"Fearless in France":

hands-on seminars to better understand France and the French

This page contains the programs and the fees of Harriet Welty Rochefort and Philippe Rochefort seminars on Franco-American cultural differences.

A series of sessions to help you get the most out of your stay in France
By Harriet Welty Rochefort, author of the best-seller « French Toast » and Philippe Rochefort, intercultural consultant and webmaster of
www.understandfrance.org (see resume)


  • Figuring out…..restaurants in France
  • Figuring out..... how and where to shop for food
  • Figuring out… French bureaucracy
  • Figuring out… French wine (with an expert)
  • Plus : our popular wine and cheese tastings

For information, contact us.

Mystified by French restaurant customs ? Haven’t the slightest idea about French wines and no idea of what’s proper to take to a French person’s home if invited for dinner ? Can’t fathom French bureaucracy ? Fear you’ll never figure  out life in France ? 

Don’t be discouraged ! 

Harriet and Philippe Rochefort, a Franco-American couple of intercultural experts, are here to ease your path and help you get the most out of your stay in France, whether it’s five days, five months, or five years.  

They’ll clue you in on everything you need to know about how to get along in France,  whether it’s deciphering French bureacracy, analyzing a French menu, or learning what wine to serve with what cheese. 

Their information-packed sessions will, in a nutshell, enable you to be « fearless in France ». Groups are limited to six participants and take place in Harriet and Philippe’s garden apartment in the east of Paris. 

Harriet Welty Rochefort is the American author of « French Toast » and « French Fried », freelance journalist,  professor at the prestigious « Institut d’Etudes Politiques »  and sought-after speaker on Franco-American cultural differences.  She is working on her third book about the French.

Philippe Rochefort is a former executive at an international bank in Paris,  intercultural manager, and webmaster of www.understandfrance.org.   

Bi-lingual and bi-cultural, Harriet and Philippe started wine and cheese tastings in their home in 2005.  The success of the tastings inspired them to offer the present series of sessions which they hope will enable foreigners to increase their enjoyment of life in France.



FIGURING OUT….restaurants in France
What’s the difference between a café, a bistro, a brasserie, and a restaurant ?  Using a menu from each and simulating a dining situation, we’ll decode your dinner.  On your next outing, you’ll be an expert !

FIGURING OUT….how and where to shop for food in France.
We’ll tune you in to the French food shopping scene, from « hypermarkets » to local markets and small shops.  Then we’ll accompany you to the market and/orsome small food shops to help you purchase (in French !) your evening meal. 

FIGURING OUT….French bureaucracy.
French bureaucracy may seem unfathomable but it’s not. We’ll present the main French institutions, from the Post Office to banks to Social Security, explain how they work, and give you some precious tools for dealing with them. This is a general overview :  we would be happy to  arrange tailormade sessions for specific problems.

FIGURING OUT….French wine.
Our guest speaker, a wine broker who spends much of her time in France’s vineyards, will enlighten us on : what the French mean by « terroir », France’s different wine regions, how wines are « raised », and how to read the label of a bottle – while we taste her savory selection of wines.  Participants can buy or order the wines presented.

  • Each of the two-hour programs below is geared for readymade groups of a minimum of six persons. Contact us with your dates.
  • Tailormade sessions for individuals on request.

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Harriet Welty Rochefort writes articles and books about France and the French. Order her books:

  • "Joie de Vivre", Secrets of Wining, Dining and Romancing like the French, St.Martin's Press, New York, 2012
  • "French Toast, An American in Paris Celebrates The Maddening Mysteries of the French", St.Martin's Press, New York, 1999, 2010
  • "French Fried, The Culinary Capers of An American in Paris", St.Martin's Press, New York, 2001

More on Harriet's books (excerpts, upcoming events, testimonials, etc..)

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