Cannes Lunchtime: Lisa Wilson Dishes on Festival Favorites

Cannes results in long hours for international sales execs like Lisa Wilson, who runs sales and financing shingle The Solution Entertainment Group along with co-founder and partner, Myles Nestel. Their Cannes slate includes the Paul Bettany starrer “Official Secrets,” “Oppenheimer Strategies,” helmed by Joseph Cedar and starring Richard Gere, and “Bleed for This,” with Aaron Eckhart and Miles Teller. Wilson has been coming to Cannes for almost four decades. She recalls the days when lunches were protracted and everyone dressed formally for dinners out of town.

Cannes over the years
Starting in 1972, I’ve been there every year except 1990 when I was too pregnant to fly.

Working lunches
After many years in Cannes, I’ve learned to have a chef come in and do meals. We have client lunches on our terrace at the Grand Hotel. It’s not just about the cost; it’s about time and service can be hit and miss at restaurants. It’s more relaxing and private for the client; no one else can listen in. Here, I set the menus and choose the wine. How many days can you do the Carlton lunch buffet? At dinner, however, I need to go out and be among people.

Go-to eateries
I love the baskets of crudités at Le Maschou, the steak cooked over the fire and their chocolate mousse is to die for. I’ve been going there so long that owner Alain Viotti’s son Emmanuel has now taken over the restaurant. Sadly it looks like I won’t be eating there this year as I forgot to reserve in January, which is a must as the restaurant is tiny with only 10 tables.

Other options
With a big group I usually go to Le Jade: you can’t be late for your reservation there or you will be scolded severely. L’Affable is out of the way; it’s not a festival favorite, but the food is really very good. The chef [Jean-Paul Battaglia] had a restaurant for 30 years in Mougins before he opened this space. I try to have a final lunch at Le Club 55 in St. Tropez on the very last day if someone with a boat is going and I can hitch a ride with them.

TIP LIST

Le Jade
24 rue Pasteur
06400 Cannes
33 (0) 4 93 94 33 49

L’Affable (1)
5 Rue la Fontaine
06400 Cannes
33 (0) 4 93 68 02 09
restaurant-laffable.fr

Le Club 55
43 Boulevard Patch
83350 Ramatuelle
33 (0)4 94 55 55 55
club55.fr

Le Maschou (2-4)
15 rue Saint-Antoine
06400 Cannes
33 (0) 4 93 39 62 21
lemaschou.com

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