American Club Brussels
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    • 13 Nov 2019
    • 11 Dec 2019
    • 2 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 (U.S. 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

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    On Wednesday November 13 from 7:00 pm till 9:00 pm, Megan RICHARDS will present for us, "TOOLS and WEAPONS” written by Brad SMITH, the Microsoft President.


    From Microsoft's president and one of the tech industry's broadest thinkers, a frank and thoughtful reckoning with how to balance enormous promise and existential risk as the digitization of everything accelerates.

    "A colorful and insightful insiders' view of how technology is both empowering and threatening us. From privacy to cyberattacks, this timely book is a useful guide for how to navigate the digital future." -Walter Isaacson

    Microsoft President Brad Smith operates by a simple core belief: When your technology changes the world, you bear a responsibility to help address the world you have helped create. This might seem uncontroversial, but it flies in the face of a tech sector long obsessed with rapid growth and sometimes on disruption as an end in itself. While sweeping digital transformation holds great promise, we have reached an inflection point. The world has turned information technology into both a powerful tool and a formidable weapon, and new approaches are needed to manage an era defined by even more powerful inventions like artificial intelligence. Companies that create technology must accept greater responsibility for the future, and governments will need to regulate technology by moving faster and catching up with the pace of innovation.

    In Tools and Weapons, Brad Smith and Carol Ann Browne bring us a captivating narrative from the cockpit of one of the world's largest and most powerful tech companies as it finds itself in the middle of some of the thorniest emerging issues of our time. These are challenges that come with no preexisting playbook, including privacy, cybercrime and cyberwar, social media, the moral conundrums of artificial intelligence, big tech's relationship to inequality, and the challenges for democracy, far and near. While in no way a self-glorifying "Microsoft memoir," the book pulls back the curtain remarkably wide onto some of the company's most crucial recent decision points as it strives to protect the hopes technology offers against the very real threats it also presents. There are huge ramifications for communities and countries, and Brad Smith provides a thoughtful and urgent contribution to that effort.



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    • 19 Nov 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • CHEZWaWa, Rue Américaine 91, 1050 Brussels

    Game Night at CHEZWaWa
    Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 7:00 p.m.


    The American Club of Brussels and our friends at CHEZWaWa invite you to join us as we revive that greatest of traditional past times, 'The Game Night'! We're going back in time to the days before the internet and bringing the board games back. Chess, Monopoly, Scrabble...Snakes & Ladders! Hell, weather permitting, we could even try some Twister for the more flexible among us.

    If you have any board games at home, please bring them along and join in the fun!

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Event details:
    Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
    Place: CHEZWaWa, Rue Américaine 91, 1050 Brussels (tel. 02.534.63.30).
    Public Transportation: Bus 54 (Trinité), bus 60 (Washington), tram 81 (Trinité).
    Price: depending on your own consumption.
    Reservations are due by Friday, 15 November
    Cancellations: If you signed up but cannot attend, please let us know. Thank you.


    • 28 Nov 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place, rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Brussels
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    Thanksgiving Dinner

    Thursday, November 28, 2019



    Brussels Mariott Hotel Grand Place
    Rue Auguste Orts 3-7
    1000 Brussels

    Come join us for one of the American Club’s most popular events: a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, consisting of roast turkey with all the trimmings, followed by an assortment of real American pies. This very American event will be held on Thanksgiving itself, i.e., on Thursday, November 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Marriott Brussels Grand Place Hotel. Whole turkeys are carved and served family style at tables for ten. It’s just like home, only better, because someone else does the cooking! The menu will be

    Apéritif

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    New England Clam Chowder

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    Turkey with stuffing
    Mashed potatoes & gravy
    Sweet potatoes
    Green beans with mushrooms
    Corn pudding
    Cranberry jelly

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    Pecan pie
    Apple pie
    Pumpkin pie

    We look forward to seeing you at one of the Club’s very best annual events!

    Event Details:
    Date:
     
    Thursday, November 28, 2019 
    Time:  7:00 p.m.
    Place:
     Marriott Brussels Grand Place Hotel, rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Brussels.
    Price: €80 (includes aperitif, one-half bottle of house wine, soft drinks and mineral water); €45 for children under 12. ACB/AWCB/CUCB members receive a discounted price of €75 for adults and €40 for children under 12.
    Public Transportation: Metro lines 3 & 4, bus 86: Bourse; buses 48 & 95: Grand-Place

    PLEASE REGISTER HERE

    • 03 Dec 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • CHEZWaWa, Rue Américaine 91, 1050 Brussels

    Game Night at CHEZWaWa
    Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 7:00 p.m.


