Movie Night | 3/13/2018

Let’s go to the movie!

During the Annual Francophonie Festival in Atlanta, l’Alliance Française, in collaboration with our Consulate General, will present the Belgian movie “Je suis mort mais j’ai des amis” (2015), by Guillaume and Stéphane Malandrin.

In short, it’s about four Belgian rockers (Bouli LannersWim Willaert) confronted by a soldier, who claims to be their late band mate’s lover.

The movie is in French but undertitled in English.

Get an avant-goût with its trailer.

It’s free but you must register .

Atlanta’s Francophonie Festival is organized by the Atlanta Francophonie Committee, a multi-cultural collaboration between represented by the Consulates of Belgium, Canada, France, Haiti and Switzerland, the Québec Delegation in Atlanta,the American Association of Teachers of French, the Alliance Française of Atlanta, the French American Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta-Accueil and Ecole du Samedi.
Other French-language events are organized throughout March.


  • When – 13 March, 2018 at 7 pm.  You must register.
  • Where – Alliance Française |  Colony Square – the 400 building, 1201 Peachtree Street | Suite 1104 | Atlanta, GA 30361 | Tel: 404-875-1211 | Directions.
  • Register
  • Parking –  parking is underneath the building. Alliance Française is located dir  Bring your parking stub to validate for FREE parking.


Petanque anyone?

Throw balls at a Pig on roughly level ground and have fun with friends around!  The Roswell Petanque Club launches March 3, 2018 under the initiative of beATL Isabelle Gibson and her husband Peter.  It is the first club member of the Atlanta Petanque League (APL) and other locations in the Atlanta area are already showing interest in starting an APL member club!  Play socially or to compete! All ages and skill levels welcome.

Interested? Go to and search for Roswell Petanque Club to join or RSVP.  Games are 1st and 3rd Saturday 10am to 12noon and 1st & 3rd Tuesday 5.30pm to 7.00pm.

If you don’t have boules, they will have a limited amount to loan but make sure that your wear closed toe shoes!


  • Adult Membership: $65.00 per member per year (with an annual $50.00 Club APL fee)
  • Under 18 Membership: $25.00 per year
  • First three games free, within 45 days, then join as a member or pay $10.00 to play.

Your APL membership will provide, via the Federation of Petanque, USA, an accident waiver and release of liability to protect participants and club office bearers against claims from club events.   Pétanque is not viewed as a dangerous sport, but accidents can happen.


Learn more about Petanque:

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Greenville Sister Cities’ 5th Annual Belgian Beer Dinner | 3/12/2018

As part of the Upstate International festivities, Greenville Sister Cities International would like to invite you to our 5th annual Belgian Beer Dinner!  This wonderful evening full of great conversation, laughs, and culinary delight will take place on Monday March 12th at The Trappe Door, downtown Greenville, SC.

Seating is limited, so please contact The Trappe Door ( or 864.451.7490) to reserve your seats – especially if you plan on coming with a larger group.  In order to confirm and keep your reservation, you will be required for advance payment at The Trappe Door within 1 week of signing up.

Full refunds will be available upon cancellation at least 1 week before the event, i.e. by Sunday March 19th the latest. The money for later cancellations and no-shows will serve as a fundraiser for Greenville Sister Cities International.



Belgian THIRSTday | 3/1/2018

Let’s meet at the Yard House at The Battery Atlanta for our March adventure.  Come hungry since they have a huge menu of New American fare and enjoy their extensive list of draft beers.


  • When: Thursday March 1st, 2018 from 7 pm
  • Where: Yardhouse @ The Battery Atlanta | 825 Battery Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30339
  • Parking: plenty of free parking in the RED parking lot
  • RSVP – Please courtesy RSVP … even regrets.



Elise 7 ans expatriée or 7 years old and Expat

The dynamic duo, composed by our very own beATL Virginie Houet and Texas-based Corinne Feuillet Luca, has finally seen their dream come true!

Today, their bilingual book, full of sweet drawings, has hit the US market!  Aimed at children who are entering – or living – the journey of expatriation. The book titled “Elise 7 ans expatriée or 7 years old and Expat”, narrates the emotional rollercoaster that a seven-year old girl experiences during her various moves.  Following her parents throughout the world, the impact of moving is explained through Elise’s eyes.  She lets us in on her experiences and shares her feelings.  It is never easy to drop your bags in one place and be told to pack again a few years later.  Her emotions are expressed in a mere few simple, but fresh and poetic sentences, accompanied by cute illustrations.  The book is written in both French and English – without ever falling in the trap of becoming an insipid translation!

Corinne and Virginie became friends in Texas and quickly decided to combine their skills.  After a lot of hard work, the book saw the light, first in Belgium***, France and Switzerland on January 10, and as of today, February 21st, it is available on the American and Canadian shelves.

On February 24th, Corinne Feuillet Luca will present their book at the Awty International School, 7455 Awty School Lane, Houston, TX, 77055 and on March 28th, at Mark White Elementary 2515 Old Farm Rd, Houston, TX 77063.

Virginie Houet will take care of the Georgian side.  Meet her at “Lesson de Français”, 390 Prospect Place Suite 390 à Alpharetta – 30005 (North of Atlanta) on Saturday, April 14th.  You will be able to buy your copy on site.

*** It is easy to order your copy from sites like, and



Belgian THIRSTday | 02/01/2018

Let’s go back at the stylish Under the Cork Tree, in Sandy Springs!


