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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Fine Art with Chaîne Friends BY JOHN BLASER, Chevalier ON OCTOBER 16, 2015, the Chicago Bailliage enjoyed an evening of fine food, wine, and art at the home of Vice Conseiller Gastronomique Honoraire Deb Gross and Chevalier John Gross. The couple's residence displays one of the nation's largest private collections of studio glass art. The Grosses began their collection after meeting Dale Chihuly, a preeminent member of the American stu- dio glass art movement. In his toast, Chevalier Gross discussed the themes of balance and con- trast: "Thinking about this event, I came up with two words: lunacy and genius…I lift a glass to the beautiful lunacy of our officers and all that they do: the creativ- ity, the enthusiasm, the challenges they overcome, and the whimsy. The genius part I reserve for the rest of us: the genius of coming to these world-class events." Attendees admired the glass art works that adorned the walls as well as the spectacular, newly installed Chihuly chandelier. In the dining area, which sur- rounded a stunning saltwater fish tank, they enjoyed a superb five-course meal with perfect wine pairings. Exmoor Country Club Chef de Cuisine James Kozak designed the menu in conjunction with Vice Conseiller Gastronomique Honoraire Gross, who told the group: "Have fun, enjoy the art…food is art, but so is the glass." G CHICAGO PHOTOS BY MARIANN DEVLIN OF HUSAR PHOTOGRAPHY Chevalier Dieter Freer and Vice Echanson Manfred Raiser. Dame Jennifer Philbrook and Vice Chargée de Missions Beth Lang. Vice Conseiller Gastronomique Hon. Deb Gross and Chevalier John Gross. Dame Amanda Fox, Dame Beth Roldan and Dame Ingrid Raiser. Vice Chargée de Missions Beth Lang, Vice Conseiller Gastronomique Lainie Freer, Vice Conseiller Gastronomique Hon. Deb Gross, Chevalier John Gross, Chambellan Provincial/Bailli Mon Roldan, Vice Echanson Manfred Raiser and Chevalier John Blaser. BAILLIAGES 76 :: C H A I N E U S . O R G :: 2 0 1 6 v 2

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