VIN CHAUDE, TINSEL AND STEAK: Bordeaux - Wednesday, 7th DECEMBER 2016 at 19:00


 

BORDEAUX CHRISTMAS MARKET AND DINNER

 

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Join in the festive spirit and come along with us for a visit to Bordeaux’s Christmas market on Wednesday 7th December followed by dinner at “L’Entrecote” and enjoy one of their delicious steaks and, if you have room, an appetising dessert.

We hope that you will join us and have a wander around the Christmas market, packed with stalls full of interesting items and indulge in a little Christmas shopping or, maybe just to enjoy a glass or three of vin chaude and chat with friends!


entrecoteDinner

Following our visit to the market we have arranged to eat dinner at the ever popular restaurant L‘Entrecote’ to enjoy a steak smothered in their famous secret sauce.

The price is 19 euros for steak, frites and salad. Desserts are 5,50 to 6 euros; house wine red or rose 16 euros per bottle and coffee is 1,60 euro. The steak here is very good and never disappoints.


Location and Times

The Christmas Market is situated in Allee Des Tourney (opposite the Grand Theatre) and we meet at 7pm by the children’s carousel ride situated at the entrance to the of market at the Opera end of Allee Des Tourney. followed by dinner at 8.30pm.


Booking

If you would like to join us please book online or contact either Norma B or Colette.  Closing date is Sunday 4th December.

When using the online booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation.

 


 

Burns Night at Cenon: Saturday 28th January 2017


burnsnightBurns’ Night, commemorating the great Scottish poet Robert Burns, is traditionally one of the BBC’s more popular events.

Many members will recall past Scottish celebrations in the splendid chateau home of two of our members in Cenon. We are delighted and most grateful that they have offered this venue again for 2017.

A maximum of 28 people can be accommodated for a sit-down dinner, so it will be a case of ‘first come first served’!

The price is 20€ per person which will include a traditional menu of smoked salmon, haggis, neeps and tatties, and trifles.  Coffee, wine and whisky will also be included in this price.  Entertainment will include some Burns’ recitation and of course, the traditional ‘Address to the Haggis’!


Booking

This event is always very popular and demand is always greater than the number of places available.  If you would like to attend, then please contact Brian M or complete the online booking form as soon as possible.

Payment in advance is required for this event so please send your cheque for 20€ per person direct to Brian M.

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation


Comments from previous years
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“It was a sell out! The full capacity of 28 members booked. Guests commenced the evening with a rather potent Scottish Sparkle, skilfully prepared and ladled out by John. There was a healthy display of tartan evident, together with knobbly knees displayed by the kilt wearing Scotsmen!”

“We were treated to animated singing led by Kit of ‘Comin’ thro’ the rye’ accompanied – as has become the custom at our Celtic events – by Jack, duly dressed in fine regalia. He then lead the magnificent procession, with several circuits, piping in the Haggis. The strident bagpipes were momentarily silenced when the key pipe came adrift, causing some amusement, but not detracting from the spectacle of Eileen proudly bearing the Haggis! Chris then treated us to an ‘Address to the Haggis’ before brutally stabbing it!”

”   …….. then to the serious part – eating the haggis and it was agreed by many to be the best ever ! It was of course accompanied by the traditional, neeps and tatties (mashed potatoes). Less obvious was that the excellent whisky, served to all, was to be partially poured on the haggis (like gravy).”

” ……….. a toast to the ‘Lassies’ to which Eileen responded in song ! Then to the plentiful and rich Trifles ……”

” ….. and we concluded with coffee and excellent Shortbread. The pipes were exercised his again to accompany us singing ‘Flower of Scotland’, and finally ‘Auld Lang Syne’ (perhaps Robbie Burns’ most famous rendering)”


Curry Evening: Saturday 12th November - Soulac-sur-Mer


unspecifiedJohn and Chris E. are organising a curry evening in response to popular demand and also as a fund raiser for a junior school education project.

The school is situated in Varkala, Kerala on India’s south west coast and is managed by the local Temple.

The project is being undertaken by a voluntary organisation and depends on contributions and donations to supplement the limited financial support it receives from the State.

Chris and John have a close association with the school as they were befriended by the parents of four girls who are pupils there.

The profits from the curry evening will go to support the work of the school during the next academic year.


* Booking

curryThe maximum number of guests is 24, so please do book early to avoid disappointment! The price of the meal will be 20€ per person, to include drinks and there is also the possibility of overnight accommodation being available.

Please book direct for the meal and/or accommodation direct with Chris E or book online before 1st October.

Payment for the meal is needed in advance. Please send your cheque for 20€ per person, payable to BBC for the total amount, direct to Chris E.

When using the online booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation


Thanksgiving


Celebrate Thanksgiving with the Bordeaux-USA Association
Thursday 24th November at 19:00

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For full details and booking information, please go to the event details on the Bordeaux-USA website here


 

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration : Martignas : Saturday 19th March

Four Leaf CloverFollowing on from January’s Burns’ Night, Eileen and John have kindly offered their house in Martignas for our other Celtic celebration!

