2017 Live Auction

Don’t miss your chance to bid during our live auction by joining us for our 8th Annual Gala Fundraiser; Mais Oui ! La Nouvelle Orléans. Auction lots include:


A Personalized and Private Tour for 12 Guests of the MIA with Chair of the AF Board of Directors and MIA Docent, Helen Leslie

AF Board Chair and MIA Docent Helen Leslie will share a private tour of her favorite works of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ collection, for up to twelve people. Explore this world-renowned museum with an expert as your guide. Helen is a trained docent and will enlighten you about a variety of masterpieces from the MIA’s permanent collection.

Un grand merci à Helen Leslie


6-night Belize stay in an Ocean View Suite at Blue Tang Inn

Captain Jacques Cousteau knew a good thing when he discovered the Blue Hole in the Atolls of Belize in the 1960s.  Make your own discoveries from the Blue Tang Inn, found on Ambergris Caye, just off of Belize Mainland, south of Mexico.

The Caribbean Sea is just outside your door!

This picturesque beachfront inn is just two quiet blocks north of downtown San Pedro, where you’ll encounter Belize’s warm, friendly people and find great shops and restaurants. Relax by the beach, by the private pool, or on the third floor sundeck. Your stay also includes a half-day kayak rental for two! Inquire about their sailboat- the Sirena Azul, to experience an inspiring sunset sail or snorkel tour. Scuba Diving and Inland Tours are also available.

Un grand merci à Bruce et Lisa Paradis.


Architectural and Art Tour of the Basilica of Saint Mary and Dinner for Six Guests Prepared by Vincent Francoual

An evening of rich history and French cooking!

The evening begins as Johan van Parys, PhD, Director of Liturgy and the Sacred Arts at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis, gives you an in-depth and behind-the-scenes tour of the Basilica, in French or in English.  

This remarkable Beaux-Arts building was designed by renowned French architect Emmanuel Masqueray and built between 1907-1914. On the fourth floor of the rectory, visit the archives and art collection of the Basilica. The collection holds objets d’art from the 16th – 20th centuries! Some of the most important archives include the original drawings for the Basilica by Masqueray, as well as drawings for the stained glass windows by Gaytee studios.

Following the tour,  you and five guests will enjoy a three-course meal in the renovated 1927 dining room of the Basilica rectory. Dinner will be prepared by local celebrity Chef Vincent Francoual (of eponymous Vincent a Restaurant fame, and Cara Irish Pubs).

Vincent moved on from French cooking when he closed his restaurant to take on a new role as Culinary Director for Cara Irish Pubs (The Local, The Liffey, Cooper, Keiran’s). This is your chance to once again indulge in Vincent’s French cooking, and during a private dinner entre amis!

Un grand merci à Cara Irish Pub, Johan van Parys, & Vincent Francoual.


Morels, Ramps, & Fiddleheads; A Day as a Forager

Join in the hunt for local edible treasures on a picturesque private property in Wisconsin! Meet in the morning for coffee and donuts, then start your trek! You will spend a day learning about and seeking out edible plants and mushrooms, with Billy Kalil and Andrew Butterbrodt, the founders of Food & Forage as your guides! Following the hunt and hike, enjoy a foragers’ lunch on the banks of a freshwater creek.

Mines Creek Farm is owned by AF Membership Coordinator Anna Scallon’s family and is located in Spring Valley, WI- just an hour outside of Minneapolis. This private farm is positioned on a historic iron ore mine. Enjoy a hike on and off of the trails! Food & Forage is a Minneapolis-based blog, highlighting foraging experiences with photos, recipes, and articles. Most recently, Andrew was published in the Growler Magazine with an article on hunting ramps.

Un grand merci à Billy Kalil, Andrew Butterbrodt, and the Arneson family.


Discover Northern California Wine Country with Nico Giraud

A California dream! Two couples will spend four days and three nights discovering Sonoma and Napa counties with Nicolas Giraud (Wine Director, Spoon & Stable and Bellecour) as your guide.


This trip includes three overnight stays at invitation-only guest house at Merry Edwards, Jordan & Inglenook. Indulge in private tastings at each of these prominent wineries, and many more, including Red Car, Ridge, Ramey, Peter Michael, and Grgich Hill, to mention a few… Nico is full of surprises and connections so be prepared to do lots of tasting and exploring!

Airfare and ground transportation not included. Breakfast, wine & fun will be provided every day! 

Un grand merci à Nico Giraud, Merry Edwards, Jordan and Inglenook.



One Week Stay on Kiawah Island, SC

Relax in a vacation home on this private island, the happiest seaside town in America! Enjoy the beach, or a round of golf, or two, or three…

Located just southeast of Charleston, Kiawah Island is in close proximity to a 10- mile pristine beach. Secluded with privacy and security, enjoy the natural beauty of the Island with spectacular wildlife – a bird lover’s paradise.

There are clay tennis courts and bike rentals are available within a few minutes’ walk from the cottage. Neighborhood pool for guests is also within two to three minutes walking distance. Cottage is located in West Beach area in Sparrow Pond. In close proximity to several golf courses including the famous Ocean Course where the 1991 Ryder Cup was held. 

Hosts up to six guests. Three bedrooms, two king beds, and two single.

Un grand merci à Preston et Florence Walklet.


Two Week Class at the Institut de Français, Villefranche-sur-Mer

Bask in the glamour of the Côte d’Azur, while learning French! This French language school boasts a prestigious list of students, including Princess Grace Kelly!  Located on the sunny, Mediterranean-blue French Riviera, learning French becomes a wonderful and unforgettable experience. The school is housed in a luxurious Provençal villa, set on the hillside of the lovely port of Villefranche-sur-Mer, overlooking one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful bays, 2 miles from Nice and only a short drive to Cannes and Monte-Carlo.

