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    • 30 Jun 2016
    • 01 Jul 2016
    • Left bank, Paris
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    Thursday, 30 June and Friday, 1 July 2016
    Cost: 60 (for PWW participants)
           
    100 (for general public)

    In the traditional publishing world, an agent is essential to having your work read by editors and publishers.  Paris Writers' Workshop offers a unique opportunity to meet with an agent and present your work.  Take advantage of this consultation to find out what your manuscript needs to get noticed and what publishing opportunities might be available to you.

    You must pre-register: Your 15-minute consultation appointment time will be provided upon your arrival on 26 June 2016.  Consultation times vary by participant but will occur sometime Thursday, 30 June or Friday, 1 July 2016.

    Manuscript Submission: Instructions for manuscript submission will be provided after registration confirmation.

    Requirements: Registrations for those participating in a
    PWW master class, the fee is
    €60.  If you have not registered for a master class, the rate is €100.

    Cancellation Policy: For cancellations made before 27 May 2016 your fee will be refunded in full.  No refunds will apply to cancellations made after this date.

    Photo: © Alastair Arthur

    • 01 Jul 2016
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Left Bank, Paris
    Friday, 1 July 2016  
    7:30pm - 10:00pm
    Cost: €50

    The closing dinner on the last evening has become a feature of the Paris Writers' Workshop - a chance to relax with new friends, talk further with the faculty and presenters, and unwind after the pressures of the week.

    Join us for this great opportunity to socialize with new and published authors.

    The dinner will be held at a historic French brasserie Café du Commerce.

    Bon Appétit!

    All WICE Members and Paris Writers' Workshop participants are welcome to attend.

    Photo: Dana Voss

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    • 01 Sep 2016
    • 2:30 PM
    • 30 Jun 2017
    • 4:30 PM
    • a location to be advised

    Free Event (Participants purchase their own tickets at the cinema)


    Are you interested in independent films? Are you interested in learning more idiomatic expressions in spoken French or English? Come join us at an “art et essai” movie house in the 15th district in Paris to watch specially selected movies in English. These movies have French subtitles, so what better way to work on your French or your English?  After the movie, you can also stay on for discussions by the film director or other cinéphiles, or meet informally at a café.


    Please register to receive emails about upcoming cinema outings!


    Host: Originally from Chicago, Wendy Dubreuil majored in French language studies on campus at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and abroad and completed a Masters in International Studies at American University. She has gathered a wealth of knowledge about Paris arts and culture over the years. Wendy established Paris Cafe Talk for WICE as a platform to freely share her personal stories and knowledge of Paris.
    • 08 Sep 2016
    • 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Reims: full details provided prior to start date
    • 6

    Thursday, 8th September 2016

    08:00am - 08:00pm

    Cost: €185 based on minimum of seven attendees

    (smaller numbers can be accommodated, 4 minimum, but at a higher cost)


    Have you ever considered a visit to the Champagne region but were concerned about the drive? Now there’s no need to worry.


    Enjoy a full day of visiting the Champagne region of Reims with tasting visits to two Champagne houses, The Reims Cathedral, and a Champagne tasting lunch, all without the worry of having to drive.


    Hélène will arrange a central collection point and be your guide and chauffeur for the day.



    Instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of the Bordeaux area. As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French “savoir-vivre.” She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.
    • 16 Sep 2016
    • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Private tasting room, 75005 Paris: Metro Jussieu & Cardinal Lemoine
    • 9

    Friday, 16th September 2016

    8:00pm - 10:30pm

    Cost €65 per person


    The French Wine region of Burgundy may be small in size but its influence is huge in the world of wine. It can strike fear into the heart of even a seasoned wine pro, but fear not, the region need only be as complex as you want it to be. Yes, it is home to some of the most expensive wines in the known universe but there are tasty affordable wines too.


    Join Thierry for an evening of tasting the terroirs of Burgundy.


    Only two grape varieties will be sampled but there are lots of difference between whites from Chablis and Meursault, and reds from Cotes de Beaune and Cotes de Nuits.



