Dear members of the National Bailliage de Russie of the Chaine des Rotisseurs and our friends,
I am most happy to welcome you on the official website of Bailliage de Russie.
The programme started on Thursday with the traditional welcome dinner held in Vodka Room No 1 combined with a tour in the Vodka museum. On Friday the group travelled by boat to Peterhof and Konstantinovsky Palace which reopened in 2003 when world-leaders came to Saint Petersburg to celebrate the City's 300th Anniversary. The lunch was served in the new Summer Palace (opened 3 years ago). In the evening there was cultural/theater programme followed by an after-theater dinner in the Caviar Bar of the Grand Hotel Europe. On Saturday, lunch was served aboard the restored New Island floating restaurant, followed by sightseeing around the City, including a visit to Hermitage. The Induction Ceremony was held on Saturday in the golden theater of the Yusupov Palace.Coctails followed the ceremony, and a splendid Diner de Gala was served to the air of a special programme of music. The Palace was one of five that the Yusupovs, Russia's then wealthiest family had in Saint Petersburg prior to the Revolution. It is also notorious because, in the cellars , the young Felix Yusupov killed the famous preacher and religious healer, Gregory Rasputin.
I am happy to inform you that the 11th Grand Chapitre will be held in Moscow. It will be the first Grand Chapitre in the capital of Russia, and will take place from 6-9 September with an optional programme in Saint Petersburg. The Bailli regional of Moscow, Gerhard Metrovits, and his team are preparing the prgramme which will be announced soon.
A number of dinners amical is scheduled in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. The first ones took place in February in Moscow and at the Novotel in Saint Petersburg. I will keep you informed on the forthcoming events this year.
In June, the Young Chef's Competition, has been scheduled in Grand Hotel Europe in Saint Petersburg. The winner will represent Russia in the international finales in Berlin, Germany, which will take place on the 14th September. On Monday, 2nd April the Sommeliers Competition took place in the Batschug Kempinski Hotel in Moscow. The winner Polina Gridasova will participate and represent Russia in the international finals on the 21st September in Cape Town, South Africa.
Bailliages National worldwide are inviting you, dear members, to join and to participate in their Grand Chapitres. I will copy you by mail on all information we receive. I encourage you all to take the opportunity to travel and discover different fascinating countries and superb gastronomic delights of top local restaurants in the world. Sharing the pleasures of fine dining and good wines with Chaine members is the perfect occasion for both creating new bonds of friendship and networks and developing the gastronomic values.
Vive la Chaine!
With my warmest regards,
Bailli Delegue of Russia