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Venezuela Chapitre

Caracas, December 6, 2012

This Chapitre was staged around the Bailliage’s Annual Christmas Dinner being held as usual at the Gran Meliá Hotel in Caracas.

A beacon of luxury and refinement in the midst of the captivating city that is Caracas, the 5-star hotel is bathed in elegance and adorned with majestic decor making it a principal destination for the elite.

Early in the evening we gathered in the Salon where the Induction Ceremony was celebrated. Chancelier Fabian Ponce welcomed the members and their guests. He reserved a special welcome for Bailli Délégué Honoraire Wolfgang Gutmann who, in his capacity as a Member of the Conseil Magistral, had been appointed as Inducting Officer.

After a resume of the history of the Chaîne worldwide, the oath was taken by the inductees. The new National officers were inducted first and remained on the stage. They were followed by 23 new members and promotions. Two Officier Commandeurs received their plaque for their 30 years of membership.

After the inductions we adjourned to the Piano Bar, where some 110 members and guests enjoyed exquisite Champagne and drinks together with fine hors d’oeuvres.

The Maitre D’ escorted us to the festively-decorated banquet room for an exceptional Gala Christmas Dinner prepared by Gran Meliá’s Executive Chef, Halston Strubinger and his brigade. The outstanding eight-course menu was served with the finest wines from around the world. The culinary highlights were enjoyed with soft music played by a well-known band.

Whilst the after-dinner drinks were being enjoyed, the kitchen and service brigades were presented to well-earned applause. The Chapitre was truly an event worthy of the Chaîne, given the extraordinary gastronomic experience with an ambiance of great camaraderie and friendship.

Vive la Chaîne !

Wolfgang Gutmann, Bailli Délégué Honoraire

Photos (c) Gran Meliá Hotels