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French Students Visit the Alliance Française de Chicago


French students visited the Alliance Française de Chicago in downtown Chicago on Wednesday, January 15th.  The students were there to savor the French lifestyle, if just for a few hours, by way of a unique cooking class.  "The menu for the trip was quiche lorraine, salade verte with a homemade dressing and peach melba for dessert," said teacher, Beth DiMarco.  

The class was conducted entirely in French by Alliance Française de Chicago culinary instructors.  Montini students rolled up their sleeves and created delicious dishes from scratch including the crust for the quiche. "They cleaned their stations, set the table and then got to each and enjoy their results," added DiMarco, who was very proud when her students were commended for their great questions and enthusiasm for baking.  "It was a great experience!"

Founded in 1897, with the mandate to promote French culture in Chicago, the Alliance Française is among the oldest of cultural institutions in the city.  Throughout its history, the Alliance Française de Chicago has played host to a diverse group of guests; welcoming presidents, ambassadors, royalty, authors, film directors, fashion designers, academics and visual and performing artists to its premises.

Photo above:  Top l to r:  Margaret Martin, Emma Muersch, Grace Ssekibaamu, Julia Moran, Sarah Ernat, Kyle Greenwood, Thomas Cyze and Gwen Jones; Bottom: Genevieve Hoke, Lucy D’Anca, Stefani Flores, Diana Maimonis and Audrey Kekstadt




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