Rhode Island Chaîne des Rôtisseur
It was a warm, sunny afternoon, as thirty confreres and their guests strolled down lower Thames Street in historic Newport. All were excited to be out in the beautiful spring weather, to enjoy a casual, yet delicious dinner together at Stoneacre Pantry!
Named after a Newport estate designed in 1884 by the famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmstead, Stoneacre Pantry opened in August, 2013. Sharing a passion for farmer’s markets, Pastis, and the wines of Burgundy, General Manager David Crowell and Director of Operations Christopher Bender teamed up to realize their dream! A casual venue, Stoneacre Pantry prides their delectables on sustaining and supporting positive relationships with local farms and fishermen. These partners obtain fish from local waters, and meats from local farms that raise animals humanely. Their eclectically sophisticated wines highlight small French wine producers, and other sumptuous cocktails use deliciously fresh, house made elements. The ginger ale was made with fresh ginger, and was a tantalizing treat for our taste buds!
The culinary masterminds and their team of experts prepared the most fantabulous, absolutely scrumptious, dishes….one after the other with impeccable wine pairings. The whole dining experience at this restaurant was nothing short of a complete gastro-magical delight for our bailliage!
The Ocean State Bailliage held its annual Holiday Dinner on December 6th at the beautiful Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus. Under the direction of our own Vice Conseiller Culinaire Thomas Delle Donne, Johnson & Wales culinary students worked tirelessly with their Assistant Dean of Culinary Relations, and our longtime Chaine compadre to prepare a phenomenal feast! Every aspect of this meal was fantastic!
To complement the expertise of Chef Delle Donne and his team of epicurean extrodinaires, Ian Davies, President and CEO of Davies Family Selections, a leading importer of premium wines in the US, shared his intriguing knowledge of the exquisite wine and food pairings we enjoyed on this festive evening.
Current confreres and new members alike were delighted and dazzled by the culinary talent, and ambiance of the evening at an institution we hold so dear to our hearts… Johnson & Wales University you make us so proud!
All organizations have a purpose, strategic plan and set of tactical objectives. But only the truly great organizations have a soul. In 1995, we created The Chaîne Foundation in hopes that one day, long after we have all sipped our last Premier Grand Cru, it could provide a meaningful legacy. The dream was that, through the Foundation, we would provide scholarship support to those who brought so much to our tables. In the score of years since its inception, the Chaîne Foundation has provided culinary and hospitality programs around the country with more than $4 million is scholarship support.
In November, Paul Damiano, Bailli of Providence, and Dave Wilson, Bailli Délégué Honoraire and the founder of the Chaîne Scholar program, visited Johnson & Wales University’s Providence campus to present this year’s gift and to meet four students from that campus who were Chaîne Scholars. As an aside, there are six more winners at Johnson & Wales campuses in North Miami, Charlotte and Denver.
And what an honor it was. Not only are these young ladies exceptional students, each, has a dream. Genoa wants one day to be the chef in a Michelin Star restaurant; Mina’s father was a corrections officer and her mother a social worker. Mina wants to work in either a correctional facility or a school where, maybe just maybe, she can make someone’s life a little bit better. Tara plans to continue her studies after her culinary degree and earn a certificate in pastry so that she can open her own catering business. And Gina, who has a sibling with a medical condition wants to continue her studies in food science into graduate school.
These are the Chaîne Scholars and they give us a rare look into the future; a future that today’s youth will shape. Each of these students shared the same story: “Without the scholarship from the Chaîne Foundation, we would not be able to finish our degree programs.”
We, the Chaîne, are simply small angel investors in their futures. But let us never lose sight of the importance of that small investment that we make. And let us never forget the importance of our beloved Chaîne’s soul, The Chaîne Foundation.