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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A Tricentennial Celebration in New Orleans BY MARIE ADDARIO, Chargée de Presse National "ROYAL SONESTA DINNER of the Century"—quite a name for an event and perhaps intimidating for a chef and his culinary team. Not for Chef/New Orleans Maître Rôtisseur John Folse, however, who was the first-ever non-Italian to prepare a state dinner at the Vatican for the Pope as well as a dinner in Moscow for the Reagan/Gorbachev summit. This remarkable dinner at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans on July 14 marked the tricentennial celebration of the founding of la Nouvelle- Orléans. Chef Folse recreated a 1671 banquet at Château de Chantilly in honor of King Louis XIV. While history touts the banquet as a grand success, that wasn't the case for all. Distraught over the delay of the to prepare for the 2,000 attendees, fell upon his sword. He was found by a staff member who came to announce…the arrival of the fish. The idea for a joint dinner between the American Academy of Chefs (the 700-member honor society of the American Culinary Federation, which has a membership of approximately 17,000 chefs in the United States) and the Chaîne was hatched over a dinner of the AAC's Honorary Board of Trustees. Those involved in planning and executing the dinner were Conseiller Gastronomique National Honoraire Bert Cutino, Bailli Délégué Harold Small, AAC President/ Buffalo Maître Rôtisseur Mark Wright, and Chef/Maître Rôtisseur Folse. Also involved were Colonial New England Maître Rôtisseur TONY RITTER TONY RITTER FEATURE 20 :: C H A I N E U S . O R G :: 2 0 1 9 v 1

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