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French Affaires offers travel, culture, cuisine, and language events designed to enchant the most ardent Francophiles, the first-time-to-France traveler, and everyone in between. Check with us regularly on our class offerings--there is always something new to discover about France!

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Travel & Culture Language Classes
  • "French for Travelers: All You Need to Know About French Attitudes, Culture, Trip Logistics & Language" at SMU's Dallas Campus - March 2018
  • Private French classes & coaching for individuals & small groups upon request. Please email us at culture.france (at) for more info.
  • ONLINE FRENCH COURSES - Let us know if you might be interested in French courses via the internet at culture.france (at) .
Cuisine & Wine Cookbook Club & Book Series

"French for Travelers: All You Need to Know About French Attitudes, Culture, Trip Logistics and Language" - March 19 to 21, 2018

Come join us for this content-rich class on how to travel well in France!
If you're headed to France for the first time or even if you've been before, our "French for Travelers" course will help ensure you have a marvelous time - and also help avoid any unwelcome surprises or faux pas! Instructor Dr. Elizabeth New Seitz has been teaching this class at SMU for over 10 years and it's always a sell-out. In this special mini-intensive lecture series, Dr. Seitz will discuss French and American habits and attitudes, introduce essential language for a variety of situations (including restaurants - how to order, what to order, what NOT to order - rognons de veau, anyone??), highlight French customs and vocabulary for a variety of contexts (table manners, shopping, hotels, museums, how to ask for gift wrapping!), teach indispensable pronunciation tips, and provide a great list of French travel essentials. Real life stories and anecdotes about travel in France and interacting with the French make this a lively and fun class. You will also walk away with specific tips and strategies about traveling like a pro in France (by train, Metro, air) as well as the confidence to really enjoy your time there.
This course complements previous study of the language, though no prior knowledge of French is required. The class includes six hours of rich instruction plus comprehensive handouts so you will walk away with a great toolkit and guide to take on your next trip to France. Please note that the class is conducted primarily in English with LOTS of good practice in French. You can bring your France travel questions too! Advance registration is required through SMU's Continuing Studies Program(NB: This is the only time this course will be offered in 2018 - just in time for the spring, summer and fall travel season!)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (3 lecture series) - March 19, 20, 21, 2018
7 to 9pm
$109 per person early registration. Advance sign-up required - please click here to register with SMU Continuing Studies.
SMU Main Campus in Dallas, Texas 75205, USA

"A Day at Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte," Special Event Featuring Owner Alexandre de Vogue Co-Hosted with The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture - Thursday, March 22, 2018

French Affaires is excited to partner with The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture to co-host this insider's tour of the magnificent privately-owned 17th century French castle and gardens that inspired the great chateaux of Europe, including the Palace of Versailles. Vaux-le-Vicomte's rich history began in 1641 when France's Finance Minister Nicolas Fouquet bought the estate and enlisted architect Louis le Vau, decorator Charles le Brun, and landscape designer Andre Le Notre to transform it into a perfect ensemble of artistic beauty and taste. King Louis XIV was so impressed that he took these designers and transformed the Chateau of Versailles into the dazzling palace it is today. Through the coordination of French Affaires Director Dr. Elizabeth New Seitz, Alexandre de Vogue, son of the owners of Vaux-le-Vicomte, will present a stunning virtual tour of "France's best kept secret" and speak about A Day at Vaux-le-Vicomte, the beautiful volume co-authored by Alexandre and his brothers.
Photo credits: Private Collection Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Reception - 6-6:30pm; Talk and book-signing - 6:30 to 8pm
$20 per person ($10 Dallas Institute Members, $5 Students).
Please click here to register with The Dallas Institute.
Telephone: 1-214-871-2440
* The Vaux book will be available for purchase at the event. *
2719 Routh Street
Dallas, Texas 75201, USA

"Paris Museum Tour: A Visual Guided Visit of the French Capital's Best Art Venues" - Monday, March 26, 2018

Paris is the museum-lover's paradise par excellence. With France expert Dr. Elizabeth New Seitz as your guide, take a visual tour of the most spectacular art institutions in the French capital. Explore the history, architectural features, and art collections of Paris' most renowned museums including the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay and Musée Rodin among others. Discover lesser-known venues and their artistic treasures, such as the Musée Jacquemart-André, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and many more. You'll enjoy your "art evening in Paris" and also come away with insider knowledge and logistics tips to make the most of your next trip there. Advance registration required through SMU's Continuing Studies Program.

Monday, March 26, 2018
7 to 9pm
$39 per person - early registration. Please click here to register with SMU Continuing Studies.
SMU Main Campus in Dallas, Texas 75205, USA
* This event is featured in the French Cultures Festival 2018 official calendar coordinated by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. Click on the FCF logo for more details on 'Le Mois de la Francophonie' and the special French events happening near you!


The French Cookbook Club 2017-18: "At the French Table"

For the seventh year in a row, French Affaires is offering a great twist on the classic book club idea with our 'French Cookbook Club.' Every quarter, we read and cook our way as a group through a specially chosen French-themed cookbook. We gather for a seated multi-course dinner to taste our recipes and enjoy an evening of wonderful French cuisine, wines and food conversation. It is a unique chance to get to know French cookbooks already in your culinary library or to add to your cookbook collection as the French Cookbook Club continues. And of course, it's a festive occasion to make friends with other gourmets interested in French cuisine and l'art de vivre.

Our 2017-18 French Cookbook Club theme is "At the French Table." Through our French dinners and cookbook presentation by our host Elizabeth New Seitz, we'll enjoy the rich pleasures of the French table. And, as extra special treat, our final cookbook club session will be an amazing culinary stay in France designed especially for French Cookbook Club participants. Come join us as we explore the best of French culinary traditions and get a feel for what makes French cooking so special!

For the further details, please email us at: culture.france (at) . Bon appetit!


Session 1 - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - FULL: Waitlist available

Session 2a - Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - FULL: Waitlist available

Session 2b - Sunday, March 25, 2018 - FULL: Waitlist available

Session 3 - Culinary Journey to France in May, 2018 - FULL

6:30 to 9pm (Sessions 1 and 2)
$45 per session plus your recipe (sessions 1 and 2)
Central Dallas, Texas location (sessions 1 and 2)



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