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Upcoming events

    • 21 Jun 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Hard Rock Cafe, Grand-Place 12a, 1000 Brussels
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    Dine-Out at Hard Rock Cafe
    Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 7.30 p.m.

    Hard Rock Cafe
    Grand-Place 12a
    1000 Brussels

    How about dining American-style on the splendid Grand-Place in June? It seems to us the perfect way to combine American traditions with Belgian history.

    The first Hard Rock Cafe (HRC) opened in June 1971 in London. HRC is known for its collection of rock-and-roll memorabilia. The cafes solicit donations of music memorabilia but also purchase a number of items at auctions around the world, including autographed guitars. The collection began in 1979 with an un-signed Red Fender Lead II guitar from Eric Clapton, who was a regular at the first restaurant in London. Clapton wanted management to hang the guitar over his regular seat in order to lay claim to that spot, and they obliged. This prompted Pete Townshend of The Who to give one of his guitars, also un-signed with the note "Mine's as good as his! Love, Pete." Hard Rock's archive includes over 80,000 items and is the largest private collection of Rock and Roll memorabilia in the world.

    We hope to see many of you at this special dine out!

    MENU

    Apéritif

    Sparkling wine

    Main course

    Grilled Salmon
    8oz. grilled filet topped with Maitre d’Hotel butter and served with mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables.
    or
    Legendary Burger
    Famous over the world: topped with seasoned bacon, two slices of Cheddar cheese, a crisp fried onion ring, lettuce and vine ripened tomato.
    or
    Belgian Burger
    Delicious burger topped with tasty beer onions, creamy Grimbergen cheese, smoked Filet d'Anvers ham, crispy pickles, fresh lettuce and tomato. All finished off with traditional Belgian Andalouse mayonnaise.
    or
    Veggie Leggie Burger
    Vegetarian steak topped with a grilled portobello mushroom, zucchini, yellow squash and roasted red pepper.
    or
    Chicken Caesar Salad
    Romaine lettuce tossed in our homemade Caesar dressing, topped with grilled chicken breast, croutons and shaved Parmesan cheese.

    Dessert

    HRC Brownie
    Vanilla ice cream and hot fudge on a fresh homemade brownie, topped with chopped walnuts,chocolate sprinkles,
    fresh whipped cream and a cherry.

    2 glasses (175 cl) of white or red house wine
    and 1/2L of water per person


    Please indicate your menu choices when registering.

    Event Details:
    Date:
    Thursday, June 21, 2018.
    Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Place: Hard Rock Cafe, Grand-Place 12a, 1000 Brussels
    How to get there: Public parking available at Grand-Place & Albertine. 
    The Central Station, De Brouckère metro station and the tram station at La Bourse are located at only 500 meters from the Hard Rock Cafe.
    Price:
     €45 for ACB/AWCB/CCB members. Non-members: €50.
    Price includes a two-course menu, apéritif, 2 glasses (175 cl) of white or red house wine and 1/2L of water per person.
    Reservations are due by Tuesday, June 19 
    at: http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2949165

    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “June Dine-out” in the reference section of the bank transfer. Online payment with a credit card is also possible (through PayPal, but no actual PayPal account is required); pay when registering or use the link provided in the invoice.

    Cancellations are possible until noon on Tuesday, June 19. Participants cancelling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.
     

    • 29 Jun 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • pentahotel Brussels City Centre, chaussée de Charleroi 38, 1060 Brussels
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    Final Friday Drinks
    Friday, June 29
    6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


    pentahotel Brussels City Centre
    Chaussée de Charleroi 38
    1060 Brussels

    Come and celebrate with us the arrival of summer at the trendy pentahotel Brussels!  We will have a private area of the Lounge where we will enjoy drinks and great company. 

    This will be another of our Final Friday’s evenings of fun, socializing and chatting.  Everyone is welcome! The cash bar is open to all. Beverage prices are:

    Beers: €3.90 to €5.50
    Wines: €6 to €6.60
    Bubbles: €5

    Our monthly Final Fridays are a great opportunity to mingle and socialize with new and old friends in Brussels in a fun and relaxing environment. So bring your friends! All are welcome! See you there!

    Please register at: http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2947924

    Thank you.

