Angelo’s Bar and Grill – 11/17/13

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There were only hints of what we could anticipate when we received the invitation for our November 17, 2013, gathering at Angelo’s Bar & Grill. The phrase “peripatetic journey” sent us scurrying to our dictionaries to figure out what we might expect. Given Angelo’s outstanding reputation and stellar track record with Chaine events over the years, sixty-three of us took a leap of faith and headed to Clifton Park.

We were not disappointed! Surprises greeted us at every ...

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Cranwell Resort – 9/08/13

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On September 8, 2013, the premier Cranwell Resort in Lenox, Massachusetts was the setting for a gustatory celebration of the end of summer. Forty-nine members and guests arrived at what was at one time or another a home to wealthy industrialists, clergy, writers and students to partake in the end-of-season bounty sourced from local farms in the Berkshires, Eastern New York and Vermont. The grand setting of restored historic buildings with stunning views of the nearby mountains ...

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Professionals Only Event at the Wine Bar – 6/10/13

In the midst of a busy restaurant season full of weddings and graduations, 10 members and guests turned out at The Wine Bar and Bistro on June 10, 2013 for our second Professionals Only event. Chef Rotisseur Kevin Everleth, Chef/Owner, greeted us in the bar of his restaurant which is located in the area often referred to as “Albany’s Greenwich Village.” The basement setting and decor of exposed brick, three fireplaces, custom-made wooden tables and local art provided a very cozy atmosphere on ...

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Induction Dinner at Yono’s – 4/21/13

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Since Yono’s is arguably the finest restaurant between New York City and Montreal, the expectations for our April 21st induction dinner were high indeed. The restaurant has garnered more national awards and accolades than any other in our area and alumni of Yono’s kitchen and front of the house are now working in many of the top restaurants in the country. Officier Maitre de Table Restaurateur Dominick Purnomo, Yono’s son and co-owner, developed a theme of locally ...

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Picnic at Roberta & Larry Flesh’s Home – 8/19/12

Dame de la Chaine Roberta and Chevalier Larry Flesh graciously welcomed 34 members and guests of the Albany Bailliage to their lovely residence near the Helderberg Escarpment in the Town of New Scotland. It was the perfect pastoral setting for a festive picnic on a summer day! Eschewing the usual black tie for sundresses, shorts and straw hats, picnickers arrived toting a memorable bottle of wine to share. Meursaults, Tavel Roses, a Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir, and several red Burgundies ...

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Gideon Putnam Resort – 6/3/12

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On Sunday, June 3rd nearly 70 members and guests of the Bailliage of Albany put down a bet at Saratoga Springs, New York – not as you might guess at the historic Saratoga Race Course, but rather at the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa, now operated by the Delaware North Hospitality Management Company.

We were betting on a sure thing: a spectacular evening of fine food, artfully paired wines, music, dancing, and laughter. To mark the induction of ...

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Sperry’s Restaurant – 3/25/12

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To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, Certified Master Chef and Chaine Officier Dale Miller welcomed 48 members and guests to Sperry’s Restaurant in Saratoga Springs on March 25, 2012. The menu was a recreation of the last dinner served in first class on that tragic voyage. Hedging their bets, some members arrived wearing life jackets and dive masks which proved to be unnecessary as the entire evening was nothing but smooth sailing! The theme ...

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Saints & Sinners’ Dinner at Taste – 1/29/12

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We knew we were in for an interesting evening when we found out that the theme for our January 29, 2012 gathering at Taste was Saints and Sinners! Sure enough, for 48 conferees and guests of the Albany Bailliage, it proved to be quite interesting and so much more! Set in downtown Albany with a spectacular view of the cityscape and river vistas from the penthouse, Taste is owned and managed by Maître Rôtisseur Maura Gannon and Maître ...

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Prime at Saratoga National – 11/20/11

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There is a local advertising slogan that claims “Saratoga is the August place to be!” But for 98 conferees and guests of the Albany Bailliage, clearly Saratoga was the November place to be! The venue was the crowning jewel of Maître Rôtisseur Angelo Mazzone’s ever growing collection of fine dining establishments in the Capital District: Prime at Saratoga National.

The champagne reception included a trio of mad scientists concocting specialty drinks, nitrogen yogurt lollipops and mango caviar. A ...

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