Mexico Chapitre
Playa del Carmen, September 6-7, 2019
Cirque du Soleil Joyá meets the Chaîne
" Many new friendships were established during the evening "

For two wonderful days, members and international guests attended our Chapitre hosted by local Bailli Attila Gombos and his Council at the beautiful Grand Velas Hotel located in Playa del Carmen, the main tourist destination in Mexico. The Chaîne spirit was complemented by sand, beaches and good friends from different parts of the country and the USA.

The programme started with dinner and champagne at the Cirque du Soleil Joyá, the only resident show located in Latin America. The tropical, luxurious complex received a delegation of 30. We had an original dinner combining local ingredients in a unique presentation, consistent with the setting and theme of the show.


Marinated watermelon, goat cheese, toasted chia seeds
Iberico ham served with Chaya leaf salad
edible flowers and drizzled with vinaigrette

Tartare of Baja cold-smoked catch of the day
with Mayan lime sphere and avocado puree

Soft Jicama taco with Dzik shrimp salad
cilantro radish salad with crispy blue corn chips

Braised short rib with roasted bone marrow
Joya corn crisp, fresh herb salad with local lime
smoked squash, Mayan tamal, chilli sauce
Salmon fillet with sour orange annatto seed sauce
cilantro puree, pineapple jicama avocado salad
sweet potato and corn

A perfect variety of desserts from Joyá’s Pastry Chef
dragon breath, strawberry dessert with dried ice

All accompanied by Joyá House Champagne

The Show´s band performed traditional music from Latin America including Son Jarocho from Veracruz, Ballenato and Cumbia from Colombia and Bossa Nova from Brazil. Once dinner was finished, the Joyá show started with acrobats, comedians and jugglers entertaining the audience for over an hour with a show themed on evolution, family and legacy.

The next day, attendees enjoyed sun and sand. At dusk, our special guest, Inducting Officer Harold “Hal” Small, Member of the Conseil d’Administration from the USA, supported by our Bailli Delegué Thierry Blouet and the National Council members, inducted the new Chargé de Presse for Mexico as well as 15 new members from five local Bailliages.

The celebratory reception was followed by a Gala Dinner at Piaf Restaurant located in the Grand Velas Hotel where 80 members and guests celebrated in true Chaîne fashion.


Rocher of Foie Gras
Champagne Veuve Clicquot Posardin Brut Réserve NV

Strawberry gazpacho, blue shrimp, caviar
Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Lágrimas de San Vicente -, Llano Colorado, Mexico

Lobster with citrus fruits
Chardonnay 2018
Lágrimas de San Vicente -, Llano Colorado, Mexico

Escargots ‘Amélie’, mussel foam
J 2:10 Cabernet Sauvignon/Nebbiolo 2015
Llano Colorado, Mexico

Pork belly, woodland mushrooms
Arcón San Vicente Nebbiolo/Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Llano Colorado, Mexico

Sheep’s milk crottin, truffle honey
Acrón San Vicente Cabernet Sauvignon/Nebbiolo 2014
 Llano Colorado, Ensenada, México

Fenugreek delight
Casa Madero Late-harvest Semillón/Gewurztraminer 2017
Valle de Parras, México


Many new friendships were established during the evening. In his closing words Bailli Delegué Thierry Blouet said, “The event was spectacular. Big thanks go to the Bailliage of Playa del Carmen. They took on the great responsibility and pulled it off. We had a dream dinner and Induction Ceremony. Vive la Chaîne!”

Marco Albarrán Arozarena
Chargé de Presse