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Beau-Rivage Palace Celebrates 160th Anniversary

The Beau-Rivage Palace Hotel marks its 160th anniversary with a gender revolution.

When Lausanne’s iconic Beau-Rivage Palace Hotel opened its doors on the shores of Lake Geneva in 1861, it was financed by men, managed by men, promoted by men, and staffed almost entirely by men. Women were engaged to make beds and wash dishes. 

What a difference 160 years make. In 2021, the Beau-Rivage Palace’s general manager, its resident celebrity chef, and its chief concierge are all women. And today, it is largely men who clean the hotel’s guest rooms, schlepp the luggage and park the cars.


The site of many milestone moments in history, it was the Beau-Rivage Palace’s Jacques Tschumi who, in 1893, opened the Lausanne Hotel School in order to train his hotel staff. Now, 128 years later, the École Hôtelière de Lausanne continues to be regarded as the best hospitality school in the world, and many of its students still undergo on-the-job training at the Beau-Rivage Palace. The hotel’s Cinq Mondes spa was totally refurbished in 2020, ready to underscore the hotel’s growing devotion to wellness.

Host to celebrities from Charlie Chaplin and Coco Chanel to Matt Dillon and Christopher Walken, not to mention Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and U.S. presidents, the hotel was and is host to world-changing events as well. Highlights of its history include:

  • 1912 – Signing of the First Treaty of Lausanne (or Treaty of Ouchy) at the Beau-Rivage Palace, ending the Italian-Turkish War
  • 1923 – Hosting of the conference of the Treaty of Lausanne that draws the borders of present-day Turkey
  • 1945 – Coco Chanel lived at the Beau-Rivage Palace from 1945 to 1954 and is buried in Lausanne
  • 1968 – Albert Cohen publishes his novel Belle du Seigneur, inspired by the romantic atmosphere of the Beau-Rivage Palace
  • 2009 – Anne-Sophie Pic, the world’s most celebrated female chef, opens her eponymous restaurant at the Beau-Rivage Palace. In October, Michelin awards the restaurant two coveted stars 
  • 2015 – Nathalie Seiler-Hayez appointed general manager of the Beau-Rivage Palace
  • 2015 – The months’-long negotiations at the Beau-Rivage Palace conclude with the Iran Nuclear Treaty. 


The celebratory year will feature an array of special events and offerings focusing on wellness and healthy living, including:

On August 27, the now traditional Anne-Sophie Pic Market will offer the opportunity to discover local delights produced by the chef’s partners. A special highlight will be the signing of Michael Berthoud’s book on wild harvesting – Anne-Sophie Pic wrote the preface in homage to their friendship. An “eat and be fit” section will also be presented in collaboration with Jérémy Peltier to respond to the growing demand for health preservation through food, a subject dear to Anne-Sophie Pic’s heart. 

From September 1, the Absolute Infusion Menu will be featured at the Beau-Rivage Palace’s Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant. An exclusive alcohol-free food and drink pairing offers an unprecedented new culinary experience.  

Finally, on November 24th, Anne-Sophie Pic and team will present “1861,” an extraordinary three-course gala menu reinterpreting the dishes served at the Beau-Rivage Palace’s very first dinner, 160 years ago.


The Beau-Rivage Palace is situated on ten acres of private gardens, adjacent to Lake Geneva with spectacular views of the Swiss Alps. The property’s two Michelin starred restaurant, Anne-Sophie Pic at the Beau-Rivage Palace, features France’s only female chef with three Michelin stars. Other amenities include two bars and terraces, two tennis courts and a special program for children.

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It was an incredible evening last night in the UK as the Michelin Great Britain and Ireland 2021 restaurant recipients was announced. No less than 23 restaurants were awarded the new Michelin green star for sustainability. Additionally, 17 new one-star restaurants, 3 new two-star restaurants, and 2 new three-star restaurants were awarded –bringing the total number of Michelin recognized restaurants within the UK to 185. This has been a devastating year for hospitality in the British Isles, so these announcements were not only very welcome, but saw some very emotional responses from everyone involved.