At l’Institut de Français you will delve into French via an intensive course, meeting 8 hours each day, five days a week. This immersive French course combines effective audio-visual methods, language lab with varied practice sessions, real-life situations, and includes two discussion meals each day.

End your trip relaxed and speaking French more fluently !

Un grand merci à l’Institut de Français.


Roundtrip Non-Stop Economy Airfare for Two from the US to Paris with AirFrance

At AirFrance, their world revolves around you! Paris is calling! You deserve a vacation, and what better destination than la France- especially when your trip directly supports Alliance Française?

Bon voyage!

Un grand merci à AirFrance/KLM.


L’Art de la Table Française, for 8 guests with Sara Monick & Chichi Steiner

Don’t miss this unforgettable evening: cooking lessons with ★★★ Chef Sara Monick, gourmet dinner, and French wines courtesy of Haskell’s, chez sous-chef Chichi Steiner and maître d’ Tom Rassieur.

 Eight guests will learn how to prepare the seasonal ingredients chosen for the evening’s meal and dine at a table graced by a flower arrangement designed specifically for the evening that will go home with the hosts. Enjoy wines selected by a member of the Farrell family as he shares stories about the wineries that produced Haskell’s suggested pairings. Learn to drink like a royalty without bankrupting the court!

Un grand merci à Sara Monick, Chichi Steiner, Tom Rassier et Haskell’s.


Get Jazzy in the Big Easy (Laissez les bons temps rouler, as they say in N’Awlins)

Come Hungry for Southern Cuisine and Soulful Music to New Orleans, Louisiana for Four Days & Three Nights at either the St. James Hotel, the Windsor Court Hotel, the Hyatt Centric French Quarter New Orleans, or the Maison Dupuy Hotel for Two, including a Tour of the City, a Dinner Jazz Cruise and a Class at the New Orleans School of Cooking, and VIP front row seating for a night of jazz at Preservation Hall.

Riverboats, jazz, Creole cuisine and Mardi Gras have given “The Big Easy” its flamboyant reputation, and that rich heritage continues today. Let your dinner jazz cruise take you back to a time when life was as slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi! A class at the New Orleans School of Cooking and a tour of one of America’s most colorful cities are the finishing touches on your trip to the one and only New Orleans.

Music is always nearby, supplied by the tolling bells of St. Louis Cathedral, the clanging of streetcars, and the rhythms of Dixieland Jazz. Stop for a café au lait and beignets at a sidewalk café. Your thorough and fascinating introduction to the endless variety that is New Orleans on your city tour includes such highlights as the Superdome, St. Charles Avenue, the French Quarter and Jackson Square. End out a day of strolling with a vivacious jazz concert and VIP front-row seating at Preservation Hall.

Preservation Hall is located in the French Quarter, just three blocks from the Mississippi River. Originally built as a private residence in 1750, the hall has evolved into a tavern, inn, photo studio and an art gallery. The hall was created as a sanctuary, to protect and honor New Orleans Jazz. Today, over 40 years later, the hall is still going strong. On any given night, the hall is filled to capacity with people eager to hear New Orleans jazz played by veteran musicians and younger musicians learning and embracing music that is both sweet and very beautiful.

From Cajun to Creole, and French to fabulous, New Orleans is a city of flavors! As the evening sets in, take a lazy ride down the Mississippi in an authentic paddlewheel riverboat for your dinner jazz cruise. The entertaining classes at the New Orleans School of Cooking are held in a renovated molasses warehouse, built in the early 1800s in the heart of the French Quarter. The popular lunch classes include generous samplings of the demonstrated items as well as recipes, coffee, iced tea and beer.

Your trip for two includes:

  • 4 days/3 nights accommodations at Either the St. James Hotel, the Windsor Court Hotel, the Hyatt Centric French Quarter New Orleans, or the Maison Dupuy Hotel
  • All room-related taxes
  • Dinner Jazz Cruise, including a lavish Creole buffet
  • VIP front-row seating at Preservation Hall, including skip-the-line privileges
  • Gray Line New Orleans-Super City Tour
  • 3-hour class at the New Orleans School of Cooking
  • Free concierge reservation service


Wall of Wine

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to stock your wine cellar! The AF Board of Directors have curated a collection of over 30 bottles of their favorite wines for you! À votre santé….

This collection is comprised of European and American wines, including some special Italian wines, bottles from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a trio of collectible Willamette Oregon pinot noirs, Chablis, Sancerres and St Émilions- to name a few.  

Un grand merci à notre Conseil d’Administration.


View from the Top: 2 Hour Airplane Ride

You and another passenger can soar for two hours in a Cirrus SR22! Prepare for takeoff and please make sure your seatbelt is securely fastened; this aircraft has a cruising speed of 185 mph!

Your pilot for the day will be Scott Stangeland, AF Board of Directors. With over 25 years of flying experience and a Commerical Pilot Certificate, Scott considers flight safety and passenger comfort his highest priorities. On this flight you will learn about the aircraft and some basics of piloting an airplane. He might even let you try your hand at the controls!

Un grand merci à Scott Stangeland.


Heads and Tails: Cajun Dinner for Six Guests at Smack Shack

Keep les bon temps roulant! Continue the New Orleans celebration with a dinner for six at Smack Shack in the North Loop of Minneapolis. Your dinner begins with a bottle of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc and a dozen oysters. The shucker’s selection will be followed by each guest’s choice of salad, and entrée choice between lobster boil or ribeye steak!

Any guest can play! Buy in for your chance to play Heads or Tails for just $20! Limited two chances per guest. Heads or Tails will take place during the live auction.

Un grand merci à Smack Shack.

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