NB: full disclosure – I have no vested interest in any of the listed restaurants or bars, except I do write on occasion for My American Market and Bonjour Paris. Just spreading the word!
Just because you’re in France doesn’t mean you have to do without Thanksgiving. In fact, I know several of my French friends (in their 20′s) who will celebrate it because they love the holiday.
There are places all over the country to feast with family and/or friends, usually hosted by restaurants or organizations with expatriate roots.
The great website Bonjour Paris has a listing of some places to go. I’ve included Karen’s recommendations below and organized the listings according to city. Thanks to the American Clubs of France, too.
Of course if you have recommendations, please feel free to leave them in the comments section. Many of these require reservations, so call to see or RSVP email in advance. Others like The Great Canadian and WOS Bar do not require reservations, but it’s better to show up earlier.
For those in the Paris area interested in making recipes, you can check out:
-The Real McCoy (49, avenue Bosquet 75007 Paris) and McCoy Café (194, rue de Grenelle 75007 Paris)
-Thanksgiving Paris (20, rue Saint Paul 75004 Paris)
-You can also buy products online at MyAmericanMarket.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
American Church in Paris
Thurs. Nov. 24, 12:15pm
Sat. Nov. 26, 7:30pm
65 quai d’Orsay, 75007 Paris
France-Etats Unis Paris IDF
Thurs. Nov. 24 (more info on website above)
American Club of Paris
Thanksgiving Gala Dinner : American chef Diane Anthonissen
Fri. Nov. 25, 7pm (members only)
Bistrot Le Saint-Martin
Thurs. Nov. 24, Fri. Nov. 25, Sat. Nov. 26
25 Rue Louis Blanc 75010 PARIS
Thurs. Nov. 24 (call for time, reservation)
30 rue Pierre Lescot 75001 Paris
Le Ralph’s (Ralph Lauren’s Paris restaurant)
Thurs. Nov. 24, 6:30pm AND 9:30pm (filling up fast)
173 Boulevard St Germain 75006 Paris
Breakfast in America
Fully booked but you can sign up for waiting list
Kat’s American Diner
(usually has Thanksgiving, call them for information)
The Great Canadian
Thurs. Nov. 24, 7pm.
25 Quai Grands Augustins 75006 Paris, France
The WOS Bar
Thurs. Nov. 24 (call them for time, number on website above)
184 Rue Saint Jacques, 75005 Paris
First Avenue (Thanksgiving “after work”)
Thurs. Nov. 24, 7pm-midnight
119 Boulevard Pereire, 75017 Paris PARIS
Kay Bourgine quartet – Thanksgiving Dinner : Concert & Potluck
Thurs. Nov. 24, 9pm
Café Universel, 267 rue St. Jacques 75005 Paris
American Club of Lyon – Thanksgiving Dinner
Sat. Nov. 26, 6:30pm
L’Espace Brasserie, 26, Place Bellecour – 69002 Lyon
Marseille and Aix-en-Provence
France-Etats Unis Marseille
Fri. Nov. 25, 7:30pm
Yachting Club Pointe Rouge (info on website above)
Anglo-American Group of Provence
Sun. Nov. 27, 4pm
(contact for details)
France-Etats Unis Grenoble
Sun. Nov. 27, 1-5pm at L’ATRIUM
1 ter rue de Moulin, Le Fontanil
(info and RSVP info on their site under “Calendar”)
33 rue d’Alembert 38000 Grenoble
(not sure but they usually organize a dinner)
France-Etats Unis Tours
Sat. Dec. 3, 7:30pm
France-Etats Unis Nantes
Thurs. Nov. 24, 7:30pm
« Le Hublot » 3 Rue Albert Londres – 44000 Nantes
Americans in Toulouse
members only, but contact for information
Americans in Alsace
They hosted an event last year, contact them
American Club of Lille
They hosted an event last year, contact them
Association Bordeaux-USA – Traditional THANKSGIVING DINNER
Thurs. Nov. 24, 7pm
38 Allees d’Orleans, (Place des Quinconces) 33000 Bordeaux
The American Club Riviera
Thurs. Nov. 24, 7pm
7 Avenue Gustav V, 06000 Nice
Thurs. Nov. 24, 7:45pm
7, quai Chateaubriand – BP 90446 – 35104 – Rennes
France-Etats Unis Caen
Thurs. Nov. 24, 8pm
Restaurant Inter Administratif – 6, boulevard Aristide Briand – Caen
France-Etats Unis Biarritz
Sat. Nov. 26, 8pm
Hôtel du Palais
France’s strong tradition of research and innovation, as well as growing FDI and domestic investment in pharma, nanotechnology, cleantech, biotech, and other innovative sectors seem to be gaining worldwide recognition.
