French Country Cooking: Picnic Foods

Join French native Marie Nicoletti for this hands-on workshop featuring Picnic Foods. The word "Picnic" was an entry in the first French dictionary in 1740, and thereafter became a universally accepted word in many languages. It was defined as "An informal meal in which everyone pays his share or brings his own dish." The dishes we will create and share in this class can be both served warm at the dinner table or cold as part of a summer picnic. This will be the third workshop in our Spring/Summer series on French Country Cooking (Soups, Desserts and Picnic Foods). Throughout this series we will explore the classic regional dishes known as “spécialités regionales” (regional specialties). The biggest trend in cuisine at the moment, and a definite synonym for passion, regional specialties have made a comeback in France and are being served in bistros, as well as fine restaurants all over the country. The result of a quest for delicious, authentic, traditional food, these specialties provide a sustainable rural repertoire for health and happiness.

Most importantly, all participants in this workshop will be able to share in the joy of tasting, as our cooking will culminate in a tasting of the picnic foods we have prepared.

Instructor Marie Nicoletti is the founder of The Language of Food, created in 2000, a culinary and cultural program that teaches children and adults traditional and regional French cooking classes and French language. She holds a BA in “Applied Foreign Languages for International Business” (in English and Italian) and a Fashion School diploma in Pattern making and Clothes construction. She worked for designers like Yohji Yamamoto, Martin Sitbon, Plein Sud, and Nina Ricci, before moving to Boulder in 1990. She also studied cooking from the age of 8 years old, in an after-school program, and since then she has never stopped nourishing this passion. Marie’s goal is to pass down to new generations everything she’s learned since she was little--when arts and crafts, cooking, and music naturally held a big part on the map of education.

No experience necessary. All materials and supplies provided. For participants ages 14 and older, minimum of 4 participants, maximum of 12. Pre-registration is required. Seniors (55+) receive a 20% discount off of their registration fee.

Cost: $55

Please Note: We thank you for your RSVP on Meetup, however we will not be able to save your spot in this workshop unless you complete your registration by visiting: or calling[masked]-4406. Thank you for your understanding!

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