Le Chapitre du Nöel - Meritage at the Boston Harbor Hotel - Induction Gala December 2014


Chevalier Noah E. King, Chevalier Dr. Saul Cohen, Maître Hôtelier El Sayed M. Saleh & Dame de la Chaîne Elizabeth Cohen KingVice Echanson David Berman, Vice Chancelier Argentier Elizabeth M Georgantas, Ms. Shannon Noelle Pastuszak, Chevalier Alexander W. Vlachos & Vice Chargé de Missions Todd R. SaundersGrand Officier, Chevalier Azmi Hajjaj, Grand Officier, Dame de la Chaîne Delores Hajjaj, Vice Chancelier Argentier Honoroaire Theresa Huszar, M.D. and Bailli Provincial Nord-est Gabor Huszar, M.D.Chambelan Provincial Nord-est, Bailli de Boston Marshall L. Berenson, Professional de la Table Jamie Wainer, Professional de la Table Dr. Henry Wainer, Professional de la Table Marion Wainer and Professional de la Table Alexandra WainerVice Charge de Pressé Richard DeAgazio, Ms. Kathy L. Lynch, Chevalier Neal B. Siskind, Ms. Malu Siskind and Vice Echanson David BermanChevalier Alexander W. Vlachos, Ms. Shannon Noelle Pastuszak, Chevalier Paul Barros, Ms. Kathy L. Lynch and Vice Charge de Pressé Richard DeAgazioProfessional de la Table Alexandra Wainer, Professional de la Table Jamie Wainer and Professional de la Table Marion WainerProfessional de la Table Dr. Henry Wainer, Professional de la Table Marion Wainer, Professional de la Table Alexandra Wainer and Professional de la Table Jamie WainerChambelan Provincial Nord-est, Bailli de Boston Marshall L. Berenson, Ms. Shannon Noelle Pastuszak, Chevalier Brian R. Walshe, Ms. Alba Habipi and Chevalier Alexander W. VlachosVice Concelier Culinaire Daniel T. Bruce & the Golden GooseVice Concelier Culinaire Daniel T. Bruce & the Golden GooseChambelan Provincial Nord-est, Bailli de Boston Marshall L. Berenson, Commandeur XXX Maître Hôtelier El Sayed M. Saleh, Commandeur XX Chevalier Kenneth A. Johnston and Bailli Provincial Nord-est Gabor Huszar, M.D.Chambelan Provincial Nord-est, Bailli de Boston Marshall L. Berenson, Bronze Mondial Medal of Honor Recipient Professional du Vin Stephen Gaucher and Bailli Provincial Nord-est Gabor Huszar, M.D.Chambelan Provincial Nord-est, Bailli de Boston Marshall L. Berenson, Bronze Star of Excellence Recipient Vice Concelier Culinaire Daniel T. Bruce and Bailli Provincial Nord-est Gabor Huszar, M.D.Dr. Charles Birbara, Dame de la Chaîne Nada T. Jaber, Maitre Rôtisseur Rabih R. Jaber, Mrs. Janet Bibara, Maître Hôtelier El Sayed M. Saleh, Grand Officier, Chevalier Azmi Hajjaj, Grand Officier, Dame de la Chaîne Delores Hajjaj and Mrs. Maggie SalehInduction Class Boston 2014: Maître Rôtisseur Mr. William R. Smith II, Chevalier Brian R. Walshe, Chevalier Paulo R. Barros, Chevalier Stephen Samuels, Chambelan Provincial Nord-est, Bailli de Boston Marshall L. Berenson, Chevalier Colin McAllister Cunningham, Jr, Chevalier William James O’Shea, Maître Restauranteur Vinay Mehra, Maître Restauranteur Gwyneth B. Trost, Maître Restauranteur Amy Nomejko, Professional de la Table Marion Wainer, Bailli Provincial Nord-est Gabor Huszar, M.D., Professional de la Table Jamie Wainer and Professional de la Table Alexandra Wainer

December evenings in Boston can be frosty but anticipation of Le Chapître Du Nöel et Intronization Gala at Meritage in the elegant Boston Harbor Hotel had melted the gastronomic hearts of our Balliage.

During a season of seemingly never ending parties and receptions our expectations were rightfully high as our Bonne Bouche for this festive evening was to be none other than Boston’s award winning Vice Conseiller Culinaire Chef Daniel Bruce. Yet as we gathered with expectations high for the feast being prepared the revelers patiently waited as Bailli Provencial Nord-Est Gabor Huszar, M.D. presided over the formal intronization of no fewer than 15 new entrants to the Boston Bailliage. A speedy presentation was requisite for in addition to the copious quantity of inductions the ceremony included an elevation to Chambelan Provincial Nord-Est for  Boston Bailli Marshall L. Berenson; Commandeur presentations for Chevalier Kenneth Johnston (XX) and Maître Hôtelier El-Sayed Saleh (XXX) plus a Bronze Mondial Medal of Honor for Professional du Vin Stephen Gaucher and the Bronze Star of Excellence for our host Vice Concelier Culinaire Chef Daniel Bruce  

As is de rigeur in Boston our elegant and formal ceremony was accompanied by the presentation of the Golden Goose to the assembled and it’s partaking by the newly inducted.

With Chaîne business complete our reception began with Moet et Chandon, Brut Imperial Rose, Epernay France NV enjoined by delicious hors d’oeuvres of Maine lobster and sweet corn soup sips, maple smoked salmon on melted fennel blinis, braised rabbit & Anjour pear fritter and oxtail & quince confit on a grilled baguette sliver.

Proceeding into the beautiful Meritage restaurant space for dinner the assembled enjoyed the starting course of seasonal flash fried Nantucket scallops, capers, sauvignon blanc, lemon and baby tomatoes with micro greens paired with 2013 Domaine Celeztin Blondeau, Sancerre, Loire Valley, France. Next an exquisite char grilled black sea bass with buttered crosnes and a saffron, leek & shrimp nage was lovingly matched with the lush 2012 David Ramey, Russian River Chardonnay, Napa Valley California. We were moved to tears by the roasted wild mushroom & aged Parmesan risotto with piles of shaved fresh white Alba truffles with it’s pairing of 2004 Sori Paitin, Vicchie Vigne Riserva, Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy.  An equally mesmerizing course of pomegranate glazed Colorado lamb sirloin with crispy kale and roasted baby winter vegetables was accompanied by the 2012 Frogs Leap “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California that lead us into the cheese course of Jasper Hills Farm Harbison cheese with a warm melted fennel & brioche pudding that literally melted in your mouth. For the sweet finale, we were treated to a spiced pear cake with caramel mousse, spiced crème Anglaise and poached pears joined with the exquisite 2004 Chateau Climens Barsac, Sauterns, France. An amazing and magical meal & evening worth waiting for!

 

Vive la Chaîne!


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