    Location: 
    pentahotel Brussels City Centre
    Chaussée de Charleroi 38
    1060 Brussels

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    • 01 Jul 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Avenue des Erables 1, 1640 Rhode-St.-Genèse
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    Independence Day Picnic
    Sunday July 1 - 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.


    Join the AWCB and the ACB for
    a fun-filled patriotic extravaganza
    to support the efforts of the
    American Overseas Memorial Day Association!

    The fun starts at noon!
    We will have a patriotic ceremony at 12:30 p.m.
    Lunch will start at 1:00 p.m. and we will keep grilling until 3:00 p.m.
    Games for children will be organized at the top of the hour starting at 2:00 p.m. 
    We will have music, socializing and hopefully sunshine!

    There will be burgers and dogs hot off the grill, as well as a side dish buffet and delectable desserts available for purchase. A cash bar will be available.

    Net proceeds to benefit the American Overseas Memorial Day Association.


    Event Details:
    Date:
     Sunday, July 1, 2018.
    Time: 12:00 noon – 4 p.m.
    Place: Avenue des Erables 1, 1640 Rhode-St.-Genèse.
    Sign up: Reservations are due by Friday, June 22 at:

    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2948053

    • 06 Jul 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Maison des Brasseurs, Grand-Place 10
    • 43
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    Ommegang Dinner
     Friday, July 6 - 7:00 p.m.


    The ACB offers members and guests a unique opportunity to view the Ommegang procession on the Grand-Place while dining in the historic Belgian Brewers’ guild house (Maison des Brasseurs) overlooking the Grand-Place. From the windows of a large private dining room, we will have an unparalleled view of the Ommegang as the pageant unfolds on one of the most beautiful squares in the world.

    Menu "Made in Belgium"
    (wine, water and coffee included)

    Apéritif

    ****
    Croquettes aux crevettes
    or
    Saumon Gravlax

    ****

    Filet de cabillaud, légumes de saison
    or
    Magret de Canard sauce Kriek, légumes de saison

    ****
    Mousse au chocolat
    or
    Tarte tatin, glace vanille

    ****

    Coffee or tea

    The Ommegang (literally “walk-around”) is a faithful recreation of a splendid pageant that was first performed in 1549 for Emperor Charles V, his son Philip II, and the knights of the Order of the Golden Fleece.

    Staged at night on the illuminated Grand-Place, the two-hour extravaganza includes flag-throwers, folk dancers, archers, acrobats, jesters, jugglers, fire-eaters, falcon-trainers, folkloric giants, stilt-walkers, and the famous Gilles of Binche. Descendants of the nobility of the time play the roles and wear the coats of arms and sumptuous costumes of their ancestors.

    This is a spectacular affair, and one of the biggest festivals in the country. Our dinner evening at La Maison des Brasseurs offers, literally and figuratively, a window on this amazing event. Bring your camera.

    Enjoy some of the magic of the Ommegang (Video 2017 edition)

    Event Details:
    Date:
    Friday, July 6, 2018.
    Time: Apéritif at 7:00 p.m. and Dinner: 8:00 p.m.
    Place: Maison des Brasseurs, Council Room (first floor), Grand-Place 10, 1000 Brussels 
    Price:
    €85.
    ACB, AWCB, CCB and Irish Club members receive a discounted price of €75.
    Dress code:
    Coat and tie requested.

    Reservations
    are due by Monday, July 2 at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2915350
    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Ommegang” in the reference section of the bank transfer. Online payment with a credit card is also possible (through PayPal, but no actual PayPal account is required); pay when registering or use the link provided in the invoice.
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Monday, July 2. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

    picture Eric Danhier - visit.brussels
    • 11 Jul 2018
    • 12 Dec 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • See event details.


    The Canadian Club of Belgium,
    The American Club of Brussels &
    The American Women's Club of Brussels

    welcome you to our Reading Group
    on the second Wednesday of the month
    [7:00–9:00 p.m.]

    (CCB, ACB and AWCB members only)

    We ask you to present a book of your choice (American or Canadian authors preferred) that you have read and really enjoyed. This will give all members, passionate about reading, a chance to read and discuss different literary genres.

    Even if you have not read the selected book and if you do not have a book you wish to present, please feel free to join us anyway – even at the last minute.