In the latest rankings of Innovation Cities released by the company 2thinknow, the United States has 23 cities in the Top 100, Germany has 16 and France has 9, making it third among countries in the poll. One of my favorite cities, Lyon, even makes it in the Global Top 10. Congrats to Lyon! The following French cities are in the Top 100:
After the Top 100 but within the overall ranking of 331 benchmark cities, France has several other cities featured within Europe: Nice, Lille, Cannes, Rennes. Although I’m personally surprised that Grenoble, a city known for its research and nanotechnology, is nowhere to be found…
The American Clubs has an extensive list of expat networking events across the country. You can check out the latest listing here. You can sign up for the newsletter on the website. Happy Networking!
Events in the following cities:
PARIS, AIX-EN-PROVENCE, ANGERS – SAUMUR, BIARRITZ, BORDEAUX, CAEN, CANNES /NICE, CHANTILLY, CHARTRES, CLERMONT – FERRAND, DUNKERQUE, GRENOBLE, LATTES, LILLE, LYON, MARSEILLE, MONTPELLIER, NANTES, NARBONNE, ORLEANS, SETE, TOULOUSE, TOURS
As you know, I write for Bonjour Paris, and this week I have an article covering many subjects. You can read it here.
Thanksgiving this year falls on Thursday Nov. 25. This is one of the most important American traditional holidays and being abroad can make one miss home being with family and friends. (French explanation here by US Embassy Paris, Thanksgiving guide by Lyon à la carte.)
Luckily there are many communities of expats in France and Thanksgiving festivities all over the country from Biarritz to Paris, even in Monte Carlo (Monaco). Here is a list below, non-exhaustive of course, as there could be events of which I’m not aware (especially in other cities). If this is the case, please feel free to list events as “comments”.
Many of these require reservations in advance and spots are limited, so get on it! Not all fall on Thanksgiving, they range from Nov. 17 to Nov. 28. Also, price ranges vary, anywhere from 20 to 80 euros a person usually. Parents with children ages 3-5, you may be interested by American Library in Paris having a story hour on Nov. 24.
cheers, and Happy “jour de dinde” (Turkey Day) en avance!
Nov. 17: France-Etats Unis Paris (with talk on JFK)
Nov. 23: France Amériques
Nov. 24: American University Clubs of France
Nov. 25: Breakfast in America diner
Nov. 25: Katz’s American Diner, firstname.lastname@example.org, their menu, their flyer
Nov. 25: AmCham France (American Chamber of Commerce)
Nov. 25, 26, 27: Le Saint-Martin
Harry’s Bar (not sure for 2010, contact them).