    The American Club of Brussels and our friends at CHEZWaWa invite you to join us as we revive that greatest of traditional past times, 'The Game Night'! We're going back in time to the days before the internet and bringing the board games back. Chess, Monopoly, Scrabble...Snakes & Ladders! Hell, weather permitting, we could even try some Twister for the more flexible among us.

    If you have any board games at home, please bring them along and join in the fun!

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Event details:
    Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
    Place: CHEZWaWa, Rue Américaine 91, 1050 Brussels (tel. 02.534.63.30).
    Public Transportation: Bus 54 (Trinité), bus 60 (Washington), tram 81 (Trinité).
    Price: depending on your own consumption.
    Reservations are due by Friday, 29 November
    Cancellations: If you signed up but cannot attend, please let us know. Thank you.


    • 09 Dec 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Hard Rock Café, Grand-Place, Brussels
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    Holiday Reception
    on the Grand-Place

    Hard Rock Café
    Monday, December 9, 2018
    6:00-8:00 pm
     


    Join us on the evening of Monday, December 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for the ACB’s Holiday Reception! One of the Club’s most popular events, the reception will be held in the Gallery, a private room at the Hard Rock Café on the Grand-Place/Grote Markt. Join us for a welcome glass of cava, followed by an open bar with wine, beer, soft drinks, water and finger food (delicious mini hickory burgers, mini cheeseburgers, mini tupelo tenders and their honey mustard sauce) at one of the most beautiful buildings on the Grand-Place, complete with a fabulous view of the Christmas tree and the sound and light show.

    We look forward to seeing many of you for what promises to be a magical evening and a marvelous way to kick off the holiday season.

    Tombola prizes include a bottle of Champagne, voucher for two meals at Chez WaWa, a Gold Menu for 2 at Hard Rock Cafe (Main + dessert + a drink) and a Beer package. Many more prizes to be announced soon ! Be sure to bring your business card!

    Event Details:
    Date: Monday, December 9, 2019
    Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    Place: Hard Rock Café, Grand-Place 12A, 1000 Brussels 
    Price: €35 for ACB/AWCB/CCB members; Non-members: €40
    Public Transportation:  Buses: 38, 63, 65, 71, 86: Gare Centrale/Centraal Station; Buses 48 & 95: Grand Place/Grote Markt; Metro lines 1 & 5: Gare Centrale/Centraal Station.
    Sign up: Reservations are due by Thursday, December 5
    PLEASE REGISTER HERE

    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Holiday Reception 2019” in the reference section of the bank transfer. 
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Thursday, December 2. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

    • 10 Dec 2019
    • 5:30 PM
    • Quaker House Brussels, Square Ambiorix 50, 1000 Brussels
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    French-Spanish-English Conversation Tables
    at Quaker House Brussels
    Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 5.30p.m.-7:30 p.m.

    Hello language learners! Join us for open conversation tables hosted by ACB member and Duolingo Global Ambassador Daniel Flynn at the Quaker House Brussels to practice your spoken French, Spanish or English, and meet your local community. Events are suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced/fluent. The group is open to adults 21 and over.

    Please note that this is a free event. However, you must reserve your spot by noon on December 9.

    Event Details:
    Date:
     Tuesday, December 10, 2019
    Time:  5:30 -  7:30 pm.
    Place:
     Quaker House Brussels, Square Ambiorix 50, 1000 Brussels
    Public Transportation:  Buses 36, 60, 63, and 64: Ambiorix; Metro lines 1 & 5: Schuman.

    • 14 Dec 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • location in the area of the Grand Place to be provided when you register
    • 12
    Register

     Christmas Special -

    Taste Exceptional Artisan Chocolate

     Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m

    Do you love tasting good chocolate? How about discovering some of the world's best chocolate right in your backyard? Brussels, otherwise known as the capital of chocolate! Come taste and discover exceptional, refined artisan chocolate, and bring some home for the Christmas holidays!

    On the Cocoa Journey High-end Chocolate Degustation Tour, you'll visit only the best artisan chocolate shops, and taste exquisite mouth-watering chocolate, all the while being guided by a passionate chocolate expert. You'll learn plenty about chocolate (and ask any questions you want!) while tasting exceptional chocolate and seeing famous sights in Brussels.