    Instructor:  Thierry Givone was born and raised in Burgundy, with two uncles working for a prestigious winemaker in Beaune. After graduating from the Wine and Spirit Education and the Wine University of Bordeaux, he created Wine Tasting in Paris to share his passion for wine. He is a jury member for wine competitions and provides tastings for visitors from all over the world. We are fortunate that he is opening his private tasting room especially for WICE members.


    • 20 Sep 2016
    • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Dorothy's Gallery, 27 rue Keller, 75011 Paris





    Come and be part of WICE Open House 2016! 
             
    This is your opportunity to:
    • Discover exciting courses WICE has to offer;
    • Connect with current WICE members;
    • Learn about the wider benefits of WICE membership;
    • Join the WICE community;
    • Register for courses starting from September 2016.
               
    Register in advance, and drop in on the day, for a chance to win a 'money can't buy' spot on an exclusive cooking demonstration at the new Le Cordon Bleu cookery school on the banks of  the Seine.

    Sign up for a course at the event and get 50% off your WICE membership fee.

    Remember that this is a free event and is open to all so be sure to let your family and friends know.
                         
    We look forward to seeing you there.
             
    • 01 Oct 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 08 Oct 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 15

    Saturdays, 1 October (lecture) and 8 October (guided tour)

    10:00am - 11:30am (lecture) and 10:00am - 1:00pm (guided tour)

    Cost: €60


    When Paris fell to the Nazis in June 1940, a handful of brave men and women refused to accept defeat and volunteered to become soldiers in a new, secret war. Running undercover networks across the city, the agents of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) fanned the flames of resistance and fought to liberate the capital from tyranny. This course will explore the stories of fascinating women such as ‘spy princess’ Noor Inayat Khan, Vera Leigh and Odette Sansom, and the fates of SOE’s other agents sent to “set Europe ablaze”. A lecture will be followed by a guided tour of the locations featured.


    Instructor: Nigel Perrin is a PhD student with the University of Kent, researching Paris during the Occupation. He is the author of Spirit of Resistance, a biography of an SOE agent in France, and is a regular reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement and other publications.
    • 04 Oct 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • meet at: Take RER to Poissy. Meet in front of the Poissy RER station (Exit: Gare Sud) in the Square Georges Pompidou.
    • 14

    Tuesday, 4 October 2016

    10:00am - 1:00 pm

    Cost: €27.50, which includes the entrance fee of €7.50.


    Situated in the western suburbs of Paris and along the Seine river banks, Poissy is a charming city especially known throughout the world for one of Le Corbusier’s masterpieces: the Villa Savoye, built in 1931.


    During this tour, we will visit Poissy and see impressive remains of the biggest monastery that was once ruled by Dominican monks. We will learn of the historic past linking Poissy with royalty and monasteries, then we will walk to Villa Savoye, the weekend home of the Savoye family, built between 1928 and 1931 and called “Bright Hours”. This villa, listed as an historic monument during the lifetime of Le Corbusier, is representative of the basis of modern architecture, and was very quickly an icon of the Modernist Architecture in the world and a pilgrimage place for a lot of architects.


    Please come prepared for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.



    Guide: Thomas Emery, Guide-conférencier
    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Private apartment, 75016 Paris: metro Boissière
    • 10

    Thursday, 6th October 2016

    7:30pm - 10:00pm

    Cost: €70


    An evening of “horizontal” tasting of a 2010 vintage.

    You will be tasting five different wines from varying regions, from this amazing year accompanied by a typical French main dish followed by dessert.



    Instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of the Bordeaux area. As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French “savoir-vivre.” She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.
    • 12 Oct 2016
    • 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
    • meet at 1.45pm at La Sorbonne, 47, rue des Ecoles, 75005 Paris. Metro: Cluny-la Sorbonne (Line 10).
    • 21

    Wednesday, 12 October 2016

    2.00pm-3.15pm

    Cost: €22


    Located in the Latin Quarter, la Sorbonne University is the most famous university in France, specializing in Social Sciences. The seat of the University of Paris until the Revolution, and politically influential, it was founded in 1257 by Robert de Sorbon and Saint-Louis (Charles IX) and rebuilt twice from 1600 to 1650 upon the wishes of the Cardinal Richelieu and then again during the 19th century.


