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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Franklin Plaza – 5/19/19

41st Annual Induction Dinner – A Return to the Gilded Age
May 19, 2019
By Desirée A. Farley, Chargée de Presse

On May 19th, the Confrères of the Albany Bailliage gathered at the Franklin Plaza, an historic and elegant ballroom located in the heart of downtown Troy, NY on the scenic Hudson riverside to convene for its annual induction ceremony.

The evening was met with great anticipation as the all-star lineup of chefs—Maître Rôtisseur Traiteur Michael A. Cocca, Jr., Chef Rôtisseur ...

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Beardslee Castle – 3/24/19

Beardslee Castle, a Place for Spirits
March 24, 2019
Article by Desirée A. Farley, Chargée de Presse Presumptif

With 158 years of history and legendary tales of ghosts and spirits, the Beardslee Castle celebrates 25 years under Chef/Owner Randall Brown’s continued commitment to serving the best tasting, creative fare in central New York.

The structure, built by Augustus Beardslee in the style of an Irish castle, is tastefully decorated in an unequaled setting including five intimate dining rooms ...

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Caffé Italia Ristorante – 2/10/19

Un Banchetto Italiano
February 10, 2019
Article by William M. Harris, bailli

Caffé Italia Ristorante was founded in 1980 by Joseph and Joanne Romeo and is now owned and operated by their four children: Suzanne Romeo, Paul Romeo, who is the Executive Chef, Maria Karandy, who handles the business end, and Michael Romeo, who runs the front of the house. This is a close knit Italian family that has maintained the traditions handed down to them by their parents, ...

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The Blue Hen Restaurant – 11/4/18

The Blue Hen Restaurant
November 4, 2018
Article by William M. Harris, bailli and Christina Richards, vice chargée de media sociaux

What does 28 million get you these days? In 1877 well-heeled vacationers sought luxury in Saratoga Springs and were eventually rewarded with the completion of the Adelphi Hotel, a venue that served as a Mecca for the mucky-mucks of society. Years passed and by the 1990s, this once celebrated Grand Dame had grown tired and shabby, maintaining only a scintilla ...

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The Wheatleigh – 9/23/18

An Elegant Interlude
September 23, 2018
Article by William M. Harris, bailli

Talk about classy, elegant and Chaine worthy. On Sunday September 23, 2018, 24 members and guests of the Albany and Boston Baillages gathered for what can only be described as an extraordinary dining experience at the historic Wheatleigh Hotel and Restaurant in Lenox, Massachusetts. This was the second time these two Baillages had teamed up at this venue and expectations were very high based upon our prior experience three ...

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Chez Mike – 6/24/18

A New York State of Mind
Article by Christina L. Richards, vice chargée de medias sociaux
and William M. Harris, bailli

On Sunday June 24, 2018, 41 Chaîne members and guests attended a New York State themed dinner at Chez Mike in East Greenbush, NY. The restaurant is situated in a strip mall nestled between a Sherwin Williams Paint store on one side and a dental clinic on the other, hardly the site for fine dining one might think, but after ...

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