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Classroom Corner: French, Crepes, and Cooking
Classroom Corner: French, Crepes, and Cooking

The smells of delicious crepes filled St. Ursula's dining room this week.

All for good reason.

Ursuline French Students mixed language and cooking in a unique assignment Monday. Julien Eelsen, owner of Whisk Crepes Café, made crepes for each student with his assistant.

Before the students could enjoy the treat, they had to order it in French.

"It was a little nerve-wracking, but it was nice to talk to a native speaker," freshman Meghan Mulcahey, who is in Madame Greene's French I Class. "Conversation like this really shows if you're picking up the language or not."

Eelsen, who is originally from Paris, France, moved to Texas 10 years ago.

"I was impressed with how sweet and educated all the students were," Eelsen said. "This was a good introduction to our food and culture. I miss my family, but I'm cooking French food in Dallas. That makes me very happy."

The activity promoted French gastronomy, which is France's art of selecting, cooking, and eating good food.

The international event is called Gout de France, and a French government website recognized Ursuline for its celebration.

What was the best part of the assignment for the students?

"Eating it," said sophomore Sofia Sudderth, who is in Madame Gilchrist's French II Class. "Seeing the crepes being made with Nutella and strawberries was so cool, and I can order in French now."

Whisk Crepes Café has locations in Dallas and Plano.