    Reading Group Contact
    (also for venue details)
    Geneviève Bergiers
    Tel. 02/660.57.65
    genevieve@chiropractorbergiers.be

    •  •  •

    2018 dates open for your suggestions: October 10, November 14 & December 12
             
    On July 11, Megan Richards will present

    What Happened
    by Hilary Rodham Clinton (U.S.)

    The book gives an interesting portrayal of all the events surrounding the 2016 USA presidential elections and Clinton’s view of the causes of her eventual loss despite winning 3 million more votes than Trump. 

    Hillary Clinton was First Lady during her husband’s term as President of the USA, Senator for New York, and Secretary of State under the first term of President Obama. 

    Venue: please contact genevieve@chiropractorbergiers.be


    On August 8, Geneviève Bergiers will present

    The Lost City of the Monkey God
    A True Story

    by Douglas Preston (U.S.) 

    Douglas Preston is an American journalist and novelist who started his career at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He has participated in expeditions in different parts of the world and in particular, in one that led to the discovery of an ancient city in an unexplored valley in the Mosquitia mountains of Eastern Honduras, which he chronicled in this nonfiction book.

    Venue: please contact genevieve@chiropractorbergiers.be


    On September 12, Martine Rassi will present

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows


    The charming historical novel written by Mary Ann Shaffer and her niece Annie Barrows is set in London after the Second World War, when in London «everything is broke: the roads, the buildings, the people». 
    The main character Juliet is a humorous famous journalist and through her correspondences with Guernsey islanders, she discovers members of a literary club and their tale during the German Occupation. 

    Later, Juliet decides to visit her new relationships in the island and realizes what she wants to write about in her new book with a new love. 

    Mary Ann Shaffer was born in 1934 in Martinsburg (West Virginia). She became fascinated with the Channel Islands and «her book about Guernsey was greeted with vivid enthusiasm in thirteen countries». Because she became ill, her niece Annie Barrows helped her finish the book.

    Venue: please contact genevieve@chiropractorbergiers.be
     


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    • 19 Oct 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Renaissance Brussels Hotel

    The Hoover Belgian-U.S. Legacy Gala

    Friday, October 19, 2018

    Renaissance Brussels Hotel



    More information to follow on the program of the evening

    Watch this space

    Be sure to save the date in your agenda


    What is the Hoover Belgium-U.S. Legacy?

    When the German Army invaded Belgium in 1914, it left in its wake thousands of burned homes and murdered Belgian civilians. Belgium was economically devastated and, by October, the country’s population was facing the prospect of widespread starvation.

    A group of Belgian businessmen led by Emile Francqui, Ernest Solvay and Emmanuel Janssen created the Comité National de Secours et Alimentation to aid their fellow countrymen. However, the circumstances of the war left Belgium cut-off from world markets, and food supplies within Belgium were rapidly depleted. 

    With the help of American businessmen living in Belgium, the Comité National reached out to Herbert Hoover, an American businessman living in London. Hoover created the Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB) to help them. The CRB collected food and other relief supplies from America and around the world, and shipped those supplies to Belgium under the protection of the neutral American flag and the patronage of the American Ambassador in Belgium, Brand Whitlock. The Comité National could then distribute the food that the CRB brought to the starving Belgian population.

    Thanks to this partnership between the Comité National and the CRB, six million tons of food were shipped to Belgium from 1914 until the end of the war, keeping the citizens of Belgium and Northern France alive. 

    After the war, the remaining funds that the CRB raised were used to help rebuild Belgium, particularly in the fields of education and academic research. CRB funds financed the reconstruction of the University Library at Leuven, supported the rebirth of four Belgian universities, and created the University Foundation and the Belgian American Educational Foundation.

    In this spirit, the American Club of Brussels is organizing the Hoover Belgian-U.S. Legacy Gala. It is an opportunity to remember the partnership between Belgium and America that sustained Belgium during WWI and its legacy in the field of education. 

    It also celebrates the friendship that binds America and Belgium together today. And it marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.

    Hoover Belgian-U.S. Legacy Gala
    Friday, October 19, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.
    Renaissance Brussels Hotel
    Rue du Parnasse 19
    1050 Brussels
    Belgium

    Read about the Hoover tapestry.

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