Saturday, December 3, 2022
11:00 am Central Time
As the holidays approach, our thoughts turn to traditional recipes for our dessert table.
Chef Chris Thielman & Karen Thielman will guide you through the steps to create a festive Bûche de Noël.
This iconic French favorite features a chocolate roll with mascarpone whipped cream filling, chocolate frosting and cocoa-dusted meringue mushrooms.
Program duration: 1 hour
The recipe will be posted at https://afdupage.com/recipes .
For AF DuPage and AF du North Shore members only.
AF DuPage members do not need to pre-register for this event.
A Zoom link will be sent the day before the event to all AFD members.
For AF du North Shore members only, please send an RSVP request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
3pm Central Time
Federation of Alliances Françaises USA
Join us as Aleksandra Crapanzano talks to Alexander Lobrano about her new book, GÂTEAU: The Surprising Simplicity of French Cakes. The James Beard-award winning author will lay out the simple, no-fuss, completely irresistible gâteau in all its many varieties.
When we think of French desserts, we tend to imagine ornate creations and confections—Tarte Tatin, Mille-Feuille, Île Flottante. But while the pâtissiers deserve their reputations, when the average Parisian home cook is in the mood to whip up something sweet, they turn to a very different kind of treat: the simple, no-fuss, completely irresistible gâteau in all its many varieties. GÂTEAU: The Surprising Simplicity of French Cakes (Scribner), by James Beard Award-winning writer Aleksandra Crapanzano is a celebration of these classic recipes, introducing American bakers to a style of baking that is practical, chic, delicious—and very French.
Aleksandra Crapanzano’s book, GÂTEAU: The Surprising Simplicity of French Cakes, can be found on Amazon.
Alexander Lobrano’s latest book, My Place at the Table: A Recipe for a Delicious Life in Paris, can be found on Amazon.
This event will be on Zoom and is free for all Alliance Française members, AATF members, and invited guests of the presenter or publicist. Non-members or persons who have no AF chapter nearby can purchase tickets ($10). Please click here to register
Saturday, December 17, 2022
3pm Central Time
RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505
Join your AF DuPage friends for a visit to the Christmas market, and enjoy some of the seasonal fun while speaking French along the way as you browse the various vendors. We'll explore the market in small groups and then meet up together in the heated Timber Tent for some catch-up around a mug of vin chaud or hot chocolate.
Please RSVP so we know you are coming, and we will send you details the day before the meeting.
Indulge your love of French from the comfort of your home by attending online events. Talks on a variety of intriguing subjects are available from the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA as well as AF chapters from across the United States. Many events are free for AF members and available to non-members for a small charge.
View a list of upcoming events at https://afusa.org/featured-events/.
Links to recordings of past events can be found on YouTube.
AF DuPage continues a new concept – the mini-Zoom session – a 20 minute focused presentation on a French-themed subject.
Most sessions will take place on Thursday afternoons promptly at 12:30 pm, a perfect midday break to add some French culture into your schedule.
The topics and presenters will vary. Most will be conducted in English, but we may add some French language mini-Zooms into the mix. Zoom links are reserved for AF DuPage members and will be sent out the day before the session. Visit our Membership page to join or renew your membership.
Thursday, December 15, 2022
12:30 pm Central Time
Presented by Charles Coulon
In Provence, the traditional Nativity Scene is surrounded by scenes of everyday life in villages thanks to stunning displays of traditional clay figurines, les santons. Why such elaborate scenes? How did the santons come to be? And what happens when the crèche scenes come to life with Les Pastorales? Join Charles Coulon as he showcases these unique traditions for our December Mini-Zoom.
AF DuPage programs are reserved for AF DuPage members only, although occasionally we invite members of other AF chapters to participate in special programs. Due to security and privacy reasons, AF DuPage program, event and recording links may not be shared, posted or broadcast.
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