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A memorable Bal des Pompiers 2007
By Michelle Mathews
Posted July 18, 2007

    French chef Thierry Rautureau

    Seattle’s first annual Bal des Pompiers took place Saturday evening at the Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion. The French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) sponsored the event, which was the first of its kind in Seattle. There was food, music, and dancing during the night — all the essential elements needed for an enjoyable time.  

    Fisher Pavilion was decorated in red, white, and blue: the colors of the French drapeau. Volunteers and organizers were busy setting the ambience for the event; one they hoped would be an annual one for the Seattle community.  

    The Firefighter’s Ball — the Bal des Pompiers’s literal translation — began at 7 pm with FACC president Jack Cowan giving a speech, welcoming guests to the event. Guests were presented with a four-course meal prepared by French chef Thierry Rautureau, Seattle’s “Chef in the Hat.” The meal featured French delicacies including: paté maison, grilled lamb with rosemary sauce and olives, cheeses, greens, and cherry clafoutis. Diners enjoyed live music provided by two musicians who played the guitar and the accordion. Guests were wined and dined as they wished one another santé — or health — the French equivalent to “cheers.” 

    In addition to the delicious food, guests were provided a chance to enter a raffle for two round-trip tickets from Seattle to Paris provided by Air France. Many guests were eager to try their luck with the raffle and therefore gave generously.  

    Guests seemed to enjoy the experience provided to them by the FACC and those who volunteered their time to help create a very memorable Bal des Pompiers.





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