Eat, drink, bid. And benefit charity.
The French Embassy’s Champagne Festival on November 6 offers bubbly from France’s finest houses, a buffet of delicacies from top DC restaurants, live music, plus two silent auctions — including an online auction of five travel packages.
So bid now, avoid the rush at Saturday’s Grande soirée des Champagnes, when bidding ends at 10 PM:
• Six-night cruise for two aboard a luxury hotel barge in Burgundy.
• Five-night stay for two at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WVA
• Four-night stay and Provençal dinners for two at Villa Roseraie in Vence, France, just minutes away from the French Riviera.
• Three-night stay for two in a Diamond Head ocean front room at the Oahu resort Halekulani. This includes a nine-course tasting menu paired with wine.
• Three-night stay for two at New Orleans’ Soniat House, with its Romance Package including junior suite, daily breakfast, and a dinner at Gautreau’s Restaurant.
The silent auction at the event offers additional travel packages, from local hotels including The W in DC, The Dupont Hotel, Donovan House, and moderate to extravagant items from Cartier, David Yurman, and others.
Bonne chance (good luck) for your chance at winning one or more of these packages.
Try your luck also in the raffle for two round-trip tickets to Paris, courtesy of the all-business class airline OpenSkies.
A percentage of the proceeds from the raffle and the winning bids, plus $25 from each ticket ($125 or $150) to the Campagne Festival, benefit the French-American Cultural Foundation (F-ACF).
The F-ACF, in partnership with La Maison Française, the cultural center of the French Embassy, presents more than 100 events each year.
These include a concert series featuring baroque, jazz, cabaret, and contemporary music; a month-long Francophonie celebration, with more than 35 participating embassies; the Washington Street Performance Festival, featuring urban performers from France; a film program, Cinémathèque, which screened over 300 French movies last year; to name only un peu.
At Saturday’s festival, champagne will be sampled from fine houses including: Veuve Clicquot, Pommery, Louis Roederer, Taittinger, G.H. Mumm, Perrier-Jouet, Heidsick & Co., Monopole …
And nibbles will be from DC restaurants including: Bistro Lepic, Sofitel’s ICI Urban Bistro, Neyla, Nora, Taberna del Alabardero, Zentan, Evo Bistro, Bistro La Bonne, Café Dupont, Patisserie Poupon, Moorenko’s Ice Cream…
The Champagne Festival November 6 is from 7 PM to 10 PM at La Maison Française, Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, DC. For tickets, www.InstantSeats.com.
Where better (in DC) than the French Embassy to sample champagne, which Colette (who wrote “Gigi” but not “The Night They Invented Champagne”) described as “a murmur of foam, leaping pearls of air…”