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    Celebrating the Cuisine of New Orleans on Amelia Island

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    October 13, 2020 — The Amelia Island Bailliage enjoyed their first La Chaîne function of the season on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 outdoors at Lagnaippe Restaurant in Fernandina Beach. Owner and Chef Brian Grimley’s menu, inspired by the culture and flavors of French Creole combined with a unique twist on southern cuisine, brought more than “A Little Something Extra”,...

    A Virtual Victory Over the Virus Dinner

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    The members of the Amelia Island Bailliage celebrated Cinco de Mayo 2020, safe in their own homes, by enjoying a virtual dinner prepared by Chef Roberto Pestana of Espana Restaurant. Chef Roberto uses favorite Spanish and Portuguese recipes from his childhood and serves up his continental cuisine at his restaurant in Fernandina Beach, Florida.                   Cinco de Mayo is an annual...

    The Comfort of Home for The Holidays

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    “The Comfort of Home for the Holidays” annual holiday party on Amelia Island was held on Dec. 6, 2019 at the homes of Bailli Ross and Dame Clark Griffin and Dame Mary Pardue. As confreres, consoeurs and guests arrived at the Griffin home, they were greeted with flutes of Baron-Fuente Grand Cru Champagne NV. The Champagne reception on this warm...

    Amelia Island Black Tie Induction Dinner Confrerie De La Chaine Rotisseurs

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    The Golf Club of Amelia, at the entrance to the Ritz Carlton, was the venue for the “My Special Valentine” Induction dinner on Feb. 16. 2020. It featured the cuisine of the Ritz’s Golf Club Chef Ed Bennet, and was paired with outstanding wines. The Fallet-Dart Extra Brut Champagne reception with passed hors d’ oeuvres matched the elegant attire of the...

    Fall Into a Little Slice of France

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    Corks were popping on Nov. 4, 2019 while confréres and consoeurs, along with guests, were handed flutes of Veuve Cliquot Champagne as the diners gathered in the charming patio of Le Clos in Fernandina Beach. The overhead arbor of flowering vines in Le Clos's beautiful herb garden provided a cozy outdoor atmosphere in this 1906 French cottage. The conversation...