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French Affaires offers travel, culture, cuisine, and language events designed to enchant the most ardent Francophiles, the first-time-to-France traveler, and everyone in between. Check with us regularly on our class offerings--there is always something new to discover about France!

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Travel & Culture Language Classes
Cuisine & Wine Cookbook Club & Book Series
 
 
 

"French Kings and Queens: A History of the French Monarchy" - June 15, 2016

Come join us for this rich overview of French royalty throughout the centuries!
Discover the essence of French history with this special course focused on the monarchy of France. Through illustrated lecture, Dr. Elizabeth Seitz will trace the French royal dynasties through the centuries such as the Valois and the Bourbons. We'll learn about the lives of known and lesser known French kings and queens as well as the castles and monuments they built. Remarkable stories and intrigues of the French court will add color to the rich content of this class. You'll also receive travel tips on how to experience French royal history in France as well as a reading and film list for further exploration. 

Please note that this seminar is part of SMU Continuing Studies Summer 2016 courses. Class fee: The cost is $45 early registration and includes all class instruction and comprehensive handouts. Advance registration is required through SMU's Continuing Studies Program. 
 
Date:
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Time:
6 to 9pm
Cost:
$45 per person early registration. Advance sign-up required - please click here to register with SMU Continuing Studies.
Location:
SMU Main Campus in Dallas, Texas

French Language & Culture Classes

Our offerings get at the heart of communicating well in French - both in the language AND in the culture. Here's what some recent attendees had to say about their French Affaires' language class:
"Our group from your class just got back last night from our trip to Europe, most of which was in France. We had a ball and owe a lot of our success to your class. The French were great. They just light up when you greet them and bounce a 'Bonjour' back. It's really an ice breaker. And sure enough, we always had to ask for the check which you taught us...Thanks again for all the tips on visiting France. It really helped." Beth & Don M.
French Affaires' language and culture classes run for 4-week sessions to make them an easy fit into busy schedules and calendars. Upon class completion, we take a break and then start back up with another 4-week series. For details on the variety of courses offered, please see the class descriptions below.

"Beginning French Part 1"

Learn the basics of French in this beginning French series taught by French Affaires' founder Dr. Elizabeth New Seitz. We will have fun covering key French words and phrases, essential pronunciation, and beginning language structures while mastering real cultural situations. Our class size is small to ensure an optimum language learning experience. Come prepared to absorb, participate and learn the essential elements of the French language in a supportive environment. Please note that this course is designed for those who have had little to no French instruction prior to joining our group. Cost: The class fee is $95 per person and includes all language instruction, cultural lessons, special handouts, and personalized language coaching. Advance registration is required. Class text: TBA.

Date:
TBA
Time:
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Cost:
$TBA per person - please click here to register.
Location:
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"Intro to French Conversation"

We'll take your French language skills to the next level in this class devoted to French conversation. With other France lovers, you will learn to converse in French in a structured and positive environment - with plenty of French language support and input provided. Dr. Elizabeth New Seitz will lead discussions on interesting French cultural topics so you'll get some French culture along with your conversation. Practice more extended communication in French while adding to your French vocabulary and strengthening your French grammar.
Our class size is small to ensure an optimum language learning experience. Come prepared to absorb, participate, converse and learn the essential elements of the French language in a supportive environment. Please note that this class is for those who have some French background already. Cost: The class fee is $95 per person and includes all language instruction, cultural lessons, special handouts, and personalized language coaching. Advance registration is required. Class text: TBA.
Date:
TBA
Time:
TBA
Cost:
$TBA per person - please click here to register.
Location:
TBA

French Cookbook Club 2015-2016: "The Food of France: A French Culinary Tour"

 
For the fourth season in a row, French Affaires is offering a great twist on the classic book club idea with our 'French Cookbook Club.' Every quarter, we read and cook our way as a group through a specially chosen French-themed cookbook. We gather for a seated multi-course dinner to taste our recipes and enjoy an evening of wonderful French cuisine, wines and food conversation. It is a unique chance to get to know French cookbooks already in your culinary library or to add to your cookbook collection as the French Cookbook Club continues. And of course, it's a festive occasion to make friends with other gourmets interested in French cuisine and l'art de vivre.
 


Our 2015-16 French Cookbook Club theme is "The Food of France: A French Culinary Tour." Via our quarterly cookbook selections, we'll be transported to the many rich culinary regions of France. What are the key ingredients in Normandy cuisine? What are the great wines of Burgundy? What gives Provencal cuisine its wonderful character? How would you know that cassoulet and foie gras are from Southwest France?

Through our recipes and special visual presentation by our host Elizabeth New Seitz (a new part of the French Cookbook Club this year!), we'll get an overview of the culinary map of France as well as visit Burgundy, Normandy, Provence and Southwest France in particular. And, as extra amazing treat, our final cookbook club session will be an amazing culinary long weekend in France designed especially for French Cookbook Club participants. Come join us as we explore the best of French culinary traditions and get a real feel for what makes French regional cooking so special!

