SAVE THE DATE: 14TH ANNUAL BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU FESTIVAL RETURNS NOVEMBER 20th AT THE HEATHMAN
Festival and Auction Benefits Local French-American Chamber of Commerce and Alliance Française de Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. – September 8, 2015 – Portland’s biggest celebration of the new wine harvest returns for its 14th year at the annual Beaujolais Nouveau Fête and Auction on Friday, November 20th at 6:00 p.m. In keeping with its long-standing partnership with the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) and the Alliance Française de Portland, the Heathman Restaurant & Bar and the Heathman Hotel will open its doors to over 450 guests to taste the first Beaujolais Nouveau wines newly imported from France, as well as sip vintages and spirits from across Oregon, Washington and California.
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 lavish dessert station. As live music plays in the background, guests are invited to wander and lounge throughout the Tea Court and Mezzanine, sipping drinks and enjoying delectable bites from Smitten Truffles, St. Honoré Bakery, Grand Central Bakery, and Nicky Farms. VIP table seating located in the elegant Library may be reserved in advance.
Russ Lewis, anchor at KGW TV, returns once again as the master of ceremonies, urging guests to bid in the silent auction for trips, wines, and hotel packages. But the most desirable prize of the night may be the round-trip ticket for two on Delta Air Lines to Europe. 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 FACC and the Alliance Française de Portland. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 8th and may be purchased at www.afportland.org.
About the French-American Chamber of Commerce/Pacific Northwest Chapter
Created in 1986, the FACC is a non-profit organization that seeks to contribute to the development and improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between France and the United States. The FACC is also a networking group that helps its members develop business contacts by sponsoring social and business functions, like the annual Beaujolais Nouveau Fête.
About Alliance Française de Portland
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, such as the Bastille Day celebration that draws thousands of visitors each year. 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.
About the Heathman Restaurant and Bar
A 2015 recipient of the prestigious four-star Forbes Travel Guide award, the iconic Heathman Restaurant & Bar’s executive chef Michael Stanton uses his classic French experience to craft dishes that balance the diverse bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Daily changing menus accommodate the best ingredients available from local farms and producers, creating exciting French-inspired Northwest cuisine. The Heathman Restaurant & Bar also offers casual dining in the adjacent Marble Bar, and cocktails and live jazz are featured in the intimate Tea Court. The Heathman Restaurant & Bar is located at 1001 SW Broadway in downtown Portland’s cultural district. For details, please call 503.790.7752 or visit www.heathmanrestaurantandbar.com.