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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Spring Awakes! BY ROSALIE LOWERY, Vice Chargée de Presse DESPITE THE OPTIMISM of a spring menu and tulips adorning the dining tables, unusually cool weather con- tinued to taunt Springfield Bailliage members on April 20, 2018. But attendees quickly dispensed with coats and gloves at Maldaner's Restaurant, trading them for the appetizers and bubbly served at the reception. Established in 1884, Maldaner's is one of the oldest restaurants on historic Route 66. Currently co- owned by Chef Michael Higgins and his wife, Nancy Higgins, the venue retains the charm of bygone eras. Chef Higgins relies on sea- sonal regional and local products, particularly the herbs and heirloom vegetables grown on his rooftop garden. This forward-thinking use of space also incorporates solar panels and is a home to his beehives. The six-course menu utilized items reflective of spring's bounty, including just- in-season morels for the chef's signature morel mushroom pie. Another delightful specialty was rack of lamb, frenched in the traditional manner. The meal closed with tender spring rhubarb gâteau Basque. (Fun fact: although thought by many to be a fruit, rhu- barb is technically a vegetable, notwithstanding one New York court declaring otherwise.) Departing confrères received a dinner favor of Chaîne earbuds—perhaps a supplication to the Spring Budding gods? Only their bailli knows for sure. G SPRINGFIELD Maldaner's Restaurant April 20, 2018 ENGLISH PEA SALAD Pea Tendrils, Mixed Greens Carol Shelton Coquille Blanc 2015 MOREL MUSHROOM PIE Capiaux Chimera Pinot Noir 2014 RABBIT TERRINE Capiaux Chimera Pinot Noir 2014 HALIBUT Wild Ramp Pesto, Arrabbiata Tomato Sauce Domaine Bachey-Legros Meursault 2010 RACK OF LAMB Fava Risotto, Red Wine Sauce Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac 2003 RHUBARB GÂTEAU BASQUE Kirschwasser Whipped Cream Park Cognac Borderies Single Vineyard Co-Owner/Chef Michael Higgins. Chevalier Eric Sommer, Chad Marschik, Chevalier Chris Graves, Dame Jennifer Graves, and Dame Nicole Sommer. Dame Karen Hunter Anderson and Chevalier Brian Anderson. Dame Karan Ross, Paula Velten, Chevalier Kevin Ogden, and Maître Restaurateur Jim Repeta. Lynn Scott and Maître Rôtisseur Patricia Staab. Dame Anna Pearson, Anne Haaker, and Vice Chancelier-Argentier Hon. David Haaker. Marvin Bowen, Dame Linda Bowen, Dennis Guastella, Rose Guastella, and Dame Mariann Pogge. BAILLIAGES 2 0 1 9 v 1 :: G A S T R O N O M E :: 91

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