Under the presence of HSH Prince Albert II, a joint Anniversary Gala took place on Sunday 8th May, in the prestigious setting of the Yacht Club de Monaco, organized by both the organizing committees of the Hellenic Community of Monaco as well as of the American Club of the Riviera, to celebrate the 70th (and the 60th respectively) anniversary of their presence in the Principality. Read President’s Speech and view the photos here
April 2022 – Brunch at Le Manoir de l’Etang in Mougins
We had a wonderful Spring/Easter Brunch at Le Manoir de l’Etang in Mougins. A delicious brunch, an Easter Bonnet competition and lots of fun was had by all!
February 2022 – Nice Carnival Flower Parade and lunch at Le Méridien Hotel
It was a pleasure to see so many members new and old of the American Club of the Riviera and their guests, at our sold out Nice Carnival Flower Parade and Lunch hosted by our Governor Kate Bickers at Le Méridien Hotel. See the event photos here.
January 2022 – The Annual General Meeting at the Hotel Saint-Paul in Nice
The Annual General Meeting of the American Club of the Riviera took place on Saturday the 22nd of January at the Hotel Saint-Paul in Nice. The 2022 Board of Officers and Governors were elected and approved. 2022 Membership Dues and Initiation Fee were ratified and approved. The annual dues are 45 euros per person. The initiation fee, payable only by new members, will remain at the current level of 15 euros per person. You can read more about the 2022 Board of Governors by clicking here and the Presidents Report here.
November 2021 – Thanksgiving luncheon at the Hotel Hermitage in Monte-Carlo
After an absence of nearly two years, we were able to resume our annual Thanksgiving event in grand style. Prince Albert II was our special guest of honor, his first visit, I believe, to the American Club of the Riviera since he became Sovereign of Monaco in 2005. We welcomed him in the Splendid Salle Belle Epoque of the Hotel Hermitage. A total of 130 ACR members and guests attended this event. After a few official photos, taken by the Palace’s photographer, and the playing of both the Monegasque and American national anthems, the festivities began with a glass of champagne and appetizers. We enjoyed the delightful lunch prepared by the Hermitage chefs, who were applauded while the dessert and coffee were being served. You can see the event photos here: Part 1 – Prince Albert & Part 2- The Speakers
October 2021 – Lunch at Jacques Chibois’ one-star restaurant at La Bastide Saint-Antoine in Grasse
This event had been planned for March 2020 but we were able to reschedule it for the 28th of October 2021. Forty members of the American Club, including four of our current Governors and one President Emeritus, joined us at La Bastide Saint-Antoine in Grasse for a fabulous lunch. Half of the restaurant had been privatized for us and we were able to enjoy our champagne on an outside terrace with a mix of succulent appetizers. The three-course gourmet meal had been prepared by Executive Chef Laurent Barberot, who joined our group after the meal to spend some time at each of our seven tables. He stayed a long time with us, as you will be able to see in our photos. See the event photos HERE.
October 2021 – Annual Gala Dinner-Dance at Hotel Negresco in Nice
This year’s Gala Dinner-Dance was held at the world-famous Hotel Negresco in Nice. Seventy-two of ACR members and their guests attended this event and, judging by the photos, seemed to have a great time. Even our younger guests enjoyed the evening and especially the dancing part. See all the event photos HERE
August 2021 – Annual Cannes Pyrotechnic Art Festival and Dinner at the Croisette Beach Restaurant
After an absence of one year, the Cannes Fireworks Festival came back in 2021, this time with all pyrotechnicians based in France. We enjoyed the dinner and the show on 24 August, which was the last one of the year and the theme for this year was a “Tribute to Sean Connery”. See the event photos HERE
August 2021 – Wine Tasting at Hotel Le Saint-Paul in Nice
We enjoyed a wine tasting and luncheon at Hotel Le Saint-Paul in Nice with the prestigious master sommelier, Anthony Taylor, of Maison Gabriel Meffre in Gigondas. His theme for our event was “A Discovery of the famous ‘Crus’ of the Rhone Valley”. We had 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 followed by a wonderful lunch. See all the event photos HERE.
July 2021 – 🇺🇸 Independence Day BBQ at Le Lagon in Mandelieu
Governor Daniel Lacy was our Master of Ceremony at our American-style 4th of July BBQ, we sang American patriotic songs, led by ACR Vice President Cy Todd. Prizes were awarded for the best costumes. The three finalists in the ladies category were Estée Ingram, Christina Malmstrom, and Sue Black and the three in the gentlemen category were Marcel Brancaleoni, Pierre-Yves Tribolet, and Paul Landy. The winners by acclamation were Christina Malmstrom and Paul Landy. They each won a bottle of Miraval Rosé, commonly named the Brangelina Rosé, after its famous owners. We also had the surprise visit of General Consul Kristen Grauer, from the US Consulate in Marseille, who arrived just in time to participate in the signing of the patriotic songs. See all the event photos HERE.
