This year’s annual gala for Alliance Française de la Nouvelle Orléans, themed “Le Bal Clandestin”, transported partygoers back in time to a dazzling night of cold drinks and hot dancing, accessible only to patrons with the password: “Bonsoir.” Founded 34 years ago, the Alliance Française promotes knowledge and appreciation of the French language and cultures, while playing a role in enhancing the lifestyle of New Orleans today.
Entering the New Orleans Jazz Market guests were greeted by two greater-than-life lighted jazzmen silhouettes. Red and black plumes adorned tall pillar glass vases; metal jazz instruments, miniature street lamp lanterns and wine glass votive lamps contributed to the ambiance. Raphaël Bas with Harmonouche performed as guests dined on an array of French delectables by Olive Blue Catering. Savory bites included petit salmon croque messieurs, escargots with a Pernod and champagne beurre-blanc, an extravagant spread of charcuterie, bourride of halibut, chicken au Basque, boeuf Chateaubriand, cauliflower and goat cheese soufflé, barigoule of spring vegetables and finished with petites chocolate mousses, petites crème brulées and French macaroons.
Auction highlights included a one-week stay at a beautiful home in the south of France; raffles included a Hermes silk scarf and the ever popular wine pull of favorite wines of the Board of Directors.
Nell Nolan Young was the Honoree; Juli Miller Hart and Mark Romig served as Emcees; Vincent Sciama served as Honorary Chairman; and Dr. Terry Voorhies served as Chairperson with Co-Chairs Shauna Grissett, Norma Grace and Dessa Giffin.
Event at a Glance
What: “Annual Gala 2018: ‘Le Bal Clandestin,’” benefiting Alliance Française de la Nouvelle Orléans
When: Saturday, March 3
Where: New Orleans Jazz Market