Ala Shanghai – 1/31/23

January 31, 2023
“The Albany Chaîne Celebrates the Year of the Rabbit at Ala Shanghai”
Ala Shanghai, Latham, NY
Article by Ilona Weisman, Vice Chargée de Presse
Photos by Bailli William Harris and Vice Chargée de Médias Sociaux Christina Richards

For the year of the Water Rabbit, the Albany Chaîne embraced the spirit of red. There were red blouses and dresses, red shirts, even red wraps as members turned out in force for a Dine-Around on January 31st to celebrate Chinese ...

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Wishing Well – 1/15/23

January 15, 2023
“Albany Chaîne at the Wishing Well”
The Wishing Well Restaurant
Article by Ilona Weisman, Vice Chargée de Presse
Photos by Bailli William Harris, Chargée de Presse Ilona Weisman, Vice Chancelier-Argentier Holly Katz and Vice Chargée de Médias Sociaux Christina Richards

In civilizations long vanished it was thought that powerful spirits with miraculous powers dwelled deep in the waters of streams and wells. In Norse mythology the god Odin sacrificed his left eye to Mimir’s well in exchange for ...

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The Dancing Ewe – 11/6/22

November 6, 2022
“Albany ChaÎne to Farm-And Then-To Table”
The Dancing Ewe
Article by Ilona Weisman, Vice Chargée de Presse
Photos by Bailli William Harris, Chargée de Presse Ilona Weisman, Vice Chancelier-Argentier Holly Katz and Vice Chargée de Médias Sociaux Christina Richards

In gowns, tuxedoes and ribbons, the Albany ChaÎne disembarked their chartered bus, found themselves surrounded by farm fields and greeted by the sounds of baa-aaa-aa-aah.  It was November 6th, unusually mild and humid for the time of year in ...

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[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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