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Bring France to Your Next Meeting or Group Event | Host a French-Themed Dinner Party
Bring France to Your Next Meeting or Group Event
Elizabeth New Seitz, Ph.D.
FRENCH TRAVEL & CULTURE EXPERT
Dr. Elizabeth New Seitz is a French specialist and founder of French Affaires, a company celebrating French travel, culture, language, and l'art de vivre. She first visited in France in 1983 and since that time has lived, studied and worked extensively in various regions of the country.
She received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in French from Vanderbilt University with a specialization in foreign language and culture education. Her experience includes undergraduate and graduate teaching, presentations at national and international conferences, talks and lectures on French travel and culture, and organizing and leading trips to France.
After many years as a professor of French and a stint in the corporate world, she decided to share her passion for all things French beyond the classroom and to focus on that magical space where travel, culture and language intersect -- and so French Affaires was born.
Dr. Seitz’s specialty is a return to the travelogue -- illustrated lectures accompanied by personal anecdotes on all aspects of France. From special travel talks such as the "Best of Paris," "Paris Museum Tour," "The Spirit of Normandy," "Best of Burgundy" and "Best of Provence," to cultural lectures such as "The Spirit of French Gardens" and the "Art of the French Table," to immersions into French food and wine such as "Gourmet France" and an "Intro to French Wines & Wine Terms," her dynamic presence and enthusiasm for the subject make her lectures a true visit to France -- without the jet lag.
Dr. Seitz has given lectures to a wide variety of groups, companies and organizations including:
Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Institute of Humanities & Culture
Southern Methodist University
French-American Chamber of Commerce of Dallas-Fort Worth
World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth
The Dallas Woman’s Club
Junior League of Dallas - Garden Club
The Dallas Arboretum
Junior Group of the Dallas Garden Club
The Hockaday School
Highland Park High School
Central Market-HEB Cooking Schools – Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin
Dr. Seitz and her company French Affaires were featured in the Dallas Morning News in January, 2009
General Lecture Topics: French Travel, Art, Culture, Food, Wine, Lifestyle, History, Language
Specific Lecture Topics:
- "The Best of Paris"
- "How to Visit Paris in Three Days"
- "Paris Museums Tour"
- "History of Paris"
- "Decorative Art Museums in Paris"
- "Parks & Gardens in Paris"
- "Garden Excursions in the Paris Region"
- "Gourmet Paris"
- "A Tour of Paris Pastry Shops"
- "Tea Salons in Paris"
- "Sacred Paris"
Other Regions of France
- "The Best of Provence"
- "Discovering the French Riviera"
- "The Spirit of Provence: History, Culture &Cuisine"
- "Gourmet Provence"
- "Provence Gardens"
- "Sacred Provence"
France & the French Experience
- "The Spirit of Normandy: History, Culture & Cuisine"
- "The Spirit of Burgundy: History, Culture & Cuisine"
- "The Treasures of the Loire Valley: Châteaux & Gardens"
- "Bordeaux & the Dordogne: History, Culture & Cuisine"
- "The Best of Southwest France"
Customized topics also available.
- "The Top 10 Ways to Experience France"
- "Gourmet France"
- "Sacred France"
- "Dining in France - Getting the Most Out of the Food Experience in France"
- "The Art of French Cheeses"
- "Travel French - Getting the Most Out of Your Trip to France"
- "Christmas in France: A Celebration of the Holidays French Style"
Elizabeth New Seitz, Ph.D.
Web site: www.frenchaffaires.com
Host a French-Themed Dinner Party
Spice up your next dinner party with a rich French cultural experience!
French Dinner Talk:
We offer "French Dinner Talk," an engaging informal discussion on your choice of French related topics - cuisine, wine, culture, history, art, travel, and more. As you and your guests enjoy your aperitifs and dinner, Dr. Elizabeth New Seitz leads a guided conversation to complement the cuisine. Everyone will have a chance to participate and to enjoy interesting dialogue about French travel or culture.
Evening in France:
Or for a more visual France experience, Dr. Seitz also offers short photo illustrated tours you and your guests can enjoy before or after your French dinner. The "Evening in France" soirées are a unique and original way to entertain your guests and always bring out the best in your French food and wine.
As part of your French evening, Dr. Seitz can also provide suggestions on French cuisine and wine to complement your chosen French theme or topic for your special event.
To reserve your "French Dinner Talk" or "Evening in France" tour or to find out more about how you can create a special French dinner party, email us at .
About Elizabeth New Seitz, Ph.D.
A native Texan, Dr. Seitz is a specialist in French and founder of
French Affaires, a company celebrating French travel, culture, language,
and l'art de vivre. She is a self-confessed Francophile and
has been making pilgrimages to France since 1983. Paris and Provence
count among her particular favorites as she has lived in both locales,
though the country is so varied that "there are always more
riches to discover," she notes. Her experience includes undergraduate
and graduate teaching, presentations at national and international
conferences, and organizing and leading trips to France. She is
currently writing a travel book on France.
Left photo credit: The Dallas Morning News/Sonya