Culinary Institute of America – 3/7/15

If the CIA in Langley was as Good as the CIA in Hyde Park, the World Would be a Safer and Better Place

So we have to transport ourselves from upstate New York to Langley, VA to dine at the CIA? Should we bring coins for the canteen vending machines? Oh, not that CIA? You mean the other CIA in Hyde Park, NY? Ah, that’s more like it!

It’s no state secret that the Culinary Institute of America is, in the words ...

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Saratoga Golf & Polo Club: A Return to Elegance and Gentility – 1/11/15

Baby, it was cold outside (22 degrees to be exact). Neither horsemen nor horses competed on the snowy polo ground. No golfers toiled on the fabled course. Tennis courts were unpopulated, and the swimming pool was covered. Bleak, right? Not.

Because, baby, it was warm inside the Saratoga Golf & Polo Club as on January 11th 61 members and guests of the Albany Bailliage escaped from winter with a black-tie event in an historic building. Bailli William Harris and his team ...

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Chaîne Professionals Dinner – 12/1/14

Our professional members really knock me out. Their generosity must spring from some yet undiscovered gene that impels them to astonish us by constantly exceeding our expectations. This trait was most assuredly in evidence at our professionals only dinner held at Angelo’s 677 Prime in Albany on Monday, December 1, 2014. As originally envisioned, these dinners would be simple, informal and affordable and limited to our professional members. The Albany Chaine would provide the wine from odd bottles culled from ...

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Mazzone Hospitality – 11/9/14

Restaurateur and entrepreneur Angelo Mazzone never ceases to amaze us! When we heard that he was opening a new corporate headquarters and the first event would be this Chaine dinner, we were honored and excited to see what he and his team had in store for us. Sixty members and guests eagerly arrived at his first class facility on November 9, 2014, and were greeted by a sight very reminiscent of our Chaine origins- a pair of succulent geese roasting ...

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The Albany Chaîne Hits the High Seas – 10/5/14

Who doesn’t like a cruise? Well, honestly what’s not to like? You leave your cares behind as concerns about where your next meal is coming from are non-existent, wine and spirits flow freely, transportation is provided, entertainment and other diversions onboard abound, interesting ports of call beckon and you only have to unpack once. What could possibly enhance this experience? Perhaps sharing it with a fun-loving coterie of fellow Albany Chaîne members – and that is precisely what the Albany ...

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Food Truck Event – 9/7/14

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em!

That’s exactly what 60 conferes and guests did on 09/07/2014, a perfect end of summer day! Summoned by Bailli Bill Harris with the traditional letter of invitation, rather than a Twitter blast, we arrived at the spectacular Voorheesville home of Dame de la Chaine Chick Led Duke to partake in the food truck phenomenon that has been sweeping the nation since Roy Choi first served his Korean short rib tacos from a truck in ...

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Celebration in Honor of Nicole Plisson – 5/18/14

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Seventy-five members and guests of the Albany, NY Bailliage gathered for the annual induction ceremony held this year at Schenectady County Community College on May 18. Twelve new members of the Chaine participated in the traditional ceremony led by Officier Provincial and Chambellan Frank Tate and Bailli William Harris.

The event was framed as a tribute to the memory of Nicole Plisson Rosenbloom, a beloved Chaine member, esteemed Albany restaurateur, and source of inspiration to many chefs and ...

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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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