China Dinner
Bailliage of Shanghai
Shanghai, October 13, 2018
Fairytale evening at Shanghai Disney Resort
" The magical occasion ended with a happily-ever-after view of the fireworks "

A happily-ever-after evening was enjoyed at the ‘Fairytale Evening Princesses and Princes’ in Shanghai Disney Resort’s Enchanted Storybook Castle. A total of 109 Chaîne members and friends gathered on the castle’s outdoor terrace with a beautiful sunset backdrop over the theme park. Champagne Louis Roederer Brut Premier flowed freely and hors d’oeuvres were passed around by Disney staff dressed in traditional castle costumes. Photo opportunities were snapped up with Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.

This dramatic landmark, the Enchanted Storybook Castle, evokes a sense of timeless tradition, its graceful turrets reaching high into the sky toward wishes, hopes and childhood dreams. The Royal Banquet Hall with its themed rooms offers fairy-tale dining in a storybook setting with favourite Disney characters stopping for a chat.

Inside the castle, we sat at elegant tables in two separate dining spaces. Bailli Délégué Allen Wong greeted members and their friends with the traditional Chaîne introduction. Conseiller Culinaire Jürgen Sterkau introduced the menu with Jean-Marie Pratt, Sommelier at LEGLE France, presenting the wines.

MENU

Bread
Cigar-shaped rye bread with edible Chaîne logo

Amuse Bouche
Warm green asparagus soup
scallop fish cake, bell pepper

Appetizer
Hamachi sashimi
grapefruit sorbet, green apple wasabi granite, dill oil
Domaine Frédéric Mochel Riesling - Traenheim, Alsace

Soup
Winter green pea soup with slice of ‘5J’ ham

Mains
Pan-fried red snapper fillet
vegetable barigoule, Anna potatoes, Champagne vinegar sauce
Chablis Premier Cru ‘Vaillons’ - Domaine Seguinot-Bordet

M5 Wagyu beef fillet
mushroom duxelle, sous-vide lobster tail
Chateau Pibran - Paulliac

Cheese Course
Brie
 pecan nut crush, crisp puff

Dessert
“Frozen”
Château de la Roulerie - Coteaux du Layon, Loire

After the dinner, a line of chefs marched through the dining halls with beautifully-crafted “Frozen”-themed sugar and chocolate sculptures, all of which were successfully auctioned to the members and guests. 26,570 RMB (circa US$3850) was raised and earmarked for the supporting the Bailliage of China’s 2019 National Final of the Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs Competition.

Two members were celebrating their birthday, Michelle Sun, a Dame de la Chaîne from Shanghai, and Richard Liu, Bailli of Wenzhou [Ed. the newly-formed Bailliage launched on October 27th]. Accordingly, two Mickey Mouse cakes were presented to Michelle and Richard while everyone sang “Happy Birthday”!

Bringing the spectacular evening to a close, Bailli Délégué Allen Wong and Conseiller Gastronomique Lorin Young presented Shanghai Disney Resort Culinary Director, Maître Hôtelier Alan Orreal, and his team the Bailliage’s plaque in appreciation and recognition of their hard work in making such fantastic culinary dreams a reality.
 
The magical occasion ended with a happily-ever-after view of the fireworks, water fountain and laser light show in the VIP area in front of the castle.

Steven Weathers
Vice-Chargé de Presse