The Southern California Chapter was founded in 1984; and since then, has continued to organize events and trips, and to provide support to French Heritage Society restoration projects. The Chapter's first major event was a tea in honor of Jacques Chirac when he visited Los Angeles for the 1984 Olympic Games.
The Southern California Chapter was the first to take its members to the opening night of the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris, to view the apartment of Coco Chanel, and to visit the ateliers of fine fabric makers and printers in Lyon and the surrounding area. The Chapter has organized trips to visit the Route Jacques Coeur, spent July 4th at a chateau-hotel in the Dordogne, enjoying a fireworks display over the river, visited historic villages and gardens, drunk wine at Chateau Margaux and explored the Toile de Jouy Museum with the curator, as well at dined at small Lynonnaise bouchons and fine restaurants, and with chateau owners in many regions of France.
The Chapter has organized visits to Los Angeles for members of other FHS Chapters, including viewings of private art collections and historic homes. Over the years, the Southern California Chapter has organized events with the French Fur Federation, Givenchy Perfumes, Saks Fifth Avenue and The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Other highlights include a special luncheon at the Bel-Air Hotel with an esteemed chef from Provence, and such lectures as "The French Crown Jewels" by Martin Chapman of the LA County Museum, as well special curator guided tours at the Getty Museum.
Among the Chapter's first contributions was a restoration grant given to Chateau de Lafox, a home in the southwestern part of France, which was being restored by a young family. The Southern California Chapter has continued to support projects in France, and has partnered with other FHS Chapters to provide funding to Laura Plantation in Louisiana. While visiting Los Angeles, FHS Paris Chapter members bestowed a restoration grant to the Center for Decorative Arts in San Juan Capistrano, and to the Garnier Building in Los Angeles, built by a family of Basque immigrants. Thus, the Chapter was at the forefront of FHS's policy of recognizing and contributing to the historic preservation of buildings in the United States which have links to French heritage.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
A special day of food and cooking in Santa Barbara with Laurence Hauben of Market Forays.
We will meet at 8:00am at the Santa Barbara Harbor, where we will purchase fresh seafood from local fishermen, including Chapter Co-Chairman Edie Frère's good friend Sam, then continue to Santa Barbara's lively Farmers Market to gather additional ingredients, before cooking a fabulous lunch together. This is a hands-on class.
We can be 6 to 8 people and the cost is $155 per person, plus a suggested tax-deductible donation of $50 to French Heritage Society.
Early bookings are encouraged, and closer to the date, we will see about gathering for a dinner at a Santa Barbara home the night before.