One of the few uniquely American holidays celebrated around the world, Thanksgiving is a beloved feast that brings together family, friends and even strangers to ‘give thanks’ for what they have. Americans have brought this tradition with them to their foreign homes around the world, and perhaps because it is traditional to invite new friends and acquaintances, it has become a fairly well-known occasion. Thanksgiving falls on the second to last Thursday of November, so the date changes each year. This year it falls on the 22nd.
Here in the Riviera, Americans are spoilt for choice with many local clubs, organisations and restaurants hosting luncheons for groups large and small. The two biggest and most popular Thanksgiving celebrations will be hosted by the American Club of the Riviera and the MonacoUSA Association. Both clubs make sure to provide opulent feasts ‘with all the trimmings’ including roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and more.
The American Club of the Riviera’s Thanksgiving luncheon will be in the elegant Salon Belle Époque
of the Hotel Hermitage in Monaco, at 12 pm. The popular event often sells out quickly, so priority is given to club members and their immediate family. Each year, the Club features special guests, including members of the armed forces, dignitaries and consuls. The deadline for purchasing tickets is 13th November. More information and payment options can be found on their website:www.americanclubriviera.com
The MonacoUSA Association hosts their Thanksgiving dinner on the Star Deck at Star’N’Bars Restaurant, also in Monaco. They offer an all-you-can-eat feast with all the classic dishes, served family style. Guests will be seated at long tables where single guests can sit side by side with couples and family groups so everyone can be included. The event includes American entertainment, including the Macy’s Parade and live-streamed American Football. This year, they will feature a tribute to American president, John F. Kennedy, as the day is the anniversary of his death. Open to members and non-members. More information and how to reserve your tickets can be found on their website: www.monacousa.org
Stars’N’Bars restaurant will have a separate Thanksgiving menu in the main restaurant.
The Riviera chapter of US Democrats Abroad will also be having a Thanksgiving pot-luck dinner at 6:30 pm at the Holy Trinity Church hall in Nice. Open to members, Americans and their guests, the main dishes and refreshments are provided but ask attendants to bring a side dish. More information can be found here.
MaNolan’s pubs will offer roast turkey as their Plat du jour at all their locations. They will also have an extended happy hour with specials on draught pints of Brooklyn ale and American spirits.
Have a happy Thanksgiving!