October 2020 – Atelier du Vin at Belles Rives Hotel Photos
We had a lovely unofficial club event at the Belles Rives in their restaurant La Passagère, a one-star Michelin restaurant. The last ‘Ateliers du Vin’ of the season was a special 3-course gourmet dinner prepared by the Belles Rives’ Chef and was paired with US and French wines.
August 2020 – Unofficial Evening Picnic at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
We’re still unable to organize any official club events but we did have an unofficial picnic at the beautiful Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat for their enchanting “nocturnes”. We had a magical evening and there were at least 33 ACR members, some new this year. The entertainment was constant, from the mandolin and guitar players to the two ballet dancers performing between fountains, followed by a magnificent water and light show to the tune of classical music.
July 2020 – Unofficial Event 4th July American Independence Day 🇺🇸
All associations being forbidden to organize a gathering of more than 10 persons, we mentioned to our members by email that a few of our Governors would be meeting for drinks at the Carlton Beach Club in Cannes on the 4th of July between 6 and 8 pm and we suggested that they were welcome to join us, everyone being responsible for his own drinks. It was a great success as some 50 of our members did show up, most of them respecting the social distancing rules.
May 2020 – 🎬 Cannes Film Festival Movie Trivia Quiz 🎞️
This was our very first virtual event of the year, but probably not our last. Organized by Vice President Judy Nash, with the help of Membership Coordinator Helen Irving and her husband Rob, the quiz questions were prepared by Film student Gabby Deganutti, daughter of ACR members Daniel and Julie Deganutti. President Emeritus Burton Gintell was the big winner, with 23 correct answers out of 30.
March 2020 – EVENT CANCELED at La Bastide Saint Antoine, Grasse
In the face of the unpredictability of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Board of the ACR have decided not to schedule events for the coming couple of months. We will keep a careful eye on the prevailing public healthcare advise, and the moment we can safely hold an event, we will be in touch with you directly … and we have lots of super ideas for the future. In the meantime, please take care of yourselves.
February 2020 – EVENT CANCELED Nice Carnival Flower Parade and lunch at Le Méridien Hotel
On 26th February, we received word that Mayor Estrosi had canceled the upcoming and final Nice Carnival events due to health concerns related to the coronavirus. We, therefore, had to cancel the event we had planned for the 29th, which would have consisted of lunch at Le Méridien Hotel and a viewing of the Flower Parade from the Hotel’s 1st-floor restaurant.
January 2020 – Annual General Meeting and luncheon at Hôtel Le Saint-Paul, Nice
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The American Club of the Riviera was held on January 18th 2020 in Nice. The agenda included the President´s Report, Financial result, ratification of the annual membership fees and election of the 2020 Officers and Governors. We enjoyed a guided tour of the beautiful Chapel next door, followed by a 3-course luncheon.
December 2019 – Pre-Christmas Live Jazz Evening & Dinner at Royal Antibes Hotel
Our last event this year was a Jazz evening at the Jazz Lounge, Royal Antibes Hotel. While enjoying a three-course dinner, we listened to singer Léah Kline (Dutch-American) and The Spirale Trio (all French), Laurent Rossie on piano, Philippe Brassoud on bass and Jérôme Achat on drums. Thank you to Burton Gintell, President Emeritus who organized this event.
November 2019 – Our annual Thanksgiving Day celebration at Hôtel Hermitage, Monte Carlo
Members and friends of the American Club gathered around an elegant lunch table in Monte Carlo at Hotel Hermitage’s beautiful Salle Belle Epoque, on Thanksgiving Day. We sang the US National Anthem and the National Anthem of Monaco, read the President’s Proclamation and announced an Honorary Member, Cynthia (Cy) Todd. It was the perfect Thanksgiving feast.
October 2019 – Guided tour and lunch in the medieval village of Apricale, Italy
Our October event was a visit to Apricale, Italy. We learnt from an American insider’s view what it is like to live in Apricale, the culture, history and land of the Druids. We tasted cuisine to the highest standing and enjoyed a lively talk by Cynthia Milani on what makes the Italians so Italian, the French so French and the Americans so American.
September 2019 – Our famous annual Gala Dinner-Dance at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes
This year’s Gala Dinner-Dance was held at the luxurious Carlton Hotel in Cannes. Members and friends enjoyed a delicious three course dinner, paired with fine wines. We enjoyed a great atmosphere in the exquisite Ballroom and danced to music selected by DJ Mark Dezzani and many of us in the arms of two professional dancers.