    Join us to discover this magnificent palace by visiting the entrance hall, the main staircase, the courtyard, the large amphitheatre, the wide reception rooms with their splendid paintings and the chapel (built at the request of Richelieu) where the grave of Richelieu is located.  This visit will give you an insight into the history and architecture of this remarkable institution.


    Guide provided by la Sorbonne.


    • 14 Oct 2016
    • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Private tasting room, 75005 Paris: Metro Jussieu & Cardinal Lemoine
    • 9

    Friday, 14th October 2016

    8:00pm - 10:30pm

    Cost: €65


    What is Languedoc Roussillon famous for?


    • Caving & Camping

    • Beautiful French-Roman villages

    • The Pyrenees

    • Epic driving roads & tunnels


    And, of course, great wine. For wine enthusiasts on a budget, Languedoc-Roussillon is becoming known as a great value wine region. So what do you need to know about The Languedoc (“LONG-eh-DOCK”) to get great wine?


    Join Thierry for an evening of the best of Languedoc, the rising terroir of The South of France, with tastings of Pic saint Loup, Faugere, Corbieres and many more.


    Instructor:  Thierry Givone was born and raised in Burgundy, with two uncles working for a prestigious winemaker in Beaune. After graduating from the Wine and Spirit Education and the Wine University of Bordeaux, he created Wine Tasting in Paris to share his passion for wine. He is a jury member for wine competitions and provides tastings for visitors from all over the world. We are fortunate that he is opening his private tasting room especially for WICE members.
    • 18 Oct 2016
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • meet at: Corner of Place de la Republique and rue Faubourg du Temple by the Habitat store. Metro stop: Republique, Lines 3, 5, 8 and 9.
    • 14

    Tuesday, 18 October 2016

    10:30am - 1:30pm

    Cost: €25


    Come with us as we explore and learn the history of the recently pedestrianized Republic Square; symbol of the French nation and center of commemoration and protest. We will walk along the Canal St. Martin with its picturesque locks and bridges to the Hotel du Nord immortalized in the Marcel Carné's film. Then, we will discover the 17th-century courtyard of the St. Louis Hospital similar to the Place des Vosges. From the trendy rue St. Marthe, we will climb to the romantic Buttes Chaumont Park.


    Please come prepared for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.



    Guide: Brad Newfield, highly experienced walking guide in Paris.


    • 19 Oct 2016
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private residence rue du Faubourge Poissonnière, 75011 Paris: metro Bonne Nouvelle
    • 10

    Wednesday, 19 October 2016

    9:30am - 12:30pm

    Cost: €55


    We’ll launch our fall classes with a classic Burgundian dish, Oeufs en Meurette. This favorite seduces your taste buds with earthy flavors.


    Eggs are poached in red wine, then the wine is combined with veal stock to reduce for the sauce. The egg is cradled in a butter-toasted nest of pain-de-mie - but that’s not all! The rich garnish includes bacon lardons, tiny onions, and button mushrooms.


    Plus there is a ‘secret’ ingredient in the sauce. A worthy lunch or brunch dish to please everyone.


    Poaching continues with pears, just coming into season, for Poires Belle Helene. Another classic, the pears are poached whole in white wine syrup to serve with ice cream and chocolate sauce.


    Techniques include poaching eggs and fruit, reducing a sauce, cooking a garnish, making chocolate sauce.










    Instructor: Chef Randall Price will share with us his passion for French cuisine, drawing on his 25 years of experience cooking  France for heads of state and working as Chef-Instructor at the professional Paris cooking school, Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne.  His entertaining style, easy-to-follow demonstrations and focus on classic techniques will inspire you to reproduce dishes at home.

    • 07 Nov 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
    • meet at 10:45am at 9 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 75008 Paris. Métro: Champs Elysées Clémenceau (line 1,13).
    • 18

    Monday, 7 November 2016

    11:00am – 12:15pm

    Cost: €22


    The ‘Cercle France Amériques' is a private association which aims to promote the relationship between France and North America.  It was founded in 1909 by Gabriel Hanotaux, former Foreign Affairs minister.


