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La Chaîne once again visited Søllerød Kro (Sollerod Inn). Last year there wasn’t room for all who wanted to participate, and it was same situation now; the event was booked to capacity almost 2 months in advance. Amongst participants were three foreign Ambassadors to Denmark, along with several international visitors.
Chaine Danmarks jule arrangement var på Restaurant Trio, beliggende på 8. etage i det nye tårnkompleks - Axel Towers - lige foran hovedindgangen til Tivoli. Restaurant Trio er den 2-stjernede Michelin restaurant, AOC's 3. restaurant, og ejes af Søren Selin og Sommelier og Maître Restaurateur Christian Aarø, og køkkenet drives af Simon Thrane, tidligere souschef på Søllerød Kro (en Michelin-stjerne). Med Simon i køkkenet og Christian, der tog sig af vinene vidste vi, at det ville blive et godt arrangement.
Søllerød Kro er en af hjørnestenene i dansk gastronomi. Kroen har en Michelin-stjerne, som den blev tildelt, først i 1987-1993 og igen siden 2007 frem til nu. Kroen ledes af Restaurant Manager og Sommelier Jan Restoff og Maitre Rotisseur Brian Mark Hansen.
Chaine har besøgt kroen et par gange tidligere, men det var før Brian's tid - så vi kom dertil med store forventninger, og vi blev ikke skuffede.
The Danish Chaine had its Christmas dinner at Josty on Frederiksberg, a few minutes from the center of Copenhagen. Josty is one of Copenhagens oldest restaurants and originally used to be a house for King Frederik IV (1671-1730) who had his castle next door. In 1823 it became a restaurant founded by Anton Josty. In 2007 the restaurant was taken over by Lars Nielsen, who had the 2 Michelin star restaurant Kommandanten (the first in Denmark to receive 2 stars).
On an autumn evening the Bailliage du Danemark set out to visit the famed gourmet restaurant in the
city of Sorø. Bus transportation had been arranged for the participants coming from Copenhagen. Our
host for the evening was owner and Maître Restaurateur Lars Mortensen. Together with his Chef de
la Cuisine, Maître Rôtisseur Benjamin Thielgaard, they had prepared for a spectacular evening in the
The restaurant building was originally a private house purchased by King Christian VII for his
mistress which became famous with the name “Bootee–Katrine”. She was born in August 1745 as an
illegitimate daughter of Prince George of Bavaria. Her mother married a soldier of the prince’s army
and they settled down as shoemakers in Copenhagen. She got the nickname Bootee-Katrine as she
ran errands with bootees to the city officers which her stepfather has repaired.
Snacks and aperitif were enjoyed in a private saloon, while the dinner itself, by agreement with Lars,
was set in the á la carte section of the restaurant. A Chaîne roll-up and a small table with sabers, a
brass plaque and leaflets was set up, and during the evening there were continuous and joyful
interchanges with other diners who were curious about the Chaîne..
Once again we had a full weekend arrangement in Jutland. We started out by visiting the island
Mandø that is only accessible at low tide. There we had a nice lunch, tasting locally produced
specialties and the local beer – the area is well known for producing the best lamb in Denmark - and
a guided tour around the island.