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Living in France

The French lifestyle has always been associated with a sense of style that is unique to their culture.  While most of us were not born with that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ quality that comes so effortlessly to our Gallic compatriots, we can certainly try to learn some of their secrets. WICE is proud to offer courses that will show you how to master the French art of ‘savoir vivre.’

Classes are currently divided into two main categories:

Cooking:   Classes provide an expert chefs view on typical French cuisine, and how to prepare these wonderful dishes at home.  Hands-on baking classes and gastronomic tours are also offered. 
Tastings:   Wine tasting sessions include both information and tastings, are often paired with food, and led by experts who have a unique view on French wines and all that encompasses.  Beer tastings and other courses designed to inform your senses are also planned. 

Help us keep this department vibrant and exciting by sending us your ideas for  subjects and classes you would like to see included. Email us at livinginfrance@wice-paris.org.


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Upcoming courses

    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Location TBC
    • 15
    Register

    You like wines and would like to talk about them with the right words. You want to learn how to look at wine, taste it, recognize its bouquet and grape varieties. Learn the terminology of the world of wine in a special tasting of four wines that helps you understand the language of wine while learning about key varietals and regions so you can express yourself and truly enjoy what’s in your glass. 

    About the Instructor: Tanisha Townsend is an American wine professional that came to Paris for the love of wine. A professor, consultant, tour hostess, Tanisha organizes events from the classroom to the dining room. Her goal is to educate and entertain, while promoting the history and joys of fermented beverages to the masses. She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.

    Photo Credit: Girl Meets Glass

    • 09 Oct 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • meet near Saint Germain des Pres (nearest metro: Odeon, lines 4 & 10)
    • 8
    Register

    If you want to try some of the best chocolates and pastries that Saint Germain has to offer, then this walking tour is for you. 

    Your guide will escort you to some of the most delectable hidden treasures in the neighbourhood of Saint Germain des Prés including a quaint, little ‘viennoiserie’, home to famous Alsatian strudel, and that has been in business since 1924.  You will savour rich chocolates, candies, jams and other delectable, traditional French sweet treats.

    Along the way your guide will tell you stories and explain the history of the neighbourhood. 

    Includes: a viennoiserie, chocolate, a tasting of assorted jams, sweet spreads and candies.

    About the Instructor: Lisa Rankin is an artist at heart. Food for Lisa is more than sustenance, it is a form of artistic creation, of pleasure, a way to share and socialize, and discover other cultures. So, in 2011, she decided to live her dream. She uprooted from Toronto, Canada and started a food tour company and blog called Flavors of Paris so she could share her passions for food, culture, art, and the city of Paris. Since the inception of Flavors of Paris, it has become a multiple-award winning company, sharing local, Parisian tastes and experiences with thousands of clients from around the globe.

    Photo Credit: Flavors of Paris 

    • 18 Oct 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Instructors Private Residence (nearest metro: Corvisart or Glaciere)
    • 7
    Register

    Join French-trained Pastry Chef Lisa Allen in an inspired half-day of tart-making fun! She will guide you through a fully immersive, hands-on experience creating your own French tarts. This month's tart will be The Bourdaloue, a baked pear and almond tart. You will visit a local market to source the fruit, then bake it all from scratch in Lisa’s quaint Parisian apartment. 

    Coffee, tea or hot chocolate will be available to get your hands going! Taste your creations ‘sur place’ or receive a box to take your treats home.

    About the Instructor: Chef Lisa Arielle Allen is an American pâtissière, with an extremely sweet set of teeth! Throughout her life, she has enjoyed making surrounding lives sweeter with homemade treats. Now fully trained and certified by the esteemed Ferrandi école de gastronomie, with additional training in 5-star and Michelin-starred kitchens, the Callebaut Chocolate Academy, and Edwart Chocolatier (among others), she is excited to share with you her love, passion and knowledge for French pastry and chocolate!

    Photo Credit: Tarts and Truffles 

    • 19 Oct 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Location TBC
    • 15
    Register

    In 6 wines, understand how to decrypt the wines of France, how to read labels, what an “appellation” is. A guide to beginning to identify what you like in French wine and how to go forward to buy wines that you’ll enjoy. A planche of cheese and charcuterie is included.

    About the Instructor: Tanisha Townsend is an American wine professional that came to Paris for the love of wine. A professor, consultant, tour hostess, Tanisha organizes events from the classroom to the dining room. Her goal is to educate and entertain, while promoting the history and joys of fermented beverages to the masses. She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.

