Welcome to the Calgary and Southern Alberta Bailliage of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs

Toni-Marie Ion-Brown

Bailli Regional Message September 2020

Hello fellow Châine members,

It is now September and we find ourselves in this strange new world of safety protocols, social distancing and now, mandatory masks. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the previously scheduled events from March-September have now been officially cancelled. The National Grand Chapitre in Winnipeg that was scheduled for October has been cancelled as well.

I know that this saddens and perhaps even frustrates some members; others will believe this is a best decision and necessary. Regardless of the response, this is the reality. The venues that were responsible for hosting have carefully made their decisions and decided to cancel and I respect these decisions.  As a member that has hosted numerous events, I can understand that hosting an event under the restaurant protocols currently in place may not appeal to those previously committed with hosting events for the membership to enjoy.  I ask you to respect these decisions and be patient. Our professional members are dealing with many challenges- limited capacities, lost revenues due to the forced closure, added costs due to PPE and sanitation requirements, and an unknown future. Please support our establishments by making a reservation or enjoying their take out offers.

I can understand that many of you may be hesitant to go to events or to dine with people that are not family or close cohort. There is however a desire to return to a new normalcy.

I am pleased to share with you that a Chaîne weekend in Jasper is being planned. The Jasper Park Lodge and Mark Warwin, Maître Hôtelier, will be hosting us the weekend of October 9 and October 10, 2020. I anticipate the invitation to be ready this week. Please watch for your invitation and save the date if you are wanting to attend. This invitation will be very limited (due to government restrictions). The invitation will have a guest room link so please wait for the confirmed attendance prior to booking a room.

I look forward to dining with you when it is again possible. Until then, be safe and well.