    Ideally located near the Champs Elysees and set in the beautiful private mansion called Hotel Le Marois, it was once inhabited by the famous courtesan, Marie Duplessis (the famous Dame aux Camélias who inspired Alexandre Dumas’s son).


    Come and discover this truly exceptional mansion and its sumptuous reception rooms, located in one of the most elegant districts of Paris and learn more about its famous inhabitants.



    Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PHD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and has been involved for years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before getting back to Art History studies.  She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.  She also coordinates several tours all over Europe.

    • 08 Nov 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • meet at: Corner of Place de la Republique and rue Faubourg du Temple by the Habitat store. Metro stop: Republique, Lines 3, 5, 8 and 9.
    • 13

    Tuesday, 8 November 2016

    Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

    Cost: €25


    In the early 1960’s, the suburb’s cities closest to Paris were very unhealthy, unsafe and overpopulated. In 1965, a new town planning-program called Ville Nouvelle was applied to Cergy-Pontoise and a new agglomeration was created.


    Come and join us as we learn how a small village of 600 changed into a city filled with projects by many famous artists and architects. We will visit the “Axe Majeur” of Cergy; and learn about the most ambitious art project designed by Dani Kavaran and Ricardo Bofill. After, we will stop in front of the iconic steps known as the “sculpted promenade”. On the Place des Colonnes, we will admire the Post Modernist facades of apartment buildings designed by Ricardo Bofill; a true homage to Greek architecture. We will stop on the Esplanade of Paris and conclude the tour next to the Oise River banks to enjoy the last steps of this city promenade: an amphitheater and the Red Bridge of Cergy, the spine of the “Axe Majeur” and a modern reinterpretation of the “taikobashi”, the traditional Japanese bridge.


    Please come prepared for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.



    Guide: Thomas Emery, Guide-conférencier


    • 08 Nov 2016
    • 3:30 PM
    • 13 Dec 2016
    • 5:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 15

    Tuesdays,  8, 15, 22, 29 November; 6, 13 December

    3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Cost: €120


    In the words of the instructor, Colette Juilliard,

    “With “French cinema in its European context, 1920-1950”, I’d like to introduce you to a moment in our turbulent and sometimes shameful history in the interwar years. We’ll browse through the different genres which developed within this period and see how all of them were deeply impacted by war: the French felt exhilarated after the Versailles Treaty signed in 1919, while the Germans were making violent and vengeful movies.


    Thus two aesthetics –one “noir”, one happy--ran parallel for 20 years, French cinema (and politics, mind you!) never looking over the border to realize what the neighbors were up to.


    At this time the French were discovering “la joie de vivre,” jazz, nature, and vacations. Monet, Matisse and Renoir were still painting dreamy landscapes and portraits, and French movies bathed in this utopia of peace, at all costs. Until the day when French cinema had to go underground to escape German censorship.


    All in all, the course is an invitation to cruise the French cinema from the 20’s to the 50’s, with some stops in German, British and Italian movies if time allows.

    Hope you’ll enjoy the journey!”


    Instructor: Art Historian Colette (Coco) Juilliard has a Ph.D. from the City University of New York Graduate School and an "agrégation" from the French University. The author of several books on the subject of Orientalism in French art and literature, she also taught cinema at Skidmore College in Paris.
    • 08 Nov 2016
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Private apartment, 75016 Paris: metro Boissière
    • 10

    Thursday, 8th November 2016

    7:30pm - 10:00pm

    Cost: €70


    Have you ever wondered whether you can pair a wine with chocolate? Well wonder no longer, come and learn about this unusual and fascinating combination and discover the connoisseur’s secrets.


    You will be given the opportunity to taste four different types of chocolate accompanied by the appropriate wine. A chocolate-based dish will also be served during the evening.



    Instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of the Bordeaux area. As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French “savoir-vivre.” She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.
    • 12 Nov 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • meet at 10:45 AM at 17 Quai d'Ajou, 75004 Paris. Métro: Sully Morland (line 7).
    • 18

    Saturday, 12 November 2016

    11:00am-12:00pm

    Cost: €23


    Recently reopened, the Hôtel de Lauzun is located on the eastern edge of île Saint-Louis.  It has passed through a number of owners and now belongs to the city of Paris. The best-known owner was the flamboyant Duke of Lauzun, famous for being the secret husband of the “Grande Mademoiselle”, Louis XIV’s first cousin.


    This mansion is a splendid example of baroque architecture and one of the most beautiful mansions that retains its rich carved, painted, mirrored and gilded interiors from the time of Louis XIV. It was rented during the 19th century to famous writers such as Charles Baudelaire and Théophile Gautier, who formed their “Club des Hashischins” where they experimented with hashish.


    Do not miss this must-see exceptional mansion that has recently been reopened.



    Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PHD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and has been involved for years in a Foundation for promoting Contemporary Art, before getting back to Art History studies. She has several years experience as a guide, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.


    • 16 Nov 2016
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private residence rue du Faubourge Poissonnière, 75011 Paris: metro Bonne Nouvelle
    • 11

    Wednesday, 16 November 2016

    9:30am - 12:30pm

    Cost: €55


    Today’s class focuses on a different way to prepare chicken breasts.


    They will be split, flattened, and filled with a bit of country ham and herbed cheese before they are grilled.


    We will learn how to make a brown butter-based sauce (beurre noisette) with tomatoes. We’ll serve the chicken with fried cakes of cooked rice.


    For dessert, we will master Chef Randall’s decadent chocolate walnut tarte. A rich nut filling is baked in a special tarte pastry, then glazed with chocolate.


    Techniques include preparing chicken breasts and filling them, stovetop grilling, making beurre noisette, making pastry, making a nut filling, making chocolate glaze.



    Instructor: Chef Randall Price will share with us his passion for French cuisine, drawing on his 25 years of experience cooking  France for heads of state and working as Chef-Instructor at the professional Paris cooking school, Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne.  His entertaining style, easy-to-follow demonstrations and focus on classic techniques will inspire you to reproduce dishes at home.
    • 18 Nov 2016
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 30

    Friday, 18 November 2016

    WICE discounted ticket price TBD


    Save the date!  The French love going to the theater.  Why not go there too with THEATER IN PARIS ?  On Friday, 18 November, Theater in Paris will offer WICE members a special opportunity to experience French theater made accessible with their English surtitling system.  The discounted ticket price will include a talk about the history of the venue, the plot and the actors plus a complimentary glass of wine.


    What are English surtitles?

    A translation of a libretto or other text projected onto a screen above the stage during a performance.

    • 18 Nov 2016
    • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Private tasting room, 75005 Paris: Metro Jussieu & Cardinal Lemoine
    • 12

    Friday, 18th November 2016
    8:00pm - 10:30pm

    Cost: €65


    Beaujolais is the name of a little area in France just south of Burgundy. It’s one of the few wine regions of France that doesn’t pretend to be fancy. In fact, much of the Gamay wine Beaujolais produces is sold and drunk before the harvest year is over.


    What’s confusing to new drinkers of Beaujolais is the disconnect between how Beaujolais is described and how it actually tastes.


    So with the help of our instructor Thierry Givone you will discover why Beaujolais doesn’t have to be “nouveau” and whilst you will be tasting a 2016 wine you will also discover some of the older vintages from this little known region of France.



    Instructor:  Thierry Givone was born and raised in Burgundy, with two uncles working for a prestigious winemaker in Beaune. After graduating from the Wine and Spirit Education and the Wine University of Bordeaux, he created Wine Tasting in Paris to share his passion for wine. He is a jury member for wine competitions and provides tastings for visitors from all over the world. We are fortunate that he is opening his private tasting room especially for WICE members.


