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Seasonal French Cooking Class at Chez Nanou

Monday, January 21st 5:00pm until 9:00pm
Chez Nanou
Chez Nanou

Slow Food Madison and Chez Nanou are pleased to offer a series of seasonal French cooking classes

This will be an exclusive opportunity for a very limited number of students (and their lucky guests who can come for dinner). Classes will be offered in January, April, July, and October through 2013.

For our first class, Nanou and Dee will be offering hands-on cooking instruction of a seasonal 3 course meal in the comfort of their cozy restaurant kitchen. In order for participants to get a comfortable and intensive experience, class size will be limited to 4 participants.

Class will be followed by an intimate group dinner at 7:30, featuring the food prepared. Each student is invited to bring one guest to dinner for $20 additional (to be paid night-of the class).

The Menu:

Soupe a L’oignon Gratinée (French Onion Soup)

Tourte au Saumon (Salmon-Leek Pie)

Crêpe Suzette

Our first class will be Monday, January 21st, at Chez Nanou from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm. (class will begin promptly at 5!)

Cost for class participation is $75 (plus processing fees; sorry) and includes all ingredients, tools, instruction, a 3 course dinner, and one beverage of your choice with dinner. (Additional beverages available for purchase)

Ticket sales for the January class will begin Wednesday, January 9th, at precisely 7:00pm CST.

Tickets are first-come first-served, and are available only online!

Buy your tickets here. (but not till 1/9 at 7:00pm — so everyone can have a chance)


This class is for Slow Food Members only!

After a week of member-exclusive tickets, we’re pleased to offer this class to other friends of Slow Food!



Don’t know if you’re a member? Members have paid membership fees to Slow Food USA within the last year. If you think you are a member, but want to make sure, contact us and we’ll sort you out.

A little bit about the ladies:

Anne-Marie (“Nanou”) Lalande-Rieunier was born in the south of France but lived for many years in Lyon, the capitol of gastronomy. Trained in graphics, marketing and communication she owned her own business as a desktop publisher for 25 years, but her passion has always been cooking. Due to a job change, Nanou relocated with her husband to Madison in 2011. Since her English was not proficient enough to continue her desktop publishing work, she followed her passion for cooking to find comfort and enjoyment. In acclimating to her new surroundings she discovered that Americans largely experience French cooking as “haute cuisine”, eaten in restaurants that are very sophisticated and expensive. She thought it would be interesting to present another side of French cooking; traditional French food that people eat every day, and thus Chez Nanou was born.

Domenica “Dee” Gilardi Kuech was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, to an Italian-American family who shared a great passion for food and cooking. Her mother and extended family were excellent cooks who took great pride in the meals they served. Though she studied and taught French, Communication, and English as a Second Language her real love has always been cooking. A college semester spent living with a family in France was a truly transformative experience that brought her closer to French culture and food in a way no other experience could have.

Nanou and Dee both feel fortunate to have found a mutual partnership through their passion for cooking and their shared belief that we all have a spiritual connection to food which evokes powerful feelings of tradition, continuity and identity.


Location: Chez Nanou

805 Williamson Street