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Entre Azur et Lumiere: Spotlight on the Riviera!


Our Vive La France Cultural Series continues this fall beginning on Tuesday, October 2nd.  These classes are sponsored by L’Union Française, hosted at The Academy of the Sacred Heart & are conducted in English.  La Bonne Vie au Soleil is our theme this semester.

This course will meet on Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at: 

Academy of Sacred Heart
4521 St Charles Avenue


October 2nd, 9th, 16th& 23rd  & 30th and November 6th  

Note: November 13th is set aside as a makeup class, if necessary.


 (Instructions on registration follow the class schedule)


OCTOBER 2nd        Tastes of the Riviera


A culinary tour of the Italian and French Riviera presenting food lore, history and tasting of some of the iconic dishes throughout the series.


 Presentation & Cuisine by Nora Wetzel


OCTOBER  9th      The British Invasion and Making of the French Riviera


Today we associate the French Riviera with the rich and famous and their glamorous lifestyles. In fact, we owe this development largely to the educated British traveler, trained in the 18thc. tradition of the European Grand Tour. How and why the Côte d’Azur – once a quiet, remote, and somewhat impoverished region – would come to be THE destination for the British upper class (and then the Americans and the global glitterati…) is the topic of this presentation.


 Presentation by Michael Batterman


OCTOBER 16th         La Côte d’Azur: A Modern Painters Love Story


The French Riviera, also known as La Côte d’Azur, has seduced lovers of art and beauty from Classical Antiquity until our own era. Artists and seekers of inspiration have all responded to the charms of the picturesque fishing ports, silky sand beaches and dramatic cliff-hanging villages. In particular it is the purity of the “Grande Bleue” and the brightness of the light that drew the likes of Monet, Renoir, Picasso, Matisse, and Chagall. I will discuss aspects of these artists’ work inspired by this beautiful coastal region.


Presentation by Veronique Day


OCTOBER 23rd       From Grasse to Grace: The Story of Chanel Fragrances


This presentation will showcase the flowers and plants grown in Grasse and used by the creators of French fragrances, most notably Chanel perfumes. This presentation will provide hands on experiences with various scents and reveal the secrets of the most iconoclastic perfume, Chanel # 5.


                        Presentation by Suzanne Pratt


OCTOBER 30th       Yes, We Cannes! Beyond the Scenes of the Festival


From the extravagant palaces to the secret life of celebrities, Cannes is the French Hollywood.  This lecture will provide a close up of inthe careers of three film legends: Brigitte Bardo, Sophia Loren and Grace Kelly, whose destinies are forever intertwined with the Cote d’Azur.  We will also gain better insight into the dynamic of the Cannes Film Festival as well as Midem, the leading international music trade show, both hosted in Cannes respectively in May and June.  Somewhere between its palm tree-lined Croisette and its year-long summer filled with red carpet events, there lies a genuine Cannes, true to its Mediterranean heritage and fiercely dedicated to an art de vivre where people worship the sun, and the seas, seeing and being seen.  


Presentation by Jean Xavier Brager


NOVEMBER 6th       Affordable Wines from the Italian and French Riviera Regions

 Vive La France’s esteemed wine connoisseur, Margene Minor, along with our favorite Wine Seller, Ben Lazich, have selected notable, yet affordable wines, from the Italian and French Rivera and adjacent regions.  We will taste these selections and enjoy delicious gouters crafted by Nora Wetzel, our superb chef.


Tasting & Presentation by Margene Minor with Nora Wetzel



Immediate registration and fee payment is advised as these classes fill quickly.

(1)Notify us via email that you wish to register: [email protected]


(2) Mail a check for $125 (current members of L’Union Française)* 


for $150 (non-members)* for the 6-class series.


                        Make check payable e L’Union Française and mail to:

                        Anna Teixeira

                        2010 Kansas Avenue

                        New Orleans, LA 70062



We are looking forward to an outstanding class series this Fall. Please join us.


 To read more about our presenters Click here– 2018 FALL BIOS

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updated 9/25/2018