Celebration in the 'City of Brotherly Love'
" Worth the wait to celebrate with in-person dining? Absolutely 100% "
The Bailliage of Philadelphia is one of the oldest in North America. The city is often referred to as the “City of Brotherly Love”. Naturally, our Bailliage celebrates that spirit of camaraderie.
As vaccines are rolled out and the pandemic receded, it was with great fanfare that our first in-person event of 2021 was arranged to correspond with World Chaîne Day (WCD). To heighten the celebration this special event was held at a Chaîne favourite, At the Table Restaurant in suburban Wayne, Pennsylvania.
At the Table is run by the husband-and-wife team of Chef Alexander and Tara Buzan Hardy. We are consistently surprised and delighted by their inventive, beautifully prepared and presented cuisine combined with outstanding service. The November 2019 event held here so impressed everyone it was voted “Dinner of the Year”.
WCD provided the perfect opportunity to celebrate a trifecta: 1) in-person dining, 2) honour Chefs Alex and Tara with a ceremonial plaque, and 3) celebrate WCD with our friends worldwide.
At The Table team created an exceptional six-course dinner with that wow factor! Chef Alex described every ingredient as a line in a story, all of which culminated in a delightful culinary adventure for us.
Seated hors d’oeuvres
Smoked salmon gougères
Strawberry and goat cheese crostini
Wild mushroom toast, aged Balsamic, shaved Gruyère
Martorano Family Rosé of Zinfandel 2020
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
Gruet Brut Sparkling Wine NV - New Mexico
Maine Pemaquid oysters, herb raspberry mignonette
Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Monnières Saint Fiacre 2015
Domaine de la Pépière, Loire Valley, France
Foie gras, “O-Toro” bluefin tuna
bonito flakes, pickled mustard seeds
pickled shallots, bonito, foie aioli
Sake - Junmai Daiginjo Niigata
Pan-seared scallops, royal trumpet mushrooms
spicy carrot ginger sauce, herbed basmati rice salad
Kosta Browne ‘One Sixteen’ Chardonnay 2015
Russian River Valley, California
Coffee-rubbed venison, spring pea purée
gooseberries, Maitake mushrooms
baby marinated cucumber, red beets
K Vintners ‘The Hidden’ Syrah 2011
Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington State
Wild berry cheesecake
lemon curd, candied pecans
Chaîne officer Mary Ann Settembrino and Chargé de Presse Provincial Paul Koulogeorge were the planning masterminds for this amazing dinner and brought the wines. They created a festive experience including a wine trivia game with prizes. Live music played throughout the evening.
Bailli Thomas Knox (with over 22 years of service, one of the longest serving Baillis in the USA) held a ceremony to recognize Chef Alex and Tara for their “Dinner of the Year”. He presented them with a Chaîne-insignia plaque. They expressed what an honour to receive the award and their appreciation of the support Chaîne members have given throughout the past challenging year.
The At the Table team received a standing ovation. Before returning to the kitchen, the Chefs hung the plaque at the front entrance of the restaurant. In addition, the team lists the “Dinner of the Year” honour with the Chaîne logo on their menu to tell future guests of this recognition.
We discovered that all staff watch the documentary “King Georges” about famed Philadelphia Chef George Perrier, a highlight of the movie is when Chef Perrier receives an award from the Chaîne. When asked why, Chef Alex explained he wanted his team to understand the importance and significance of being recognized by the Chaîne.
Worth the wait to celebrate with in-person dining? Absolutely 100%. At the Table was the perfect venue for us to come together in Chaîne camaraderie in the “City of Brotherly Love.” This WCD celebration was outstanding so At the Table may just win “Dinner of the Year” again!
Vive la Chaîne!
Chargé de Presse Provincial, Bailliage Provincial of Mid-Atlantic