Table Games: Monaco Foodie reviews Bagatelle Monte Carlo
By Louise Simpson - November 30, 2017
What’s in a name? Take bagatelle. Is it a trifle, a musical composition or a board game? The latter description sticks most. Yet even this is not without its nuances. Bagatelle is often confused with pinball, the down-at-heel arcade game where steel balls race around a glass-covered machine with flashing lights. Yet it is actually an 18th-century table game derived from billiards and named after the neoclassical French castle in which it was first played with ivory balls, wooden pins and cue sticks.
Bagatelle is also the brand name for the exclusive restaurant whose Mediterranean cuisine and live music have combined to attract a kitten-heeled following across the globe, from New York to St Tropez via Rio de Janeiro and Dubai to name but a few Bagatelle destinations. Finally its star-studded trail has reached the shores of Monaco so I decided to go along to find out what all the fanfare was about.
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[caption id="attachment_12599" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Bvlgari Models showcased a selection of jewellery[/caption]
My Yacht Group (MYG), known for throwing legendary parties in Monaco, returned to the tiny Caribbean island of St Bart’s for the second time in as many months to celebrate the holiday of love in partnership with Bvlgari, and welcomed visiting and local HNWIs guests to a special evening in two parts.
Festivities began with an intimate Perrier-Jouët champagne and canapé reception at the stunning Bvlgari store in Gustavia, where models showcased a selection of high jewellery, timepieces, and leather goods to assembled guests.
[caption id="attachment_12467" align="alignnone" width="709"] Daniela & Thierry Boutsen of Monaco's Boutsen Aviation Management[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_12468" align="alignnone" width="709"] Annabelle Frankl, Ed Heaton and Alexandra Dixon Heaton[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_12472" align="alignnone" width="709"] Bvlgari's Christian Konrad, Nicholas Frankl, Marta Reis and Pierangelo Tondina[/caption]
Immediately following, guests were invited aboard the 47m/155ft Christensen M/Y One More Toy, moored directly opposite the store, for a private dinner and after party.
In keeping with other MYG events, the charity evening raised awareness and funds for Operation Healing Forces (OHF), whose vision is for all returning Special Operations Forces to reclaim happy, productive and fulfilling lives through supporting their mental, physical and emotional healing, and provides special couples retreats, as they prepare to transition successfully into civilian life ... or to return to the fight.
[caption id="attachment_12464" align="alignnone" width="709"] Jeff Hudson (blue shirt, seated) plays the OHF presentation for guests[/caption]
Gary Markel, owner of One More Toy and President of OHF, and Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Hudson, US Army Retired, gave a moving presentation to highlight the incredible work the charity organisation has been doing for the past six years, with subsequent on board donations and pledges raising over $11,000 (€10,400) for OHF.
Luminous bottles of Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé 2007 cast a festive glow upon the proceedings, with guests also enjoying Chateau d’Esclans’ Whispering Angel, plus fine fare from local Gustavia hotspot,,25 Quarter, and generous portions of caviar from St Barth Epicurean. All guests were gifted a signature Bvlgari scented candle.
One More Toy was refitted in 2015 and sleeps 14 guests in 6 staterooms. Available for charter and sale through Mark Elliot at IYC, with preferred rates through MYG for summer charters in the Mediterranean, including during Cannes Film Festival and Monaco F1 Grand Prix.
My Yacht Group is the result of twenty years spent working in the fields of sports and entertainment sponsorship and experiential marketing, creating long-term strategic partnerships with luxury and aspirational brands that showcase their products and entertain their top clients, while mixing with a highly targeted, pre-qualified guest list at invitation-only events. Few spots remain for their Monaco F1 Grand Prix party weekend.
[caption id="attachment_12477" align="alignnone" width="709"] Orla Murphy and Denise Markel[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_12469" align="alignnone" width="709"] William Roy, Lt. Col (R) Jeff Hudson, Marta Reis and Michelle Stockdale[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_12475" align="alignnone" width="709"] Emma Lang, Gary Markel and Helen Drummond[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_12466" align="alignnone" width="709"] M/Y One More Toy[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_12474" align="alignnone" width="709"] Richard Yorke, Nicholas Frankl and William Roy[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_12473" align="alignnone" width="709"] Kevin Tedeschi and Denise Markel[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_12470" align="alignnone" width="709"] Nigel Stockdale with Gary Markel[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_12463" align="alignnone" width="709"] Guests aboard One More Toy[/caption]