Event List

Annual Gala Dinner-Dance Hotel Negresco in Nice

When: Saturday, 2nd October, 2021

Location: Hotel Negresco, 37 Promenade des Anglais, 06000 Nice

After a year of absence, our annual Gala Dinner-Dance is back, this time at the world-famous Hotel Negresco in Nice. The Negresco first opened in 1913 and immediately drew the attention of the international Jet Set.

It was purchased in 1957 by Madame Jeanne Augier, who continued the incredible story of the Palace. She personally greeted celebrities (Salvador Dali, Princess Grace of Monaco, the Beatles, Louis Armstrong, Elton John, to name but a few) and started a collection of valuable artwork and furniture.

The flamboyant Madame Augier died in January 2019, in her 96th year, but the Negresco continues to live in splendor, with some 6000 works of art amassed over the years by this great collector. Some of you had the opportunity to view several of them in November 2017, just before our ACR Thanksgiving lunch, held that year in the Negresco’s Salon Masséna.

This is exactly where we will hold our annual Gala Dinner-Dance this year. As you know, this is one of our most popular events and it welcomes members and non-members of the Club. However, because of the Covid restrictions, we have limited our capacity to 80 participants. So, if you are planning to attend, don’t wait before registering.

Since 2018, a woman Chef by the name of Virginie Basselot is in charge of the one-star restaurant Le Chantecler and of the banquets. Virginie has received many awards in her career and, in 2015, she became Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF). At the beginning of this month, she was recognized for her technical excellence by the famous Gault & Millau guide.

On the day of our Gala, please plan to arrive at the Negresco by 19:30 and head towards the Galerie Masséna in order to register yourself with one of our Governors. Once registered, you will be offered a glass of champagne and will be able to meet and chat with our other guests.

After the aperitif, we will move next door to Salon Masséna, where we will be served the following gourmet menu, prepared under the supervision of Virginie Basselot.

Dinner Menu:

Pressed duck foie gras, dried fruit condiment and warm brioche

Savory lamb confit, cereal biscuit and seasoned beets

Pavlova with fresh fruits


  • Euros 115 per person for American Club members.
    If you have joined as a Couple please select the "Couple Member" ticket and add 2nd member as a guest).
  • Euros 130 for non-members. Guests are welcome at the non-member price.

The above prices are inclusive of aperitif, 3-course dinner, mineral water, one-half bottle of wine per person, coffee, petits fours and DJ.

I am sure that many of you, after a long break, are looking forward to dancing the night away and swaying to the rhythm of our DJ Michael Widdop, who was part of our team at our 5th of July event.

Dress code: Black-tie or dark suit for gentlemen and long or short cocktail dress for ladies.

Accommodation: The Negresco has already informed me that it is almost fully booked for the weekend of our event. Their Banquet Manager, Marion Leblond (no relation to myself), expects to have a few rooms available at a preferential rate to our guests, with a minimum stay of 2 nights. For more information, you can reach her by email at marion.leblond@lenegresco.com.

The Negresco is within walking distance to a number of other hotels with plenty of alternative accommodations, should you decide to stay overnight in Nice.

Important: This event is open to members and guests. Please confirm your reservation as soon as possible, by clicking on the button below, which will connect you to the Events page of our new website, where you will get instructions on how to register and pay for this event.

The deadline for registration is Friday 24th September, unless sold out before. In prior years, our events have been sold out prior to the final date. Without payment, your reservation cannot be confirmed. There will be no payments accepted at the door. Cancellations past 24th September are not refundable. When booking, please advise your seating preferences, any dietary requests and names of any guests.

For any questions, please contact our Membership Coordinator, Cy Todd, at news@americanclubriviera.com or myself.

Covid / Sanitary measures: The Negresco requires strict adherence to the sanitary measures imposed by the French government regulations. All attendees to our event will be required to show their Health Pass (pass sanitaire en français) and to comply with the requirements in effect at the time of this event. In the unfortunate case that we are forced to cancel the event, full reimbursement will be made to those who will have paid.

I look forward to welcoming you at the Negresco for our annual Gala Dinner-Dance.

Very best regards,

Richard Leblond

Annual Cannes Pyrotechnic Art Festival and Dinner at the Croisette Beach Restaurant

When: Tuesday, 24th August, 2021

Location: Croisette Beach Restaurant, Bd de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes

After an absence of one year, the Cannes Fireworks Festival has come back in 2021, this time with all pyrotechnicians based in France, because of the pandemic. The show on 24 August is the last one of the year and its theme is a “Tribute to Sean Connery”.

Sean Connery was the first interpreter of James Bond, the most famous British secret agent, but during his career of 39 years, he shot more than 75 movies under the direction of the greatest filmmakers of our time. He died of old age on 31 October 2020; he was 90 years old.

The show will retrace the cinematographic adventure of Sir Sean Connery, to the sound of the eleven official soundtracks of the movies that earned him the highest distinctions. You will recognize them easily. For more information on the names of those movies, click on this link: https://www.festival-pyrotechnique-cannes.com/en/events/efc-evenement-english-version/.