    The High-end Chocolate Degustation Tour includes:

    • a 1.5 hour walking tour from the Grand Place to the Galeries Royales St Hubert and Sablon including:
    • Tour of the best artisanal chocolatiers & degustation: how to taste chocolate & understand what makes a truly gourmet chocolate (& chocolatier), as opposed to those that are famous (but mass-produced);
    • Explanation of chocolate - science, history, & also market insights if you'd like...:)

    5-star reviews on Airbnb & TripAdvisor, including:

    • With all of the chocolate shops in Brussels, Cathy helped us sort through the generic mass-produced to find the hidden gems only found here in Brussels. Cathy has a wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion for chocolate. Combine that with her easy-going and approachable nature and you have one phenomenal experience.  -- Kelly David, UT, USA
    • A unique and delicious experience. I've lived in Brussels for 7 years and eaten tons of chocolate, but this was a voyage of discovery. Cathy's knowledge and passion opened up a new way of experiencing chocolate, and the city. -- Charles, Belgium
    • Cathy was a WONDERFUL and knowledgeable tour guide with passion and energy for chocolate. She took us on a walking and tasting tour of Brussels’ best artisan chocolate shops. She gave us the stories of how the local chocolatiers got into the business and what inspires their many flavors. She also wove in local Brussels sight seeing information as we passed by the sights of this history rich town. It really was a wonderful tour and I can’t recommend it enough!!!! -- Kelly, CA, USA

    Please note that this tour is limited to 12 people, so do sign-up quickly!

    Event Details:
    Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
    Time: 11:30  a.m. – 1:00 p.m (please arrive at least 5min before the tour start time, by 11:25 a.m.)
    Place: location in the area of the Grand Place, to be provided when you register.
    Public transport: Metro lines 1 & 5: Central Station; lines 3 & 4: Bourse; Buses 48 & 95: Grand Place; Buses 38, 63, 65, 71 & 86: Central Station; Bus 27: Grand Sablon
    Price: €49 for members, €54 for non-members

    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Chocolate Tasting” in the reference section of the bank transfer. 
    Cancellations are possible until noon on 7 December. Participants cancelling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

    • 08 Feb 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • location in the area of the Grand Place to be provided when you register
    • 9
    Register

    Make Your Own Beautiful Pralines for Valentine's Day

     Saturday, February 8th, 2019 - 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m


    Ever wonder how pralines are made -- and dreamed of making your own? How about making your own delicious Belgian chocolate pralines for Valentine's Day? And where else but in Brussels, the capital of chocolate! Learn the art of making chocolate from a passionate chocolate expert, who'll lead you step-by-step in making your own irresistible chocolates. This class will be completely hands-on, deep in chocolate!   

    Sound like a dream? Come join the Cocoa Journey Belgian Chocolate Praline WorkshopThe Belgian Chocolate Praline Workshop includes:

    • a 2-hour hands-on praline making and mendiant-making workshop, where you'll learn how to temper chocolate, make your own beautiful Belgian chocolate pralines, as well as make classic mendiants - and of course bring back with you, for yourselves or as a gift! 
    • demonstration of how to make chocolate, with explanation of chocolate characteristics;
    • uncovering the secrets of the bean-to-bar chocolate process from a trained chocolate expert.

    5-star reviews on Airbnb & TripAdvisor, including:

    • I was delighted to learn how to make pralines under Cathy's guidance. Having lived more than 6 years in the capital of Belgium, it was a way for me to discover the best of Brussels in a way I hadn't before! -- Estelle, France  
    • Cathy was lovely to work with and I found the whole experience awesome. Total plus was the yummy chocolate I got to take home!! I would definitely recommend this class! So good! -- Jacinta, Australia
    • Cathy was very knowledgeable and you can tell her passion for chocolate through the way she taught. It was a great experience to learn the art and science of making chocolate (and to taste the freshly made chocolate). -- Kelly, Taiwan

    Please note that this workshop is limited to 9 people, so do sign up quickly!

    Event Details:
    Date: Saturday,February 8th, 2019
    Time: 11:30  a.m. – 1:30 p.m (please arrive at least 5min before the workshop start time, by 11:25 a.m.)
    Place: location in the area of the Grand Place, to be provided when you register.
    Public transport: Metro lines 1 & 5: Central Station; lines 3 & 4: Bourse; Buses 48 & 95: Grand Place; Buses 38, 63, 65, 71 & 86: Central Station; Bus 27: Grand Sablon
    Price: €59 for members, €64 for non-members

    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Pralines Workshop” in the reference section of the bank transfer. 
    Cancellations are possible until noon on 1 February 2020. Participants cancelling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

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