Month: January 2016

Potluck Full |1/30/2016

Please note that this event is full.  We no longer accept registrations.  Cap has been set at 85 people since the event is located at a private residence.

Sorry for the inconvenience.


Belgian Potluck – 1/30/2016

Let’s repeat last year’s success with another Belgian Potluck on January 30, 2016 at 5.30 pm (not from but at 5.30 pm).

Put your dearself 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 bring something to the table!

Once again, beATLes Gitte and Rik will welcome you and yours in to their beautiful home in Marietta.


  • When: Saturday January 30, 2016 between 5.30 and 6 pm (no late arrivals please … we can’t start without your food)
  • Where: address will be privately shared in due time to those who RSVP-ed positively
  • Parking: since this is in a private neighborhood, park on the same side of the street, opposite to the house, without blocking any driveways or fire hydrants.  Car pool if possible.
  • RSVP is a must – SORRY WE ARE FULL!!
  • Sign up sheet is a must.
  • This event is for the whole family – see tips below for special dietary and children needs.

Some important tips:

  • although the term “potluck” suggests a random assortment of dishes, the idea is to focus on Belgian (style) food
  • make as much of the dish in advance as you can
  • bring your dish in a to-go container
  • bring a serving dish and serving utensils
  • 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
  • bring something to eat and to drink for your kids if you think they would firmly be convinced that our potluck is nothing for them.


Alabama–Belgium Business Roundtable | 2/2/2016

This is a one day meeting of invited senior executives, business leaders, government officials and community leaders from Alabama and Belgium to discuss common issues, networking and agenda setting for future business exchanges. Its goals are to showcase the opportunities available in Belgium for Alabama companies and to showcase the opportunities available in Alabama for Belgium companies in the following sectors: biotech, cancer research, maritime industry, automotive, aerospace, innovation and technology, cyber security.

On Wednesday February 3rd from 7 – 11 pm, a black-tie gala that attracts international dignitaries, national and state officials, representatives of local government and businesses will honor the Belgium Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Johan Verbeke.  [details and tickets purchase online].

Many other activities involving Belgium will be organized during the year.  Check online for more programs.


  • When: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 from 8 am – 1.30 pm (local time!)
  • Where: The Club |  1 Robert S. Smith Drive, Birmingham AL 35209
  • Cost: Full Conference – $100/ Luncheon only – $55
  • Registration: online
  • For more information: The International Center | Phone: 205-252-7652 | Fax: 205-252-7656 | Email

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BACoS event – keep calm and carry on | 4/2/2016

The Belgian American Chamber of the South invite you to join the presentation of Mr. Jean-Louis Vanderstraeten, the advisor to the FN America chairman of the board while he talks about one of Belgium’s most renowned companies.

FN is the leading firearms manufacturer and distributor with over 125 years of experience in a full range of firearms and associated products for defense, law  enforcement, hunting and shooting. FN has build a reputation based on the quality, reliability and continuous innovation in making the finest weapons in  the world.

Mr. Vanderstraeten will give you a better insight in the history of FN, the origin in Belgium, their growth in the United States and so much more.


  • When: Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 6.30PM
  • Where: Fadó Irish Pub, 273 Buckhead Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
  • Parking: $7 valet or metered parking available
  • Admission:  Members: $10.00 | Non-Members – 30 and under: $15.00 | Non-Members: $20.00
  • RSVP


Belgian THIRSTday | 1/7/2016

The one not to miss is the first of the year … Come and sip with beATL on Thursday January 7th [this Thursday] from 7 pm.  Relax and enjoy around the bar of the Yard House Atlanta in Atlantic Station.  Hungry souls will surely find a bite to calm their noisy stomachs and beer-fans will face a fantastic choice of 130-250 taps of imported, craft and specialty ales and lagers.

Yard House Atlanta is very easy to reach with many parking options.   Everybody is welcome and everyone pays for his/her own drinks/snacks.

  • When: Thursday January 7th, 2016
  • Time: from 7 pm
  • Address:  261 19th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30363, at the corner of Atlantic Drive | (404) 815-8990
  • Parking: valet parking ($7 for 0-4 hours), Atlantic Station underground parking (first 2 hours are free – go to red number 1 pedestrian exit), off street parking (max 2 hours – pay at meter).
  • a RSVP (acceptance & regrets) would be appreciated.


dates we love | 2016

2016 …. here we come!


And to blast out of the gate, here are a few dates for your calendar as part as your New Year Resolutions. Write them down now, so you do not miss any of the beATL’s exciting activities!  Many more will added during the year…

  • Thursday January 7th: Belgian THIRSTday from 7 pm and every first Thursday of the month all year long. Next week, we will go back to the Yard House Atlanta (Atlantic Station).
  • Saturday January 30th: Belgian Potluck – edition 2 for the whole family, in Marietta.  Potluck list will be emailed soon.
  • Saturday February 20th from 3 – 5 pm: a taste of real Liege Waffles – baked from scratch especially for you.  An event for the whole family.
  • Saturday March 5th – Blind Wine Tasting – 2016 in Buckhead.
  • April 16th – Hike with a PicNic at the 1,003-acre Providence Canyon State Park in Lumpkin, GA … Yes, we have our own canyon here in Georgia and no, it cannot really be compared to his big Arizona brother.  But this will be a gorgeous walk in a beautiful scenery for the entire family.
  • Sometime …. shooting range.  We live in the South, right?

beATL 2016