    • 25 Nov 2016
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 9

    Friday, 25 November 2016

    2:30pm – 4:00pm

    Cost: €20


    Palaces and private mansions are part of the cultural heritage of Paris. Many of them have survived throughout the Ages despite the major transformations which occurred in the capital. It has been said that 450 private mansions still exist in Paris. Some mansions have been turned into museums, others are private properties, or in French Cultural Institutions or Foreign Embassies.


    We will present the historical background of these mansions built between courtyard and garden, their architectural style and internal decoration according to the period when they were built. We will illustrate our presentation with different examples reflecting their particularities.


    If you are considering registering for this talk, please also see VN071 The prestigious premises of Hôtel France Ameriques and VN121 Hôtel de Lauzun: a “must-see” mansion.



    Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PHD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and was involved for many years in a Foundation for promoting Contemporary Art, before returning to the study of Art History. She has several years experience as a guide, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.
    • 28 Nov 2016
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • meet at: Metro Notre Dame de Lorette in front of the church.
    • 15

    Monday, 28 November 2016

    10:30am - 1:30pm

    Cost: €25


    This walk is one for jazz lovers! Come and join us as we visit the haunts of the Jazz musicians of the 1920s and 30s in the area of Pigalle and the Moulin Rouge. We will hear of Josephine Baker, the clown Chocolat, and circus which inspired the artists Lautrec and Picasso. Accompany us as we discover the cabarets where Edith Piaf was discovered and where the Paris jazz craze was born.


    Please come prepared for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.



    Guide: Brad Newfield, highly experienced walking guide in Paris.


    • 01 Dec 2016
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Private apartment, 75016 Paris: metro Boissière
    • 9

    Thursday, 1st December 2016

    7:30pm - 10:00pm

    Cost: €80


    Always paired foie gras with sweet white wines in the past?


    Now discover how well foie gras pairs with champagne.


    Come along and discover how well these two gourmet products are paired.


    You will be tasting four different champagnes and three different varieties of Foie gras.



    Instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of the Bordeaux area. As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French “savoir-vivre.” She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.


    • 02 Dec 2016
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 10

    Friday, 2 December 2016

    2:30pm – 4:00pm

    Cost: €20


    In the late 19th century, Paris’ reputation for its ‘decadent’ lifestyle incarnated by some cocottes or courtesans, dancers and actresses was not usurped. The writings and paintings alluding to these unconventional behaviors, although shocking for some, attracted many readers and fascinated a certain public. To many foreign travelers, Paris was the incarnation of a new Babylon.


    We will illustrate our presentation by telling the story of some famous courtesans, with a special mention of their representation in painting and literature.



    Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PHD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and was involved for many years in a Foundation for promoting Contemporary Art, before returning to the study of Art History. She has several years experience as a guide, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.


    • 07 Dec 2016
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private residence rue du Faubourge Poissonnière, 75011 Paris: metro Bonne Nouvelle
    • 10

    Wednesday, 7 December 2016

    9:30am - 12:30pm

    Cost: €55


    If you want something festive for holiday dinners, try this flavorful wine-poached salmon stuffed with chorizo.


    Poaching in wine, and using a flavourful stuffing, adds taste and elegance to the fish. A roasted red bell pepper sauce is the perfect foil.


    For many years Chef Randall’s Boule de Neige, ‘chocolate snowball,’ has been a centerpiece on his holiday dessert table.


    He will show us how to make this dense but creamy, chocolate mousse-type pudding which is baked in a water bath, cooled, then covered with stars of whipped cream.

    Techniques include working with salmon, poaching salmon, make an emulsified sauce with roasted peppers, cooking in a water bath, and piping whipped cream.



    Instructor: Chef Randall Price will share with us his passion for French cuisine, drawing on his 25 years of experience cooking  France for heads of state and working as Chef-Instructor at the professional Paris cooking school, Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne.  His entertaining style, easy-to-follow demonstrations and focus on classic techniques will inspire you to reproduce dishes at home.

    • 16 Dec 2016
    • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Private tasting room, 75005 Paris: Metro Jussieu & Cardinal Lemoine
    • 12

    Friday, 16th December 2016

    8:00pm - 10:30pm

    Cost: €65


    Champagne, like all wines, is an experience for all of the senses – colour, aroma, texture, flavour and in this case sound too.


