Featured Portland French Events
The Alliance Française holds cultural events throughout the year, large and small. They are mostly in English and are open to the public. Come join us!
The member discount is applicable for one ticket per member.
Guests must pay the non-member price. Please note that a reservation is only confirmed upon receiving payment.
If tickets are available, the Alliance can accept payment at the door by credit card, check, or cash.
- Registration for Alliance Française events can be made in person at our office, over the phone, by mail, or through the web site.
- Please make all checks payable to: Alliance Française de Portland. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.
Cancellations & Refunds:
- Refunds will be automatically issued if the Alliance cancels an event.
- If you need to cancel your registration for an event, you must do so at least 24 hours prior to the start of the program, and you will be fully credited toward a future event.
- Refunds must be requested in writing no less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled event and will incur a 4% credit card processing fee.
Explore and taste French wines through the lens of history and culture. Learn to read and demystify French wine labels as you discover new favorites and find hidden treasures. Wine & refreshments paired to the region will be served at each session. The seminar with be taught in English, with appropriate French vocabulary. The two five-week seminars may be taken in sequence or stand-alone. There will be an additional materials fee to cover wine & food pairings enjoyed in each class.
Maxine Borcherding, Chef, Sommelier, and lover of wine and fine food, will guide you through an in-depth look at the wine regions of France. Maxine’s professional certifications include Sommelier (International Sommelier Guild), French Wine Scholar (French Wine Academy), Spanish Wine Educator (Wine Academy of Spain), and Wine Location Specialist (Center for Wine Origins). She recently retired from 16 years as Lead Chef Instructor at the Oregon Culinary Institute.
Hoke Harden is a Master Instructor with the Wine Scholar Guild, a BNIC (Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac) Certified Cognac Educator, a Certified Specialist of Wine and of Spirits from the Society of Wine Educators, and the Wine & Spirits Instructor...
French singer songwriter Eric John Kaiser salutes Georges Brassens' life and legacy with songs and stories about his life and his career. The presentation will be primarily in French, with some English. Come sing with Eric!
Georges Brassens was one of the major and most iconic singer-songwriters of the 20th century in France. Born in the South of the country, he was deported in a work camp in Nazi Germany before escaping and hiding in Paris until the end of the war. He then wanted to become a journalist, but fate and his unique style of songwriting changed the course of his life. His work is still popular and, although he passed away many years ago, he continues to influence many French artists to this day, even including hip hop singers. His unique style and his songs can be satirical, kind, funny or political. Brassens has left an enduring influence on French music and culture.
Known as The French Troubadour, Parisian-born Eric John Kaiser is a singer-songwriter reimagining Americana music through a French lens. Eric has released five full length albums recorded in Paris, Oregon, and Québec, and has performed in France and throughout North America. He has been based in Portland...
After a short summer break, the next monthly conversation group meeting at the Alliance will be on Saturday, September 21, at 1 p.m. The group is for AF members.
Not a member yet? Sign up on the registration form or take out a membership at the meeting. Seats are limited, so register to reserve your place.
Click here for the info about parking.
Flashback to Reykjavik in 1986: George Shultz, the U.S. Secretary of State at the time, said that it was “the poker game with the highest stakes ever played.” It was the last time the world had a chance to do away entirely with nuclear weapons.
Join journalist Guillaume Serina unfolding the behind-the-scenes story of this remarkable summit conference - the first exploration of recently-available archives of both sides—top-secret archives of the Kremlin and the personal papers of Mikhail Gorbachev, as well as the archives of Ronald Reagan. Serina offers an important examination of our fragile present and a perhaps precarious future.
More information here: https://www.worldoregon.org/guillaume_serina_an_impossible_dream
Maison Hardy, established in France in 1863, is famous worldwide for its premium cognacs. Bénédicte Hardy, CEO & brand ambassador, is coming from France to Portland on Friday, October 4, to host an exclusive tasting of five of the company’s exceptional premium cognacs at the Multnomah Athletic Club.
Philippe Boulot, Executive Chef, is preparing a gourmet multi-course meal (a seated dinner in the elegant Founders 26 room) to pair with the libations. The all-inclusive tickets are $75-80.
At the dinner, you will enjoy tasting:
Hardy Nôces de Diamant – Highest rating (5 stars) Spirit Journal, 2 years in a row;
Hardy Nôces d’Or Sublime - San Francisco World Spirits Competition - Double Gold Winner;
Hardy Nôces d’Argent - 5-star Highest Recommendation F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal;
Hardy XO Rare – San Francisco Worlds Spirits Competition - Double Gold Winner;
Hardy VSOP Organic;
Legend 1863 Sidecars.
Purchase your tickets exclusively through the Alliance; click here to reserve.
For those who can’t make the dinner event but who would like to meet Bénédicte Hardy and perhaps stock up on some gorgeous signed bottles of rare cognacs for the holidays, stop by Hollywood Beverage (3028 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232) on Saturday, Oct. 5,...
Frenchman Nicolas Quillé, Head Winemaker and Operations Officer for the Crimson Wine Group, will hold a wine appreciation/ education seminar with a curated tasting of Chenin Blanc and Malbec on October 5.
The French have a saying: “No one is a prophet in his own country.” Building upon that old proverb, Nicolas will lead the group through a fun tasting comparing two classic French grape varieties that have succeeded better outside their home country. Chenin Blanc from South Africa and Malbec from Argentina will be paired side by side with their French nemesis from the Loire and from Cahors. Great stories and great wines on the program.
Originally from Lyon, Nicolas comes from a family that has been in the wine business for three generations. He has a Master’s degree in Winemaking from the University of Dijon, Burgundy, and a Master in Wine Business from the University of Reims, Champagne.
After the tasting, guests will be invited to mingle, enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and bid in a silent auction.
The event will be in English with some French terminology. Tickets are $30 for AF members, $35 for non-members and includes the seminar, hors d’oeuvre buffet, and the silent auction. This...