VOL2 2016

Gastronome is the official publication of the U.S. Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. The magazine provides coverage of local, regional, national and international Chaîne events as well as feature stories about members and member establishments.

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Fresh off the Vine Whether you're a longtime wine lover or a newcomer to the fun of wine and crafted beverages, the Société Mondiale du Vin provides a great way to learn more, alongside friends and fellow enthusiasts. We will continue enhancing the ways members can learn about and enjoy wine, beers, and spirits. In that spirit (so to speak), our Echansons Provinciaux are creating regional Mondiale events for your enjoyment, bringing back tastings and special dinners open to multiple bailliages. I encourage you to watch for and par- ticipate in these opportunities in your region. Over the years, regional Mondiale events have included such unique tasting opportunities as wine verti- cals with bottles obtained from the producing châteaux; tequila tastings; and tastings with fifteen Howell Mountain winemakers who came to pour their exceptional wines for Chaîne members—first with several Texas bailliages and then in several Florida cities. Members in those states teamed up to support this unique chance to talk and taste with some of the best winemakers in California. In early October, the Northeast Region held a day of educational wine tastings in New York, hosted by two well-known Masters of Wine (and Chaîne members): Vice Echanson Charles Curtis, MW, and Professionnel du Vin Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW. This was followed by a stellar Mondiale dinner paired with top wines. Mondiale members from the entire Northeast Region were invited, which created an exciting benefit beyond the boundaries of a single bailliage. Thank you to Echanson Provincial Joseph D'Ambrosio for creating this special Mondiale wine-education experience and dinner. In February 2017, the Southwest will hold a similar set of educational wine events and a dinner in Austin open to all Mondiale members in the region. Bailli Délégué National Harold Small and I are very excited about the potential for these kinds of regional activities. They expand members' education, allow us to meet members from other chapters, and boost the benefits we all receive from membership in the Chaîne and Mondiale. Other regions are in the planning stages of comparable Mondiale events. You'll receive word when one in your region is finalized. Also—do you check the Chaîne national calendar regularly? You should! It's a one-stop resource, easily reachable on the national website at, where you can see at a glance many Chaîne events scheduled around the country. You may find one being held in a city you'll be visiting, providing you with a chance to meet new confrères and expand your Chaîne and Mondiale horizons! We're always looking for new ideas for Mondiale events that will enhance the benefits our members receive. If you have an idea for improvement, drop me a line any time at We want your input! Vive la Chaîne! Vive la Société! Charlie Bennett Grand Echanson MONDIALE 132 :: C H A I N E U S . O R G :: 2 0 1 6 v 2

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