August 2019 – Annual Cannes Pyrotechnic Art Festival and dinner on the Croisette Beach
The USA in competition with Germany, Italy, Austria, Sweden and France.Their musical theme was: “American Rhapsody” – A cultural journey round the United States of America through its diverse musical heritage. It was spectacular and we hope they win.
July 2019 – 4th July celebrations in Villefranche-sur-Mer
The 4th July celebration in Villefranche-sur-Mer was a lot of fun and very hot. We enjoyed watching a parade, pin-up show, line dancing, music and a wonderful dinner at the famous La Mère Germaine.
92 happy guests celebrated dressed in red, white and blue. Karen Doyle won the prize for best outfit.
June 2019 – Tour of the International Perfume Museum’s Gardens (MIP) in Mouans-Sartoux
Our June event took us to the International Perfume Museum´s Gardens (MIP) in Mouans-Sartoux, a delicious lunch at “La Cantina” and an interesting guided tour of Espace d l´Art Concret (EAC). Thank you to the Event Manager Laurent Paty and his wife Helene for organizing such an interesting day.
May 2019 – Festive Club Lunch in Cannes during the 72nd International Film Festival
The annual luncheon during the Film Festival was held at La Plage Barrière le Gray d’Albion Restaurant on the Croisette welcoming 96 guests. New this year was a music/film quiz organized and performed by John Jones. Table 2, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” won the quiz. A special thank you to Judy and Jonathan Nash who organized this fabulous event.
April 2019 – Guided tour of Château de La Napoule and lunch by the sea
We had a guided tour of Château de La Napoule and lunch at La Boucanier lounge restaurant in Mandelieu, situated in an exceptional setting at the foot of the Château de la Napoule. La Napoule Art Foundation (1951), was incorporated by an expatriate American, Marie Clews, as a memorial to her late husband. Together the couple spent 17 years restoring the Château de La Napoule, a medieval castle, which now houses the Clews Collection and hosts international programs in the arts.
March 2019 – Club weekend in Marseille, the second largest city in France
Our March event in Marseille, included a visit to the US Consulate, overnight stay and dinner at the Radisson Blu hotel, a privatized panoramic sightseeing tour to the key features of Marseille. We did a guided walking tour from the Vieille Charité through Le Panier, the oldest district in France and ended the day with the famous Bouillabaisse.
February 2019 – Visit to the car collection of H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco and lunch
We visited Prince Rainier III’s car collection on the Terrasses of Fontvieille – we saw almost 100 cars of all ages and the Lexus from the 2011 Royal Wedding. Also on display were racing cars, which have competed in the Rallye de Monte-Carlo and the Monaco F1 Grand Prix. Next was a visit to l’Orangerie, founded in 2015. The owner, Philip Culazzo showed us how the organic product is made from Monaco grown oranges. We enjoyed a 3 course lunch in a charming local restaurant, l’Aurore sur le Vieux Rocher.
February 2019 – London & Capital Free Financial Seminar, Cannes
London & Capital hosted another free financial seminar, this year at the JW Marriott in Cannes. The topic this time was: As we enter 2019 the question is: Are we in a crash or a correction? 10 Years after the last downturn are we heading for a recession? Is the worst behind us?
January 2019 – Annual General Meeting and luncheon in Le Saint-Paul, Nice
The Annual General Meeting of The American Club of the Riviera took place on January 19, 2019 at Hotel Le Saint-Paul in Nice. The 2019 Board of Officers and Governors were elected, updated Statutes and By-Laws approved and ratified. 2019 Membership fees ratified and remains the same as in 2018. 51 members and guests attended the luncheon which followed.
December 2018 – A Taste of Nice & Leonard Bernstein’s “Wonderful Town” at Opéra de Nice
We enjoyed a guided tasting tour in Nice Old Town followed by Leonard Bernstein’s “Wonderful Town” musical at the Nice Opera House. We discovered Nicoise cuisine, the history, culture and heritage, and sampled the “treize desserts de Noël”, mulled wine, candied fruit and more. Wonderful Town is Bernstein’s most famous musical with West Side Story. The Choir of Nice Opera performed the story of the two sisters who aspire to be writers and actresses with music performed by Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice.
November 2018 – Annual Thanksgiving Celebration at Hôtel Hermitage, Monte Carlo
Members and friends of the American Club gather around an elegant lunch table in Monte Carlo, celebrating the important Thanksgiving Day. Several VIP guests were also invited to participate in our tradition. We sang the US National Anthem and the National Anthem of Monaco, read the President’s Proclamation and announced an Honorary Member. We enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal served by Chef Witz and his team at Hotel Hermitage.
