La Soirée Champagne - Annual Cocktail Gala

February 06, 2018

There is no better way to start the new year than an exclusive Champagne open bar evening at the Residence of the Ambassador of France

The French-American Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate to its 3rd annual La Soirée Champagne! The event will be hosted in the private Residence of the Ambassador of France, Gérard Araud, in his presence. This is the perfect occasion to enjoy a rare opportunity to taste different Champagnes from France's best, while at the same time mingle with the Chamber's Board of Directors as well as Chamber members and friends, high-ranking diplomats and VIPs.

In addition to the open-bar Champagne, there will be an upscale finger-food cocktail prepared by the Residence's Chef, to pair with the Champagne! The Soirée will also feature live music and an art exhibit.

The Residence: From a portrait of Lafayette to a bust of Benjamin Franklin to Empire-style couches, neo-classical tapestries and other works of contemporary art, the residence is home to numerous treasures.

Some of the residence’s featured works of art came from the collections of the Louvre museum, while others were donated by diplomatic officials or other French ambassadors over the 80 years that the home has belonged to the French government.

More about the Residence
A virtual tour of the Residence

Art Exhibit: In addition to the artwork permanently housed in the Residence, French artist Stephane Koerwyn will be exhibiting his paintings throughout the Residence on the occasion of La Soiree Champagne.

Stéphane has participated in multiple exhibitions over the past few years with shows in Paris, Brussels, London, New-York, Washington DC and Shanghai.

More about Stephane Koerwyn

Music: As you savor the cuvée at La Soirée Champagne, Barbara Papendorp (vocals) and Oren Levine (piano) will serenade you in the Residence's Salon Moderne with music by Piaf, Trenet, Gershwin, Porter, Michel Legrand, Aznavour and many more. A feast for all senses--A  votre sante.

Singer-actress Barbara Papendorp, who spent much of her childhood in Paris, has appeared at venues including the Harman Center of the Arts, the Phillips Collection and the Arts Club of Washington and at local DC Jazz venues Twins Jazz, Bistro Lepic Wine Bar and Mr. Henry's on Capitol Hill. She specializes in French Jazz, Cole Porter, the American Songbook, to name a few and has the honor to interpret the original compositions of Oren Levine. Follow/subscribe, twitter: @chanteusedc

More about Barbara Papendorp

Champagnes: (announced and confirmed as of now - more are in the works)

- Pol Roger Reserve
- Thienot Brut
- Thienot Rose
- Thienot Garance Vintage 2007
- Canard-Duchene Brut Authentic
- Canard-Duchene Rose Authentic
- Canard-Duchene Charles VII Blanc de Blancs
- Roger-Constant Lemaire Rose de Saignee NV
- Roger-Constant Lemaire Magnum Rose de Saignee (only 120 magnums released in 2017 - $675 retail value per bottle)
- Roger-Constant Lemaire Cuvee Roger-Constant 2008 Limite ($485 retail per bottle)
- Roger-Constant Lemaire Select Reserve Blanc de Meuniers 
- G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge
- Laurent Perrier - La Cuvee Brut



- Toast de foie gras de canard maison
- Blinis au  caviar royal shassetra
- Sablé parmesan et  tomate confite au basilic

- Charbon de châtaigne à la truffe
- Gougère au fromage

- Blinis de saumon mariné crème au citron yusu

Canapés Desserts:

- Assortiment de macarons
- Bouchée à la ganache tonka

- Snobinette crémeuse exotique
- Guimauve  au citron

- Allumette chocolat framboise

Dress Code: Cocktail Attire.

When: Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018, 6:00-8:30pm
(Snow date: Feb 20)

Residence of France
2221 Kalorama Rd, NW
Washington, DC 20008

$199 members, $279 non-members
Prices subject to go up at any time

Complimentary Valet Parking is included in your ticket purchase. 

Please note that all ticket sales are final. No refund.

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