Soirée Gala

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The Spring Gala is finished for 2019 -- click to view event photos here and here to view the photo booth portraits. Thanks for coming and making the spring fundraiser a great success! Mark your calendar with April 18, 2020, for next year's big spring event!


The Alliance Française is pleased to present its 6th Annual Gala Fundraiser, the Soirée en Normandie, at the Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC) on Saturday, April 27, from 5:30-10pm. Enjoy springtime in Normandy at the Gala this year as you enjoy a great auction experience including fine wines from the Willamette and beyond, unique French properties, French Immersion on the Riviera, great restaurant experiences, and unique finds – these are just a few of the tantalizing items you'll find at the Soirée auctions.

The event is sold out. Click here to be put on a waitlist.

You'll get it all for $75 ($85 non-members) – an intriguing silent auction, followed by an exciting live auction, not to mention entertainment, convivial company, great wines, and a sumptuous dinner inspired by Normandy and created by the MAC's award-winning chef Philippe Boulot. Show your support for the Alliance Française de Portland with a Sponsor table for 8, which includes premium wine service, VIP gifts, and front row seating. (Be advised that these tables go quickly.) Reserve your place at the Soirée online or call the Alliance at 503-223-8388. 21+ please.

About the Event

Doors will open at 5:30 pm to preview the French-themed silent auction while you enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvre. During the seated dinner, you’ll enjoy the entertainment, then a professional auctioneer will orchestrate a sizzling live auction with fun things to do, places to go, and LE SHOPPING. After dinner, you won't be able to resist dancing to French-flavored tunes until the lights dim. Click here to see photos from last year's Soirée April in Paris.

See a preview of this year's auction with more items like those below.

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A Memorable Dining Experience from
Executive Chef Philippe Boulot

The evening features gourmet cuisine à la normande conceived by the MAC’s Executive Chef Philippe Boulot, a James Beard Award winner and Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite Agricole. (The French take food very seriously.) Note that a vegetarian option is also available.


A Luscious Gourmet Meal

Hors d'œuvre/Canapes:

Rillettes de canard sur croutons

Duck rillettes on grilled slices of baguettes

Crevettes roses en macedoine

Shrimp salad

Pommes de terre farcis à la poitrine fumée

Potatoes stuffed with bacon


Salade de Camembert au pommes, vinaigrette à la crème

Salad of Camembert cheese with apples, served with a creamy vinaigrette

Gigot à la normande confit 7 heures, pommes de terre à l’ail et au fromage

Confit leg of lamb Normandy-style with garlic and cheese potatoes


Or, The Vegetarian Option

Veggie Fromage Crêpe

Caramelized Onions, Mozzarella, Jasmine Rice Pilaf, Seasonal Vegetables



Tarte au pommes des demoiselles Tatin à la crème fraîche

Tarte Tatin with crème fraiche


Explore online photo albums from previous Soirées here.

A Word About the Organizers

The Sixth Annual Spring Gala is an important fundraiser which benefits the nonprofit missions of the Alliance Française de Portland and its event partner, the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest, and is endorsed by Dominique Geulin, the Honorary of Consul of France (Oregon) and Jack Cowan, the Honorary Consul of France (Washington State). The Alliance serves nearly 2000 students per year.

Parking Information

Street parking on SW 20th St. facing the Kamm House is limited. Free parking is available in Lot B at SW 18th and SW Columbia. Please obtain a parking pass from the office.

After 6 pm weekdays, students may park in the Willamette Dental lot at SW 20th and SW Jefferson as available.

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Monday - Friday 9:00-5:00
Classes are held until 8:30
Saturday 9:30-1:00
or by appointment

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