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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Cuckoo’s Nest Restaurant & Bar – 6/19/18

Irouléguy for Dummies
Article and Photos by William M. Harris, bailli

Under the skillful guidance of Vice Echanson Michael Thomson, our Mondiale events have become an educational opportunity as we are introduced to wines heretofore unknown to most of us. On June 19, 2018, Dr. Thomson continued this exploration at the Cuckoo’s Nest Restaurant in Albany for 22 adventurous Mondiale members and guests. How this all came about is best expressed in our Vice Echanson’s brilliant invitation letter, a portion of ...

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[forged] Restaurant – 4/22/18

[forged, farmed, fished]
Article by William M. Harris, bailli

It is always a pleasant surprise when we encounter gourmet fare in unlikely places. This was indeed the case when 37 Chaine members and guests enjoyed our April 22nd dinner at [forged] Restaurant in a markedly unique venue, namely Hudson Falls, a sleepy village of some 7,000 souls located about 50 miles north of Albany. Vice Chargée de Médias Sociaux Christina L. Richards and Maître Rôtisseur Andrew J. Richards opened [forged] in the ...

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The Fort Orange Club – 2/18/18

A club where there is no “white wine”
Article by Christina Richards, vice chargée de medias sociaux

On Sunday, February 18, 2018, 29 Albany Chaîne des Rôtisseurs members and 16 guests were welcomed to a handsome brick building on Washington Avenue in Albany, home to the historic Fort Orange Club. In July of 1880, the Albany Evening Times opined “there was not a clubhouse in the country more pleasantly located, appropriately and richly furnished”. A club of “elevated character, worthy of ...

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Café Capriccio – 12/3/17

Feast of the Seven Fishes at Café Capriccio

Article and Photos by William Harris, bailli

A late cancellation by an Albany restaurant (whose identity will not be disclosed) forced us to scramble for another venue in a hurry or risk losing our December 3rd date. Maître Rôtisseur Jim Rua rose to the challenge and orchestrated his version of “Festa Dei Sette Pesci” or, for those not fluent in Italian, the Feast of the Seven Fishes. This is a traditional meal celebrated by ...

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