Lights, Camera, Action! The French-American Gastronomy & Wine show debuted last Friday night at Terra & Mer Gallery on Harrison Street in San Francisco. Exquisite food, outstanding wines and a sultry dance party were de rigueur at this now annual event. About 1,000 partiers walked the red carpet to enter this exceptionally well organized and executed event.
For its 33rd edition, La Soirée, organized by and benefitting the French-American Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco (FACCSF ) Chapter created Hollywood & Cannes glamour, by showcasing the crème de la crème of French and Californian wine and food.
The three tiered ticketing allowed 100 VIP Gold attendees to experience a relatively rare table-side dinner preparation. Ten Chefs at ten tables for ten people prepared ten unique menus for their individual tables which were paired with wines provided by ten different winemakers at tables decorated by ten different designers! Get the idea? It was glamorous and elegant and worth every dollar of admission. If the Gold VIP ticket was too rich, the Silver VIP venue offered wonderful passed hors d’oeuvres and excellent wines to gnosh and quaff.
FACCSF Executive Director, Sophie Woodville Ducom and her team, flawlessly executed the overall Gastronomy and Wine event while Chef Karl Peters, President of the American Culinary Federation – San Francisco (ACF-SF), masterfully organized and executed the elegant table side dinner preparation for the Gold VIP dinners. (for information on the Chef’s, winemakers and designers click on the link). Executive Director Ducom stated, “The FACCSF is proud to organize the largest event dedicated to French-American gastronomy & wine in the whole bay area. Our small team of 5 dedicated people and 4 volunteers organized all the logistics for over 24,000 square feet of food and wine tastings and welcomed over 1,000 participants for our 33rd fundraiser. Johanne Mamet, our Events director did a great job coordinating all of this!”.
Adding a special twist was the inclusion of student chefs from several educational institutions like the ACF-SF, the Art Institute Sunnyvale, the Art Institute San Francisco and Job Corps. Even the high school level was represented by the Hercules High School culinary program led by Chef Jerry Clopp. These very excited and passionate student chefs, like Anh Dang and Mayra Reyes from Laney College, were thrilled to compete and demonstrate their skills in front of this international crowd.
The wines offered throughout the three venues included both French and California brands. Mumm Napa, Bequet Winery, VGS Château Potelle, Naked Wines, Mouton Cadet, Y. Rousseau Wines, R&B Cellars, Agnitiō Wines, De Novo Wines, Boissett Family Estates, Louis Latour and importers like My French Cellar (Cupertino) offered limited availability French wines like Carbon Cuvee Champagne and Heure d’Été Rosé.
Beginning at 9:30pm the revelers danced inside and out to the sounds of DJ Aykut while enjoying the sparkling open bar until midnight! Oh what a night! Don’t miss next years event.
The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF-SF), a professional, organization for chefs and cooks, was founded in 1929 in New York City by three chefs’ organizations: the Société Culinaire Philanthropique, the Vatel Club and the Chefs de Cuisine Association of America.
French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco is a non-profit, non-governmental, 100% independent, member driven organization, made by companies for companies with the mission to foster the French-American business community and support businesses in their settlement and development in the Bay Area. The FACCS has 300 members across the Bay Area. Aside from the SF organization there are 19 other French-American Chambers in the United States