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Austria Chapitre

Bailliage Austria
Aigen im Ennstal, June 2-3, 2023

Styria, the green heart of Austria
" Everyone left Pichlarn Castle with beautiful memories, new acquaintances and anticipation of a reunion "

Pichlarn Castle has a turbulent past with various residents: noblemen, clergymen, industrialists, nature lovers. In 1972 it transformed into a luxurious hotel, wellness and golf resort now owned by our Bailli Provincial of Salzburg Georg Imlauer.

Forty years ago, in nearby Schladming in May during a Grand Chapitre, the Bailliage of Styria was founded under the title of “Guests in Styria, the green heart of Austria”. The Induction Ceremony was held in Admont Abbey’s world-famous library.

On the Friday evening we commenced this year’s Chapitre with a “Styrian” evening in one of the castle’s restaurants.

The grand finale of our programme commenced in glorious weather. Firstly, the Induction Ceremony took place under old lime trees in the castle’s park. It was presided over by Mohamed Najia, Member of the Conseil Magistral from Kuwait, assisted by Bailli Délégué Norbert Simon, who is a Member of the Conseils d’Administration and Magistral.

After a champagne reception, Bailli Provincial Georg Imlauer and Director General Maître Hôtelier Ines Wohlmuther-Maier invited everyone to the Gala Dinner in Pichlarn Castle’s ballroom. Toques-awarded Executive Chef Gottfried Prall and his team composed a first-class menu. Creativity and culinary art resulted in real culinary delights.

MENU

“Amuse gueule”
Salmon trout from Trautenfels
wasabi-soy cream

Beef tartare roulade from Ennstal’s Highland beef
avocado, cucumber, pea pod, Dijon mustard

Bottarga of mullet
char caviar, tomberry, beurre blanc

Stirred cherry sorbet
with champagne

Paella
monkfish, mullet, shrimp, truffle, quail

Iced forest blossom honey from Pichlarn estate
apricot, strawberry, tonka bean

WINES

Pinot Gris Ried Gola 2020
Wohlmuth Winery, Southern Styria

Roter Veltliner Ried Steinberg 2021
Fritsch Winery, Wagram

Champagne Thiénot Brut

Pinot Nero "Alto Adige" 2020
Franz Haas, South Tyrol, Italy

Ice Wine 2020
Kracher and Liliac, Lake Neusiedl

In his acknowledgements, Mohamed Najia emphasized that over 40 members of the kitchen and service brigades worked hard to bring us this special moment. Outstanding quality of ingredients, superb mastery of cooking technique, each plate had personality and consistency.

A wonderful Chapitre. Everyone left Pichlarn Castle with beautiful memories, new acquaintances and anticipation of a reunion.

Vive la Chaîne!

Werner Scheibenpflug
Chargé de Presse

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