Updates & Announcements

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Jonathan Eichholz Named 2019 Best Young Sommelier at Chaîne des Rôtisseurs USA National Finals

Eichholz Moves on to Compete in the 2019 Best Young Sommeliers International Competition in Seoul, Korea, on September 20, 2019.

Madison, New Jersey (April 29, 2019) – Jonathan Eichholz, representing the Northeast region, is named Best Young Sommelier in the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs’ Young Sommeliers Competition. The winner claims the title after competing against eigth other contestants, including Second Place Winner Tim Sorek of Napa and Third Place Winner Andrea Morris of New York, in the national finals held in Napa, California, April 25-28.

Hosted annually by the Société Mondiale du Vin, a part of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the world’s oldest and largest food and wine society, the annual competition tests competitors on blind tasting ability, tableside wine service skills, and many areas of wine knowledge. Harold S. Small, Bailli Délégué des Etats-Unis d’Amérique, says that “the highly competitive program attracts the country’s most promising young talent.”

“Each year, the young sommeliers bring fresh perspective and talent,” continued Small. “We congratulate Jonathan on this momentous victory and are thrilled for him to showcase his abilities while representing the United States in the International Competition.”

The national competition included a one-hour written test, a blind tasting test, and multiple service tests. Competition judges included Master Sommeliers Robert Bath, Ira Harmon, Andre Ivanov (2015 National Winner), Andrea Immer Robinson and 2018 National Winner Jeremy Shanker as well as William Ridlehuber, Mon Roldan, George Staikos and Patricia Wamhoff. Geoff Labitzke, MW, ran and oversaw all regional competitions and that held in Napa, and also put together this highly impressive group of Judges.

The 2019 Young Sommeliers contestants who participated in the national competition finals included:

  • Northeast Region - Jonathan Eichholz
  • Northeast Region - Andrea Morris
  • Mid-Atlantic Region - Christopher Marcus
  • South Central Region - Jesse Smith
  • Southeast Region - Bradley McGury
  • Midwest Region - Juliette Dottle
  • Southwest Region - Patrick Olds
  • Pacific Northwest Region - Timothy Sorek
  • Hawaii / Pacific Region - Lynn Zhang

After these tests, the top three contestants who scored the highest were given an additional set of challenges including an oral knowledge quiz, a blind tasting test, and a service test, all in front of a live audience. The winner of this final set of challenges claimed the title as the 2019 Best Young Sommelier, which was announced during the awards ceremony and gala dinner at the CIA at Copia during the National Mondiale Weekend.

All three finalists won an educational trip to the Bordeaux wine region. Eichholz took home cash and prizes, including a scholarship to further his wine studies and an invitation to represent the United States and compete in the Chaîne’s International Young Sommeliers Competition to be held in Seoul, Korea in September 2019. Expenses for the U.S. national winner are paid by the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.

About the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs

The Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is the world’s oldest, largest and most prestigious food and wine society with more than 25,000 members worldwide. There are 130 chapters and about 6,000 members throughout the United States. Important programs include annual Young Sommeliers and Young Chefs competitions held both nationally and internationally. Founded in Paris in 1950, the Chaîne’s roots reach back to 1248 in France. It is dedicated to honoring the skills and practices of the masters of the culinary arts and those individuals who craft our libations. For additional information: www.chaineus.org.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Le Menu, April 2019

On this month’s menu, the Chaîne Chicago is featuring these fine events for your dining pleasure…

April 2019
April 4-7
Thursday thru Sunday
Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
Midwest Chapitre and Young Chefs and Pastry Chefs Competitions

Indianapolis, IN
April 4-7
Saturday
World Chaîne Day 2019
Global
April 16-17
Tuesday and Wednesday
Oriole
Executive Chef-Owner Noah Sandoval and GM-Owner Cara Sandoval
April 24-27
Wednesday thru Saturday
National Young Sommeliers Competition and Mondiale Weekend
Napa, CA
May 2019
May 20
Monday
Pacific Standard Time
Chef Erling Wu-Bower

