8 Days / 7 Nights
About Barbara & Tasha
Barbara and Tasha met in 2014 when a mutual friend asked if she could be added to the guest list for one of Barbara’s magnificent dinner parties at her beautiful home in Eguilles, Aix-en-Provence. Tasha, who had just arrived in France 24 hours earlier, was so impressed with Barbara’s effortless cooking style of French rustic meets urban sophisticate that they hit it off immediately, and the beginning of a new partnership was born!
Tasha, who lives in Los Angeles, works as a food stylist with celebrity chefs, cooking and styling for cookbook authors and providing publicity for these professionals through Satellite Media Tours and other broadcast channels.
She consults with a wide range of clients who need recipe development and photography for print and online projects. Food styling for TV segments and feature films is a major part of her work.
Tasha relishes the variety that food styling requires: the artistic nature of food presentation, the fast-paced work on sets and the magic of using secret ingredients, techniques and tools. In addition, prop styling helps make the clients’ products look amazing on camera.
As a culinarian, there are unique opportunities to learn new techniques, recipes, ingredients, plating ideas, food customs and camera angles. She is especially inspired by international cuisines and travel to foreign countries.
Tasha completed her Cordon Bleu program at a Michelin starred restaurant in the Luberon region of France.
Barbara Pitcher is a well-recognized Canadian-Italian artist presently living in Provence, France, where her husband’s work drew her family eight years ago.
Earlier, after spending several years in the fashion business, she launched a twenty-five year career in event planning worldwide, where her formidable language skills (English, French, Italian, and some Spanish and German) and her passion for travel served her well.
Barbara’s most enduring passion is food. She put on the apron to cook for her family when she was twelve years old, and has never taken it off. Her mother and father – equally passionate about food – passed on to her the basics of Italian cuisine, and she has poured her heart and soul into developing her skills and repertoire ever since.
In the late 70’s and 80’s Barbara and her mom were cooking home made Italian favorites such as gnocchi, pasta, pizza, lasagna, the all-time favorite eggplant parmesan and much more, on a daily basis for her dad’s food truck, The Rolling Gourmet. The flavors and smells of Italy are part and parcel of Barbara’s mother tongue.
Since settling in Provence, Barbara has successfully reached out to like-minded women who share her enthusiasm for travel, food and culture.
Testimonial 1: Over the top wonderful experience in Marrakesh Tour! From JoJami
After hearing that Tasha and Barbara were putting together a unique experience in Marrakesh that included daily cooking lessons of Moroccan cuisine and rooftop yoga twice a day with optional daily guided excursions (or free time to do your own thing) …I knew I was going to sign up! Boy, was I glad I did..Tasha and Barabra put together a magnificent 6 days that I turned out to be an over the top wonderful experience!
They arranged to take over a small extremely charming Riad (right in the middle of the market place) that was owned by a charming Italian couple. The attention to detail was everywhere… every little nook and corner had beautiful pillows, furniture, tile, rugs and fixtures, with 2 courtyards filled with plants and calming water fountains. Each of the bedrooms were unique and decorated beautifully with exotic Moroccan style. They provided robes, slippers and high quality soaps and shampoo. Fresh fruit was waiting for us on platters with complimentary bottled water. The rooms were spotless and beautifully appointed and most of all large yet, cozy and very comfortable.
Each day we had a gentle yoga on the rooftop and afterwards were treated to a fresh, beautiful and delicious breakfast. Then we would go out for a daily adventure! We would get home in time to put on our cute aprons and start cooking! They had everything prepped and ready to go for us, it was very organized and seamless.
Afterwards, we would change and go up to dinner on the roof! The food was over the top wonderful! Tasha and Barbara over delivered and it was better than I imagined.
I have never been on a trip that was so well organized and that I felt I got the feel of the culture like this one. It was a trip of a lifetime!
Testimonial 2: If you are looking for adventure, good food and connecting with other like-minded women, then the Pitcher and Powell cooking workshops are for you! From Lisa
First, I must say what a wonderful experience it was getting to know and spending time with Tasha and Barbara. For me, this was the highlight of the trip. Spending time in Marrakesh was incredibly special for me and the memories will be forever in my heart. Thank you Tasha and Barbara for expanding my world and of course, my palate. You both are the epitome of grace, charm and intellect. You have it all.
Testimonial 3: Perfect timing! From Constance
Your trip came at the perfect time as I was recuperating from a broken kneecap and a summer of forced “down time”. This trip not only kick-started my yoga practice and helped strengthen my body, but also brought me back to my spiritual practice. The yoga classes included an intention for the day and a reminder to think of 3 things to be grateful for every day. The Riad was beautiful, the owners and staff were all terrific, and the food was a revelation. This trip was my first time in an African or Muslim country and I’m so glad I went with this group. The colors and crafts were more than I could have imagined. I sat and had mint tea with spice and rug merchants and, of course, came home with tangible as well as intangible souvenirs!
Testimonial 4: Flawless and Memorable From Carolyne and Andrew
Flawless! From the moment we were met at the airport to check-in with Valentina to our gorgeous room. Marrakech was, as we expected, a bit chaotic, but the team at the Riad made us feel safe. Your review of your accommodations at the Riad le Clos des arts? Excellent start to finish. We would recommend it to anyone as a comfortable oasis in the heart of the Médina.
All the classes were great. The variety was interesting:
Tagine & Moroccan Salads – We loved the tagines!
Pastille – This class was great, as it was not a dish that we had ever tasted before.
Couscous – It was good to learn about the two types (ingredients), and how to make couscous.
Moroccan Pastries – All of the pastries were delicious.
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