Month: July 2014


Source: Africa Atlanta 2014

The Consulate General of Belgium in Atlanta is pleased to invite you to a private guided tour of the exhibition KONGO ACROSS THE WATERS, curated by the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren and the Samuel P. Harn Museum, University of Florida in Gainesville.

Carol Thompson, the Fred and Rita Richman Curator of African Art at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta has kindly accepted to be our expert guide.

The tours will take place at the Jimmy Carter Museum and Library located at 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307 on the following dates:

  • Tuesday August 12th  at 12.30 pm
  • Thursday August 14th  at 12.30 pm
  • Sunday August 17th at  2 pm
  • Tuesday August 26th at 12.30 pm

Entry fees:

  • Adults: $8
  • Seniors (60+), Military & Students with IDs: $6
  • 16 and under: Free
  • Parking: Free

Kindly reserve your place by e-mail to  A confirmation will be e-mailed to you.  Do not delay : only 20 persons will be accommodated per tour.


First Belgian Café by beATL

Reinstating the monthly tradition, our first Belgian Café, under beATL’s umbrella, will be held at a very special place.  A place that I just discovered even if its Chef has been around Atlanta for quite a long while.  So those who have been here ‘forever’ will know who I am talking about: Philippe Haddad.  Philippe, from Belgian origins, jump started his culinary career by attending the renown Hotelschool Ter Duinen in Koksijde.  He is now orchestrating the kitchen at F&B, which stands for “Food and Beverage”, a two-year old rustic neighborhood bistro offering French Belgian-inspired cuisine, hand-selected wines and craft cocktails.  On Thursday August 7th, beATL will have a dedicated area where will be able to gang around.   A RSVP would be so much appreciated so we can give them a headcount.

To conclude, here are some thoughts for your palate:  the mussels of course (4 versions), the authentic Belgian fries (with béarnaise or mayo), the braised rabbit (a recipe of Granny Haddad), steak frites and the fabulous filet américain (steak tartare)… In season add also the white asparagus to those highlights!   And fyi, the dessert’s first choice: Belgian waffles …

beATL [bētl] is excited to meet you all at our first gathering spot!  Spread the word around our community, follow our blog to be kept posted, don’t hesitate to comment below, send us your suggestions… Do not remain silent!

  • When: Thursday August 7th
  • Time: from 6.30 pm
  • Address:  3630 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326 | (404) 254-1797
  • Parking: complimentary valet parking (there is also a self parking option ($4/hour))
I took my own picture but F&B's is so much better!

I took my own picture but F&B’s is so much better!


Hot from the press … Just joking.

For some Milow is like music in their ears for others, as ignorant as I am, Milow is a true discovery.  So let me introduce you to Jonathan Vandenbroeck aka Milow, a Borgerhout-native, acoustic singer-songwriter and one of the most successful DIY musicians in Europe.

Born in 1981, Milow grew up in Wespelaar in a house full of music instruments.  He signed up for accordion lessons, learned to play the guitar and the piano, wrote songs and performed in a few bands with friends from high school… That all before jumping into a solo career in 2003.  In the summer of 2005, Milow recorded his first album The Bigger Picture which was released in Belgium in January 2006 on Milow’s own label Homerun Records.  On June 28, 2007, Milow was the opening act in the Pyramid Marquee on Rock Werchter, which launched his live career in Belgium.  At the end of 2007, Milow won three awards at the first edition of the Music Industry Awards (MIAs) in Belgium: Best New Artist, Best Music Video (“You Don’t Know“) and Song of the Year for “You Don’t Know.”

Milow lives in Los Angeles since 2012.

Even if Milow seems to ignore our dear City, I thought that it was worth mentioning that our compatriot will soon perform very close by: in Wilmington on 8/5 and in Charlotte on 8/6) before heading to Nashville, TN on 8/8.  Forgive me to have – already – deviated from the promised happenings in Atlanta but it’s not every day that we have such a star on a podium ‘next door’.

Here is a taste of one of his last songs: Against the Tide, taken from his album SILVER LININGS released in April 2014.

Photography by Brantley Gutierrez

Photography by Brantley Gutierrez


Belgian Artisanal Spirits Dinner

Nikolai’s Roof will host a four-course dinner paired with cocktails based on liqueurs from our famous Belgian Distillerie de Biercée on Thursday July 17th at 7 PM.  Dinner guests will enjoy learning more about these small-batch spirits, which have just recently become available in Georgia!  The cost is $65 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.  Seating for this special evening is limited and reservations should be made by calling (404) 221-6362.

The Distillerie de Biercée, hidden behind its 16th century walls, is located in Ragnies (Thuin, Belgium) and has been distilling since 1946.  Its  top quality eaux-de-vie and liqueurs are produced seasonally based on the fruits available.  They are made exclusively from unsprayed fresh fruit and are guaranteed free from artificial flavourings, preservatives and colorants.  Their top sellers are: Eau de VilléeNoir dʼIvoire and Poire Williams N°1,

The Distillery offers guided tours, organize private & corporate events and wouldn’t be complete without a brasserie-restaurant and a shop/e-shop.

The Biercée Distillery

Source: The Biercée Distillery


Kongo across the Waters

As part of “Africa Atlanta 2014”, the exhibition Kongo across the Waters showcases more than 120 pieces of art and artifacts from the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren. Exploring deeply the legacy of Africa’s Kongo culture, the artwork will be on display until September 21st at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum (441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307).

Africa Atlanta 2014 is a citywide year-long series of art exhibits, lectures, performances and conferences highlighting Atlanta as a nexus for reinventing the cultural and economic bonds among Africa, Europe and the Americas.

Source: Africa Atlanta 2014

Source: Africa Atlanta 2014

beATL [bētl]

beATL [bētl – pronounce it beetle] is a unique concept that has been developed and created by Patricia Kalmeijer, right after the unfortunate 2014 World Cup exit of Belgium against Argentina.  After seeing so many Belgian supporters reunited to cheer on their favorite soccer team, there was no doubt in her mind that this community was in an urgent need of a resurgence.  While we value our American lifestyles and experiences, we also wish to maintain a link to our home country.  And so beATL was born.

beATL is a website in the form of a blog dedicated to keep you posted about all Belgian-related events in and around Atlanta.  The idea is that Belgians and Belgophiles will converge here to find out about exhibits, movies, coffees & lunches, celebrations, concerts, city or country walks, guided tours, happy hours, … all linked with this small, cute and crazy country called Belgium.  All nations are welcome!

If you know about any event that might interest our Belgian community, please send us an email with all the details and we will gladly publish it for you.

Also by popular request, Patricia – under the umbrella of beATL – will reinstate the famous Belgian Cafes based on a simple concept:
– Discover new places in the City to meet other Belgians and their friends once a month (except December), on the first Thursday, from 6.30 PM onward for an evening of mingling, socializing, drinks and a bite.
– Everybody is welcome and everyone pays for his/her own drinks/snacks.

In addition, beATL will offer to its followers, a series of social get-togethers.  At least four times per years, Patricia Kalmeijer and her friend Alexandra Gobbi will bring the Belgian community together, in a convivial and relaxed atmosphere.  In a few weeks, you will find out what they have in mind!