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Luncheon “Belgium – EU – U.S.: Business & Politics” | 06/14/2017


As the political and economic environment in Europe shifts post-Brexit, and in light of major elections that are taking place, Belgium is seizing the moment to gain additional regional influence. Brussels houses most of the EU institutions and, despite of its size, the nation is considered an important global trader.  Join the World Affairs Council of Atlanta as it hosts the Belgian Ambassador to the U.S., Dirk Wouters, for a conversation about where Belgium stands as the European Union goes through reorganization, and what it means for U.S. businesses with presence in this country. On May 25, President Trump attended a summit of NATO nations, and Ambassador Wouters will comment on the outcome of this official meeting.

The luncheon is supported by the Consulate General of Belgium in Atlanta, The Belgian American Chamber of the South, and the Atlanta Council on International Relations.

Logistics

  • When: Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm
  • Where: Commerce Club | 191 Peachtree St NE – 49th floor, Atlanta, GA 30303
  • Parking
  • Cost: BACoS and WACATL Members: $35 – Email Julie for your discount. | Non members: $50.00
  • Registration: click here.

Belgian THIRSTday | 06/01/2017


 

The June edition will take place at the new Terrapin Taproom at The Battery Atlanta, adjacent to SunTrust Park {and no, the Braves won’t be playing!]. This combination restaurant, bar and brewery is already a popular destination.  The menu features Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q favorites, including smoked brisket, pork and chicken!  Terrapin’s ATL Brew Lab, located next to the restaurant and bar, is home to a five-barrel pilot brewery.

Logistics

  • When: Thursday June 1st, 2017 from 7 pm
  • Where: 755 Battery Avenue S.E., Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30339 |  404-494-1202 [located outside the right field gate entrance]
  • Parking: Red parking (Hyundai) is free for 4 hours.  Take entrance on Circle 74 Parkway and go to red parking.  From there, a short walk to the  restaurant area.
  • Curtesy RSVP is kindly requested

belgian THIRSTday | 5/4/2017


You beATL Queen might be on another ‘planet’ but life goes on as well as beATL’s life … The May gathering will take place from 7 pm at The Pub Perimeter.   Last we were there was in January 2015 so it’s time to give it another … shot. They have a good selection of beers including the minimum beATL requirement of 8 Belgian ones.  And tease your palate with some brilliant food … Well it’s not Belgian….  Please take the time to RSVP …

The Pub is a small chain based in Cincinnati (this is their twelfth store, and first Georgia location) that has the design of a traditional English pub, with appropriate posters and prints on the walls to give you the full British immersion experience. Henry VIII and the London Underground, The Beatles, The Who, Muse, Radiohead…  And the servers are in kilts (with underwear).   While there, have a quick peak in the upstairs lounge to check on their famous Pour Your Own Beer Wall!

Logistics

  • When: Thursday May 4th, 2017 from 7 pm.
  • Where: The Pub Perimeter | 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30346.  Directions.  Enter the Perimeter Mall via its main entrance on Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE (almost opposite the corner of Exxon Gas Station and Perimeter Center East).  The Pub is squeezed between the Mall entrance and Goldfish.
  • Parking: ample free parking or valet at $5 + tip
  • RSVP

 

a good read about dutch and belgian wines


Many of you have met Cathy Huyghe, wife of our beATLe Chris, during our blind wine tasting or, more recently, the Belgian waffles tasting … Cathy is a dynamic media professional with a special interest in wine and the spirit of hospitality.   She is the author of the award wining book Hungry for Wine: Seeing the World through the Lens of a Wine Glass and currently writes for Forbes.com.

And here is what this posting is all about!  Cathy, deeply interested in the evolution of wine from the Low Countries of Belgium and the Netherlands, recently wrote an article – on Forbes – exploring Discover Dutch Wine: Interviews, Wines, Vineyards, Restaurants, a book by Mariëlla Beukers and Irene de Vette, now translated in English.  Okay, The Netherlands is not Belgium … but close enough.  And since her article clearly spells out ‘Oud-Heverlee‘ – which is undoubtedly in Belgium –  it’s a good read!

