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  • Cooking Demo with Anina Belle, 04/17

    Journey to the French Riviera: Cooking Demo with Anina Belle Giannini

    Saturday 17th April 2021 — 3:00pm to 4:30pm

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    The Alliance Française of Washington, DC invites you to spend your Saturday afternoon in the company of Anina Belle Giannini, author of Le Chef's Wife blog, American-Canadian hotelier, writer and passionate cook, enamored with the culture of southern France and French joie de vivre. The wife of a chef, Anina thinks of herself as a "translator" of French cooking, making it fun, easy and accessible. She will share some of her culinary tips and transport us to the French Riviera!

    This event will be in English with a smattering of French cooking terms. Stay tuned for more details on the menu and for a list of ingredients to prepare for this event. We expect you to participate and cook along, but if you don't want to cook, you are equally welcome to just join in, watch and ask questions.

    This event will be recorded and will be available for the public on our YouTube Channel afterwards.

    A vos tabliers !


    Anina Belle Giannini is a Canadian/American hotelier, writer and passionate home cook. She lives with her husband, Chef Sébastien Giannini, their 3 year old daughter, Valentina, and 5 month old son, Pierre, in McLean, Virginia.

    Anina Belle met her husband during a University exchange to the French Riviera in her early twenties. They were married in Nice and lived 8 delicious years in the South of France before her career in luxury hospitality, as a sales and marketing leader for hotel brands such as Le Meridien, Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons, moved the couple to Montreal, QC and then to Washington, DC.

    Le Chef's Wife blog was born in 2018 out of lifelong passion for food, travel and cooking as well as a love of writing and photography. Cooking at home with her husband, an internationally renowned Chef, taught Anina Belle the tips and tricks that she enjoys sharing with the readers of her blog. “I see myself as a translator” says Anina Belle. “I translate the wealth of knowledge my husband has in French Cooking, learned over a career that started at age 14 working 16 hour days in Michelin starred restaurants, and boil it down it in a way that busy people in home kitchens (like me) can use and enjoy”

    In 2019 Four Seasons Hotels published Anina Belle’s first children's story book, "Fiona at the Four Seasons" and she is currently working on "Le Chef's Baby", a series of children's books that teach good food habits from a young age. Her work in recipe development and food writing has been published in Edible DC Magazine and District Fray Magazine.

    Follow @lechefswife on Instagram or visit for easy to make French Recipes and tips for living a French Riviera inspired life in the USA.


    All attendees will receive a Zoom join link a couple of days before the event. Please make sure you add Eventbrite as Safe Sender to your email list. For any questions, please contact Natasha Zavadskaia at

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  • Book Talk with Philip Mansel, 04/24

    Philip Mansel Louis XIV, Royal Feminist

    Saturday 24th April 2021 — 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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    The Alliance Française of Washington, DC invites you for an online conversation with Dr. Philip Mansel, historian of France and the Ottoman Empire, who will be connecting from London to talk about one of the most captivating figures in French history, Louis XIV, whom he explores in his recently published book King of World: The Life of Louis XIV.

    This conversation will be in English.

    The book was published in the UK in 2019, and in the US and France in 2020. Lecture attenders, please quote promo code MANSEL30 to get a 30% discount on

    This event will be recorded and will be available for the public on our YouTube Channel afterwards.

    About the book

    Philip Mansel’s King of the World is a magnificent and perceptive account of the man who dominated the seventeenth century more than any other. To what extent did Louis have absolute power, or was decision-making in the hands of ministers and mistresses? How much of the extravagance of Versailles was for show, and how far was Louis himself the show? How could such a civilized man commit so many acts of barbarism? How effective was he as a ruler and a general? Did he leave his country stronger or weaker than it was before? Mansel offers original and persuasive answers to these questions, and weaves a brilliant tapestry of the life of one of the most compelling figures in European history.

    "No other English-language biography has so successfully given us a portrait of him as man and monarch…Mansel renders his satellites in fascinating detail…His grasp of the sources is superb", Gareth Russell, The Times

    "the best single-volume account of the reign in any language", John Adamson, The Sunday Times.

    "Authoritative and nuanced…thorough success…Time and space both yield before Mansel’s authorial ambition", Minoo Dinshaw, The Daily Telegraph

    About the speaker

    Dr. Philip Mansel ( is a historian who writes about France and the Middle East. He has lived in Paris, Beirut and Istanbul, and now lives in London.

    Dr. Philip Mansel has written fourteen books, including lives of Louis XVIII (1981) and the Prince de Ligne (1992), a history of Paris as capital of Europe in the early nineteenth century, Paris between Empires (2001) and The Eagle in Splendour: Inside the Court of Napoleon (2015). He has lived and taught in Paris, and six of his books have been translated into French. He is President of the Conseil scientifique of the Centre de Recherche du château de Versailles, and won the Franco-British book prize for his most recent book King of World: The Life of Louis XIV.

    His books have been translated into several languages including French, Italian, German, Greek, Turkish and Arabic.

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  • Online Children's Spring Camps

    Online Children's Spring Day Camps 2021

    Join us for our Online Spring Camps! Each day will feature hands-on craft making and promote full French immersion. The list of materials needed will be sent in advance.

    • April 12: Judo with Frédéric
    • April 13: Les p’tits pâtissiers : le quatre-quarts
    • April 14: Les p’tits yogis : Yoga with Sophie
    • April 15: Les p’tits chefs : le croque-monsieur/croque-madame
    • April 16: Les P'tits Artistes: Les p’tits bricoleurs : le mangeoire pour les oiseaux (Bird feeders)

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  • Click-&-Collect Service is here!

    The AFDC Libary is back!

    We are delighted to announce that beginning in April 2021, the Alliance Française DC Library will offer 10 minute click-&-collect appointments two times per month.The next pick-up date is Saturday, April 24th!

    How does it work?

    1. Connect to your AFDC Library account through our online catalog. 
    2. Reserve your desired items by clicking on the green "Reserve" button next to eligible titles. 
    3. Once you have submitted your reservations, using the pre-set dates below, choose the day and time that you would like. You will then need to send a e-mail to with your selected timeslot. 
    4. On the day of your pick-up appointment, you will receive an e-mail from the library confirming your reservation and the contactless pick-up. 
    5. You may also submit your reservations and desired timeslot by e-mail to

    For complete details, including policies and appointment times, please check out our dedicated page here: /Click_and_Collect_Service

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