Past Events - 2021

Vive la France: The Art of Publicité – 1980s to Present – November 16, 2021

Presentation by Jean Xavier Brager

Vive la France: The Art of Publicité – WWII to the 1970s – November 9, 2021

Presentation by Jean Xavier Brager

Vive la France: The Art of Publicité – The Belle Époque to WWI – November 2, 2021

From the iconic posters of the Paris World Exhibitions to the disturbing AI-based digital commercials for Louis Vuitton, the semiotic analysis of visual ads, commercials, and promotional campaigns will reach far beyond the mere art of selling goods and ideas in an ever-changing marketplace. It will throw light upon the French and their views on their history, values, and aspirations.

Presentation by Jean Xavier Brager

Vive la France – Champagne, a Game of Chance? – April 27, 2021

Salvadore Domenech Jacinto Dalí has written, Champagne is a work of chance; a triumph of Patience; a creation of genius….  In the same volume, Dalí also wrote, Champagne and love, these two words are generously entwined, Champagne and love, those two wisdoms give us ideas, For without love, there is no being, And that sly wine, Whose favorite game is To provoke the laughter of friends and lovers.

The Wines of Gala, Royal Academy of San Fernando, Madrid.

We will taste a few, learn a bit and allow Champagne to provoke laughter, friendship and love as we play its “favorite game.”

Presentation by Margene Minor

Tastings: Sparr Crémant d’Alsace, Nicolas Feuillatte Réserve Brut Exclusive, Tattinger Brut, Laurent Perrier Demi-Sec

Vive la France – Champagne!  Bubbling Deception: How French Winemakers Resisted the Nazis and Saved Champagne – April 20, 2021

Following the fall of France to Nazi forces, the winemaking regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne became favored targets of Wehrmacht officers and soldiers alike. Plundering millions of bottles, the beloved industry stood on the brink of collapse. Fighting to protect their national drink, French winemakers initiated creative and bold ways to resist Nazi demands. Through the course of protecting their stores, French winemakers also uncovered unexpected ways to foil Nazi Germany’s future military maneuvers.

Presentation by Kristin Burton

Vive la France – Champagne! Veuve Clicquot: Cave, Comet, Celebration – April 13, 2021

Nicknamed “La grande dame de la Champagne” by her peers, Madame Clicquot did not only become famous because she steered the family business through troubled times. She also pioneered into establishing champagne as the preferred drink in high society circles from Rheims to Russia, at a time when women were denied civil rights. From the early death of her husband François at the age of 30 to the witty invention of the riddle table process, this presentation focuses on the exceptional destiny of an astute woman, her resilience and overnight ascension to global fame, along with the secrets of the most successful champagne brands.

Presentation by Jean Xavier Brager

 

Past Events - 2020

Château de Belcastel to Bellecastle Street: A Thousand Year Journey – December 6, 2020

Proprietor Heidi Leigh takes us on a tour of Château de Belcastel in the Aveyron region of France and explains its ties to New Orleans. Tom Soniat gives a history of the Soniat family, linking them to the château and the region and the naming of the uptown New Orleans streets of Bellecastle, Soniat, Dufossat, and Valmont.

La propriétaire Heidi Leigh nous fait visiter le Château de Belcastel dans la région de l’Aveyron en France et explique ses liens avec la Nouvelle-Orléans. Tom Soniat donne une histoire de la famille Soniat, les reliant au château et à la région et la dénomination des rues du quartier uptown de la Nouvelle-Orléans de Bellecastle, Soniat, Dufossat et Valmont.

 

Mangez Bien: Cajun Holiday Cuisine – October 25, 2020

L’Union Française partnered with the restaurant Cochon Butcher for cooking demonstrations and a presentation on Cajun cuisine favorites such as boudin, jambalaya, and stuffed chicken with chef/butcher Patrick Chauffe and manager Jacques Couvillon.

L’Union Française s’est associée au restaurant Cochon Butcher pour des démonstrations culinaires et une présentation sur les plats favoris de la cuisine cajun tels que le boudin, le jambalaya et le poulet farci avec le chef / boucher Patrick Chauffe et le gérant Jacques Couvillon.

 

Sunday Fais Do-Do – November 8, 2020

L’Union Française’s second virtual Sunday Fais Do-Do featuring Cajun music by guitarist and vocalist James DeRoussel, fiddler Greg Champagne, and accordionist Robert Rhoden.

Deuxième dimanche Fais Do-Do virtuel de L’Union Française avec musique cajun du guitariste et chanteur James DeRoussel, du violoniste Greg Champagne et de l’accordéoniste Robert Rhoden.

 

Sunday Fais Do-Do – August 30, 2020

L’Union Française’s first virtual Sunday Fais Do-Do featuring Cajun music by guitarist and vocalist James DeRoussel and fiddler Greg Champagne.

Le premier dimanche Fais Do-Do virtuel de l’Union Française avec de la musique cajun du guitariste et chanteur James DeRoussel et du violoneux Greg Champagne.