The French American Chamber of Commerce, which has a relatively new Chattanooga branch, is hosting an upcoming fundraiser event to support its mission of developing and improving economic, commercial and financial relations between France and the United States.
"It's an organization that is here to promote business between the U.S. and France," president of the Chattanooga Chapter Emmanuel Becquet said.
The local group, which has about five companies and 15 individual members, is part of a larger organization that has a main office in Paris and chapters in most major cities in the United States, Becquet said.
Local leaders hope to start having events every couple of months, and they are hosting the second annual Beaujolais Nouveau Party next month at the Walden Club.
Beaujolais Nouveau is a wine grown from the Gamay grape in the Beaujolais region of France. It is released annually on the third Thursday of November.
"It's a wine that is sold everywhere in the world the same day at the same time," Becquet said.
There will be a presentation of the wine by the wine seller, and the money raised from the event will be used to support programs and events the organization is working to develop.
For example, officials are working to create an internship program for local students and students in France, he said.
And leaders also want to bring in speakers that would be of interest to local business people to speak here every couple of months.
Last year, about 70 people attended the event and officials are expecting about 100 this year. The event costs $20 for members, $30 for non-members and $40 at the door with a debit and credit card only.
There will also be a wine tasting, local cheese tasting, cocktail appetizer, silent auction and cash bar.
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