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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in Paradise BY THELMA NEGLEY, Vice Chargée de Presse THIRD STREET SOUTH in historic Old Naples is known for its fabulous holiday decorations. Tiny lights adorn palm trees, storefronts, and Christmas trees. Upon entering the Ridgway Bar & Grill for their holiday din- ner on December 16, Naples Bailliage members were greeted by the sparkle of thousands of these lights. Owner/Executive Chef Tony Ridgway, who has owned restau- rants in Naples since 1971, is known as the patriarch of Naples restaurateurs. Champagne and hors d'oeuvres were served in the courtyard, lush with tropical flora. In the dining room, the lovely centerpieces were a mix of holiday greens, pinecones, and white orchids. Chef Ridgway uses many locally sourced ingre- dients in his menus, and for this dinner, he incorporated several, such as Pine Island crab. He also prefers all natural meats, evidenced in the entrée—a luscious Niman Ranch lamb duo. Since it was a holiday party, attendees were given gifts: velvet pouches embellished with the Chaîne crest for their ribbons. They departed into the balmy night feeling merry and nourished by wonderful food, wine, and holiday wishes from fellow confrères. G NAPLES Ridgway Bar & Grill December 16, 2015 SAUTÉED PINE ISLAND JUMBO LUMP CRAB Crisp Pancetta, Sweet Corn Grits Cake, Green Garlic-Herb Cream Gerard Boulay Sancerre Chavignol Rosé 2014 RICOTTA-SPINACH GNOCCHI Shallots, Fresh Tomatoes, Brown Butter, Shaved Ricotta Salata Elio Artare Barbera d'Alba 2012 NIMAN RANCH BRAISED LAMB SHOULDER AND RACK CHOP Sweet Pea Pesto, Puréed Celery Root, Ratatouille Château Monbousquet St.- Émilion Grand Cru 2008 ALMOND-CHOCOLATE TORTE Warm Blackberry-Raspberry Compote, Crushed Almond Brittle Morlet Billet Doux Late Harvest Sémillon 2009 Dame Jackie Ressa, Vice Echanson Joey Wendt and Dame Kay Bork. Harriet Margolis and Pair de la Chaîne/Grand Commandeur Shelly Margolis. Vice Chargé de Presse National Hon. Roger Weatherburn- Baker and Vice Chargée de Presse Thelma Negley. Chevalier Rip Norman and Molly Hamilton. Margot Hickson and Vice Chancelier-Argentier Ian Reece. Valerie Wendt and Vice Echanson Joey Wendt. Dame Nancy White and Lisa Merritt. BAILLIAGES 2 0 1 6 v 2 :: G A S T R O N O M E :: 87