My very favorite regional event has just announced this year’s program. Les Etoiles de Mougins is a yearly gathering in Mougins of the hottest local and international chefs prepared to display, explain and demonstrate their latest concoctions. Roger Verger formerly of Le Moulin de Mougins, David Faure of Aphrodite and René Redzepi of Noma in Denmark are just a few of the past guests of the festival. What I like is that you actually get to taste their treats and get the recipes after you watch the chefs in action. This year’s festival will take place from September 10 to 12 and the theme will be Women Chefs. It’s about time! Anne Sophie Pic of the celebrated Maison Pic in Valence will headline the event. Other chefs include Sophie Bise, Rougui Dia, Fatema Hal, Flora Mikula, Laurence Salomon, Josy Bandecchi, Hermance Carro and Fanny Rey. An admission fee gives you access to the seven demonstration tents but there are large areas of the festival grounds that are open to the public. Tastings of regional products, wines and culinary specialties are available to everyone. For more information, see the Les Etoiles de Mougins website or see more about Mougins. See the French Riviera Calendar of Events … Continue reading →
It’s the 50th anniversary of the Jazz a Juan jazz festival in Juan-les-Pins and the planned program is outstanding, much better than last year. Running from July 14 to July 25, the festival includes major international jazz stars. Check this out: Wednesday July 14 NJO Nice Jazz Orchestra Thursday July 15 George Benson, David Sanborn Friday July 16 Spokfrevo Orquestra, Monte Alexander, Chucho Valdes and the Afro Cuban Messengers Saturday July 17 Dee Dee Bridgewater, Melody Gardot Sunday July 18 Django Reinhardt hommage Monday July 19 Paco de Lucia, Avishai Cohen Tuesday July 20 Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove Wednesday July 21 Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack Dejohnette Thursday July 22 Kyle Eastwood, Diana Krall Friday July 23 Brooklyn Funk Essentials, Maceo Parker Saturday July 24 Manu Katche, Marcus Miller Sunday July 25 Liz McComb See more about the Juan-les-Pins festival, including online booking. … Continue reading →
Hooray. Commuters can now try to resume their normal work habits. The SNCF and the unions settled the work stoppage that has been plaguing the region since December. According to the deal (and I hope it wasn’t a capitulation) the SNCF has agreed to hire five additional conductors to relieve the crushing workload on the 35-hour a week strikers. The unions wanted 20 but apparently capitulated. Now the SNCF can get back to “normal” service on the Nice-Monaco and beyond lines which usually means only a day or two of strikes each month.