The harvest is in. Portland will celebrate with French and Northwest wines and culinary delights at the 14th annual Beaujolais Nouveau Fête and Auction on Friday, November 20th at 6:00 p.m. at the Heathman Hotel. The festivities focus on the first Beaujolais Nouveau wines of the 2015 vintage from France, as well as local Oregon and Washington wines and spirits.
The guests stroll around sipping and enjoying the food and listening to live music. Reserved seats or tables must be purchased in advance. General admission tickets are $70, and reserved seats are available for $110 (or $1,500 for a VIP table for 8). All proceeds benefit the nonprofit missions of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) and the Alliance Française de Portland. Tickets may be purchased at www.afportland.org.
The Heathman Restaurant & Bar culinary team will prepare a lavish French-themed feast featuring live cooking stations with chef demos, a grand seafood display, carved roasted pig and lamb, cured meats and pâté, a collection of local and French cheeses, and a decadent dessert station. Local Northwest fresh-shucked Hama Hama oysters, Carlton Farms slow-roasted pig and other meats sourced from Nicky Farms will star in the dishes. Guests will enjoy Grand Central Bakery breads with the cheese and charcuterie, and Smitten Truffles and St. Honoré Bakery desserts.
Russ Lewis, anchor at KGW TV will return as master of ceremonies, welcoming guests to bid in the silent auction for trips, wines, and hotel packages. The most desirable prize of the night may be the round-trip ticket for two on Delta Air Lines to Europe.
The French 2015 Beaujolais Nouveau harvest could well become one of the best ever. Hot weather in July matured the grapes while rainfall in August gave the vines strength. Guests will experience three samples of the 2015 vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau from Georges Duboeuf, Joseph Drouhin, and Jean Foillard. Other French imports will include Beaujolais wines from Terroirs Originels and Côtes-du-Rhône wines from Terlato Wines International. Oregon and Washington wines will include WillaKenzie Estate, Cooper Mountain, Eola Hills, Ruby Vineyard and Pacific Rim. Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy Hardy Cognac, Balinoff Vodka, and other premium French spirits.
The French-American Chamber of Commerce/Pacific Northwest Chapter promotes economic relations between France and the United States, including networking groups to foster business contacts. The Alliance Française de Portland is a nonprofit organization that promotes cross-cultural understanding through French language classes and events that celebrate French language and culture, The group is the 7th largest Alliance in the U.S. and is part of the worldwide Alliance which today has 800 chapters in 136 countries.