Here's how the French Affaires French Cookbook Club works:
- Sign up for that quarter's French Affaires French Cookbook Club gathering
- Read through our cookbook selection and choose a recipe that you would like to make
- Prepare your recipe and bring it to our French Cookbook Club evening along with your comments on the recipe-making process - was it easy? was it challenging? which aspect of French cooking did you appreciate in this recipe? would you make this recipe again?
- Over apéritifs, enjoy a brief overview of the French cookbook and that region of France by French Affaires' host Elizabeth New Seitz. Our cookbook introduction will be followed by a multi-course seated dinner of the various dishes prepared by fellow French Cookbook club guests accompanied by French wines.

Our French Cookbook Club gatherings are limited. To ensure a superlative French gourmet experience, each cookbook club guest is asked choose one recipe from one of the following cookbook categories: two starters, two salads, one soup, two to three vegetables, three main dishes, and two to three desserts.

Our 2015-16 French Cookbook Club Book Selections & Schedule

Monday, December 7, 2015 - A Tour of the French Regions:
"The Taste of France" (1983) by Robert Freson   FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE
This is one of my favorite French cookbooks ever! "The Taste of France" is a gorgeous illustrated tour of all the French culinary regions and serves as a great introduction to our French Cookbook Club year. We'll see how geography and climate as well as cultural dimensions have contributed to regional differences in French cooking. After this evening, you'll have a good grasp of France's various regions and their gourmet highlights. 
Please note: As this book is no longer in print, you'll want to collect your copy second-hand through Amazon.com or from your local used bookstore.

Monday, February 15, 2016 - Burgundy ~ La Bourgogne:
"From My Chateau Kitchen" (2000) by Anne Willan   FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE
This cookbook takes us to renowned French culinary expert Anne Willan's former home in Burgundy, the stately Chateau du Fey. Anne shares the many delights of French country life through recipes, stories and photographs from all over this rich region of France. You won't want to miss a single page as you read "From My Chateau Kitchen" - this beautiful volume is a cookbook, cultural guide and memoir all in one. Please note: As this book is no longer in print, you'll want to collect your copy second-hand through Amazon.com or from your local used bookstore.
 
Early summer 2016 - Normandy ~ La Normandie: 
"The Norman Table: The Traditional Cooking of Normandy" (1985) by Claude Guermont    FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE  
This beautiful classic presents 200 recipes adapted for the American kitchen by Norman-born chef Claude Guermont. Apples, pears, butter, cream, fresh vegetables, seafood and more are staples in the cuisine from this gorgeous and historical part of France. And we can't forget the celebrated Normandy apple cider and Calvados apple brandy as well. 
Please note: As this book is no longer in print, you'll want to collect your copy second-hand through Amazon.com or from your local used bookstore.

Early fall 2016 - Provence ~ La Provence:
"Provence: The Beautiful Cookbook - Authentic recipes from the Regions of Provence" (1993) by Richard Olney   FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE
Award winning food author Richard Olney came out with this beautiful compendium of Provencal cuisine more than 20 years ago and it's still as fabulous as ever. We'll feel the ambiance of the south of France through the wonderful recipes, short essays and breathtaking photographs. There are so many amazing recipes in this cookbook that it will be hard to make your cookbook club dinner selection!
Please note: As this book is no longer in print, you'll want to collect your copy second-hand through Amazon.com or from your local used bookstore.

SPECIAL EVENT: Our final cookbook club session for the 2015-2016 season will be an amazing culinary long weekend in France designed especially for French Cookbook Club participants. Come join us in the French countryside near Fontainebleau for an unforgettable few days focused on wonderful French food, wines, culture, history & fun with our cookbook club friends. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - Southwest France ~ Le Sud-Ouest    FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE
"The Cooking of Southwest France: Recipes from France's Magnificent Rustic Cuisine" (2005) by Paula Wolfert
Winter is the perfect time to explore the hearty cuisine of southwest France including foie gras & other delicacies. Paula Wolfert's classic cookbook The Cooking of Southwest France first appeared in 1983, and she now has updated it more than twenty years later. Paula also includes wonderful mail-order sources for harder-to-find, authentic French ingredients. Reading & cooking our way through this volume takes us on a rich culinary adventure to Bordeaux, Gascony, Périgord & the Basque country. 

The cost is $45 per session (sessions 1 to 4) plus your recipe. Please let us know your recipe selection by two weeks prior to the event so we can plan the seated dinner (category choices are available on a first come, first served basis). Our email is french.culture (at) frenchaffaires.com. Registration can be handled online. Please let us know if you are interested in attending the special France culinary weekend in December 2016; note that preference for attendance at this event will be offered to those attending previous cookbook club sessions. Make plans now to join us for these fun French culinary excursions!

Dates:

Session 1 - Monday, Dec 7, 2015 - FULL (WAITLIST AVAILABLE); Session 2 - Monday, Feb 15, 2016 - FULL (WAITLIST AVAILABLE); Session 3 - Early summer 2016 - FULL (WAITLIST AVAILABLE); Session 4 - Early fall 2016 - FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE; Session 5 - Culinary weekend in France Dec 2 to 6, 2016 - FULL (WAITLIST AVAILABLE)

Time:
6:30 to 9pm
Booking:
$45 per session plus your recipe (sessions 1 to 4)
Location:
Central Dallas location (sessions 1 to 4)

 

 




   
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