Soirée Gala

The Alliance's 6th Annual Soirée Gala will be held April 27, 2019, at the Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC) from 5:30-10pm. Look for news about the 2019 event as the date draws closer. Meanwhile, read about the 2018 event to get a taste of what's in store:

The Alliance is pleased to present its 5th Annual Gala, Soirée April in Paris, at the Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC) on April 21 from 5:30-10pm.

Enjoy April in Paris at the Gala Fundraiser this year as you have fun with a great auction experience from the Alliance. Fine wines from the Willamette and beyond, unique French properties to visit as well as beachfront in Maui, 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. Enjoy the Silent and Live Auctions the night of the event, as well as an Online Auction.

What About Tickets?

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 Paris and created by the MAC's award-winning chef Philippe Boulot. Splurge for a Patron ticket at $115 for preferred seating. 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.) Click here to reserve your place at the Soirée, or call the Alliance at 503-223-8388 to reserve by phone.

About the Event

Doors will open at 5:30 pm, with wine and hors d’oeuvre served during the French-themed silent auction starting at 6 pm. During the seated dinner, local theatrical luminary Susannah Mars (at left) will MC, jazz stylist Rebecca Kilgore (at right) will enchant you with song, and 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 from DJ John until the lights dim. Click here to see more photos from last year's Soirée Mardi Gras.

A Memorable Dining Experience from Executive Chef Philippe Boulot

The evening features gourmet cuisine à la parisienne 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.) The celebrated Chef Boulot will present an unforgettable culinary experience mixing the classic and new in French cuisine. (Note that a vegetarian option is also available.)

A Succulent Gourmet Meal

Hors d'œuvre/Canapes:

Parmesan Gougères (vegetarian)

Rillettes Crostini

Petit Croque Monsieur


Asparagus Mimosa

Asparagus, Butter Lettuce, Treviso, Pickled Red Onion, Lemon Aioli

Quail and Steelhead Duet/

Boneless Quail, Steelhead, Polenta, Broccolini, Pine Nuts, Vinaigrette Bagna Cauda

Or, The Vegetarian Option

Forest Mushroom Fromage Crêpe (vegetarian)

Wild Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, Mozzarella, Jasmine Rice Pilaf, Seasonal Vegetables


Classic Opera Cake


Explore online photo albums from previous Soirées here.

A Word About the Organizers

The  Fifth 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 Jack Cowan, the Honorary Consul of France (Washington State). The Alliance serves nearly 2000 students per year.



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

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