For us here at Lotus London, we are delighted to announce that the incredible Hélène Darroze was awarded 3 stars for her restaurant in Mayfair, Hélène Darroze at The Connaught–just one week after her restaurant in Paris, Marsan par Hélène Darroze, was awarded 2 stars by the Michelin Guide France. Also, the truly magnificent Andrew Wong was awarded a second star for his restaurant in Pimlico, A.Wong. Chinese restaurants have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, and this is the first time Michelin has recognized Chinese food at this level outside of Asia, so it was cause for a double celebration for the UK.


2021 is already proving an exceptional vintage for Hélène Darroze. After receiving a second star in the Michelin Guide France last week for her restaurant “Marsan” in Paris, she has now been awarded the ultimate 3 stars in the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland for her London restaurant “Hélène Darroze at The Connaught”, within The Connaught Hotel.

In 2008, the legendary Connaught Hotel in prestigious Mayfair was searching for a French chef to run its kitchen and reconnect with the tradition of French cuisine. The Connaught Hotel turned to Hélène Darroze, who took up the challenge and responsibility. It was awarded its first Michelin star in 2009, six months after opening. A second star was awarded to the restaurant in 2011.

Speaking after the ceremony, Hélène said: “It is with immense emotion and honor that I receive this award. My first thoughts are with my teams, especially Kirk Whittle, my pastry accomplice for the last 17 years, Executive Chef Marco Zampese and Restaurant Manager Mirko Benzo, who have been working with me at The Connaught for over 8 years. My thoughts also go out to Paddy McKillen, co-owner of The Connaught, who has trusted me to take the reins of the gourmet restaurant since 2008. My appreciation particularly goes to the small suppliers who have helped us, especially the wonderful and emerging British producers, without whom good cooking would not be possible, and need support at this time. I am also particularly proud to receive this award alongside my friend, Chef Clare Smyth. Believe in your dreams – everything is possible, and stay true to your femininity!

Faithful to her philosophy both in Paris and London, Hélène Darroze creates a cuisine that gives pride to produce, whether sourced in her native Les Landes and the Basque Country regions where she grew up, or in the British Isles. This signature cuisine–inspired not just by her roots, but also her travels, the people she has met, and of course her strong link with the United Kingdom–is remarkably executed by Marco Zampese, assisted by a team of 15 people, and directed by Mirko Benzo and his collaborators in the prestigious dining, recently renovated by Pierre Yovanovitch.


Restaurant A.Wong was awarded a second Michelin star yesterday evening at the 2021 edition of the prestigious Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland, streamed live from Paris.

This marks the first time a Chinese restaurant outside Asia has been honored in this way.

Chef Patron Andrew Wong opened A.Wong with his wife Nathalie and Restaurant Director, Chinobek in 2012. Showcasing the rich diversity of China’s food culture and its 14 international borders, the restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star in 2017.

Based on an intuitive expression of tradition, authenticity, and craft, Andrew garners inspiration from the work of past ancestors and present masters with equal respect. He celebrates their truest form with a fresh perspective and subtle innovation.

Andrew commented, “We are beyond delighted to have been recognized by Michelin with a second star. We have an incredible team who have supported us every day and been such an integral part of this journey. Like so many restaurants, this has been a hard and challenging year, and we’re all just looking forward to celebrating-virtually-and hopefully in person in the not-too-distant future!

Farmhouse Inn Receives its 13th Michelin Star

The Michelin Guide announced, this week, the list of restaurants receiving stars for 2019.  And the Farmhouse team was proud and honored to remain among that elite list for the 13thconsecutive year.  Says Executive Chef, Steve Litke, “to be one of only 90 restaurants to receive one or more stars, out of 657 that are recommended in the state of California makes me so incredibly proud of my entire team.  Every year that we receive our star is just as exciting and nail-biting as it was the very first year”.

