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    Cooking Classes en français and Wine Classes en anglais


    Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - Tuesday, August 10, 2021

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    Cultural Seminars return in 2021 with two new four-week offerings. Enjoy learning about the history and traditions of French regions through the lens of cuisine and wine. Both seminars can be attended as a bundle of four sessions, or as a single. You may choose your options during registration.

    Cooking Class

    Tuesdays, 5-6:30pm

    In French. Recommended French level B1 or higher.

    Calling all epicureans, Francophones, and epicurean Francophones. Travel across the regions of France by way of their unique and traditional food and wines. Experience a different region each week through the cuisine. It's perfect as summer holiday family activity. Gather your family in the kitchen, set up your digital device and enjoy cooking and learning about different regions in French with Francine Chough.

    You will be cooking food from the following regions:

    June 22 - la Bretagne

    We will travel to the West region of Bretagne, a region surrounded by the sea and appreciated for its mild climate. It is rich in seafood, famous for its fresh produce, its crêpes, cookies and cider. In this workshop, you will learn to prepare Mini gâteaux de crêpes au sarrasin de la mer, Rôti de porc à la Bretonne and Tartelettes aux fraises sur sablé breton.

    June 29 - la Normandie

    We will discover the neighboring region North of Bretagne, la Normandie. This region is famous for its dairy products and apples. A lot of the dishes are prepared with cream. In this workshop learn to prepare Oeufs cocotte à la crème, Poulet Vallée d’Auge, Trou normand et Bourdelots.

    July 6 - l’Occitanie

    We will head to the sunny South of France and the largest region of France: l’Occitanie. This is the heart of the Occitan culture, and you can feel the influence of that culture in the cuisine. L'Occitanie is comprised of the former regions of Languedoc/Roussillon/Midi-Pyrénées. In this workshop we will prepare Feuilleté aux anchois, Cassoulet d’été, Crème catalane and all you need to know about Roquefort.

    July 13 - le Grand Est

    We will then venture to the Far East region of France: Le Grand Est. This region includes former regions like Alsace and Lorraine, but now also comprises regions like Champagne and Ardennes. The main staples of cabbage, potatoes and charcuteries of German cuisine are dominant in Alsace and Lorraine. In this workshop we will prepare Flammekueche, Bouchées à la reine, Trou à la champenoise, and Baba au Rhum.

    Classes are $155 for a bundle of 4 or $41 for a single session.

    Register for summer cooking classes

     

    live stream wine tastingWine Classes with Tastings

    Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm

    In English.

    Join Sommelier, Wine Educator and Alliance Board Member Maxine Borcherding for a tour of some more of the delicious wines of France. Each class will offer you the opportunity to purchase the wines to be tasted, and food pairing suggestions (and recipes) will be provided when you register.

    July 20 - Rosé, Rosé, Rosé

    They're not all the same! The Rosés of La Belle France are made throughout the country and are deliciously different in style, variety of grape, and flavor. The aromatic, light and dry rosés of Provence are among the most food friendly wines in the world. The darker and bolder roses of the Rhone can stand up to a steak. From the off-dry roses of the Loire Valley to the stunning sparkling roses of Burgundy and Bordeaux, you won't want to miss this delicious romp through the wonderful wines of summer.

    July 27 - The glorious wines of Alsace

    French by nationality, German by heritage, the wines of Alsace are rich, full bodied, and spectacularly varied: from dry to sweet, from still to sparkling, all benefiting from a long, slow growing season filled with sunlight despite its far northerly location. A highly complex geological history of 13 soil types formed hundreds of millions of years apart form a patchwork of terroirs which produce wines of unique nuance and character. Bottom line: the wines of Alsace are spectacularly good. You won’t want to miss these exceptionally food friendly beauties.

    August 3 - Champagne

    Its very name conjures elegance and celebration. But the wines of Champagne were not always as they are today. They were still, barely red, and suffered from an inferiority complex when compared with the more famous Pinot Noirs of Burgundy. It took several monks, the British Navy, English glassmakers, the Royal Society of London, French textile merchants, and a widow to create Champagne as we know it. Join with us to learn its history, how it is made, and taste why it is revered around the world.

    August 10 - The Midi-Pyrénées

    One of the least well known and most sparsely populated regions of France, the vineyards of the Midi-Pyrénées sit in the shadow of the mountains separating France and Spain. This is the French home of the Basque people. The wines are deliciously bold and fruity and work perfectly with the region’s flavorful cuisine. Make some new friends with varietals you may not know: it might be Gaillac, Tannat, Negrette, Fer Servadue, Gros or Petite Mansang, the floral blends of Côtes de Gascogne or the sweet wines of Jurançon. You will be surprised and charmed: guaranteed!

    Classes are $155 for a bundle of 4 or $41 for a single session.

    Register for summer wine tasting classes

    Parking Information

    Street parking on SW 20th St. facing the Kamm House is limited. Free parking is available in Lot B at SW 18th and SW Columbia. Please obtain a parking pass from the office.

    After 6 pm weekdays, students may park in the Willamette Dental lot at SW 20th and SW Jefferson as available.

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