Friday, March 1, 2019

Le Menu, March 2019

On this month’s menu, the Chaîne Chicago is featuring these fine events for your dining pleasure…

March 2019
March 18
Monday
Table, Donkey and Stick
Matt Sussman
April 2019
April 4-7
Thursday thru Sunday
Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
Midwest Chapitre and Young Chefs and Pastry Chefs Competitions

Indianapolis, IN
April 16-17
Tuesday and Wednesday
Oriole
Executive Chef-Owner Noah Sandoval and Cara Sandoval
April 24-27
Wednesday thru Saturday
National Young Sommeliers Competition and Mondiale Weekend
Napa, CA

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Apply Today to Represent the Chicago Chapter in the 2019 National Young Sommeliers Competition!

Application Deadline: Monday, December 31, 2018
One-Hour Online Test: Saturday, January 12, 2019, 11am CT

The Chicago Bailliage of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs encourages all eligible sommeliers* to participate in the 2019 Young Sommeliers Competition. The goal is to enhance your wine skills and knowledge in a challenging but fun environment, while offering an opportunity to earn professional advancement, gain awareness and support among enthusiastic Chaîne members, compete for cash prizes, and enjoy free travel to the regionals and finals. Participation is at no cost to competitors.

The competition includes an online qualifying test administered on January 12, 2019, followed by an in-person regional test and a national final in Napa, California, April 24-26, 2019. The Chaîne covers travel expenses to the regional and final tests for those who qualify. All judging panels are led by Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine.

For complete details, official rules, and the online application, link to the 2019 Young Sommeliers Competition event page at http://www.ysommc.us/

 

If you want to participate or need more information, please contact us - we want to meet you!

Beth Roldan, Bailli, ebernardino@comcast.net
Todd Arkebauer, Vice Echanson, tarkebauer@yahoo.com
Karl Krout, Chevalier, krout@mac.com

 

*Eligible participants must be at least 21 (twenty-one) years of age and have not yet attained their 31st (thirty-first) birthday as of September 30, 2019.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Announcing our 2018-19 Event Season!

2018-19 Event Season

 

Cher Confrères and Consœurs,

Greetings! Welcome to our 2018-19 Event Season. As has now become our tradition, we will hold at least one Chaîne dinner event each month beginning September through June of the following year. Unless otherwise stated, all Chaîne dinner events will be held on the third Monday of each month. Mondiale will hold at least four events evenly spread over the season.

2018-19 Season Event Program

2018
September 17
Monday
The Casino Club
Sarah Potter
October 1
Monday
Mondiale Event #1
Entente

Featuring Kosta Browne Winery
October 20
Saturday*
Takashi Pop-Up
Chef Takashi
November 5
Monday
Mondiale Event #2
Ronero

Rum Tasting and Dinner
November 19
Monday
Bar Biscay
Chef Johnny Anderes
December 17
Monday
Free Rein
Executive Chef Aaron Lirette
Annual Holiday Gala, Induction and Elevation Ceremony
2019
January 21-22
Monday
Sal’s Trattoria
Executive Chef Allen Sternweiler
February 18
Monday
Acadia
Executive Chef-Owner Ryan McCaskey
March 18
Monday
Mondiale Event #3
Table, Donkey and Stick

Matt Sussman
April 16-17
Tuesday and Wednesday*
Oriole
Executive Chef-Owner & Partner Noah Sandoval and GM & Partner Cara Sandoval
May 20
Monday

Pacific Standard Time

Chef Erling Wu-Bower
June 19-20
Wednesday and Thursday
Kumiko
Creative Director Julia Momose, Executive Chef Noah Sandoval, and Chef de Cuisine Mariya Russell
JulyNo Event
August 24
Saturday*
2nd Annual Chaîne Foundation Dinner
Emerson House

Hosted by Chef Emily Adler and Sommelier Jeremy Adler

Notes:
*Events are scheduled for the 3rd Monday of each month, unless otherwise specified. Venues, themes and dates are subject to change.

Vive la Chaîne!

Beth Roldan
Bailli de Chicago

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