Gastronome

VOL2 2018

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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Building a Good Foundation The Chaîne Foundation concluded another excellent year. Seventy-eight percent of our 6,000 members made contributions in support of the Foundation. The primary source of funds is Chaîne member donations, and members contributed over $13,000 for Brillat-Savarin scholarships. Twenty-four organizations received grants, with many receiving $1,000 in matching funds from the Foundation for bailliage contributions. Nine regional Young Chefs Rôtisseurs Competitions were supported with $5,000 contributions to each sponsoring culinary school, and a $25,000 contribution was made to Trident Technical College of Charleston, South Carolina, where the national competition was held. Approximately 40% of the member donations are generated by Foundation Friends, with each Friend donating $1,000 annually and raising over $61,000. An updated history of the philanthropy of the Chaîne is available on the national website: click on Community Outreach to see tabs for the Chaîne Foundation, Foundation Friends, Young Chefs Rôtisseurs and Young Sommeliers competitions, and Brillat-Savarin. Under the Chaîne Foundation tab, click on Philanthropy to find a 4-page history of the Foundation and what some members and bailliages have done over the years. Our 2018 auctions brought in record sums. Special thanks to Foundation Vice Chair Keith Chappell and Foundation Trustee/Bailli Honoraire Gene Daly. Thank you to Bert Cutino, Hal Small, Mark Wright, Rico DiFronzo, and John Folse for their time and efforts in raising $20,000 at the joint Chaîne des Rôtisseurs and American Academy of Chefs (AAC) fund-raising dinner in New Orleans on Bastille Day 2018. Rufus and Yvette Cressend and New Orleans Bailliage members provided support for this event. Thanks also to Grand Echanson Joseph D'Ambrosio for organizing Friends events in May and to Michael Ty for organizing the Foundation Friends luncheon at Renton Technical College in Seattle. With tax law changes, deductions for charitable giving remain unlimited, as well as the ability to donate from an IRA up to $100,000 per year by an individual who is at least 70.5 years old. There is a way to spread your IRA charitable distributions received in one year and spread them over several years. There is also a way to maximize your charitable contributions and obtain the benefit of the automatic $24,000-per-couple annual deduction. How this is done is in a memorandum (to be reviewed by your own tax professional). Contact me at jburson@slk-law.com or the Chaîne's Executive Director Kevin Dunn at KevinD@chaineus.org to have it sent to you via email. A final thanks to all of our Foundation Trustees and Advisors for their participation and volunteer efforts on behalf of the Foundation. I look forward to seeing you in Seattle. John H. Burson Foundation Chair 2 0 1 8 v 2 :: G A S T R O N O M E :: 31 PHILANTHROPY

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