Events in Lou Calen

Lou Calen invites you to enjoy our unique and fun events based within the hotel’s three hectare estate in the heart of Cotignac, whether at the Jardin Secret restaurant, Didier’s wine bar, or the microbrewery bar, La Tuf. Engage with the many aspects of true Provencal living through these fun experiences, all the while meeting local people and discovering local practices.

Upcoming events

Saturday, October 1st

Soap Box Speed Race

the first ever soapbox race in Cotignac will take place. The race will barrel down the Notre-Dame de Grâces road across three timed runs, and the finish line will offer a refreshment bar, a food stall, a mini concert and a prize giving ceremony. Let your imagination run free and create the craziest machines to reach the finish line!

Location : Notre-Dame de Grâces

Cost : Registration fee : 10€

Compulsory license for non-members : 10€

Reservation : Booking is obligatory

Friday, October 14th

Wine & Dine Evening

Get stuck in to the 9th edition of the “Fascinating Week-End” at the Jardin Secret! Our chef Benoit Witz has created an inspired and generous menu made from local and seasonal products, accompanied by the best selection of Provençal wines.

Thursday, September 22nd - Dinner

Three course menu – 53 €

Tender risotto with mushrooms, marrow and bacon bits

Braised beef with stuffed vegetables

Apple crumble made with our freshly-grown apples

Friday, September 23rd - Lunch & Dinner

Three course menu – 53 €

Special Provençal fish soup Bouillabaisse, freshly-cooked

Creme caramel with orange and sage

Saturday, September 24th - Lunch & Dinner

Three course menu – 53 €

Autumn vegetables, mushrooms, and seasonal fruits salad

Freshly-caught fish


Slow-cooked veal shank with creamy polenta 

Hazelnut soufflé

Sunday, September 25th - Lunch & Dinner

Three course menu – 53 €

Bouchet mussels soup flavoured with Cotignac saffron

Chicken fricassee with spices and chopped vegetables with lemon

Pear tart

Monday, September 26th - Lunch

Three course menu – 53 €

Special seafood menu 

Monday, September 26th - Dinner

Three course menu – 53 €

Tomato basil soup

Cod fish pie with cod fritters

Moist chocolate tea cake  

Tuesday, September 27th - Lunch & Dinner

Three course menu – 53 €

Benoit is back from the Cotignac's market. He will create delicious dishes sourced from the market.
Let's be surprised... !

Friday, October 14th - Dinner

Four courses menu – 96 € (3 glasses of wine & coffee included)

Special Menu for the ‘Fascinating’ Wines & Foods Discovery Weekend

Egg parfait with wood mushrooms

Pike fish with a red wine sauce 

Quail and grape tart 

Baked Apple

We can adapt the menu for any allergy or specifit diet.

Closed on Wednesday and Thursday Lunch

Location : Jardin Secret restaurant

Time : 19:30 – 21:00

Cost : 96€ (4 courses, 3 glasses of wine, coffee)

Reservation : Booking is obligatory

From Oct. 29th to Nov. 1st

Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat

Les Merveilles return to Lou Calen for a new programme will focus on reconnecting with the natural elements earth, water. Practices of yoga, specialist treatments, hikes in the nature… Take advantage of this 4 day / 3 night retreat to restore yourself and bring yourself into autum.

Location : Lou Calen

Cost : From 760€ without accommodation,

1360€ per person in a classic room

Reservation : Booking is obligatory

Previous events

Botanical Walk with Vera

Vera, local to the region since birth, gives a botanical tour of the Lou Calen gardens. Guided by her studies in phytotherapy and herboristry, Vera shares her passion for every wild plant. Join her to explore and discover these celebrated Provençal plants and their forgotten virtues.

Location : Lou Calen

Classic in Provence

For three days the Lou Calen restaurants, bars and gardens will be transformed into open-air stages to welcome the four winners of the Fanny Mendelssohn Prize: Dorothea Schupelius on violin, Jelizaveta Vasiljeva on piano, Tamas Palfalvi on trumpet and Dominik Wagner on double bass.

Location : Lou Calen

Lavender Spindle Workshop

Come and learn about the Provençal tradition of lavender spindle-crafting. Get stuck in to this charming craft that encloses the pretty lavender flowers inside their stems to preserve their wonderful scent. Discover the different varieties of lavender, how to gather them, how to sort them, and how to weave it all together with a beautiful ribbon.

Location : Lou Calen

Plant Painting Workshop

Did you know that you can make ink from vegetables and their tinctorial plants? Anna Piquardt is here to show you how. Come and learn how to transform well-known plants into watercolour paints, and then decorate your very own postcard with them. A wonderfully creative and personalised gift for a loved one!

