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Kortrijk delegation to Greenville, SC | 5/9-13/2017


Fancy a trip to Greenville, SC?  Why not tackle along the Kortrijk Sister City Delegation in Greenville, SC from May 9th – 13th?

The main purpose of the ‘K2G’ delegation visit is for both cities to learn more about -and be inspired by- each other’s people, ambitions, approach and accomplishments. In addition, it’s all about:

  • exploring shared interests and mutual opportunities related to government, urban development, education, arts, and business.
  • establishing many new and valuable relationships between community, educational, and business leaders in Kortrijk/West Flanders and Greenville/The Upstate, that are excited about helping to maintain and develop this sister city relationship, while providing new opportunities for them-selves and the organizations or companies they represent.
  • developing the Kortrijk-Greenville bridge as a unique gateway between our both countries.

Here is the detailed agenda.

For the epicureans, enjoy a “Belgian Beer Dinner” on Wednesday May 10th at 7 pm at The Trappe Door, downtown Greenville.  This “fusion” menu is a mix of Belgian with Southern specialities.  The cost per person is $70 all-in (without alcohol: $50 per head), including meeting those Belgian Delegation participants:

  • Mr. Vincent Van Quickenborne, Kortrijk Mayor and Member of the Belgian House of Representatives
  • Ms. Kelly Detavernier, Kortrijk City Council Member
  • Ms. Dominique Viaene, Sister Cities Coordinator for Kortrijk
  • Mr. Stijn Debaillie, Coordinator at DesignRegio Kortrijk
  • Mr. Matthieu Marisse, Regional Director for VOKA South-West Flanders
  • Mr. Piet Grymonprez, Co-Founder & Managing Director of MyMachine Global Foundation
  • Ms. Isabelle Pertry, Head of the Internationalization Department at Howest
  • Mr. Roel Vandommele, Director of Education at Howest
  • Ms. Isabel Vanslembrouck, Director of Research and Development at VIVES
  • Ms. Patricia Waerniers, Director of Education at VIVES
  • Dr. Petra Huyst, Staff Member Research at KULAK
  • Prof. Dr. Ir. Wim Thielemans, Provincial Chair of Advanced Materials at the Renewable Materials and Nanotechnology Research Group at KULAK
  • Mr. William de Baets, Consul General for Belgium in Atlanta
  • Mr. Wim Van Cauteren, Trade Commissioner at Flanders Investment & Trade
  • Mr. Anton Mertens, President of the Belgian American Chamber of the South
  • Mr. Jean-Louis Vanderstraeten, President of the French American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas (and a Belgian!)

Of course, a number of “Greenville VIPs” will also be in attendance, and it will be a very relaxed and enjoyable event; no formalities or black tie…. Only 32 spots remaining for the dinner, out of a total of 80 – First come – first served [invitation has not yet been extended to the general public].

For more information about the visit or email Stijn.

belgian dinner anyone?


Hot from the press … a real 6-course Belgian Beer Dinner organized by Greenville Sister Cities International as part of the Upstate International Month will take place on Monday March 21st, 2016 at the Belgian tavern The Trappe Door [South Carolina].   Up to you to pick the Goût de France dinner [see recent article] close to home or hit a 150-mile drive [via I-85 N] for true Belgian delight!  Of course, you can do both!

Upstate International Month highlights the beauty of Greenville’s diverse community through musical and artistic performances, discussions, book talks, culinary experiences and much more during the month of March.  Take a look at their events calendar.  Greenville is ‘sister’ with the Belgian medieval city of Kortrijk since 1991, and their interactions include student exchange programs through Furman University and exchanges between local garden clubs.

The Trappe Door, is a Belgian tavern with an old-world vibe offering in its regular lunch menu [to name a few] Cheese Croquettes, Coq Au Vin, Carbonades Flamandes and as dessert Belgian Waffles and White Chocolate Profiteroles.  And I will take note of that restaurant for future travel plans!

Thank you beATLe Heidi for this info!

Logistics

  • Where –  The Trappe Door | 23 W Washington St, Greenville, SC 29601
  • When – Monday 21 March 2016 | 1st course will be served at 6.30 pm
  • Price – $75 per person – all included (food, drinks, taxes & gratuity)| $50 per person – if no alcohol
  • Registration – contact The Trappe Door at (864) 451-7490 | email

 

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