  • When: Thursday February 1st, 2018 from 7 pm
  • Where: Under the Cork Tree | 5600 Roswell Rd NE #2, Sandy Springs, GA 30342 | Meet our crowd in the bar area.
  • Parking: The Prado has plenty of free parking
  • RSVP – please RSVP as we need to give a headcount this time!

Please courtesy RSVP … even regrets.



Women in Philanthropy | 2/26/2018

The Netherlands, French, German and Belgian American Chambers of Commerce as well as the British American Business Council are pleased to invite you to their 17th edition of the Women’s Series: Women in Philanthropy, Caring Can Help Your Career, Not Just Your Soul!  Sarah Fonder-Kristy (Atlanta Community Food Bank), Theresa Wentzel (Atlanta Dream), and Kari Love (Atlanta Women’s Foundation) will be participating in a panel discussion  on the role that women can – and must – play in non-profits and philanthropy.

The Women’s Series is a collaborative initiative of the FrenchNetherlandsGerman and Belgian American Chambers of Commerce as well as the British American Business Council.  Started in January 2014, the Women’s Series holds quarterly business events for professional women of the Atlanta international community. The goal of the Women’s Series is to bring educational and stimulating content to our attendees, while facilitating professional opportunities and networking among peers.


  • When: Monday, February 26, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Where:  Atlanta International School | 2890 N Fulton Dr NE, Atlanta, Atlanta 30305
  • Parking: ample free parking on the school site
  • Event Fees:
    • Members BACoS, NACCSE, FACC, GACC & BABC : $20
    • Students (bring your Student ID): $20
    • Non members: $35
  • Registration is a must


Fourth Annual Belgian Potluck | 1/27/2018

beATL is excited to invite you to its fourth edition of its Belgian Potluck on January 27th, 2018.   There are some changes to the formula so, please read carefully all the below crusty information!

The first change is the venue – for the first time, we will rent a clubhouse.  The second change is that the rental comes at a cost and therefore, each participant will be requested to pay a $10 non-refundable entry fee per person, payable in advance [no money at the doors, no exception].

Put your dear self in your culinary gear and prepare some tasty homemade dish(es) – preferably with a Belgian taste – to share.  We always have peers stressing about cooking so, don’t use it as an excuse: there are other ‘jobs’ available for you… We will have a sign-up sheet and each participating family must sign up to bring some Belgian homemade [we insist on that] culinary elements to the table!

Remember it is a kids-free evening, with just adults.  For obvious reasons.

Don’t wait to RSVP since attendance is limited to 100 guests.

Details of the evening will be emailed to all registered beATL-members.  If you didn’t get your invitation, contact your beATL Queen Patricia.


  • When: Saturday January 27th, 2018 at 5.30 pm (no late arrivals please … we can’t start without your food).  Festivity runs until 10.30 pm.
  • Where: address will be privately shared in due time to those who RSVP-ed ‘in’
  • Parking: since this is in a private neighborhood, use the club house parking lot.  In the event the lot is full, park on the same side of the street, without blocking any driveways or fire hydrants.  Carpool if possible.
  • RSVP is a must [space is limited, no exception] – deadline to pay your entry fee is Monday 22/01!
  • Fee paid in advance is a must – details will be shared after registration
  • Sign up sheet is a must – details will be shared after registration
  • NO CHILDREN, no exception – must be 21 or over.

Some important tips:

  • although the term “potluck” suggests a random assortment of dishes, the idea is to focus on Belgian (style) food
  • bring your dish ready-to-eat in a to-go container; we are in a Club House with no kitchen
  • bring a serving dish and serving utensils; again: we are in a Club House …
  • label your dish(es) if they cannot be traced back to you
  • all those who are gluten intolerant, food allergenic, vegans or have any kind dietary challenge(s) are requested to bring their own food to avoid any mishaps.
  • Party guests are expected to help with the clean up …




the first Belgian THIRSTday of 2018 | 1/4/2018

Let’s celebrate the New Year at Fado Irish Pub in Buckhead!  A good occasion to meet new and old beATLes from 7 pm for a sip or some nibble … or both!

Please courtesy RSVP … even if not coming!


  • When – Thursday January 4th, 2018 –  from 7 pm
  • Where – FADO IRISH PUB – BUCKHEAD | 273 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta, GA 30305 | (404) 841-0066
  • Parking – $7 valet, metered parking, next door public self parking or for free parking: use the parking garage (BA Complex across the street from the pub) up to 3 hours for $0 if  you ask for your validation sticker from your server or bartender [3-5 hours = $8].  Do NOT park in the library parking lot next to us unless there is an attendant present. You will be booted.
  • RSVP – even if no coming, please.



New Year with BACoS | 1/19/2018

Join the Belgian American Chamber of the South for its annual New Year Celebration.  Enjoy delicious Belgian beverages, tasty hors d’oeuvre and great networking opportunities.   And don’t miss the chance to win a Tintin Comic Strip!


  • When – Friday, January 19, 2018 at 6 pm.
  • Where – the Lawyers Club of Atlanta | 1230 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 3850, Atlanta, GA 30309
  • Parking – Parking is available in the Promenade Parking Garage located next to the building. Parking passes will be validated.
  • Admission Fees :
    • Members: Free
    • Non-members – 30 and under: $15
    • Non-members: $20
  • Registration