Exceptional premier at the Casino de Monte-Carlo
Under the aegis of the Brussels designer Charles Kaisin, and with the support of the Michelin-star awarded chef Marcel Ravin, the Casino de Monte Carlo celebrated "The Art of the game, and the game of the Art" at the surreal dinner held on Friday 28th April 2017 in the prestigious Salle Medecin.
This unique evening was held in the presence of H.S.H Prince Albert II and H.R.H. The Princess of Hanover and more than a hundred personalities from the world of the games, arts, architecture, film and sports.
Enter into this moment of grace, where excellence rests not only in the plate, but also in the decor, in the waltz of the dishes and in the service.
A dinner declined around the love of the game, a sense of marvel, humour and all things theatrical.
The journey begins in the atrium where geishas welcome guests to the cocktail, then lead them to the stage of the Opera for an intimate visit.
The geishas then lead the guests to the opulent Salle Medecin Doctor where two large black tables are set in the middle of the Game tables.
Marcel Ravin enters to and reveal the first delights to the guests. On the walls of the room, a domino effect reveals a vast hand-painted mural depicting the history of the Principality.
The evening continues with a timeless parenthesis. Entering in a horse drawn carriage, two sopranos interpret the Villa Lobos Bacchanals.
From black to red, passion invades the room. The waiters dressed in a cape of the same colour reveal the second course.
As an interlude, Raphaël Enthoven shares his reflections on the meaning of the game.
New change of colour, the colour Green appears on the tables, a game mat green, the green of the tennis court grass, a reference to the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters.
The story continues in the same festive madness when tennis players invade the room.
The main course then arrives, as a playful evocation of the gaming world, servers dressed with chequered white and black aprons and masks. They then raise the domes covering the plates, served on a roulette wheel gently turning the dish.
Black then reappears, plunging the room into an air of mystery. Wearing emblematic lit card game headdresses, the waiters bring in the dessert created by Pierre Marcolini. Each plate is fitted with a tiny light and a shaped wire which, once lit, shows a single word; one word after another, to form a sentence uttered by the founder of Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer, François Blanc relating to the passion of the game.
At the end of the dinner, the gaming tables open. Place your bets, all bets are off.
A befitting end to an enchanted dinner; "Here, we must impart the dream, pleasures and beauty" said François Blanc in 1877. Charles Kaisin and Marcel Ravin won the challenge to create magic in this exceptional venue.
Between tradition and reinvention, Monaco becomes the most beautiful gaming destination in Europe, with unique expertise.
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