VOL1 2019

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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Wonderful Wine Weekend BY TONY HIRSH, South Central Bailli Provincial THE SOUTH CENTRAL Region stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Blue Ridge Mountains. While the region boasts many world-class resorts, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, ranks among the very best. George Vanderbilt officially opened the Biltmore House to family and friends in 1895. The expanded estate remains under the owner- ship of the Vanderbilt family, whose gracious hospitality can be felt throughout, making it the perfect venue for the South Central Region's Mondiale weekend from June 8-9. The goal of the weekend was to provide confrères with an event they would long remember while reinforcing the value of their exclu- sive Mondiale membership. More than eighty members from twelve bailliages across the country attended. As befitting a Mondiale event, the first official activity involved wine education. Savannah Bailli Jean-Yves Vendeville, who heads the Culinary Institute at Savannah Technical College, conducted a seminar on the "Wines of the Southwest Region of France." Wines from places such as Cahors, Monbazillac, and Gascony accompanied Biltmore Estate Executive Chef Mark DeMarco's delicious cuisine from the same region in France. As the sun dipped behind the Blue Ridge Mountains, attendees gathered at Cedric's Garden located in Antler Hill Village for the induc- tion ceremony. Chef DeMarco once again prepared a superb dinner, which was paired with the newest generation of Biltmore Estate wines. Following dessert, attendees viewed the "Chihuly Nights" exhibit at the Biltmore. This permanent display of stunning, large-scale, lighted glass sculptures by premier American artist Dale Chihuly was a dra- matic finale to the evening. SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL MONDIALE WEEKEND PHOTOS BY BILL SITES AND TRINA MASSINGILL Asheville Maître de Table Hôtelier Charles Thompson, Asheville Bailli Beth Poslusny, and Asheville Vice Conseiller Gastronomique Arthur Loli. Triangle Vice Chargé de Missions Cameron Bridger, Triangle Vice Chargée de Presse Sandy Bridger, Dame Suzanne Cure, and Myrtle Beach Officier Rob Cure. MONDIALE 114 :: C H A I N E U S . O R G :: 2 0 1 9 v 1

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