This will commence at 7.30, wear something green if you wish, and bring a plate of finger food to share – and a well tuned singing voice! Please also bring disposable plates and cutlery if needed !

An aperitif, wine and water will be provided but a charge of 5€ per head will be needed to cover costs.

Numbers will be limited to 30 – earliest booking is recommended !

Please book asap on-line or direct with Sarah P.  If you can contribute ’Irish’ ideas or even perform anything Irish please also contact Sarah.


Booking

Please complete the online registration form or book direct with Sarah and say what finger food you propose bringing.  (Sarah’s contact details are in the membership directory here

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation.

Burns Night: Saturday 30th January 7.30 for 8pm

burnsnightThe BBC will again be celebrating the work of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns in the traditional way. This year we are returning to the ‘vaulted wooden hall’ in Martingas that is the house of one of our members.

The formula, however, remains the same with a traditional menu of smoked salmon, haggis, neeps, tatties and trifles with wine and whisky at the inclusive price of 20€ per head.

Entertainment will include the pipes, some Burns’ recitation and the traditional ‘Address to the Haggis’.  Space limitations for a sit down dinner mean that only 28 people can be accommodated.

This event was overbooked last year so if you would like to join us please contact John or complete the online booking form as soon as possible.


Comments from previous years
normal_burns-night

“It was a sell out! The full capacity of 28 members booked. Guests commenced the evening with a rather potent Scottish Sparkle, skilfully prepared and ladled out by John. There was a healthy display of tartan evident, together with knobbly knees displayed by the kilt wearing Scotsmen!”

“We were treated to animated singing led by Kit of ‘Comin’ thro’ the rye’ accompanied – as has become the custom at our Celtic events – by Jack, duly dressed in fine regalia. He then lead the magnificent procession, with several circuits, piping in the Haggis. The strident bagpipes were momentarily silenced when the key pipe came adrift, causing some amusement, but not detracting from the spectacle of Eileen proudly bearing the Haggis! Chris then treated us to an ‘Address to the Haggis’ before brutally stabbing it!”

”   …….. then to the serious part – eating the haggis and it was agreed by many to be the best ever ! It was of course accompanied by the traditional, neeps and tatties (mashed potatoes). Less obvious was that the excellent whisky, served to all, was to be partially poured on the haggis (like gravy).”

” ……….. a toast to the ‘Lassies’ to which Eileen responded in song ! Then to the plentiful and rich Trifles ……”

” ….. and we concluded with coffee and excellent Shortbread. The pipes were exercised his again to accompany us singing ‘Flower of Scotland’, and finally ‘Auld Lang Syne’ (perhaps Robbie Burns’ most famous rendering)”


Grand Christmas Party and Dinner - Friday 11th December 2015 at 7pm


Sold Out and a great time was enjoyed by all concerned!!


Update: Renee, Edith, Herr Flick, Helga and their friends have joined our association and booked their tickets.  Also, we hear that Capt. Bertorelli just cannot wait to meet the ‘Bay Bay Cay laydees’!

xmas-partyThis year following Members preferences from the membership survey, we are returning to the stunning Château La Chèze in Floirac for our annual Christmas Party and Dinner.  As requested, we have also suggested some lower cost hotel and transport options below.

The price is pegged at the same as last year, 45€ for members and 50€ for member’s guests.

The evening will commence at 7 pm with an apéro – an opportunity to meet up with friends and to welcome new members.

Dinner will be our special Christmas menu with a selection of wines.

After dinner, there is the option to while/wile away the evening, relaxing, chatting and maybe enjoying a drink or two from the free fully stocked bar.  At the other end of the room our resident DJ Gary Brooks has a wide range of different music to take us from the 1950’s to the present. All those memories will come flooding back!  The energetic can enjoy a boogie; maybe a smooch or two for the romantically inclined and we may be sure that some of the old faithfuls (music that is!) will make an appearance. Last year we all ran out of steam at 1:30am! (This year some ran out of steam at 04:00!!)

In summary, very much an evening to suit everyone.  To enjoy good food and wine. To be calm or to be energetic. The choice is yours. Oh ……. and also to enjoy great company in a beautiful environment!


* Venue

Château La Chèze – 27 Avenue Pierre Semirot, 33270 FLOIRAC.  The château was built in the late 19th century on the grounds of a former small fortified castle by a wealthy market gardener. The art nouveau style mansion has been modernized to high standards whilst retaining many of the original charming features. The staff are helpful, friendly and created and gave us a great ambiance for us last year.


* Menu
 menu

Please let us know your choice of menu by 1st December at the latest.

