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Spain 2014 Events to date

May 31, 2014

A resume of some of the events held this year so far

For the first five months of this year, Bailli Délégué Amable Prieto Montero with his national and local Bailliage officers have organised a varied programme of gastronomy and culture for the members in Spain.

Smaller more intimate events have been the order of the day. However there will be a formal, grand-scale event in October, namely the Bailliage’s annual Grand Chapitre being held in Marbella on the Costa del Sol.

Below then is a resume of some of the events held this year so far (i.e. as at the end of May).

Best wishes to all our Chaîne friends around the world. As always we look forward to welcoming you to our events sometime!

Remedios Seijo Diaz, Chargée de Missions

February 8-9: Chapitre in Ourense (Galicia)
As is now the custom we programmed a ‘mini’ Chapitre to coincide with ‘Xantar’, the Galician Gastronomy and Tourism Exhibition in Ourense. Spain’s economic recovery is gaining momentum after two years of recession. A bumper summer tourist season and good harvest in the autumn of 2013 helped to create a feeling of hope within the tourism and gastronomy and sectors.

As well as presenting new members with the Chaîne regalia, the Induction Ceremony was notable for Alejandro Rubin being promoted to be the new Bailli of Ourense, his predecessor, José Antonio Lopez, having moved to Madrid.

March 12: Visit to the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid
The Sofía is Spain’s national museum of 20th century art. Where better to start our series of cultural visits! The museum is principally dedicated to Spanish art. Highlights include excellent collections of Spain's two 20th century masters, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. The most famous masterpiece in the museum is Picasso's painting ‘Guernica’. An informal dinner followed at a nearby restaurant.

April 26: Professionals’ Plaque Presentation
It was with much pleasure that we formally welcomed into the Chaîne Juan Angel Ferrer Bermejo, Chef of the well-known Restaurante Casa Juan in Plasencia (in the western Spanish province of Cáceres).

At a special Extremadura-themed dinner organised by Carlos Martinez Guardado, Ballli of Asturias, Juan was presented with the Professionals’ Plaque. With his partner Elizabeth Gutierrez he opened his restaurant in 1997. It has become a benchmark of good cooking. Such is the reputation that customers come from as far afield as Madrid, Salamanca and the north.

April 29: Visit to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
The Thyssen, named after its founder, is near the Prado Museum on one of city's main boulevards. It is known as part of the "Golden Triangle of Art", which includes the Prado and also the Reina Sofia national galleries.

May 9: Flamenco Party
As always there was our Flamenco party! Whilst today's Flamenco bears only a passing resemblance to the Andalusian folk dances of old, it is undeniably popular to both Spaniards and visitors alike, and continues to be a colourful, loud and impressive experience. Our calendar of activities would not be complete without this event!

May 29: Visit to the Sorolla Museum
Most recently we visited the museum in Madrid dedicated to the works by the artist Joaquín Sorolla. The building was originally the artist's house, and was converted into a museum after the death of his widow. It was very interesting and surprising not only to be able to enjoy the artist's work, but also to appreciate the surroundings where he lived and created his works.

After the visit we dined in the Restaurante Casa Ananías, one of the oldest Professional-member establishments in the Bailliage. Our host was Maître Rôtisseur Roberto Cardo Gomez, the third generation of the family-run eatery. We enjoyed a dinner based on traditional dishes that was absolutely delightful.