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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Winter Wonderland Induction Gala BY DAWN H. GROHS, Vice Chargée de Presse FESTIVELY CLAD ASHEVILLE Bailliage members arrived at the Inn on Biltmore Estate on December 10 for a holiday induction gala. Music filled the hall as attendees enjoyed deli- cious appetizers and champagne. The grand ballroom had been transformed into a win- ter wonderland graced by snow-laden boughs with crystal accents. The evening opened with the inductions of Maître Rôtisseur Christina Franklin and Chevalier Albert Koch. Special guest Bailli Provincial Tony Hirsh officiated the ceremony. Assisting him were Bailli Provincial Honoraire Thomas Ruff and Bailli Beth Poslusny. The menu illus- trated the extensive talents of Head Chef Sean Eckman and his team. Culinary creativity ruled the evening. Foie gras in the shape of Christmas trees was accompanied by pumpernickel "gifts." The dessert appeared as Frosty the Snowman. Each dish was paired with the perfect liquid complement, including a hard cider from New York and Domaine Maurice Schoech Mambourg Grand Cru 2011 from Alsace. The magical evening closed with Nutcracker selec- tions performed by lead dancers from the Asheville Ballet. The duo danced to the familiar strains of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece, sending confrères home with visions of sugarplums and a large infusion of holiday spirit. G ASHEVILLE Inn on Biltmore Estate December 10, 2017 FOIE GRAS CHIBOUST Pumpernickel, Chocolate, Brandied Cherries, Pignoli Doc's Draft Sour Cherry Hard Apple Cider SCALLOP-CRUSTED SEA BASS Red Shrimp Risotto, Shellfish Brodo, Squid Domaine Gueneau les Griottes 2016 SOUS VIDE WAGYU STRIP LOIN Short Rib Ravioli, Potato Fondue Château Grange-Neuve la Fleur des Ormes 2015 BRIOCHE GRILLED CHEESE Gio Dominico Negro Birbèt 2015 VANILLA-POACHED PEAR Pavlova, Spiced Bourbon Gelato, Caramel Domaine Maurice Schoech Mambourg Grand Cru 2011 Maître de Table Hôtelier Charles Thompson, Mi Thompson, Chevalier Phillip Stout, Dame Paige Stout, Chris Levine, and Natalie Levine. Bailli Provincial Tony Hirsh and Bailli Provincial Hon. Thomas Ruff. Chevalier Al Koch, Maître Rôtisseur Christina Franklin, and Bailli Beth Poslusny. Asheville Ballet dancers Jaime Thompson and Daniel Johnson. Asheville Ballet dancers Jaime Thompson and Daniel Johnson. BAILLIAGES 2 0 1 8 v 2 :: G A S T R O N O M E :: 71

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