    Learning to recognise and define the distinctions in Champagne – making associations, finding the right word – is what makes tasting Champagne especially fascinating.


    Our brain has to distinguish between nuances of white, yellow and pink; fruity, spicy and floral aromas; subtle, delicate and powerful aromas – all those different qualities that make Champagne wine so irresistible, up to and including its magical bubbles.


    With 1er Cru, Blanc de Blanc, Millesime, there are so many good champagnes produced by small producers and families that you don’t have to go for the “big brands”.



    Instructor:  Thierry Givone was born and raised in Burgundy, with two uncles working for a prestigious winemaker in Beaune. After graduating from the Wine and Spirit Education and the Wine University of Bordeaux, he created Wine Tasting in Paris to share his passion for wine. He is a jury member for wine competitions and provides tastings for visitors from all over the world. We are fortunate that he is opening his private tasting room especially for WICE members.


    • 06 Jan 2017
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 10

    Friday, 6 January 2017

    2:30pm – 4:00pm

    Cost: €20


    Born Marie-Joseph Rose Tascher de la Pagerie, Josephine had an exceptional destiny. First, married to Alexandre de Beauharnais, who was beheaded during the French Revolution, the mother of two children, she survived the Terror. Then, mistress to several leading politicians, she met young Bonaparte who fell in love with her and married her. Empress of the French, she helped her ambitious husband‘s bid for power and political transformation with dedication.


    The Bonaparte’s family attitude towards Josephine, her life at Malmaison and Bois Préau, her children will all be evoked, as well as her taste for beauty and luxury.



    Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PHD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and was involved for many years in a Foundation for promoting Contemporary Art, before returning to the study of Art History. She has several years experience as a guide, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.
    • 12 Jan 2017
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • meet at 2.15pm at 10, rue Servandoni, 75006 Paris. Metro: Saint Sulpice (Line 4).
    • 20

    Thursday, 12 January 2016

    2.30pm-4:00pm

    Cost: €22


    Opened in 2013 in the 6th arrondissement, between the Luxembourg Gardens and the Saint-Sulpice church, Mundolingua is a unique museum dedicated to speeches ​​and languages​​.


    Language is one of the most fundamental skills in people. It is also something that has played a decisive role in the evolution of mankind and modern society.


    Come and discover, during a guided visit, language in its broadest form. The museum is made of several rooms with themes as various as the production of sounds, the brain mechanisms, alphabet and even invented languages as Esperanto.


    Guide with linguistic expertise provided by the museum.


    • 13 Jan 2017
    • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Private tasting room, 75005 Paris: Metro Jussieu & Cardinal Lemoine
    • 12

    Friday, 13th January 2017
    8:00pm - 10:30pm

    Cost: €65


    Alsace has always been in a bit of a contradiction.

    Its perilous location on the border of Germany and France made the area a tug-of-war for centuries. Today if you visit Alsace, you can see how the interventions of two mega empires affected the area through its architecture and the presence of both French and German languages.


    The food and the wine of Alsace is also a bit of a mix. For instance, Germanic grape varieties like Gewurztraminer and Riesling dominate the French départment, but in Alsace they are produced in a very different style.


    Our instructor, Thierry Givone, will take you on a tasting tour from Germanic to French, from sweet to dry with a selection of wines and grapes from this unique region.


    Instructor:  Thierry Givone was born and raised in Burgundy, with two uncles working for a prestigious winemaker in Beaune. After graduating from the Wine and Spirit Education and the Wine University of Bordeaux, he created Wine Tasting in Paris to share his passion for wine. He is a jury member for wine competitions and provides tastings for visitors from all over the world. We are fortunate that he is opening his private tasting room especially for WICE members.


    • 19 Jan 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Private apartment, 75016 Paris: metro Boissière
    • 12

    Thursday, 19th January 2017

    7:30pm - 10:00pm

    Cost: €100


    Starting with an aperitif of champagne, this evening will pair a three course gourmet dinner with five Grands Crus wines from the Bordeaux and Burgundy regions.