Event venue: As in 2019, at our previous Fireworks dinner, we will meet at the Croisette Beach restaurant, located just in front of the Miramar bus stop, at 8 PM (20:00). We have reserved tables on the terrace. To increase our chances of meeting the sanitary requirements in effect on that day, we have asked for tables of 6 maximum.

Dinner Menu:

Upon your arrival at the restaurant, you will be guided to your table, where a glass of prosecco will be offered. Please note that all the persons having dinner at the Croisette Beach that day will be served a unique menu consisting of:

Le crabe en tartare et combawa (Tartare of crab with combawa)

Le maigre, en pavé rôti au thym, beurre citronné et tian de légumes provençaux (Roasted meager fish with thyme, lemon butter and tian of provençal vegetables)

Le macaron à la pêche et chocolat noir (Peach macaroon and dark chocolate)

To accompany this menu, we have ordered a half bottle of wine per person (white, rosé or white), mineral water and coffee.


  • Euros 105 for 2021 American Club members
  • Euros 115 for all others

Important information:

After our Zoom meeting of 28th July, the ACR Board of Governors decided to limit our attendance to this event to only fifty (50) individuals. As a result, we will give priority to our 2021 paid ACR members until the 16th of August. From the 17th of August, those same members will be allowed to register one or two guests (one per member).

Covid / Sanitary measures:

As from the 9th of August, all restaurants in France must require their clients to present a valid health pass (pass sanitaire in French) in order to gain access to the restaurant. Is currently considered a valid health pass:

  • a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19 testifying of a complete dosing; or
  • a negative PCR or antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before coming to the restaurant; or
  • a certificate of recovery from Covid-19 at least 11 days old but less than 6 months old.

The above requirements for the definition of a valid health pass could be modified again. Please be sure to comply with the requirements in effect at the time of this event.

Subject to further evolution or any changes in the current regulations, the Croisette Beach restaurant requires all guests to wear a mask in the restaurant at all times, except when seated for dinner.

While restaurant personnel cannot verify your identity, we do ask that you please bring a proof of identity in case of any controls before, during or after the event. 

I will be the event manager for this event. If you have any question, please don’t hesitate to contact me or our Membership Coordinator, Cy Todd (news@americanclubriviera.com).

I look forward to welcoming you at the Croisette Beach on 24th August.

Very best regards,

Richard Leblond

PS. Out of courtesy to the American Club of the Riviera, and as we have had to pay a substantial deposit to reserve 50 places for this event, please note that there will be no refunds until we have received 50 confirmed reservations. 

Wine Tasting at Hotel Le Saint-Paul in Nice

When: Friday, 13th August, 2021

Location: Hotel Le Saint-Paul, 29 boulevard Franck Pilatte, 06300 Nice (near Port area for ferries to Corsica)

Join us for a wine tasting and luncheon with the prestigious master sommelier, Anthony Taylor, of Maison Gabriel Meffre in Gigondas. His theme for our event will be “A Discovery of the famous ‘Crus’ of the Rhone Valley”. We will have the opportunity to taste six wines from some of the finest appellations (Condrieu, Gigondas, Châteauneuf du Pape and Côte Rôtie) of this historical wine region – two white and four red.

The wine tasting will start at 11am and will be followed by a luncheon at 1pm, during which Anthony will introduce us to a few delicious, easy-drinking wines, including two from Gabriel Meffre’s Chateau Grand Escalion estate near Nimes.

Luncheon Menu:

  • Gravlax de Saumon, Crème Yaourt et Soja, Salade Fraicheur
  • Suprême de Volaille, Royale de Pommes de Terre, Sauce aux Champignons
  • Mi-Cuit au Chocolat et Boule de Glace
Parking: Le Saint Paul, where the ACR has held annual meetings, has ample parking space. (Entrance to parking is across from La Réserve).

Important: This event is reserved for ACR members who have paid their 2021 membership dues. As we can accommodate only 40 people, please register as soon as possible.

Our ACR Secretary and Legal Advisor, Sandra van Essche, is the Event Manager for this event. She is a childhood friend of Anthony Taylor and it is thanks to her that he has proposed to do a wine tasting for the American Club of the Riviera.

Covid/ Sanitary Measures: Since March 2020, sanitary measures have been put in place in accordance with French government regulations.  The Hotel Saint-Paul requires strict adherence to the measures. Subject to further evolution or any changes in the current regulations, the hotel requires all guests to wear a mask in the hotel at all times (except when seated for the tasting and lunch).

As of August 1, 2021, a ‘Sanitary Pass’ will be required to enter a restaurant in France.  Please be sure to comply with the requirements in effect at the time of this event.  In the unfortunate case that we are forced to cancel the event, full reimbursement will be made to those who will have paid.

I look forward to welcoming you at Hotel Le Saint-Paul on 13th August.

Very best regards,

Richard Leblond