Updates & Announcements

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Announcing our 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; we expect to host most Mondiale events the first Sunday evening of select months.

2018-19 Season Event Program

DateDetailsDress Code
Monday, September 17X
with X
X
Monday, October 15X
with X
X
Sunday, November 4Mondiale Event #1: X
with X
X
Monday, November 19X
with X
X
Monday, December 17X
with X
Black Tie
Monday, January 21X
with X
X
Sunday, February 3Mondiale Event #2: X
with X
X
Monday, February 18X
with X
X
Monday, March 18X
with X
X
Sunday, April 7Mondiale Event #3: X
with X
X
Monday, April 15X
with X
X
Monday, May 20X
with X
X
Sunday, June 2Mondiale Event #4: X
with X
X
Monday, June 17X
with X
X

Notes:
*Chaîne Events: Every 3rd Monday of the month, unless otherwise specified (with asterisks).
Event venues, themes and dates are subject to change.

Vive la Chaîne!

Beth Roldan
Bailli de Chicago

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Chicago Chaîne Member’s Work Featured at SCOPE Miami Beach Art Fair

When one of the Chicago Chapter’s newest members, Chevalier Darryll Schiff, had to miss a recent Chaîne event, he had a very good excuse: He was busy preparing his photographic artwork for the SCOPE Miami Beach Art Show. “We finally got my wall looking just right after I pushed for more space,” said Schiff proudly.

Schiff was selected to be the featured artist at the Chicago Praksis Gallery H35 booth, showing new work from his “Confluence” series. One of the premier art shows in the country, SCOPE Miami Beach took place December 5-10 in Miami, Fla. The event highlighted works ranging from cutting-edge to sophisticated contemporary art, with participating galleries representing both up-and-coming and established artists. More than 140 galleries exhibited at the show, with thousands of art lovers visiting from across the country.

Closer to home, a large-scale print of Schiff’s photographic work, “Descending to Heaven,” was chosen to be part of Chicago’s Wabash Arts Corridor in the city’s South Loop. More recently, Schiff provided the cover photo of the program for the Chaîne’s 2017 U.S. Grand Chapitre event in Chicago. His works also can be found in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and other world-class art museums.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Apply to Represent the Chicago Chapter in the 2018 National Young Sommeliers Competition

Application deadline: Sunday, December 31, 2017
One-hour online test: Saturday, January 6, 2018, 11:00 am Chicago time

For complete details, official rules, and online application, go to: http://www.ysommc.us/

The Chicago Bailliage of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs encourages all eligible sommeliers 30 years of age or younger to participate in the 2018 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 6, 2018, followed by an in-person regional test and a national final in Paso Robles, California, May 3-5, 2018. 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.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Chicago Chaîne Members Make a Culinary Journey to Copenhagen

No journey to Copenhagen would be complete without dining at Noma, and for members of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, no trip would be complete without sharing a meal with local Chaîne members. Five Chicago Chaîne members enjoyed both experiences during a week-long dining and cultural tour of Denmark’s capital in August.

Led by Bailli de Chicago Mon Roldan, the Chicago Chaîne delegation comprised Vice-Chargée de Missions Beth Lang, Vice-Chargé de Missions John Blaser, Dame Stephanie Blaser and Dame Beth Roldan. Prior to embarking on their trip, the travelers reached out to Mette McIsaacson, Bailli Délégué of Denmark, and Jørgen Krenk, Chancelier, Bailliage de Denmark.  They added a lunchtime dîner amical to their season’s program “to mark the visit of [their] Chaine brothers [and sisters] from Chicago,” according to their Web site announcement. The special event took place at Restaurant Schønnemann, an award-winning institution that has served traditional Danish fare since 1877. The twenty-four guests included members of the Denmark Chaîne and Mohamed Hammam, Bailli Délégué of Turkey with his wife, Maria. All enjoyed a variety of smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches), marinated salmon, plaice filet, chicken salad, calf liver paté, pork filet and Danish cheeses. Throughout the convivial meal, many a “Skål!” (“Cheers!”) was heard from local members toasting their American guests with snaps, the Danish version of aquavit, followed by healthy swigs of dark beer.

Jørgen also helped Mon plan the group’s dining itinerary by offering tips on Copenhagen’s best restaurants. “One of the many benefits of Chaîne membership,” noted Mon, “is to be welcomed by local members around the world and to get ‘inside information’ on the best dining choices.”

The genesis of the group’s culinary adventure was securing a coveted reservation at Noma, one of only two restaurants in Copenhagen to be awarded two Michelin stars and – perhaps more impressive – ranked the #1 restaurant in the world in four of the last six years on the San Pellegrino list of the world’s best restaurants.

Even with high expectations, the Noma dining experience did not disappoint. The innovative dishes using quality local, seasonal ingredients were equaled only by the warm and flawless service. The atmosphere was one of joy and excitement felt by diners, servers and chefs alike. Indeed, Chef René Redzepi and his entire team greeted guests as they entered, and at the end of the evening, the experience was extended with a behind-the-scenes tour. As diners left in the wee hours, the chefs were huddled in the kitchen, still working and collaborating.

However, the Chicago Chaîne discovered that Copenhagen dining is more than just Noma. “The levels of quality and sophistication of the food in the places we visited were as high as we anticipated – whether modern or traditional, high-end or at the Torvehallerne Market,” recalled Stephanie.

Those places included Geranium (Copenhagen’s other Michelin 2-star restaurant and #51 on the San Pellegrino list), Relæ (1 star, SP list #45), Kokkeriet (1 star), Søllerød Kro (1 star), Studio (1 star), Amass (SP #66), and Bror (Michelin Bib Gourmand). Visits to Torvehallerne Market for a limitless selection of Danish and international foods and Aamanns smørrebrød for Danish open-faced sandwiches (kicked up several notches) rounded out what proved to be an epic culinary journey.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Welcome to the 2014-2015 Season!

Cher Confrères and Consœurs,

Greetings!  I hope you all had a relaxing summer and now recharged and ready for our 2014-2015 Event Program.

Chaine Dinner Events: As in the past and unless otherwise noted, our events for this new season will be held on the 3rd Monday of each month starting on September 15, 2014 and ending on June 15, 2015.  The November outing will be the exception; it will be held for at least 3 nights starting on Wednesday, November 19th at 18 guests per night.  Also, the dinners at Fat Rice and Slurping Turtle/Takashi will occur on a Sunday/Monday combo due to venue size and event theme, respectively.

Mondiale Tasting Events: By popular demand, we have extended the number of our tasting events to five this season with two to three devoted to revisiting the basics of grape varietals, vinification and wine appreciation.  Events will be held on the 1st Sunday of every other month starting October 5th, except for March (on the 22nd) to allow members to attend the Midwest Region Assemblage in Kansas City.   

Set forth below is a complete list of our proposed Event Program for the new season.  Please mark your calendars.  Should there be changes to the schedule, trust that we will advise you promptly.  Per tradition, event invitations will go out a month before event dates.

Vive la Chaine!

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