[farmacy] restobar – 8/21/22

August 21, 2022
“Induction Dinner – Submersion of Art & Food”
[farmacy] restobar
Article by Ilona Weisman, Dame de la Chaine
Photos by Argentier Holly A. Katz, Vice Chancelier, Ilona Weisman, Dame de la Chaine, Christina Richards, Vice Chargée de Médias Sociaux and Chef Colin Minor

It was a steamy August afternoon in Glens Falls, New York. Smoke! Smoke! Smoke filled the museum.  Firefighters and their trucks blocked entry as the Albany Chaîne des Rôtisseurs arrived for ...

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Dutch Apple II – 7/26/22

July 26, 2022
“Cruisin’ Down the Hudson”
The Dutch Apple II
Article by Ilona Weisman, Dame de la Chaine
Photos by William M. Harris, Bailli

On the balmy evening of July 26th, the Albany Bailliage went shipboard. Under an azure sky, some 30-odd Dames and Chevaliers de la Chaine embarked on The Dutch Apple II for a sunset cruise on the Hudson River. Boarding started at 5:30 as members crossed the gangway, entered the middle deck, and, surrounded by a nautical ...

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Café Capriccio – 3/28-31/22

March 28-31, 2022
“La Festa di Cacciatore”
Dinners at Café Capriccio
Article and Photos by William M. Harris, Bailli

Imagine having a terrific dining venue but with only 12 seats, while 48 members are rabidly clamoring for an invitation. What a dilemma! The solution: A dinner on four consecutive evenings limited to a dozen attendees each night.

Maître Rotisseur Jim Rua is the chef and proprietor of Café Capriccio, a legendary Italian restaurant in downtown Albany. On March 28, 2022, and on ...

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Chianti il Ristorante – 2/21/22

February 21, 2022
Chianti il Ristorante, Saratoga Springs, NY
Article and Photos by William M. Harris, Bailli

On February 21, 2022, 42 members and guests of the Albany Bailliage convened at Chianti il Ristorante in the heart of vibrant Saratoga Springs, NY. The occasion was a black-tie dinner orchestrated by Executive Chef Fabrizio Bazzani. Born in Isola della Scala, Italy, Fabrizio developed a passion for food at an early age and was treated to delectable homemade meals every day during his ...

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677 Prime – 11/13/21

November 13, 2021
Article and Photos by William M. Harris, Bailli

What differentiates a fine dining experience from a truly extraordinary one. In my view, it is the chef’s creativity, imagination and passion, the visual appeal of each course, the attention to the minutest detail and finally the overall execution of the dinner. Well 42 members and guests of the Albany Chaîne were dazzled and delighted by the dinner presented by Executive Chef and Maître Rôtisseur Ken Kehn and Owner and ...

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Loft 433 – 9/19/21

Induction Dinner at Loft 433, Troy, NY
September 19, 2021
Article by Desiree Farley, Vice Chargée de Presse
Photos by William M. Harris, Bailli

On September 19th, 41 Confrères of the Albany Bailliage gathered at Loft 433 at the top of the renovated Hedley building on River Street in Troy overlooking the scenic Hudson River for the annual induction ceremony. The building was originally built in 1917 as a shirt factory and maintains much of its industrial vibe with original masonry walls ...

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Yono’s Restaurant – 8/8/21

“Here’s to the best of men”
August 8, 2021

Article by Desirée A. Farley, Chargée de Presse

Photos by William M. Harris, Bailli 

On the 8th of August, 48 Confrères of the Albany Bailliage gathered with great elation after a long pause to rejoice, celebrate, and most of all honor the late Dr. Joel Spiro – a loving, supportive friend to a legion of chefs.

The dinner was hosted by the Purnomo family at Yono’s Restaurant, Albany’s premiere restaurant for world class fine dining since ...

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[farmacy] Restobar – 1/12/20

[farmacy] Restobar: A Healthy Dose of Artful Cuisine
January 12, 2020
Desirée A. Farley, Chargée de Presse

It is always a pleasant experience when members caravan together to one of America’s greatest small cities! Glens Falls is full of things to do, and this small but sophisticated little city will surprise you with festivals, theater, recreational activities, concerts, as well as great shopping and restaurants, including the recently opened [farmacy] Restobar at 22 Ridge Street. [farmacy], which clearly is ...

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Albany Institute of History & Art – 11/3/19

“Taste of the Valley”
November 3, 2019
Article and Photos by William M. Harris, Bailli

The Albany Institute of History & Art is the second oldest museum in the country, having been founded in 1791, when George Washington was president. While the Institute boasts some 30,000 objects and works of art, it is perhaps best known for its impressive collection of oil paintings by the Hudson River School of artists. These breathtaking works are currently on display in the Hearst Gallery ...

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Innovo Kitchen – 9/15/19

“Born in the USA!”
September 15, 2019
Desirée A. Farley, Vice Chargée de Presse

On Sunday, September 15, 2019, members and guests of the Albany Chaine convened at Innovo Kitchen in Latham, NY, just outside of the Albany city limits. The kitchen is overseen by the creative and culinary force that is Chef/Owner John LaPosta. His passion for excellence, beaming hospitality, and tireless work have been the hallmarks of John’s 30 plus years as one of the Capital Region’s most ...

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