Special Guest Joins French Classes for Crêpe-Making!
Students prepared the large, thin pancakes using traditional crêpe making methods and tools, as well as, an authentic French crêpe batter recipe from Madame Shaffer’s mother. Chefs Duane and Jon from Grier’s Food Services team provided culinary instruction in the kitchen of Cardinal Cottage, one of the residential cottages on Grier’s campus.
As a special treat this year, Mmme Shaffer’s niece Gaëlle, a graphic designer from France, joined the classes to make the crêpes and discuss French culture. Students in advanced French classes came prepared with questions for Gaëlle that related to cultural topics recently covered in the classroom. Students in the lower levels asked her about French holidays, slang, and cuisine. It was refreshing and exciting to have a new face in the classroom and to hear the perspectives from both Gaëlle and Mme Shaffer about the subjects learned in the classroom.
After sautéing their crêpes, students selected from an array of fillings and toppings to complete their dishes. Savory toppings included smoked salmon, cream cheese, sliced swiss, and ham. Sweet toppings included strawberries, bananas, Nutella, honey, jam, and whipped cream. As students enjoyed the crêpes, they conversed in French with Gaëlle, their teachers, and each other.