Americans in Monaco and the Côte d’Azur feted Thanksgiving with the American Club of the Riviera, which was also celebrating its 55th anniversary, over lunch at the historical Negresco hotel in Nice.
Guests were treated to a tour of the ground floor art works as collected by Madame Augier, whose family has owned the Belle Époque hotel since 1957. The hotel-cum-museum has been a listed Historical Monument since 1974, and is home to 3,000 objets d’art including 1600 original paintings (one of three full-length portraits of Louis XIV is in the Versailles Ballroom, the other two being the Louvre and Versailles).
The art appreciation was followed by a Champagne reception in the Galerie Royale at 12:30 pm, where smoked salmon and foie gras canapés were served with Jeepers Champagne – named after WWII American soldiers who left a Willys Jeep for the champagne producer Armand Gourtobe who had been injured while rescuing American GIs and could no longer walk through his vineyards.
The lunch at the new location (it has customarily been held in Monaco in past years) was a huge success – it finished at 4:30 pm – with 153 people in attendance including Major William Connors, US Army, Liaison Officer to the French Army, and his wife Sarah, who enjoyed a traditional turkey as prepared by Meilleur Ouvrier de France 2007 and 2-starred Michelin chef, Jean-Denis Rieubland.
This article was first published in Monacolife.net