China Chapitre
Bailliage of Chongqing
Chongqing, October 20, 2018
Swords drawn
" The dinner itself featured Peruvian specialities "

The Chaîne brought flavours of ancient South American cultures from the mountains of Peru to the clouded hills of Chongqing at one of the city’s top dining experiences of 2018.

Led by Peruvian celebrity Chef Eduardo Vargas, creator of leading Shanghai dining venues Azul Tapas Lounge and Colca, the event featured an eight-course culinary journey through Peru’s unique blend of native South American culture and Spanish colonial influence.

In a ceremony that recalled the ancient European origins of the Chaîne, in his capacity as a Member of the Conseil d’Administration, Bailli Délégué Allen Wong dubbed new inductees into our association by sword as is the tradition.

There followed a glittering black tie celebration in the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Chongqing Liberation Square Hotel where the best of world cuisine was complemented by live modern jazz.

The experience began with a champagne reception featuring traditional Peruvian elements adapted in the amuse bouche such as plantain and suckling pig with a modern twist.

The dinner itself featured Peruvian-influenced delicacies.

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Eduardo's grilled bread
roasted onion black salt butter, roasted marinated olives

Lobster ceviche
citrus "tiger's milk", corn, sweet potato
Louis Jadot Chablis 2017

Chupe
seafood, feta, corn, quail egg chowder

Halibut and octopus
Peruvian flavours, "chupe" sauce
pea puree, Peruvian ravioli
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Pan-seared foie gras
tacu-tacu cake, lentil, mango salsa, Port reduction

Carapulcra
Iberico pluma pork, Incan potato and peanut stew
mint chimichurri, Iberico powder
Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba 2016

Intermezzo
Pisco sour sorbet

Beef tenderloin
tomato-aji pepper sauce, purple potato
Yunnan mushroom salsa
Powell & Son Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016

Cacao three ways
foam, ice cream and nougatine
traces of three milks, pisco jelly
Urziger Würzgarten Riesling Spatlese 2016 - Dr Loosen

The Chaîne’s mission is to bring together like-minded gourmets from any background in an atmosphere of conviviality and comradeship. In Chongqing, the true spirit of our association was much in evidence as the Chapitre brought the city a truly unique ceremonial celebration of food, wine, and international friendship.

Dominik Widmer
Bailli