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Living in France

WICE is proud to offer courses that will show you how to master the French art of ‘savoir vivre’.

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.

Classes are currently divided into two main categories:

  • Le Vin Français: which incorporates all things related to French wine, headed up by two wine experts who have a unique view on French wines and all that encompasses.
  • Cuisine Francaise: which provides an expert chefs view on typical French cuisine, and how to prepare these wonderful dishes at home.

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

    • 08 Mar 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Private apartment, 75006 Paris: metro St Michel / Odéon
    • 4
    Register

    Belgian Beer by Neil T is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0Though traditionally a country focused on wine, France has a growing fascination with craft beer. And their neighbor to the north, Belgium, is in many ways the originator of craft beer. Whether you just want a better understanding of some of the world's most popular and polarizing beer, or are planning a trip to Belgium to attend one of their many beer festivals and want to be prepared, this evening will be packed full of useful information and tantalizing beers.


    This introduction to Belgian beer will cover:

    • The main styles of Belgian beers and their characteristics.
    • The difference between ales and lagers, and which category Belgian beers fall into.
    • The difference between Trappist beers and Abbey beers.
    • The differences between Walloon and Flemish beers of the same styles.
    • What you should expect to find "on tap" at most Belgian bars.
    • How beer is made.
    • The proper glass, and proper way to pour Belgian beer.
    • The Belgian Beer festivals, shops and bars worth visiting.
    • Last but not least: where to find your favorite Belgian beers here in Paris (Bars and shops).

    The tasting will span the full spectrum of flavors that Belgian beer has to offer. From bitter to sour, sharp to sweet, Belgian brewers make a beer for everyone - even many people who say "I don't like beer." Join us in exploring Belgian beer together, in a casual setting.  Prepare to be surprised by all the diverse flavors! Heavy hors d'oeuvres representing typical Belgian pub food will be served.


    WICE is 40 years young, and always evolving. This class is being offered as a part of our 40th Anniversary Year celebrations, and is intended to reflect the growing popularity of beer, globally and locally.


    About your guide: Amanda has a unique passion and insight into what makes Belgian beer so intriguing. She lived in Belgium for five years where she sought out beer shops and pubs, increasing her knowledge of beers, and attended several beer events a year, including Belgium's largest beer festival.


    • 14 Mar 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private residence rue du Faubourge Poissonnière, 75009 Paris: metro Bonne Nouvelle
    • 12
    Register

    "Fricassee de Poulet en Feuilletage" is the French way of saying Chicken Pot Pie.


    Chef Randall will share with us his secrets for "The Best Chicken Pot Pie. Ever!”


    Chef Randall is known for showing us how to make delicious meals with ingredients you can easily find in your pantry and local grocery store.


    Look no further than starting with fresh chicken and vegetables!


    You’ll learn how to maximize the flavor with a “fricassée” of chicken in white wine with cream.


    Add vegetables of your choice, such as carrots and snow peas, and cover with store-bought puff pastry (which we learned all about ready made doughs in our February class).


    Quickly assemble and dinner is on its way to the table.


    We know how much Chef Randall loves chocolate and chocolate mousse, so you won’t be surprised that he is making a chocolate cake that is so tender it is practically a mousse. You won’t want to miss this one!



    Our menu includes:


    Fricassee de Poulet en Feuilletage

    (Best Chicken Pot Pie, Ever! in Puff Pastry)


    Coeur Tendre au Chocolat


    Techniques you will learn in this class: how to make a fricassee; how to make ‘quick' puff pastry; what are the secrets to making a moist chocolate 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 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.


    • 15 Mar 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Private apartment, 75016 Paris
    • 9
    Register

     Behind a white Burgundy label, most of the time is Chardonnay grape variety

     Learn why the Burgundy region has the highest number of AOC registered wines in France

    Come and discover how the “terroir” strongly influences a Burgundy Chardonnay giving this wine a diversity like no other.

    In this course 4 specially selected and extraordinary “grands crus” white wines at 40€. from Burgundy will be proudly served. These exceptional wines are unforgettable.

