Begun in 2001, the Annual Beaujolais Nouveau festival is in its 16th year here in Portland. A fantastic celebration of French food and French-connected importers and vintners, a ticket to this wonderful, culinary event gets you a gourmet dinner buffet prepared by Headwaters at the Heathman under the guidance of Executive Chef Tim Eckard and Vitaly Paley (of Paley’s Place). As noted in a prior restaurant review covering Paley’s Place, chef Vitaley is a James Beard award winner and creates fantastic, French-inspired NW fare.
Borrowed from the Alliance Francaise website, this image shows some action from last year’s event (also held at the Heathman). This will be a night of gourmet food and drink not to miss. Image Courtesy: Alliance Francaise Portland
This buffet/festival will feature both French and American brands in meats, seafood, cheeses (of course), breads, desserts and more. Further, there will be tastings hosted by Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2017, WillaKenzie Estate, Ruby Vineyard, Pacific Rim, Anne Amie, Terroirs Originels, Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, M. Chapoutier, and Furioso Vineyard. Attendees will get to enjoy sample spirits Balinoff Vodka, Hardy Cognac and much more. Further, desserts will be provided by St Honore Boulangerie, Pix Patisserie and Smitten Truffles. Additionally, fresh-baked bread from Grand Central Bakery and French cheese from Lactalis USA will be on offer. Music by Heather Keizur will round things out.
This event is selling out fast, so here’s how to get tickets!
Take a look at the tremendous menu!
Round of Beef
Wild Mushroom & Potato Cakes, Natural Jus, Horseradish Cream
Cassoulet Beans, Pan Drippings, Mustards
Served with Grand Central Bakery Breads
Chilled Seafood Selection from Headwaters Raw Bar:
Hama Hama Oysters on the Halfshell, Smoked Penn Cove Mussels, Poached Prawns, Gerard & Dominique Seafoods Kippered Salmon, Lox, Smoked Trout, Mignonette, Poblano Aïoli, Cocktail Sauce, Brûléed Lemon
Selection of Artisan Cheeses:
Imported and Domestic Cheeses Provided by Lactalis, Darigold, and L’Ermitage
Grand Central Bakery Breads, Assorted Fruits, House Made Jams
Assorted Fabrique Délices Pâtés, Delpeyrat Jambon de Bayonne, le Bistro Jambon Blanc, Selection of Fabrique Délices Cured Meats, Salamis, Dijon Mustard, Pickled Vegetables, Grand Central Bakery Breads
Foie Gras & Sweetbreads:
Foie Gras by Nicky Farms USA
Foie Gras Torchon, Foie Gras Terrine
Cured Foie Gras, Smoked Hazelnut Butter, Huckleberry Jam, Brioche
Duck Rillette & Fois Gras Terrine
Crispy Sweetbreads, Cauliflower Purée, Apple & Celery Salad, Hazelnut Emulsion
Lemon Meringue Tarts, Chocolate Mousse Cups, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Blondies, Brownies, Crêpe Cakes, Assorted Cheesecakes
Assorted Desserts from St. Honoré Boulangerie, La Petite Provence, and Pix Pâtisserie
Chocolates by Smitten Artisan Truffles
Water Avenue Coffee and Stephen Smith Teas
Menu subject to change, due to availability.
Regarding who this event benefits, here’s a quote from PDX’s Alliance Francaise website:
This event benefits the nonprofit missions of the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest and the Alliance Française of Portland. Event support is gratefully acknowledged to Quintessential Wines, Handcrafted Wines, Perrier / Nestlé Waters USA, Young’s Market Company, Delta Air Lines, the Heathman Hotel, Headwaters at the Heathman, and many more.
If you have any interest in being an event sponsor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy! Bon Appetite!