The American Friends of the Château de Compiägne

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2016 Holiday Celebration

On December 5, 2016, we gathered at the beautiful home of members Rick and Jen Gardner for our second annual Holiday Celebration. We enjoyed an evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres, French-inspired sweets, camaraderie, and a whole lot of holiday spirit.

We were able to admire the Gardners’ 7 (yes, 7!) Christmas trees, and to hear member Meg Segal share her experiences during her recent visit to the Chateau with husband Matt. She highlighted the significance of the Chateau to French history (one of only three seats of royal government, a Second Empire jewel), and to world and military history, as both having been witness to one of the seminal events of the 20th Century – the signing of the Armistice that ended WWI. And during their tour of the Chateau, they were able to see the Emperor’s Library, the restoration of which our donations are being applied. It made everyone want to book a trip soon!




Pastry Demonstration at lucettegrace

On January 30, we kicked off 2017 with French flair. Following a meetup at Sitti Restaurant, we headed a couple blocks over to lucettegrace, a contemporary patisserie in downtown Raleigh. Daniel Benjamin, Executive Chef and Owner of lucettegrace, graciously hosted the group.

Not only did we enjoy lively conversation, wine, and coffee, but we were treated to a demonstration of cognac truffle-making, followed of course by the consumption of said truffles! If you haven’t visited lucettegrace, now is the time. For more information, visit




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