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  • Chez Esther and Dan Brabec 9929 Essex Drive Omaha, NE, 68114 United States (map)

As we continue to celebrate our Centennial, we're delighted to bring to light some of the great history of the Alliance Française d'Omaha. 

In that tradition, we are having a true Cordon Bleu “cook-off” to honor George Dinsdale, AFO president from 1958-1959, who was a world traveller and passionate chef.  He was a graduate of the Cordon Bleu school in Paris, and when he returned to Omaha he shared his culinary skills by giving cooking lessons and creating sumptuous dinners for Alliance events. 

Schedule of Events:

11:30 — Arrival, Drinks, Light Hors d'ourvres, Mingle, Get your Raffle Tickets!

12:00 — Judges’ Tasting

12:30 — Lunch is served

 1:30  — Winners announced: Concours Prizes and Raffle Drawing

Meet "special guests" from AFO's history!  


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Sarah Baker Hansen — Food Writer, Omaha World Herald

Cedric Fichepain — Chef and Owner, Le Voltaire Restaurant




Main Course concours
     1st prize — “Le Cordon Bleu at Home” Cookbook (hardcover)
     2nd prize — Le Cordon Bleu Classic Tea Towel

Dessert concours
     1st prize — “Le Cordon Bleu Dessert Techniques” Cookbook (hardcover)

     2nd prize — Le Cordon Bleu Classic Apricot Preserves

Bonne chance, nos amis, et bon appétit !

And for ALL Attendees, we will have a RAFFLE Prize awarded to one lucky winner:

George Dinsdale’s very own 1956 Cookbook: “L’Art Culinaire”


1. Prepare a Main Dish or a Dessert from any gourmet French recipe, but serves a minimum of 8 people.  (If you want to use a Cordon Bleu cookbook or online source for an example, click here.)

2. Bring a copy of your recipe to share.  


Cost: $15 per person— except those entering the cook-off.
• No fee if you are bringing a dish to be judged (see “how to enter” above).
• Note: no other food is needed. We will feast on the main dishes and desserts, and AFO will furnish light hors d’oeuvres, French bread, water, wine, coffee, paper goods, and prizes!

Please RSVP prior to Event! 

Contestant Registration FORM: 

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Did you know your Alliance subsidizes some of the costs for our events to ensure they are affordable for all?  If you'd like to help subsidize our programs and events, please consider a donation to our programming fund! 



If you are not registering online, please Email with names of guests attending and if you’re bringing a main course, a dessert, or paying $15 per attendee.  Please send your check to 7914 W. Dodge, Suite 102, Omaha, NE 68114.  

NOTE:  As a courtesy to the hostess and for planning purposes, we must receive all reservations and payments in the mail 2 days prior to the event (by April 20th).