Chaîne Garden State Baillage

The Garden State Chapter of the not-for-profit Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is a dynamic group of food and wine enthusiasts, in excess of 60 members, with discerning palates who share a common interest in a passion for fine cuisine and wines based in education, camaraderie and fun around the table

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George Staikos
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Garden State 2020 Induction Dinner

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Garden State Bailliage

42nd Induction Dinner – November 8, 2020

By Victor S. Sloan, MD, Vice Chargee de Presse

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On Sunday, November 8, 2020, the Garden State Baillage celebrated its 42nd Induction Dinner at The Ryland Inn. About 220 years old, the restaurant was purchased and renovated by Frank and Jeanne Cretella of Landmark Hospitality. The Baillage has a long history of hosting events at the Ryland going back to the 1970s when the Baillage was established as Hunterdon-Princeton. Obviously, much has changed since the Baillage held its 40th Induction at the Ryland almost exactly 2 years ago. We were fortunate that the weather was unseasonably warm so we could have the doors to the ballroom open, and we were all masked and appropriately distanced both during the induction ceremony and at dinner.

Chef Christopher Albrecht is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, and prior to coming to the Ryland Inn worked at such renowned institutions as Gramercy Tavern and Craft. As Chef Albrecht has been a pioneer of the farm-to-table movement, even giving a TED talk on the subject, many of the courses contained locally sourced ingredients. A special highlight was a Salt Baked Rockfish, presented in the dining room before being served with wilted Napa Cabbage, julienne French green beans, leek, celery, toasted macadamia nuts, stinging nettle puree (from the Ryland’s own garden), charred onion preserve and charred onion broth poured tableside.

Inductions were performed by Georges Muller, Chancelier Delegue, Academie Brillat-Savarin Hon. Chancelier Muller is the longest-standing active (and a charter) member of the Baillage. In his introduction, Bailli Staikos highlighted Chancelier Muller’s service to the Baillage, including multiple terms as Bailli as well as his overall contributions to the Baillage over the past 40+ years.

The Baillage had a probable record 9 inductions: Dennis Shuman and Jack Micali as Chevaliers, Cecilia Micali and Heidi Tuozzolo as Dames de la Chaine, John Niser as Maitre Hotelier, and Stephanie Foo, Melis Taskoy and Kirk Richardson as Rotisseurs. Our own Vice Conseiller Culinaire Michael Salvatore was inducted into the Societe Mondiale. In addition, Mark Stern was recognized with an Officier Commandeur pin for a remarkable 30 years of membership (in absentia). The Bronze Star for Service to the Chaine was presented to Vice Chancelier Argentier Lawrence Lavigne, and the first annual Garden State “Spirit Award” was presented to Peter Goodell, who since his induction at our 40th induction has attended all but one of the Baillage’s events. Pinto Naravane, winemaker at Rasa Vineyards in Washington State was elevated to Vice Echanson. We were fortunate that Vice Echanson made a gift
of his 2012 Creative Impulse to have (along with the 2014 Ramey “Platt Vineyard” pinot noir) with our entrée of Braised Veal Breast.

We all hope and pray that the pandemic is soon brought under control, but under the leadership of Bailli Staikos, the Garden State Baillage continues to lead in inventive events that are either virtual or safely held live.