savor some of the freshest and most tempting food in the world without spending time in the kitchen, she also offers market tours, gourmet food walks and an olive oil tasting with lunch in a restaurant.

Her programs fit easily into a relaxed beach holiday or even the tight schedule of a cruise. (Many of her students so far have had only a day to spend in Nice.) Because Nice has its own international airport and serves as a starting point for visitors to Provence and northern Italy, it is ideally placed for this type of flexible class.

That's not the only reason why Rosa chose Nice, however. The city's unique history--it was part of Italy until the 1850s--has given it a fascinating cuisine that borrows from Italy while remaining distinctly French (Nice has its own take on pesto, for instance). Students will recognize some classics of Provencal cooking, such as ratatouille, but will also discover less familiar dishes such as poulet à la nicoise, tempura-style zucchini flowers, or fresh strawberry tart with homemade strawberry jelly.

Rosa is not afraid to update certain recipes, often drawing her inspiration from the best local chefs and her training at the Paris Cordon Bleu cooking school, where she worked as an interpreter.

Classes are small and unintimidating, with no more than six people for the hands-on cooking sessions. The emphasis is on experiencing the local culture--Rosa is married to a Frenchman and has a young son--and learning foolproof seasonal recipes and techniques that can be used again and again.

And what about the name? Les Petits Farcis is a typically Niçois dish of stuffed vegetables, and Rosa hopes participants will leave her workshops feeling happily sated with food and information!

Four programs are available year-round, all to be reserved at least two weeks in advance.

Market tour with hands-on cooking class, four-course meal and wine, 9.30 am - 3pm.

Market tour, cooking class and lunch with wine, followed by an afternoon gourmet food walk, 9.30 am - 6 pm.

Market tour, gourmet food walk, olive oil tasting and restaurant lunch with wine, 9.30 am -3 pm.

Afternoon gourmet food walk with tastings, 3 - 6pm.

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