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John Bentley’s in Redwood City was the perfect place for Bailli Harry Doukazian’s final event. Harry’s first event as bailli of Hillsborough chapter was held at Bentley’s – so he wanted his last event to be there also.

Owner and Executive Chef John Bentley, known for the care and quality of ingredients in his cooking, serves seasonal American cuisine in an elegant, but comfortable setting.

Fifty members and guests attended this memorable event on July 30, 2011. During the Reception, Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee 2007 was poured. Several delicious hors d’oeuvres were passed. This was a great time for socializing and camaraderie.

An Induction was held before dinner.  Bailli Provincial Pacific Northwest Mike Martello inducted Lois Gogol as the new bailli.  Other members of her board were also inducted: Eugene Daley, VC Gastronomique; Walter Renner, VC Culinaire; Orley Hatfield, V Echanson; Clarine Hatfield, V Chargee de Presse.

A 4-course dinner was prepared by John Bentley. Chosen as first course was a delicious pan-seared wild king salmon on top of sweet corn hash and preserved lemon roast heirloom tomato confit. This was pared perfectly with Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc 2010.

This was followed by housemade spinach papardelle with braised muscovy duck ragout. Excellent Merry Edwards Russian River Pinot Noir 2007 was pared with this. Savory pomegranate marinated grilled lamb chops with vegetable tagine and rosemary jus was the main course, pared with Graziano Rocky Creek Zinfandel 2005. 

A delightful trio of strawberry Bavarian, warm apple tart with sun-dried cherry ice cream and bittersweet chocolate torte was served for dessert! Iron Horse Russian River Cuvee 2006 was served.  Delicious!

There were many comments on the tastiness of the dinner courses and “just the right size” portions.

Bailli Harry Doukazian gave a “farewell” speech and VC Argentier John Roberts presented him with a gift from the Chapter. Not to be forgotten, Harry’s wife, Carol, was also toasted.  Everyone cheered as Marilyn Wolper sang a special “farewell” parody to Harry.  A plaque was given to Walt Renner from the board for 5 years of dedication and diligence as V.Concellier Gastronomique.

The evening was a great “farewell” to our past Bailli Harry and a great “hello” to our incoming Bailli Lois!