Special Event

Sunday December 6 from 4-5pm | Zoom

For our annual holiday celebration, we are hosting a virtual cooking workshop with classically trained French chef Jérôme Viel . It is our distinct pleasure to invite you to this unique gourmet experience! The workshop will be conducted in French. On the menu: Tartare d’huîtres et de noix de Saint Jacques, Coquilles Saint Jacques Wellington, Poire en croûte. If you would like to join us, please RSVP to Pascale Richards-Deliens. Please do not hesitate to contact her if you have any questions. More details will be shared closer to the event, including a list of ingredients for those who wish to follow along. Un grand merci to Jérôme for sharing his expertise with us! We look forward to seeing you all then.

Fête Nationale

Sunday July 12 at noon | Zoom

In place of our annual picnic at Via Paraiso to celebrate the French National Holiday, we will be holding a celebration online! On the agenda: a trivia game and/or mini-presentation about French history, opportunities to share memories about the July 14 holiday, and a sing-along of the Marseillaise. We hope to see you there! If you’d like to join us, please RSVP to Melody Pao.


Due to the exceptional circumstances surrounding the current shelter-in-place order, many regular Alliance Française de la Péninsule de Monterey events have been canceled, however the following events are now being held via Zoom: the Cercle du Livre, Café-Conversation, Apéro-Conversation, and Lunch chez Bechler (see Bulletin for details). Please join us if you can!

Mini conversations

If you are missing our monthly conversations, we propose mini-conversations! We can still speak French with each other via telephone, zoom, or whatever format you are comfortable with. Contact Nicole Chupka at nikki.chupka@gmail to get a conversation partner. In the email, leave (a) your name; (b) approximate level of French; (c) modes of communication (Zoom, telephone, Skype, and so on) that you are comfortable with. The more people who sign up, the more conversation partners we can match up!

Chandeleur Brunch

Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 11:00 am in Pebble Beach. Please see email from Sandy for location and RSVP details.

Bring your favorite toppings or fillings to share, sweet or savory, in small quantities. Beverages provided, alcoholic and not. Pre-cooked crepes available, and guests also have the opportunity to cook their own (faire sauter les crêpes dans la crêpière). RSVP no later than Thursday, January 30 to Sandy by email (for questions, please call).

Soirée Vidéo

Sunday March 15th
5:00 PM at Director Sandy Ford’s home.

Attendance is limited to 14; please make a reservation by contacting Sandy Ford directly. Bring a drink or snack to share.

Film: A bottle in the Gaza Sea (Une bouteille a la mer) – 2012 

Summary: 17-year-old Tal has emigrated from France to Jerusalem with her family. She writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign between Israelis and Palestinians. She slips the letter into a bottle, and her brother throws it into the sea near Gaza, where he is carrying out his military service. A few weeks later, Tal receives an e-mail response from a mysterious “Gazaman,” a young Palestinian named Nam. Thus begins a turbulent but tender long-distance friendship between two young people that are separated by a history they are trying both to understand and change. This engrossing and hopeful drama

Epiphany Celebration (Kings Day) and our Annual General Meeting

Sunday 5 January at 2pm
All are invited to attend the Epiphany Celebration (Kings Day) and the Annual General Meeting at St. Dunston’s Episcopal Church, 28005 Robinson Canyon Rd, Carmel.

The traditional champagne and galettes will be served and the new slate of Officers and Directors will be presented. Please mark your calendar and think about a dish you can bring to share, or gift for the tombola. More details will be in the January Bulletin.