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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Bonanza BY STEPHANIE BLASER, Vice Chargée de Presse VICE ECHANSON TODD Arkebauer was met with some skepticism when he unveiled "British Bubbly" as the theme for the Chicago Mondiale's event hosted by the Gage Hospitality Group on March 5, 2018. "The only bubbles coming out of the U.K. are in pints of ale," one mem- ber joked. Yet as attendees soon learned, England is fast becoming a source of world-class bubbles, winning awards and beating major champagne brands in blind-tasting competitions. The Brits are so serious about their sparkling wines that they have given them a name: "British Fizz"—a protected term for specific sparkling wines from England. Beverage Director/ Sommelier Jon McDaniel led the explo- ration of British Fizz. Confrères learned that more than 3,500 acres across England are now devoted to wine production, and 60 percent of all wine produced in Great Britain is spar- kling. Much to their delight, they sampled all five of the British producers available in Illinois. To complement the sparkling wines, Executive Chef Christopher Gawronski created a quintessentially British menu with Ashdown pigeon pudding as its cen- terpiece. Sommelier McDaniel paired each course with two sparkling wines and invited attendees to voice their preferences. Everyone definitely learned what all the "Fizz" was about! G CHICAGO The Gage March 5, 2018 POACHED MAINE LOBSTER Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs 2011 Hattingley Valley Classic Reserve N.V. SELSEY RAZOR CLAMS Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 2010 Digby Leander Pink Brut Rosé N.V. GRILLED RED MULLET ARUNDEL Digby Fine English Brut N.V. Camel Valley Brut Rosé 2014 ASHDOWN PIGEON PUDDING Roasted Pigeon Breast Nyetimber Brut Rosé N.V. Ridgeview Blanc de Noirs 2013 LARDY JOHNS Currant Preserves, Lavender Clotted Cream Bolney Estate Bubbly N.V. Ridgeview Fitzrovia Brut Rosé N.V. PHOTOS BY LORENZO TASSONE Dame Destiny Thompson and Vice Chargée de Missions Hon. Beth Lang. Professionnel de la Table Daniel Drake and Sommelier Daniel Pilkey. Chicago confrères and Gage Hospitality Beverage Director/Sommelier Jon McDaniel (holding plaque). Chevalier Steven Vinezeano and Dame Jennifer Philbrook. Chevalier Erik Gould and Chevalier Neil Fine. Conseiller Gastronomique National Mon Roldan, Gage Hospitality Beverage Director/Sommelier Jon McDaniel, and Vice Echanson Todd Arkebauer. MONDIALE 2 0 1 9 v 1 :: G A S T R O N O M E :: 129

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