Sunday, October 28, 2012

You're Invited to Thanksgiving...

As in years past, members and friends of the American Club of the Riviera will gather around elegantly laid tables to celebrate Thanksgiving....and everyone is welcome. The event is Thursday, November 22, at 12:3o and the venue is the gorgeous Restaurant Salle Empire of the Hotel de Paris in Monte-Carlo, which will remind you exactly of home (if home was Versailles). This event is always very popular so book early. On the menu? All of the traditional Thanksgiving goodies, only this time they'll come straight from the kitchen of chef Alain Ducasse, not the kitchen of Aunt Shirley. You'll dine with old friends and new, locals and visitors, and some honored guests from the U.S. military. Prices include the Champagne reception, the complete Thanksgiving meal and all beverages: €80 per person (members of the American Club of the Riviera and their immediate families); €90 (members of affiliated clubs); €95 (non-members). Jacket and tie will be required and payment must be received no later than Friday, November 16.  For more info and a registration form, click here.

Another open-to-the-public Thanksgiving is being hosted by The Anglo-American Group of Provence. Theirs will be Sunday November 25, at 4 pm and roughly 70 people are expected. It's at Le Verguetier, a restaurant and party space located at #7, chemin d'Eguilles, in the Aix suburb of Celony. (Le Verguetier is just across from the Maison de Ste. Victoire.) Prices for non members are €32 adults and €16 children 11 and under. For more info or to reserve, contact Judy Hawkins: 04 42 38 57 37 and

The Avignon Expat Group and other English-speaking friends will gather for a Thanksgiving Potluck, Saturday, November 24, at 12:30 pm in Isle sur la Sorgue. It's at the home of Jack Turbiville. To RSVP, choose your dish and get directions:

The lovely new hotel Mas Valentine in St. Remy is serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on November 22nd, prepared by guest chef Melissa Lopez. The 35€-per-person menu includes eggs mimosa as an amuse and pumpkin soup as a starter...then roast turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, gratin dauphinoise, rutabaga purée en cocotte and Valrhona chocolate pecan pie. To reserve: 04 90 90 14 91, or

If you know of other Thanksgiving celebrations in Provence, please leave us the info under ''comments'' below....thanks! 

Photos: The Place du Casino in Monte-Carlo, home to the Hotel de Paris; close up of the hotel; the hotel's Salle Empire.


  1. didn't realize that we had competition for our annual and rapidly expanding Alpilles Thanksgiving extravaganza! We may not have Ducasse in the kitchen but we do have the best company in the region! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi, Julie!
    What a dream to have Thanksgiving Dinner at the Hotel de Paris! If I am in Provence next fall I I always miss a real Thanksgiving when I am in Provence. If I am there next year I will definitely consider doing this.
    Thank you for posting these ideas.
    Sharon deRham

  3. Oh how I hate to regret your kind invitation! Sounds divine.

  4. Bonjour Julie,

    Merci beaucoup...we will be in France Nov. 14th. and are wondering about ideas for our first Thanksgiving living in France. Love your ideas and will contact The Anglo American Group in Provence most likely. Both gatherings sounds absolutely delightful. This is a group we would love to get to know. Your blog is so helpful. We start our new adventures in S. France, renting gites in various locations. Hope to meet you in gorgeous Saint Remy soon. A bientot, Sandy

    1. Hi Sandy!

      I agree...both events sound like fun. I appreciate your nice words and wish you all the best in your new adventures. See you in St. Remy!




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