For anyone new to the system, one star means “high-quality cooking, worth a stop,” two stars equals “excellent cooking, worth a detour” and three stars means a restaurant has “exceptional cuisine and is worth a special journey.”

When Farmhouse owners, Catherine and Joe Bartolomei, conceived the idea of a European- style hotel and world-class restaurant nineteen years ago, it was with the hope that they would achieve one star status.  “One star is a perfect spot for us.  We are approachable and have flexibility in our offerings, but it recognizes the level of talent that we have in the kitchen.  Our team is second to none.  And the fact that our Chef has been with us for our entire nineteen years, and is like family, makes it all the sweeter.  Congratulations to our entire restaurant team!”

KQED  has compiled a list of this year’s winners.

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About Farmhouse Inn, Restaurant and Spa

Situated on a serene ten-acre wooded property in Sonoma County’s world-famous Russian River Valley region, Farmhouse Inn combines the hospitality of a family-owned country inn and the amenities of a Four-Diamond luxury boutique hotel to create a casually elegant wine country escape. A charming and romantic property in the emerging and popular destination of the Russian River Valley, Farmhouse Inn celebrates the spirit of wine country by providing guests with an insider’s experience of Sonoma County. The Inn boasts a Michelin- starred restaurant, a full-service farm-to-table spa managed by Francis & Alexander, and picturesque gardens throughout the property. All of Farmhouse Inn’s 25 rooms—including seventeen Barn rooms and suites, eight cottage rooms and suites and two upstairs guest rooms in the original farmhouse—offer relaxing, scenic views with an unparalleled luxury experience.

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Culinary Highlights SouthWest Germany

Culinary prowess abounds in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, known as SouthWest Germany. No less than 85 Michelin stars shine over this beautiful area that is dotted with fine restaurants, sustainable farming, traditional foods and timeless recipes adapted and changed to fit modern lifestyles and tastes. Two wine regions, world class Schnapps and delicious beer brewed through the centuries enhance your food experience. The state’s palaces, monasteries and fortresses are full of stories about dining and enjoyment, from the Romans to the stately castle kitchens. Small and large restaurants in urban contexts and village settings also offer memorable meals based on traditional recipes, local products and lots of creativity and training. From the village of Baiersbronn, Germany’s culinary epicenter with eight Michelin stars to the wine hotels in the Rebland outside of Baden-Baden and the castle restaurant in Heidelberg, visitors will be delighted by the quality of their meals and the beauty of the table settings and the professional service. Stuttgart will be celebrating 200 years of the Cannstatter Was’n beer festival this year and this capital of SouthWest Germany is pulling out all the stops for its visitors for the historical festival in the town square. Not to be outdone, Schwetzingen is in the midst of its celebration of 350 years of growing the royal vegetable, white asparagus, that once adorned the plates of only the kings and queens but now is a favorite with everyone.

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Beer Here, Beer There! Beer Everywhere in Stuttgart! 200 Years of the Cannstatter Was’n Beer Festival

The first beer festival on the Cannstatter Wasen was held 200 years ago and this year they are celebrating with special festivities on the Palace Square from September 26 to October 3 with the beer festival extending to October 14. Originally the idea of King Wilhelm I of Württemberg and his consort, Queen Katharina, it began as a combination of a festival for the general public and an agricultural fair, and it was intended to aid the recovery of Württemberg’s battered economy in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars. Last year more than four million people from all corners of the globe visited the “Wasen.” The original harvest festival has developed into a popular public celebration. This year Stuttgart will celebrate a double jubilee with the “Historical Festival 2018”: 200 years of the Stuttgart Beer Festival and 100 years of the Agricultural Show (September 29 – October 7) on the Cannstatter Wasen.