    Hosted in a private residence, this evening promises to be an enjoyable and informative soiree that  will allow you to discover The French art of “savoir vivre”.



    Instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of the Bordeaux area. As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French “savoir-vivre.” She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.


    • 25 Jan 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private residence rue du Faubourge Poissonnière, 75011 Paris: metro Bonne Nouvelle
    • 11

    Wednesday, 25 January 2017

    9:30am - 12:30pm

    Cost: €55


    How about adding some spice to January’s class with an Indian lamb curry?  Not French, but much appreciated by them. To go with the hearty braised meat, we will have basmati rice, of course.  


    Chef Randall will show us how to make crispy, irresistible onion bhajis, a kind of chickpea flour beignet.


    For dessert, we will learn how to make a Tarte aux Pommes a la minute.  If you have made the butter pastry ahead of time, it really is assembled quite quickly.  


    We will make a citrus cream sauce to go with our dessert.


    Techniques include cutting lamb shoulder into pieces, cooking with complex spice mixes, braising, cooking rice, making beignets, making butter tarte pastry, and making a dessert sauce.




    Instructor: Chef Randall Price will share with us his passion for French cuisine, drawing on his 25 years of experience cooking  France for heads of state and working as Chef-Instructor at the professional Paris cooking school, Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne.  His entertaining style, easy-to-follow demonstrations and focus on classic techniques will inspire you to reproduce dishes at home.

    • 27 Jan 2017
    • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • meet at 2.15pm at a location to be announced.
    • 8

    Friday, 27 January 2017

    2.30pm-5:00pm

    Cost: €32


    We’re heading to the storied cobblestone streets of the Marais for this next visit in our popular perfume tour series. Renowned for its hip fashion boutiques, art galleries, and museums, this district also boasts unique addresses for discovering the exciting world of confidential or “niche” perfume houses, from extraordinary personal scents to home fragrances so luxurious and innovative that they double as objects of art.


    Come join us on this exclusive stroll and experience the Marais through its magical, private universe of high perfume art. Accompanied by your guide, Theresa de Belder, you’ll be personally greeted in the boutiques, learn the stories and concepts behind the houses, and discover some of the most artistic and distinctive fragrances in the world.


    Instructor: Theresa de Belder is an experienced teacher and workshop leader in the fashion and business worlds with a particular passion for perfume. She enjoys sharing her love and knowledge of the art of scent gleaned through years of fervent research and study.


    • 02 Feb 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Private apartment, 75016 Paris: metro Boissière
    • 12

    Thursday, 2nd February 2017

    7:30pm - 10:00pm

    Cost: €70


    Why do they go so well together? Is cheese better with red or white wine? These questions and many more will all be answered during an evening of wine and cheese pairing.


    You will be sampling eight French cheeses from the 1200 available in France along with four white and red wines from the Bordeaux and Burgundy regions and discovering what goes best with what.



    Instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of the Bordeaux area. As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French “savoir-vivre.” She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.


    • 17 Feb 2017
    • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Private tasting room, 75005 Paris: Metro Jussieu & Cardinal Lemoine
    • 12

    Friday, 17th February 2017
    8:00pm - 10:30pm

    Cost €65 per person


    Graves is a wine district in France's Bordeaux region, characterized by the gravel soils (graves) after which it is named. Unique among Bordeaux's sub-regions, Graves is respected as much for its red wines as for its whites.


    It is the only district producing Grand Cru wines of both colors, most notably the Premier Grand Cru chateaux Haut-Brion (dry red and dry white) and d'Yquem (sweet white).


    Join our instructor Thierry Givone  for an evening of tasting that will take you through the best the region has to offer.



    Instructor:  Thierry Givone was born and raised in Burgundy, with two uncles working for a prestigious winemaker in Beaune. After graduating from the Wine and Spirit Education and the Wine University of Bordeaux, he created Wine Tasting in Paris to share his passion for wine. He is a jury member for wine competitions and provides tastings for visitors from all over the world. We are fortunate that he is opening his private tasting room especially for WICE members.


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