October 2018 – Visit of the Villa Nobel in San Remo, Italy, followed by Lunch
The October event took place in San Remo including a guided tour of Alfred Nobel’s home Villa Nobel. When he died, he had 93 factories in 20 different countries producing 66.500 tons of dynamite.
We then enjoyed a hearty Italian lunch at Villa Sylva next door. Thank you to one of our Governors Laure Mazzara for organizing this interesting event.
September 2018 – Gala Dinner and Dancing at the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat
The Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat was our address for the annual Gala Dinner and Dancing. We gathered in the Volupte Garden for aperitif, followed by a gourmet dinner at the hotel’s seaside Club Dauphin. 90 guests had a wonderful evening in the utmost luxury and sophistication. We also enjoyed a quiz organized by DJ Mark Dezzani and dancing to familiar music.
August 2018 – Annual Cannes Pyrotechnic Art Festival and Dinner on the Croisette Beach
We were at one of the finest Cannes Croisette beach restaurants L´Ondine, watching the international fireworks competition. It was a marvelous and awe-inspiring evening as Cannes arranged the Philippines Dragon Fireworks and synchronized music. 102 members and guests had a memorable sparkling evening.
July 2018- Flags will be waving and our pride is high! 4th of July Event
The 4th July BBQ welcomed 73 guests to Le Lagon in Mandelieu for a festive and colorful celebration. Daniel Lacy, the Event Manager, ensured that we were warmly welcomed, we sang American songs, played Bingo, enjoyed lots of food and a special Birthday Cake and more. DJ Mark Dezzani played favorite music and Consul General Simon R. Hankinson gave a tribute to 4th July and special thanks to France. Prizes were won for best red, white, and blue outfit, quiz and Bingo game.
June 2018 – Guided tour of Antibes Old Town & Picasso Museum, followed by a Lebanese lunch
We had a fabulous in Antibes with a guided tour of the Old Town and the Picasso museum. Monaco’s ruling family constructed The Chateau Grimaldi in the 12th century. In 1946 the Chateau was the home for six months to the artist Pablo Picasso and is now The Picasso Museum. Picasso, and his widow Jacqueline, donated works to the museum, many of which were made down the road in Vallauris at the Madoura Pottery. 64 happy guests enjoyed a Lebanese meze. Thank you to Judy and Jonathan Nash who organised this fabulous day in Antibes.
May 2018- Memorial Day Ceremony and lunch in Les Arcs en Argens
A small group attended the Memorial Day Ceremony with a large number of flag bearers, French & US Armed Forces, Navy, and several Officials. It was an emotional experience and a reminder of the brave people who fought for future generations to live in peace. The day continued with lunch in Les Arcs at Le Logis du Guetteur, followed by a guided tour of Chateau D’Esclans; home of “Whispering Angel”. An impressive story and well worth a visit.
May 2018 – Lunch on the Beach in Central Cannes during the 71st International Film Festival
Members, guests and specially invited members from Club Danois, British Association de Menton and Canadian Club in Monaco had an enjoyable luncheon.Vegaluna beach restaurant delivered and so did all invited speakers. Thanks to Jonathan Lippman, Mario Haddad, Al Lieberman and Dr. Brian Mehling. As per tradition, Burton Gintell prepared a film quiz which was enjoyed by all. 132 guests attended making it a record Film Festival luncheon.
April 2018 – A guided tour of the Medieval Town of Ventimiglia-Alta and Italian Lunch
Ventimiglia Alta, the beauty of the hidden bays deserves its name. We learnt a lot from Sandro, our guide and were pleasantly surprised of the City’s history. After a 2 hour guided tour, we enjoyed a hearty lunch at Stella Marina, a lovely place by the sea. Both worth coming back to. 44 happy members and guests had a wonderful day which was an event recommended by one of our members. Thank you to Peggy Simon.
March 2018 – Free Financial Seminar in Monaco from London & Capital
Another fully booked Seminar was held, this time at the Novotel in Monaco, where the topic was “The year of Trump. What impact this has had on US citizens living in Monaco and France and how to create a plan taking into account your investments and taxes”. This was the 3rd free seminar offered by London & Capital to members of our Club. A big thank you to speakers; Managing Director Daniel Freedman and Charles (Chuck) Lubar.
February 2018 – 85th Fête du Citron and lunch at Casino Barrière Menton
This historical day was covered in snow and zest of oranges and lemons of La Fête du Citron. The joint event with The British Association of Menton was truly enjoyable and memorable. A guitarist welcomed us with beautiful music. We made new friendships while enjoying a nice lunch which ended with a tasting of Philip Culazzo’s liqueur made of oranges from Monaco, L’Orangerie. Despite the snow, we were over 80 guests.