Soirée Gala Val de Loire
The Alliance Française is pleased to present its 7th Annual Gala Fundraiser, the Soirée Val de Loire, at the Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC) on Saturday, October 10, from 5:30-10pm. Enjoy the pleasures of the magnificent Loire 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.
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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 the Val de Loire 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 eight, 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. Ages 21+ please.
About the Event
Doors will open at 5:30 pm to visit 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 and MC Susannah Mars 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 en Normandie.
Take a look at the auction preview site with more items like those below. The preview site is updated as items arrive at the Alliance.
A Memorable Dining Experience from
Executive Chef Philippe Boulot
The evening features gourmet cuisine 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. This year's menu honors the regional cuisine of the Val de Loire.
A Luscious Gourmet Meal for Soirée en Normandie
Hors d'œuvres /Canapes:
Prunes au vin rouge, farcis au chèvre de Touraine
Marinated prunes stuffed with goat cheese
Crostinis de rillettes de Tours
Slow-cooked pork on small toasts
Profiteroles de baie crevettes roses
Puff pastries stuffed with pink bay shrimp
Repas / Dinner:
Salade d'asperges vinaigrette, fromage de chèvre à la mimosa
Salad of asparagus with goat cheese, with hard-boiled egg and a vinaigrette
Truite amandine, pommes persillade et rapini
Trout with almonds, crispy potatoes with parsley and rapini
Or, The Vegetarian Option
Palet de chou-fleur au curry, petits légumes de printemps
Curried cauliflower patties with small spring vegetables
Dessert / Dessert:
Pear Tarte with hazelnut crust
A Word About the Organizers
The Seventh 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.