 

 

bye Queen Belgian THIRSTday | 4/6/2017


A goodbye drink with your ‘Queen‘ … Please make all the efforts to join us for this very special Belgian THIRSTday on Thursday April 6th at the 5 Season Brewing Co, in Sandy Springs.   Goodbyes are never pleasant and it’s reluctantly that I have to leave my ‘baby’ behind, so please come and show your support!

Logistics

  • When: Thursday April 6th, 2017 from 7 pm.  The kitchen closes at 10 pm.
  • Where: 5 Season Brewing Co |  The Prado Shopping Center, 5600 Roswell Rd NE #21, Sandy Springs, GA 30342
  • Parking: Plenty of free parking in and around the Prado Shopping Center
  • RSVP … please make the effort to click in or out as a curtesy.

beATL goes to the movie – Dirty Wolves / Lobos Sucios | 2/6/2017


Another movie … With Belgian actors THOMAS COUMANS as Edgar and SAM LOUWYCK.
About the Film – Two sisters in a Nazi-controlled mining village in northwest Spain are drawn into wartime intrigue in this briskly paced thriller-melodrama imbued with supernatural notes and the folklore and splendor of rural Spain.
Logistics

Belgian THIRSTday | 2/2/2017


Join us 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.

Logistics

  • When – Thursday February 2nd, 2017
  • 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.

Belgian Thirsdays by Mariska Kalmeijer

my French Film Festival | 13 Jan – 13 Feb


The 7th edition of My French Film Festival is introducing an exciting new movie selection from today, January 13 to February 13, 2017!  This year, the online festival features 28 French movies available in 10 different languages across different platforms accessible around the globe. Learn more.

MyFrenchFilmFestival.com is an innovative concept aiming to throw the spotlight on new generation French filmmakers, allowing web users across the globe to share their enthusiasm for French cinema.

Ten French feature films and ten French shorts will be included in the competition section. Web users will be invited to rate all of these films and to post their comments on our website. The selection includes three Belgian films (Préjudice (long métrage) / La Rentrée des classes (court-métrage) et hors compétition : Le Plombier) in competition, with a French cinema classic, two French-Canadian films, and two French-language Swiss films presented out-of-competition.

You can view the films online, in theatres and on airplanes….

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beATL goes to the movie | 1/17/2017


Dilemma… the movie Elle is coming to Atlanta… Isabelle Huppert is French, Paul Verhoeven is Dutch… and Belgium is squeezed in between… it is close enough to be a good enough excuse for a movie night. Join us on Tuesday 1/17 for the 7 pm screening.

The combo Huppert-Verhoeven can only result in a explosive and controversial topic.  Not for sensitive souls…

More info.

After the movie, some may go to the nearby cafes/restaurants to grab a bite or a drink…

Logistics

  • When – Tuesday January 17th, 2017 @ 7 pm
  • Where –  Landmark Midtown Art Cinema  | 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308 | in the Midtown Promenade Center
  • Parking & Directions: ample free within the Midtown Promenade Center
  • The nearest MARTA train station is the Midtown Station (on the RED and GOLD lines), located on 10th Street 1.5 miles from the theater. From there, both the #36 and the #99 MARTA buses stop near the Midtown Promenade which is located at the intersection of 8th Street and Monroe Drive
  • Tickets – Best to purchase your tickets in advance.

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Annual Belgian Potluck – 1/28/2017


No doubt that this tradition is a huge success.  Join us for our 3rd edition on January 28th, 2017.   Our kind hosts Gitte & Rik will open their doors to their lovely home in Marietta at 6 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!

This year’s potluck will be a kids-free evening, with just adults.  For obvious safety reasons.

Don’t wait to RSVP since attendance is limited and don’t forget every single family must sign up to bring some Belgian homemade [we insist on that] culinary elements to the table!

Details of the evening will be emailed to all registred beATL-members. If you didn’t get your invitation, contact your beATL Queen Patricia at 678-386-3896.

Logistics

  • When: Saturday January 28th, 2017 at 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.
  • Sign up sheet is a must.
  • NO CHILDREN, no exception

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
  • 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.

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