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Escalade Dinners 2015
Escalade Dinners 2015

03.12.2015 to 12.12.2015

When: December 2015



"Ainsi périssent les ennemis de la République!"

In 2014, eleven Ecolint Alumni Escalade Dinners took place around the world, the highest total yet, with over 130 alumni attending.

These events are organised by volunteers and are generally held as close as possible to 11-12 December. The Alumni Office arranges for chocolate marmites to be shipped to each dinner so that the tradition of having the youngest and oldest person break open the marmite can be maintained.

Depending on the number of people involved and the size of the local alumni community, dinners are either held at a restaurant or other event venue (perhaps with a Swiss connection) or hosted by alumni in their own home.

If your city doesn't appear in the list below and you'd like to organise a dinner, please contact the Alumni Office as soon as possible. (


Ecolint Escalade Dinner Reports 2015


AtlantaBostonChicagoDallasDenverDetroit  • Geneva  • LondonLA  Miami • Netherlands

New York North CarolinaOsloParis • SeattleSilicon ValleySingaporeWashington



When:Thursday 10 December
Where: Sandy Springs/Dunwoody
Contact: Barbara Talbott (LGB '70)

For information get in touch with Barbara Talbott, who is hosting the dinner at her home.


When: Sunday 6 December, 4pm to 7pm
Where: Swiss Consul's Residence, Lexington MA
Contact: Lalitha (Sundaram) Ramakrishnan (LGB '71)

Dr. Felix Moesner, Swiss Consul & CEO, swissnex Boston and his wife, Makiko have graciously offered to host the event at their residence in Lexington MA.  The format this year will be a pot luck reception - while swissnex Boston will provide some food (via swissbäkers) and wine, alumni are also asked to contribute a dish or some drinks.

RSVP to lalitha[at] by 30 November.



When: Sunday 13 December @ 5pm
Where:Bistro Margot (1437 N. Wells Street, Chicago)
Contact: Catrina Hays (La Chât '91)

An Evite invitation has been sent to all alumni in Illinois and Wisconsin. A 3-course menu at $36 (excluding tax and gratuity) is proposed, with a cash bar.

RSVP via Evite. (Please contact Catrina for further details.)


When: Saturday 12 December
Where: Reiger Ave, Dallas
Contact: Bob Ackerman (LGB '73)

Once again Bob Ackerman is happy to host the Dallas Escalade Dinner. They had a lot of fun last year - check out the photos.

Denver (Rocky Mountain)

When: Sunday 6 December from 5pm
Where: Johnny Mac's Café, 6004 S. Kipling Parkway  Littleton, CO 80127
Contact: Judy Ackerman (LGB '70)

Café is located south east corner of Bowles and Kipling. Please bring your beverage of choice and $25.00. All are welcome.

Please RSVP to judyackerman[at]


Detroit (Midwest)

When: Saturday 5 December, 7.30pm 
Where: Gandy Dancer, Ann Arbor
Contact: Vince Scanio (LGB '63)

Individuals can order form the menu and there will be separate bills. Contact Vince Scanio for details.



When: Wednesday 9 December
Where: Restaurant le Grand-Chêne, Chêne-Bourg
Contact: Ecolint Alumni Office (


Organised by the Central Committee of the Alumni Association. Registration required!
See: Geneva Escalade Dinner 2015



When: Tuesday 8 December @ 19:30
Where: St. Moritz Restaurant, Wardour St.
Contact: Robin Dormer (LGB '69)

The London Escalade moves back to its "traditional" venue this year, at the St. Moritz Swiss restaurant where a cheese or meat fondue will be on the menu. Keep in mind that space is limited - get in touch with Robin Dormer as soon as possible to reserve your space. (Update 19 November: the reserved space is now full and a waiting list is being maintained.)

