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Seasonal French Cooking Class at Chez Nanou: Fall (Final) Session

Tuesday, September 17th 5:00pm until 8:00pm

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).

Time always seems to fly by and it’s time for our fourth and final class!  The chefs of Chez Nanou 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.

WHEN:   Tuesday, September 17th, at Chez Nanou from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm. (class will begin promptly at 5 o’clock, so please arrive a few minutes early!)  Class will be followed by an intimate group dinner at 7:00, featuring the food prepared.  Dinner guests are invited to arrive at 6:45 pm.

The Menu:

Flan de Courgette a la sauce au Safran  (Zucchini Flan with Saffron Sauce)

Magret de Canard à l’orange (Duck Breast with Orange Sauce)

Clafouti aux Prunes (Plum Clafouti)

PRICE:  Cost for class participation is $60 (plus processing fees) and includes all ingredients, tools, instruction, recipes to take home, a 3 course dinner, and two glasses of wine with dinner. (Additional beverages available for purchase).  Each student is invited to bring one guest to dinner for $20 additional.

Tickets are on sale now!

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

Buy your tickets here. 


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