    Photo Credit: Girl Meets Glass

    • 23 Oct 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private residence (meeting point: TBC, nearest metro: Bonne Nouvelle)
    • 10
    Register

    ** Join us for a Hearty Lunch & Glass of Wine featuring **

    Cod Fillets with Spicy Chorizo & Green Olive Tapenade

    We are so lucky that moist and flaky Cod fish fillets are a regular staple at the Parisian markets and grocery stores. But its flavor can be delicate, if not bland. Learn how to use this blank canvas to your advantage.  

    We will show you a creative and easy way to perk up Cod fillets by "skewering" them with spikes of spicy chorizo, and then top them with a homemade green olive tapenade!  Fast and delicious!  This is so good, your dinner guests will want this recipe!

    Pêche de Vigne Fruit Tart with a Cookie Crust

    Ring in fall with a fun tart made with those special red vine peaches called pêche de vigne in French.

    First, you will learn how to make a cookie crust using the perfect fall ingredient - crushed Speculos cookies - the French version of cinnamon gingerbread cookies. They have all the flavors of fall. 

    Then we will make a curd using puréed pêche de vignes.  If we are lucky, there will still be some blackberries for a garnish.

    Techniques: learn how to work with cod fillets; bake fish with a topping; make a tart crust using cookies; make a curd with fruit. 

    About the 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, 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.

    • 08 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Instructors Private Residence (nearest metro: Corvisart or Glaciere)
    • 7
    Register

    Join French-trained Pastry Chef Lisa Allen in an inspired half-day of tart-making fun! She will guide you through a fully immersive, hands-on experience creating your own French tarts. This month's tarts will be Apple Tarts, Classic French and the Tarte Normande, just in time for Thanksgiving. You will visit a local market to source the fruit and bake it all from scratch in Lisa’s quaint Parisian apartment. 

    Coffee, tea or hot chocolate will be available to get your hands going! Taste your creations ‘sur place’ or receive a box to take your treats home

    About the Instructor: Chef Lisa Arielle Allen is an American pâtissière, with an extremely sweet set of teeth! Throughout her life, she has enjoyed making surrounding lives sweeter with homemade treats. Now fully trained and certified by the esteemed Ferrandi école de gastronomie, with additional training in 5-star and Michelin-starred kitchens, the Callebaut Chocolate Academy, and Edwart Chocolatier (among others), she is excited to share with you her love, passion and knowledge for French pastry and chocolate!

    Photo Credit: Tarts and Truffles 

    • 16 Nov 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Meeting details TBC
    • 12
    Register

    ** All tastings are included in the price of the tour. **

    Discover the Marché d'Aligre, one of Paris's most vibrant and authentic outdoor markets with your expert guide, Allison Zinder, a former chef and educator who has lived in France for 25 years.  She will share how to shop like a local, ideas to inspire your seasonal cooking, and tips on how to interact with market vendors. 

    The Marché d'Aligre, located near the Bastille in the 12th arrondisement, is actually three unique markets:  the Outdoor Marche d'Aligre, full of vibrant seasonal produce; the Covered Marché Beauvau, an architectural beauty that consists of three halls filled with a variety of food stalls, cheese shops, butchers shops and more; and, at the center of the quaint plaza is the Outdoor Antiques & Flea Market.

    Taste and learn on this in-depth tour, which includes a visit to a local bakery specializing in traditional French breads, a charcuterie tasting in the Marché Beauvau, and a cheese tasting of 5 to 6 seasonal cheeses.  You will wrap up your time together with a celebratory glass of wine.

    Learn to market shop like a Parisian!  Don't miss this delicious Saturday Marché d'Aligre tour with Allison, your Expert Guide. 

    About the Instructor: A former chef, Allison Zinder works at the intersection of French gastronomy and culture. She offers market tours, entertaining historic walks, and dynamic food and wine lectures through her company, Paris on the Edge. Allison also guides study-abroad students in their discovery of French food, wine, and culture. And for the past 6 years, she has been a Professor of Food & Beverage at a hotel and restaurant management school in Paris.

    • 19 Nov 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Location TBC
    • 10
    Register

    Learn what makes France so special as we demystify the grand cru systems of France, We will taste through a variety of Grand Crus to build up and refine your wine knowledge. With an innovative and refreshing approach and in just 2 hours, you'll receive tips on where to find good value and you will taste five Grand Crus. A planche of cheese and charcuterie is included.

    About the Instructor: Tanisha Townsend is an American wine professional that came to Paris for the love of wine. A professor, consultant, tour hostess, Tanisha organizes events from the classroom to the dining room. Her goal is to educate and entertain, while promoting the history and joys of fermented beverages to the masses. She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.

