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December 4, 2022, La Jolla – Camaraderie rose to grand heights of holiday cheer on December 4 as the San Diego, La Jolla and Baja, Mexico Bailliages celebrated their new members at Nine-Ten Restaurant, located in the ironic Grand Colonial Hotel in La Jolla, California. The Grand Colonial Hotel is one of the oldest, original seaside hotels located in this smart seaside area of San Diego.

Inductees of the La Jolla, San Diego and Baja Bailliages with Bailli Provincial Phil Kress and Bailli La Jolla Marie Addario.

The village is known for its sweeping ocean views with posh boutiques and beautiful beaches. The Grand Colonial was the talk of the town when it was built in 1923, and it became a foundation for the community. The hotel celebrated its centennial in 2013 and is now a stunning example of modernization and historic respect.

Chevalier Martin Davis, Dame de la Chaîne Cindy Davis, Ms. Mia Anderson and Chevalier Josh Anderson.
Chevalier Rich Santore, Dame de la Chaîne Kathy Santore, Professionnel du Vin Loretta Falkner, Echanson Raymond Falkner.
Maitre Sommelier Georgina Estrada and Professionnel du Vin Gustavo Ortega.

Inducting officer, Bailli Provincial Far West Phil Kress and Baillis John Crisafulli (San Diego) and Marie Addario (La Jolla) along with Vice Chargée de Missions Baja, Mexico, Beatrice Blake inducted nine members into La Chaîne: Chevaliers: Elie Feghali, Daniel Novakovich, James Robinson, and Matthew Warter; Dames de La Chaîne: Lori Feghali, Cheri Cangelosi, Carol Carlisle, Julie Hutchinson and Karin Wentzel. From the Baja Bailliage, Gustavo Ortega, was elevated to Professionnel du Vin, and Georgina Estrada to Maître Sommelier.

Chef Jason Knibb.

Executive Chef Jason Knibb, who trained under celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck and Roy Yamaguchi, prepared a magnificent tasting menu of scallop crudo, duck breast and lamb loin with excellent wine pairings. His unique cheese course, a Comte tartlet with apple mostarda paired with Drappier, Champagne, “Carte d’Or” France, proved a crowd pleaser.

This festive international Chaîne celebration, the coming together of two U.S. Bailliages and one from Mexico, was filled with good cheer and conviviality and knew no borders of great food and wine.

Featured photo: Bailli – San Diego John Crisafulli, Dame de la Chaîne Jennifer Crisafulli, Dame de la Chaîne Shandi Johnson, Chevalier Michael Johnson, Dame de la Chaîne Karin Wentzel and Mr. Frederick Wentzel.

Photographer: Vincent Andrunas

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