A Very French Thanksgiving Abroad

Here at the AUCP Aix-en-Provence on Friday evening, 110 guests came together to celebrate Thanksgiving, à la française. Students from Aix and Marseille, their host families, language partners, professors and staff shared in a festive evening filled with good food, good wine and good company.

Students decorated the AUCP buildings and transformed classrooms into dining rooms. AUCP Marseille students treated attendees with a video illustrating their trip to Morocco, and AUCP Aix students set the ambiance, sharing popular French songs rewritten with AUCP-specific lyrics.

But the best was yet to come! With such a large turnout, preparing the Thanksgiving meal was no small feat. In between classes, students helped make the stuffing, cornbread and mashed sweet potatoes. Chef Bruno, the AUCP’s French Cooking Class professor,  made six giant turkeys (cooked to perfection – we must say), and AUCP founder and director Lilli Engle made five pumpkin pies from scratch (yum!). Host families, language partners and professors brought the rest:  truffled mashed potatoes, gratin dauphinois, green beans, American apple pie and French apple tarts, cheesecake, mousse au chocolat…a truly Franco-American feast!

Thanksgiving is a holiday that revolves around food, and France is a country that loves its good food. While AUCP students surely missed family traditions, Thanksgiving à la française was a hit from a culinary standpoint. It was a fun-filled evening, and of course, we were pretty thankful to have everyone here with us!

Check out this video of our Thanksgiving! And from our ‘family’ to yours, we hope you had a very Joyeux Thanksgiving.