    Photo Credit: Girl Meets Glass

    • 20 Nov 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private residence (meeting point: TBC, nearest metro: Bonne Nouvelle)
    • 12
    Register

    ** Join us for a Hearty Lunch & Glass of Wine featuring **

    Brined Turkey Breast Stuffed with Cranberries, Ham & Mushrooms

    Don't race around Paris searching for the last whole turkey or fresh cranberries.  Simplify your Thanksgiving this year - without sacrificing flavor - with this incredibly delicious, moist, stuffed boneless turkey breast

    Chef Randall's secret is to use what we can easily find in Paris and that means whole turkey breasts, which we can easily find all year round, even in your grocery store. 

    First, we will learn how to brine the meat to ensure it is incredibly moist.  Then we'll stuff it with breadcrumbs, dried cranberries, ham, and mushrooms. Yum!  All the flavors of Thanksgiving! 

    Finally, watch how to butterfly and stuff; then how to roll - tie - and roast. Voila, your turkey is in the oven and your Thanksgiving a success!  

    Gateau au Noix de Pecan et Chocolat

    We all know how much Chef Randall loves chocolate, so his flour-less chocolate-pecan cake is nothing short of magical.

    A fitting end for any special event. You will want this one on your Thanksgiving table and in your recipes files !  Don't miss this class. 

    Techniques: learn how to brine, butterfly, stuff, and roast a turkey breast; how to make a flour-less nut cake. 

    About the 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, 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.

    • 04 Dec 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Instructors Private Residence (nearest metro: Emile Zola)
    • 12
    Register

    Everything you wanted to know about champagne, but were too afraid to ask. At the end of this masterclass, you will have the tools to understand what type of champagne you prefer and why, and which factors affect quality and price. You will be given tips for storage, service and food pairing, and an overview of the history and geography of Champagne. You will try 4 very different champagnes. A generous buffet of nibbles, cheeses and charcuterie will be provided so don't eat before you come!

    About the Instructor: Cynthia Coutu is a Canadian who has been living in France for 28 years. She is a professional wine educator, judge and guide specialised in champagne . She is also the founder of Delectabulles, a champagne networking club for women.  She only uses champagnes made by women and takes people to estates where women play an important role. It is her way of supporting women in a male-dominated industry. She is certified by the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (level 3) and was voted Best Wine Tasting in Paris by Expatriates Magazine.

    Photo Credit: Studio Aoustin

    • 11 Dec 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private residence (meeting point: TBC, nearest metro: Bonne Nouvelle)
    • 12
    Register

    ** Join us for a Hearty Apéro Sampling & Glass of Wine featuring **

    Holiday Apéro - New Savory & Sweet Cocktail Party Food 

    Just in time for you holiday parties - this class is full of many quick, easy, and delicious savory and sweet hors-d’oeuvres. 

    Watch as Chef Randall uses a variety of store-bought doughs - (that's a time saver right there!) such as phyllo dough and puff pastry - to whip up a variety of savory and sweet finger foods.  

    Here are some of Chef Randall's preliminary ideas. The final selection is subject to The Chef’s whims and inspirations come December 11th.  Be sure to join us and find out what's on your Holiday Apéro Menu. 

    Chef Randall's Signature Apéro - Parmesan Shortbread

    Phyllo Pastry Cups with Curried Vegetables

    Phyllo ‘Caramels' of Reblochon Cheese

    Tomatoes Mustard & Cheese on Puff Pastry

    Puff Pastry Tapenade Palmiers 

    Chicken Skewers with Satay Sauce

    Figs with Mozzarella

    Sardine Tartines

    Cream Cheese and Nut Tartlets

    Variety of Bite Sized Sweet Treats

    About the 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, 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 Dec 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private residence (meeting point: TBC, nearest metro: Bonne Nouvelle)
    • 10
    Register

    ** Join us for a Foie Gras Tasting, Dessert, & Glass of Bubbles featuring **

    Master Class - Terrine de Foie Gras Fait Maision

    Do you feel a bit overwhelmed at the thought of tackling a homemade terrine?  Not to worry! Chef Randall has been making his own Terrine de Foie Gras for decades.

    Join us and profit from his years of experience. Watch and learn as Chef Randall shows us, step-by-step, how to make a foie gras terrine from start to finish.

    Hear more about his secret of using a ready-to-cook, de-veined lobe of raw duck foie gras. Be sure to take notes as he shares the key techniques you need to make a successful terrine for your holiday. 

    Of course we will enjoy a Foie Gras Tasting, enjoying a terrine made days before and whose flavors have been allowed to  ‘ripen.’  

    Fresh Fruit Chutney

    Chef Randall will whip up the perfect condiment to accompany our foie gras - a seasonal fruit chutney. There are so many ways you can use this recipe. 

    Red Wine Poached Pears

    For dessert, we will enjoy something light and beautiful, red-wine poached pears!

    ** Don't miss this special holiday class. **

    About the 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, 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.

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