American Club of Paris (not sure, contact them)
Nov. 21: American Club of Lille
Association Bordeaux-USA (not sure for this year, contact them)
Nov. 28: Americans in Alsace (looks like members only, contact through site)
Nov. 28: France-Etats Unis Nantes
MONTE CARLO (MONACO)
Nov. 25: Stars ‘N’ Bars
Nov. 25: France-Etats Unis Caen
Nov. 26: France-Etats Unis Biarritz (soirée gala, Thanksgiving dinner)
A Facebook group has organized what it hopes to be the biggest apéro (apéritif) in France with more than 50,000 people expected….but authorities are concerned that it could get out of hand, as it is planned for on the Champ-de-Mars and a similar event in Nantes (with 9,000 participants) witnessed the death of a young man. Parts of article below in French:
La perspective d’un apéro géant au Champ-de-Mars inquiète les élus parisiens
AFP/Le Point 14 mai 2010
“Le maire de Paris et les responsables UMP de la capitale se sont prononcés vendredi contre l’organisation via Facebook d’un “apéro géant” baptisé “Record du plus grand apéro de France à Paris” le 23 mai au Champ-de-Mars (VIIe arr.). Ils se sont déclarés solidaires des initiatives de la préfecture de police (PP) qui a ouvert le 6 mai son propre compte Facebook pour mettre en garde contre “les risques graves liés à la gestion de foule”, susceptible de réunir plus de 50.000 personnes.
Après le décès à Nantes d’un homme de 21 ans lors de l’une de ces manifestations la préfecture a de nouveau mis en garde sur Facebook les organisateurs et les personnes relayant l’”apéro géant” du Champ-de-Mars sur les “risques graves” d’un rassemblement non “organisé et encadré”. Dans deux messages distincts, la PP “souhaite attirer” leur “attention sur les risques graves pour la sécurité des participants que ferait courir un grand rassemblement de personnes s’il n’était pas organisé et encadré par ses promoteurs tant sur le plan de la sécurité civile et sanitaire que sur celui de la gestion du public”. “La consommation d’alcool est strictement interdite sur le Champ-de-Mars” et nul “ne pourrait apporter sur le site des boissons alcoolisées sans commettre une infraction”, ajoute-t-elle.
Une semaine après le lancement des “invitations” pour le 23 mai, l’incident mortel de Nantes “confirme les risques de grave dérapage que présente ce type de rassemblements dont l’objectif affiché est d’inviter le maximum de gens à consommer le maximum d’alcool dans des lieux publics où la sécurité et la protection sanitaire des personnes peuvent être difficilement assurées”, a déclaré le maire de Paris Bertrand Delanoë (PS)…”
From Expatica.com below, but you can follow news in French here on Figaro.
A political row over the case of a French woman fined for driving in an Islamic veil gathered pace Sunday as a leading Muslim scholar and a French far-right leader both weighed in.
With the government planning to ban the full Islamic veil in public, the fining of the French woman in Nantes took a political turn when a minister threatened to punish her Muslim husband for offences including polygamy.
The woman has challenged the fine as a breach of her human rights.
Tariq Ramadan, a professor of Islamic studies at Oxford University, said that the move by French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux to punish the woman’s husband “betrays the values of France”.
“To be polygamous is illegal… that is the law that says that. But since when has a minister been able to say that they will take away his nationality?” Ramadan told around 1,000 people at a conference the Arrhama mosque in Nantes.
Hortefeux had written to Immigration Minister Eric Besson asking him to look into allegations the woman’s husband may belong to a radical group and may be a polygamist with four wives and 12 children and guilty of welfare fraud. He said the man could be stripped of his French nationality if they proved true.
Swiss-born Ramadan, who had a Bush-era visa ban lifted by the United States earlier this year, hailed the Muslim community of Nantes for refusing to react to “provocation” over the issue.
Mourad Sandi, an official at the Arrhama mosque, said the affair had been given too much attention in the media. “I am not sure the subject merits our discussing it, we do not want to add fuel to the fire,” he said.
But the collective of Nantes mosques said in a statement that they were “worried by this systematic stigmatisation which goes against the values of the Republic”.
The association “considers that the stopping of a driver is a judicial procedure and is angry at how such an event has been turned into being all about Islam.”
Meanwhile French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen told local media it was “scandalous” that the man’s alleged wives were receiving family benefits and said the potential stripping of the man’s French citizenship was “normal”…