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Forty-Three Types of Beer, Four Historic Breweries and an 8.6 mile Beer Trail

Probably nowhere else in the world does a town have four historic, independent and family-owned breweries and offer 43 different types of beer on tap . The tiny town of Ehingen with 26,500 inhabitants is a beer lover’s destination but also a place that has old-fashioned charm and top biking and hiking paths to complement the delicious brews.  From July 7 to 9, the town pours out to celebrate St. Ulrich, its patron saint, and wooden barrels are all the rage. Nestled in the southeast of SouthWest Germany, the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, the tiny town of Ehingen has a lot to tap!  Four historic breweries produce 43 different beers and have excellent traditional menus. Ehingen’s motto for itself as a “beer culture city,” has been awarded for the various beer experiences including a brewery tour, the effervescent seminar and the beer hiking trail to the BierKulturHotel, exhibitions and lectures to name just a few. With the free Ehingen app, you can participate in the theme city tour “beer culture city” on your smartphone or tablet: 365 days a year – 24 hours a day.

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Heidelberg is a Fun Loving, Café Hopping, Beer Brewing Town with Centuries of Charm and a University Atmosphere

For centuries, Heidelberg has been home to one of the world’s top universities, intellectual debate and science. The university continues to hold this elevated status today with students and professors from around the world coming to study there. Many people, students included, relish Heidelberg for its cafes, breweries, restaurants, student pubs and confectionaries.  Café Knösel, for example, is the oldest café in Heidelberg, where in 1863 the “chocolate student kiss” was invented. It has a cosy coffee house atmosphere in a traditional ambience. Also right in the heart of the old town, between “Heiliggeistkirche” and the “Alte Brücke,” lies Vetter’s Brauhaus. The inn brewery is an institution in Heidelberg where you can find fresh, home made beer white sausage and oven-fresh pretzels. Traditional student pubs, such as the Red Ox, right off the main square, are a must visit not only for the beer but also the food and convivial atmosphere with a piano player singing old student songs. Taking the funicular up to the castle, or even the steps will reward you with the possibility of eating at the elegant Michelin-starred restaurant,”Scharffs Schlossweinstube,” in Heidelberg Castle overlooking the old town and the river. Culinary tours through Heidelberg are bookable on the website.

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Eat Your Heart Out in Schwetzingen and Follow the White Asparagus Trail

The royal vegetable, first grown in the Schwetzingen castle garden in the middle of the 17th century and once reserved for the Electoral table only, is now available fresh from the field every day at the asparagus market or from the backyards of villagers in Schwetzingen’s old town. This world famous white asparagus season happens in April and May every year and the special types of asparagus shopped for by the Michelin chefs come from the town of Schwetzingen where they were first grown 350 years ago at the palace. Schwetzingen Palace is famous for the beauty and harmony of its gardens. Remarkably, the original design, in all its diversity, survives to this day. It is highly recommended to reserve for an asparagus dinner at the palace restaurant where you can really dine like a king and queen and receive a royal welcome. Schwetzingen serves as a perfect base also to visit neighboring palaces and villages along the asparagus trail.

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Baiersbronn: A Culinary Pilgrimage Worth Making in the Heart of the Black Forest

Surrounded by lush green forests, Baiersbronn is a culinary pilgrimage worth taking. Although the town has only 14,500 residents, three five-star hotel restaurants hold an inspiring eight Michelin stars. The star chefs are not only known for the quality of their food but also for the charming and elegant atmosphere in which they present their masterpieces. This town does not pride itself only on its luxury offers and there is more than meets the eye in Baiersbronn. An impeccable combination of startlingly beautiful nature and delicious gourmet food everywhere from restaurants and inns and to picnic baskets filled with “Baiersbronn Treasures” creates a comprehensive travel and culinary experience for visitors. Also, nearby, in the Murg valley, the Eberstein Castle is flourishing after being renovated by the Overlack family in 2005. The Castle’s main restaurant holds its own Michelin star. The Eberstein Winery’s vineyards have been replanted and produce the highest quality wines. It is a fairy tale experience and the castle offers 14 rooms and suites.

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