Who: Local Frenchophiles who promote the French language and Francophone cultures throughout the Twin Cities
What: May We? Mais Oui? Springtime in Paris Gala Benefit
Where: Hotel Sofitel
When: Thursday, May 6
Why: J'adore le francais
My knowledge of the French language is limited to the one, two, threes—un, deux, trois, thank you very much—and sashaying my “je ne sais quoi” around town as part of our party patrol. When I hit the Alliance Francaise’s “May We? Mais Oui? Springtime in Paris” gala at the Hotel Sofitel on Thursday night, I should have known that a translator for my plus one, or at least a pocket dictionary, might have been a wise idea.
As I mixed and mingled among the French-speaking Minnesotans—to be fair, not everyone spouted “ouis” and “mercis,” but I was the only one who was decidedly not touting a bilingual French tongue—I learned that the Alliance Francaise not only exists to promote the French language in the Twin Cities, but it also offers classes to novices like me and provides a scholarship program for 10th and 11th grade local high school students. Bien cuit !
After an hour of cocktails, complete with a wine tasting led by Brian Daunheimer of Grand-P