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

Toni-Marie Ion-Brown

Bailli Regional Message December 2020

Dear Fellow Chaîne Members,

I love December and Christmas is my favourite season. For the past nine years, this has included a celebration with my Chaîne friends. Sadly, this is not possible in 2020, and our lives have been dramatically adjusted. We are getting used to wearing masks, maintaining physical distancing, having seated receptions, sitting with cohorts, making reservations, and often-times being with our families only. The most – recent restrictions, will now find us only able to dine with those in our immediate households. These are unprecedented times , and the everyday luxuries are missed and a longing for normalcy is stronger than ever.

I want to recap that our most recent past events. Our Bailliage enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend at the Jasper Park Lodge on October 9 and October 10. This was my first Chaîne Thanksgiving weekend and I know fully can appreciate the magic of this. On November 13, we were co-hosted at the Azuridge Estate Hotel and enjoyed wines by Willow Park Wines & Spirits. It was a lovely escape to the country, a delicious event with great company. The camaraderie of the table is something that we all cherish, and we are so fortunate to have the Chaîne to bring us together for this unique purpose.

I encourage everyone to support our Chaîne establishments during these pandemic times. Our professional members need our support now more than ever. Whatever the occasion may be, please raise a glass and give a “Vive la Chaîne” to honour our peers. If you are using social media, please tag us @chainecalgary – we would love to have some Christmas cheer shared via Facebook or Instagram.

Looking forward to 2021, I am happy to share the following confirmed scheduled events:

Yellow Door Bistro DA January 31
The Guild DA April 24
The Post Hotel OM May 21
The Post Hotel DA May 22
Alloy DA July 25
The Crossing at Ghost River-AGM August 28
Banff Springs Hotel DA/ Intronization December 18

We are finalizing details for an additional OM, progressing on plans for 2021 Jeunes Chef and Jeunes Sommeliers Competitions respectfully. Please watch your email for event registration.

I look forward to dining with you soon. It is my honour to serve as your Bailli and I wish each and everyone of you a Very Merry Christmas.

Be safe and well,