  • Apéro :
    • Kir and ‘amuse bouches’
  • Entrée:
    • Foie Gras mi-cuit aux tourchon et aux cranberries
    • OR Maki de Saumon a la creme fromages aux herbes et son mesclun
  • Main:
    • Ballotine de Volaille Forestiere deglace aux cognac, Puree de Patates Douces et Polee de Marrons
    • OR Dos de Lieu Noir aux Fruits de Mer, Mouseeeline de Panais aux Eclats de Marron
  • Desert:
    • Declanisation Autour de l’Annanas (mousse a l’annas, tartare d’ananas roti au miel, panaccotta l’ananas)
    • OR Assiette Gourmande de Noel (4 selections and cafe noir)
  • Coffee

* Overnight Accommodation and Transport Options
  • Château La Chèze – 27 Avenue Pierre Semirot, 33270 FLOIRAC
    • A special overnight rate of 85€ has been negotiated for a double room and breakfast.
    • Only available if booked direct with Carine Bismuth at the château with reference to the special price for the ‘Bordeaux British Community’ otherwise you will not receive the reduced rate
    • The château has 14 rooms but many have already been booked by members for the party

There are a number of local hotels available nearby.  Some of these hotels are listed below. The room rates are for a double room for the night of 11th December.  The prices will increase as we get closer to Christmas, so book early!

  • Hôtel Formule Club – 5 Rue Condorcet, 33150 CENON
    • 2.3 km by car from Château La Chèze
    • If there is sufficient demand we will investigate the possibility of hiring a minibus to take members from the Hôtel Formule Club in Cenon to the château and return at the end of the evening.
      • The cost would be divided between the participating passengers and payable in advance.
      • Please indicate your interest on the ‘transport section‘ of your event booking form here below as soon as possible so that we may go ahead and investigate the possibilities if there are sufficient numbers.
    • Eight different styles of room quoted at 43€, 46€, 50€, 55€, 57€ etc for 11th December.  Website here
    • Several of our members have stayed at this hotel and reported good value for money.
  • Hôtel Altica – rue de la Gabarre, 33270 FLOIRAC
    • 3.4 kms by car from Château La Chèze
    • 05 57 97 70 70 or website and book on-line here
    • 42 quoted for a double room for the 11th December
  • Hôtel F1 – 50rueEmileHenriot, QuaidelaSouys, 33100 BORDEAUX-BASTIDE
    • 2.8 km by car from Château La Chèze
    • 0891 70 51 93 
    • 30,60€ quoted for a double room for 11th December or 34€ with easy cancellation
  • Hôtel Kyriad – 1 Avenue de Paris 33310 LORMONT
    • 4 km by car from Château La Chèze
    • 0892 23 48 13 or website and on-line reservation here
    • 48€ for two for 11 December or 68€ with cancellation option

* Transport Options

taxi_m23Minibus – If there is sufficient demand we will investigate the possibility of hiring a minibus to take members from the Hôtel Formule Club in Cenon to the château and return at the end of the evening. (see above)

Taxis – Recommend that you book your taxi in advance rather than waiting until you need it. When booking your taxi, please make sure that you have the château address to hand which is: Château La Chèze, 27 Avenue Pierre Semirot, 33270 FLOIRAC

  • The château reception will book your taxi but definitely do not wait until the last minute
  • 3985.fr – Dial 3985 to make a reservation (note that this is a premium line  – 1,35€ plus 0.34€ per minute)
  • Aquitaine Taxi Radio – 05 56 86 80 30  or aquitainetaxiradio@wanadoo.fr  (Located in Cenon)
  • Pages Jaune – In the first search box enter ‘taxi’ and enter ‘floirac’ or ‘cenon’ in the second box.  There are several taxis located in Cenon and Floirac

 

 

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The Classic Rock Show

classic_rock_show_2016_300If you are a fan of Led Zep, Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, Queen etc then do not miss The Classic Rock Show at the Casino, Bordeaux on Tuesday 24th November at 20:30. Full details are here

(Please book direct)

VIN CHAUD, TINSEL AND STEAK


BORDEAUX CHRISTMAS MARKET AND DINNER – Friday, 4th December 2015 at 18:45

vinchaudYes it’s that time of year again and we haven’t even finished sweeping up the autumn leaves! We start our festive season of events with a visit to Bordeaux’s Christmas market on Friday 4th December followed by dinner at “Entrecote” to enjoy a delicious steak dinner.

We hope that you will join us and have a wander around the Christmas market, packed with stalls full of interesting items or indulge in a little Christmas shopping or, maybe just to enjoy a glass or two of vin chaud and chat with friends. entrecoteAfter the market we have arranged to eat dinner at the popular restaurant ‘Entrecote’ to enjoy a steak smothered in their famous secret sauce. The price is 19 euros for steak, frites and salad. Desserts are 5,50 to 6 euros; house wine red or rose 14 euros per bottle and coffee is 1,40 euro.. The steak here is very good and never disappoints.

The market is situated in Allee Des Tourney (opposite the Grand Theatre) and we meet at the vin chaud bar which is situated at the cross roads in the centre of the market from 6.45pm, followed by dinner at 20.30pm. If you would like to join us please book online or contact either Norma B or Colette.  Closing date Tuesday 1st December 2015.


 

Map showing  our meeting place and the Entrecote Restaurant


 

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