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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Island Food and Wine Festival Dinner BY URS E. SCHMID, Chevalier EVERY APRIL, THE Galveston Island Wine Festival brings thousands of visitors to the island. The event is put on by Yaga's Entertainment, a company run by Galveston Maîtres de Table Restaurateur Mike Dean and Elizabeth Dean. Each year, during the city- wide festival, the Galveston Bailliage holds its own Chaîne- sponsored dinner. On April 12, 2018, members gathered at the American National Insurance Tower, which offers spectacu- lar views of the historic downtown as well as the Houston Ship Channel. Executive Chef/ Vice Conseiller Culinaire Urs Schmid delighted diners with some of his signature dishes, including a personal favorite—spätzle. One of the island's few classically trained French chefs, the Swiss-born chef brings his culinary expertise and pas- sion to every meal he prepares. Adding to the fun, the group had the privilege of selecting the grand-champion wines in both the white and red categories. The wines had already been whittled down from more than one hundred candidates. The blind tasting is always a thrill as palates are pushed to the limit. Members concentrated fiercely to deduce even the tiniest perceived perfections, compared notes, and found their favorites—and then crossed fingers while the winners were called out. Overheard at one table: "I knew it…I told you it was a pinot!" G GALVESTON American National Insurance Tower April 12, 2018 PAN-SEARED GULF SNAPPER Lump Crab Meat, Sauce Vin Blanc, Spinach Soufflé Miner Family Winery Pop 300 Oakville White Blend 2016 ROASTED POBLANO PEPPER SOUP Toasted Almonds Cloudline Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2016 PRIME FILET MIGNON AND SEARED DIVER SCALLOPS Mushroom Gratin, Riesling Beurre Blanc, Fresh Vegetables, Spätzle Dusted Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2013 Liparita Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 BAKED ALASKA Maître de Table Restaurateur Mike Dean, Executive Chef/Vice Conseiller Culinaire Urs Schmid, Bailli Jan Pozzi, Argentier National Hon. James Pozzi, and John Vandewalle. Chevalier Christopher Robb, Dame Marie Robb, Chevalier Tom Hutton, Dame Mary Hutton, Dame Gretchen Schulz, and Chevalier Steve Schulz. Chevalier Andy Mytelka, Bailli Jan Pozzi, Maître de Table Restaurateur Elizabeth Dean, and Argentier National Hon. James Pozzi. Megan Schmid, Jeane Adler, and Dame Kim Mytelka. Chef Rôtisseur Chris Lopez, Executive Chef/Vice Conseiller Culinaire Urs Schmid, and Chevalier Urs Schmid. BAILLIAGES 42 :: C H A I N E U S . O R G :: 2 0 1 9 v 1

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