"Ritzy" has become synonymous in the English language with opulent elegance. This program will explore fascinating aspects of several of the hotels founded or managed by the great Swiss hotelier including, in London, The Savoy, the Carlton (now defunct), and the London Ritz, as well as the original Hôtel Ritz in Paris. We'll present an overview of Ritz's life and the history of some of his best known hotels, with special attention to his enduring influence and legacy; explore his collaboration with master French chef Auguste Escoffier, one of the first celebrity chefs and inventor of the famous Peach Melba dessert; examine Ritz's role in the advent and popularization of Grand Marnier liqueur; and disclose some of the most famous guests who have patronized these most luxurious of hotels, among them Coco Chanel, iconic fashion designer, who resided at the Paris Ritz for over 30 years, including, infamously, during the German occupation in World War II.
The program will consist of three parts:
This video was recorded on May 7, 2020.
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