Some summer evening conferences at the Hostellerie de l' Eveche in Alet .....
On the subject of local cuisine, the hotel in Alet where the lectures referred to above are taking place, serves really excellent food. Sadly the restaurant seems to be closed for the season these days, by the time I get down there, but for anyone who's going to be around in the summer - Crow, Nic, etc. - it's definitely worth considering for an evening out. I've really enjoyed eating - and staying - there, as it's a lovely old building in nice grounds between the river and the ruined abbey, the old Episcopal Palace. They do very good regional food, especially their menu terroir
, which I think is about 35 euros, but you can eat there for less. Or more. They have good wines too, and the ambience is excellent, a cosy place with rough hewn stone walls, and you can walk in the gardens after dinner. Or even eat outside, and have the illuminated walls of the abbey on one side of you, and the sound of the Aude rushing past on the other.
I also concur with Pilrig above that the restaurant in the hotel in Couiza is excellent, if expensive. I had an exceptional meal there once. Definitely worthwhile if one can stretch to it.
In RLC itself I used to like the cafe in the priest's garden, but I've not been to it since it was run by the late Jean-Luc Robin, so I don't know what it's like now. A good place to hang out, though. I do like the other restaurant there, opposite the bookshop, which does an AOC goats cheese, drizzled in honey with a pine nut salad, which is absolutely delicious. And you can sit outside, on a little decking terrace, underneath the Tour Alchemie of the adjacent Hautpoul Castle.
And the markets are really good for food. Quillan has a particularly good one on (I think) Wednesdays. Others who know the area better might know which days different towns in the area have their markets. Worth knowing if planning a picnic, and always enjoyable to visit in any event.
The Spar shop in Couiza - on the crossroads opposite the Post Office - may not look like much from the outside, but has loads of stuff inside, and is a good place for general provisions.