Pomp and finesse at Villa Rosa Kempinski
" Bailli Victor Gitobu with Vice-Échanson Ashe Ahluwalia gave the vote of thanks "
The prestigious Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel was the venue for this Chapitre of the Bailliage of Nairobi.
Members and their guests turned out in all their finery gracing the first event of the year with pomp and finesse. Perfectly-chilled glasses of Camille Cayran Or Chardonnay Brut (from the town of Cairanne in the Southern Rhône Valley) and Minuty M Rosé (made by Château Minuty in Provence) were enjoyed with canapes during the sunset cocktail hour in The Balcony Bar.
Bailli Délégué Shabnam Nayer, in her capacity as a Member of the Conseil Magistral, presided over the Induction Ceremony at which nine members were warmly welcomed into the fold.
The delicious six-course dinner was prepared under the leadership of Executive Chef Manoj Aswal who pulled out all the stops with a world-class menu. His selection of ingredients and cooking styles intertwined indigenous Kenyan ingredients like moringa* and cassava with French-style dishes.
The service team did a phenomenal job with their impeccable, synchronized service. Furthermore, the 49 diners were treated to a delightful selection of French wines, a veritable “Tour de France”.
Nitro strawberry croute with minted cream cheese
Fantinel Prosecco 2019 - Italy
Duck confit mille feuille
cheese and cauliflower brittle, roasted sweet potatoes
green apple compote, herb oil
Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2018 - Louis Latour, France
Moringa* soup with vanilla and bean flute
Domaine Riefle, Alsace, France
Raspberry sorbet with pickled ginger
Bourgogne Chardonnay 2020 - Louis Latour, France
En paupiette “Surf & Turf”
baked carum puff wrapped marinated jumbo prawns
beef tenderloin, mushroom duxelles, truffle and pepper mash
buttered baby vegetables, cranberry coulis
Gérard Bertrand ‘Kosmos’ 2018 (biodynamic)
Butterfly-cassava and white chocolate mousse
Crémant de Bourgogne Brut 2014
Veuve Ambal, France
Bailli Victor Gitobu with Vice-Échanson Ashe Ahluwalia gave the vote of thanks appreciating the Kempinski team led by General Manager Petra Baumann.
A special word of gratitude was extended to the event’s wine sponsors, The Wine Box and Le Decanter, as the evening drew to a close.
With such a memorable start to 2022, we can definitely look forward to a very exciting year of culinary excellence enjoyed in the company of the very amiable food and wine loving members of the Chaîne!
Vice-Chargée de Presse
* Ed. Moringa is native to the Indian sub-continent. It is also known as the miracle tree (for being an acknowledged superfood), the drumstick tree (from its triangular seed pods) or the horseradish tree (from the taste of the roots).