Partly to compensate for the limited number of places in the restaurant, but also simply to try something new, this year our London alumni are also invited to gather for a pre-dinner drink at The Spice of Life, a bar in Soho (formerly known as The Cantons). Whether or not you plan to attend the dinner, you are encouraged to join this informal gathering from 6pm onwards. No reservation necessary for the pre-dinner drink!


Los Angeles (Southern California)

When: Saturday 12 December @ 6.30pm
Where: Elysian Park neighbourhood of LA
Contact: Margo Malakoff (LGB '78) & Erik Otsea (LGB '78)

Erik Otsea and his wife have kindly offered to host LA's first Ecolint Escalade Dinner. RSVPs to Margo Malakoff:; or those on Facebook can join the new SoCal Facebook Group

This dinner is now full; future registrations will be added to a waiting list. Sorry!


Miami (South Florida)

When: Sunday 13 December
Where: Werner Straub Peppermill Restaurant, Sunny Isles Beach
Contact: Annath Vardi (LGB '71) / Christie Levy (former parent) / Eduardo Torres (LGB '78)

The first ever Escalade Dinner for Miami. Alumni who are on Facebook might like to follow developments via the new Facebook Group for Ecolint Alumni of South Florida.

RSVP now via the Facebook event page (or contact the organisers directly if you're not on Facebook).



When: Thursday 3 December
Where: The Hague
Contact: Susan (Cave) Baragwanath (Former Teacher LGB '88)

The dinner will be hosted in the home of Susan and David Baragwanath. Through David's role as President and Judge of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, a tour of the Peace Palace has been arranged for those that wish to join at 16:00. Otherwise guests may go directly to the dinner at 17:30.


New York

When: Saturday 12 December, from 1pm to 4pm
Where: Aleo Restaurant, 7 W 20th Street #1, New York 10011
Contact: Jonathan Merson (LGB '94)

Jonathan Merson is working a with an enthusiastic team of alumni – some familiar faces, some newly involved – to arrange this year's event in NYC. For a change an Escalade Luncheon will be held this year, with a fixed price of $30 for three courses.

>> RSVP here via Evite; payment is via PayPal (jonathanmerson[at] or Cash at venue, no credit cards or checks.

The report from the 2014 dinner is here.


North Carolina

When: Saturday 12 December
Where: Matthews NC
Contact: Joann Nabb Duvekot (LGB '69)

Joann Nabb Duvekot is hosting North Carolina's first Escalade Dinner at her home in Matthews. RSVPs directly to her.



When: Saturday 5 December
Where: Sørkedalsveien, Oslo
Contact: Cecilie Nilsen (LGB '81)

Cecilie Nilsen will host our first Oslo Escalade Dinner at her home on Saturday 5 December.



When: Friday 4 December @ 19h30
Where: Café Montparnasse, 8 Place du 18 Juin 1940, 75006 Paris (métro Montparnasse)
Contact: Karin Hervieu-Causse (LGB '78) 

RSVP to hervieucausse[at]



When: Saturday 12 December
Where: NE 53rd St., Seattle
Contact: Rachel (Wenger) Kubiak (LGB '04)

The dinner will be hosted by Rachel Kubiak at her home. The format will be an international potluck, including raclette. RSVP to rachkubiak[at]


Silicon Valley (Northern California)

When: Saturday 12 December
Where: Menlo Park
Contact: Lynn Auslander (lynn.auslander[at]

Lynn and Edgar Auslander, whose children attended Ecolint up until last year, are hosting our first Northern California Escalade Dinner at their home in Silicon Valley on Saturday 12 December.



When: Thursday 3 December
Where: L'Entrecote
Contact: Tara (Kernohan) Thivolet (LGB '91)

Contact Tara Thivolet for details.


Washington DC

When: Saturday 5 December
Where: Home of Allison Baca (LGB '77), McLean, VA 22012
Contact: Cindy Richmond (LGB '74)

Kindly hosted once again by Allison Baca; contact Cindy Richmond for information.


















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