    To celebrate WICE 40th anniversary, A fine Champagne (40% Chardonnay) will be enjoyed as an enticing aperitif.

    Exclusive to Wine tasting and in keeping with WICE 40th year, the 4th person to register for this course will receive a 4 euro credit for their next WICE registration. Wine tasting courses fill rather quickly so register early.

     Light nibbles will be served with the wines.

    About the instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of Bordeaux and Champagne.  As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French ’savoir-vivre’ and secrets of wine selection that will impress you.  She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.
    • 11 Apr 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private residence rue du Faubourge Poissonnière, 75009 Paris: metro Bonne Nouvelle
    • 8
    Register

    We’re going to tackle two classics in this course that never lose popularity.


    You’ll learn how to make roll a filet of sole and stuff it with a mushroom duxelles. This bundle is called a “paupiette” in French.


    Then the paupiettes will be garnished with mussels cooked in white wine and a cream sauce.



    For dessert, we’ll Chef Randall will walk us through how to make the classic Baba au Rhum.



    Our menu includes:


    Paupiettes de Sole à la Normande


    Baba au Rhum


    Techniques you will learn in this class: how to make a mushroom duxelles; pointers on cooking with mussels; how to cook sole fish paupiettes; how to make a rich yeast dough.


    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 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.


    • 12 Apr 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Private apartment, 75016 Paris
    • 9
    Register

    Have you ever joined a blind wine tasting? A blind wine tasting is the best way to discover and confirm your wine tasting skills and demystify the discovery of what makes a wine pleasing to taste.

    Come, taste, discuss and most of all enjoy the blind tasting of 4 different top-level Grand Cru wines at 40€ each that were carefully selected.

    To celebrate WICE 40th anniversary, A fine Champagne will be enjoyed as an enticing aperitif.

    Exclusive to Wine tasting and in keeping with WICE 40th year, the 4th person to register for this course will receive a 4 euro credit for their next WICE registration. Wine tasting courses fill rather quickly so register early.

     Light nibbles will be served with the wines.

    About the instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of Bordeaux and Champagne.  As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French ’savoir-vivre’ and secrets of wine selection that will impress you.  She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.
    • 03 May 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Private apartment, 75016 Paris
    • 9
    Register

    Everyone knows that wine and cheese are amazing together. But what makes this classic combination such a winner? Is it "art" or "science" or both?

    Learn the art and science of cheese and wine pairing starting with a History of Cheese. Discover different styles and tastes that create and enhance the traditional culinary links to regional wines.

    You will have the opportunity to taste 8 diverse cheeses along with 4 select wines. Learn which combinations work for you as you develop a taste for wine and cheese pairs.

    To celebrate WICE 40th anniversary, A fine Champagne will be enjoyed as an enticing aperitif.

    Exclusive to Wine tasting and in keeping with the spirit of WICE 40th year, the 4th person to register for this course will receive a 4 euro credit for their next WICE registration. Wine tasting courses fill rather quickly so register early.

     Crusty baguettes will be served with the wine and cheeses.

    About the instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of Bordeaux and Champagne.  As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French ’savoir-vivre’ and secrets of wine selection that will impress you.  She is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.
    • 16 May 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private residence rue du Faubourge Poissonnière, 75009 Paris: metro Bonne Nouvelle
    • 10
    Register

    This menu may sound a bit like the odd couple, but we’re sure you will make both of these recipes again and again.


    For a change of pace, Chef Randall will share his recipe for pot sticker Asian pork and shrimp dumplings with an irresistible peanut-coconut milk sauce.


    For dessert, he’s taking us back to a classic French dessert just in time for strawberry season - the refreshing and light “Fraisier” - a strawberry cake with cream filling.

    Our menu includes:

    Asian Pork & Shrimp Potsticker Dumplings with Peanut Sauce


    French Strawberries and Cream Cake - “Le Fraisier”


    Techniques you will learn in this class: how to make an Asian pork and shrimp filling; how to form dumplings and how to cook them; how to make a Genoise cake; how to make a ‘mousseline' pastry cream filling.


    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 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.




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