The Boivin Center for French Language and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth proudly presents its program for the spring semester, The Art of Bread Baking, featuring master baker and passionate teacher, Ciril Hitz.  The baking demonstration and food tasting will take place in The Café located in the UMass Dartmouth Marketplace (resident dining commons) on Friday, April 27th, 2018 from 4:30-6 PM.

Ciril Hitz, a native of Switzerland, received a BA in Fine Arts in industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design   Upon graduation, he spent three years as a pastry/chocolate apprentice in Switzerland.   Master Baker Hitz is a full-time instructor at the International Baking and Pastry Institute at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.  He has been a guest instructor/expert at many national and international events and schools.

In 2002, Ciril Hitz represented the USA as a member of the Bread Bakers Guild team and competed at the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie in Paris, France where he received a silver medal.  In 2004, he competed as part of a two-man team at the National Bread and Pastry Team Championship winning first prize.  At the same event, he captured all three of the individual bread awards.

Hitz is actively involved in the Bread Bakers Guild of America.  His work has been featured on The Today Show, The Food Network and Ciao Italia.

This afternoon program will feature a hands-on demonstration on how to shape breads and how to make French macaroons.  Samples will be given out to the participants.  The cost for the event is $20.  A cash wine bar will be available. Reservations must be made in advance.  Parking on campus is available in lot 4.  Signs will direct you from the parking lot to the venue.

For further information, please contact Maria Sanguinetti at or by calling her at 508-991-5096.

Past events

Illustrious individuals who have honored the Boivin Center with their presence

  • 1986: Alice Parizeau, Lucie Therrien
  • 1988: Jean-François Somain
  • 1989: Roch Carrier, Roger Violette, Omer Boivin, Lois Pines
  • 1991: Pierre Capretz, Dr.Gaëtan Brulotte
  • 1992: Brian Thompson, Gérard Le Tendre, Jacques Borel
  • 1993: Naïm Kattan
  • 1994: Alice Dawn, Albert Coté, Maxime LeForestier, Serge Kerval, Richard Wilbur, Peter Sandler
  • 1996: Dr. Madamou Soumaré, Normand Demers, Jacques Parizeau
  • 1997: Frederick Wiseman, Annie Royer, Patrick Noe, Misha DeFonseca
  • 1999: Nicole Brossard, Helene Dorion, Francine du Plessix Gray
  • 2000: Julia Child
  • 2001: Pierre de Boisdeffre, Stephane Chemlewsky, Frédéric Martel, Lisa Gossels
  • 2002: Anne-Christine Rice, Le Grand Dérangement, Marie-Claire Blais, Senator Paul Simon
  • 2003: Prof. William Carter, Marcel Marceau, Polly Platt, Maia Weschler
  • 2004: Prof. John Rassias, Prof. Adam Braver, Véronique Mistycki, Timothy Mooney
  • 2005: Prof. Emmanuel Dongala, David Plante, Lucie Therrien, Josée Vachon
  • 2006: Prof. Patrick Henry, Richard Hétu
  • 2007: Claudia Hommel, Bob Moreen, Jean-Claude Baker
  • 2008: Sophie Freud, Frédérique Hébrard, Louis Velle
  • 2009: Florence Delay, John De Mado
  • 2010: David Slavitt, Ruth Hartz, Margo Moore
  • 2011: Linda Urbach
  • 2012: Joan Nathan, French Cajun Celebration
  • 2013: Charles Rearick, Sophie Michaux and Artem Belogurov
  • 2014: Kathleen Turner, Guila Clara Kessous, Dr. Jeremiah J. Lowney Jr., Dr. Laura Morelli, Eric Vincent
  • 2015: Jacques Pépin, Sarah Lew Miller, Joyce Lazarus, Mo Willems, Kate Betts, Lucie Therrien and Josée Vachon
  • 2016: Valéry Freland, François Furstenberg, Pierre Thiam, Annie Royer and Les Garçons Musettes
  • 2017:  Alan Hoffman and The Bourbonnais Regiment, Pauline Frommer, William Alexander