Location : Lou Calen

Lobster the Superstar!

Introducing the lobster, the king of all crustaceans, thanks to its rich and wonderful taste. Our chef Benoit Witz rustles up this delicious pasta dish every Monday, refined with traditional Provençal herbs. Consider setting your working week off to a flying start with this Monday lunchtime treat!

Salsa Party

Come and see the Jardin Secret’s rooftop transform into a dance floor. Spend a fabulous evening learning some fancy steps to Cuban rhythms with Guy, professional dance teacher, and get stuck in to the complementary tapas and drinks (soft drinks, punch, beer, and two glasses of wine)!

Gua Sha Workshop

Gua Sha massage works with energy and focuses on lymphatic circulation, aiming to drain and clear out toxins while stimulating blood circulation. Charlène Bonifassi teaches you how to massage the skin for youth and how to use the various tools for the best health benefits.

Location : Lou Calen

Auvergne Cheese Evening

This evening is designed for all who celebrate good French cheese. Our chef Benoit Witz hosts Dominique Prugne – two-time world champion in the Tours international cheese festival – for an evening dedicated to fine Auvergne cheeses and the secrets behind the art of their cheesemaking.

All Woman Day

Mayari, By Lara K and Kchoux brands look forward to welcoming you for an afternoon dedicated to women. On the programme you’ll find a clothing stall, a jewellery stall, a stall filled with holistic wellness products, a Gua Sha care package for the face as well as a makeover.

Location : Lou Calen

The Red Tent

Charlène Bonifassi invites you to join her women’s circle to celebrate the woman’s word. Oracle print designs, breathing exercises, meditation, discussions over ‘blockages’, tea tasting, and much more. Escape your everyday and share your story in a sacred and welcoming space.

Location : Lou Calen

Wine & Dine Evening

BURGUNDY WINE – A wine merchant for 30 years, Didier Romieux has selected the best of the best from Burgundy country. In collaboration with our chef Benoit Witz, he has put together this fantastic evening of delicious food and fine wines sure to delight every pallet.

Japanese fusion cuisine

Susana Iwase was born in Tokyo, the sushi capital, and brings her experience of traditional Japanese cooking blended with her years of working in Californian restaurants. She will collaborate with Chef Benoit Witz to bring Le Jardin Secret an evening of Japanese fusion.

World food : menu Louisiana

Benoit Witz welcomes guest chef Patrick Périé for a themed evening with a four course menu. With 40 years’ experience across the world, ten of which were spent at the Méridien in New Orléans, this celebrated French chef is back in his homeland and ready to serve a spectacular meal full of delicious discoveries.

The Truffle Harvest

During truffle season, from now until February, the Canut family invites you to learn truffle hunting in their fields in Aups every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Accompanied by their specialist truffle dogs, you’ll join the “black diamond” harvest and even have the chance to taste what you’ve found!

Location : Aups

Precious Truffles in Aups

Join Didier Romieux at the truffle market in Aups every Thursday from now until February.  He will teach you how to select the best truffles and also how to taste them.  Optional visit to the must-see “Maison de la Truffe”.

Location : Aups

The Olive Harvest

Lou Calen’s gardeners invite you to participate in the olive harvest each morning at the estate. Matured olives may be used in cooking but can also be transformed into so-called “fruity black oil|. Discover the secrets behind this emblematic culture of Provence.

Location : Lou Calen

Beer and Books

A literary evening with a writer and celebratory beers! Rene Fregni is a former psychiatric nurse who led writing workshops at the Baumettes prison in Marseille, and now a celebrated author of fifteen books which explore his travels and his experiences with the prison inmates.

Gathering Saffron

Nestled in the midst of the restanques a unique spice grows naturally. In our region, flowering begins in October and lasts for a month while the harvest reaps rich rewards. Sabine and Jean will guide you and explore more herbs to ensure you fully understand the culture and nature of organic saffron growing.

Dinner with Huguette Caren

Benoit Witz welcomes Huguette Caren, the previous owner of Lou Calen and valued guardian of special Provençal recipes, into his kitchen at the Jardin Secret. Huguette’s spectacular cooking contributed to the hotel’s famous reputation in the 70s, 80s and 90s. To keep this iconic legacy alive, Huguette has passed on all her secrets to our chef, and now for you to enjoy.

Sunday Brunch

Our chef Benoit Witz and his team welcome you to a sumptuous brunch inspired by the rich tastes of autumn. Be tempted by our delicious dishes crafted from local produce, offering both sweet and savoury. Our idyllic setting is the ideal place to relax with friends or family on an easy autumnal Sunday.