San Diego Chapter of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
About the Chapter:
Our organization is the oldest, largest and most prestigious international society of gastronomes in the world.
Members of our Bailliage enjoy a minimum of four extraordinary dinners a year. But these are not the kinds of meals one might typically order off a menu. As the venues hosting our events understand and appreciate the gastronomic sophistication of our members, we are treated to culinary delights masterfully paired with wines and crafted spirits designed, not only to tantalize the palate, but to create a harmony of flavors seldom experienced at even the finest restaurants. Further enhancing this experience, members of la Chaîne enjoy the pleasures of the table in camaraderie with others who share their enthusiasm.
Wine and Crafted Spirits
If you have a particular interest in wine and crafted spirits, our Bailliage is an active participant in the Société Mondiale du Vin (formerly known as l’Ordre Mondial). Members of the Société participate in events ranging from double blind wine and crafted spirit tastings to winemaker dinners. The San Diego Bailliage participates in a minimum of three events per year.
Regional, National and International Events
As a member of la Chaîne, you are also entitled to participate in regional, national and international events including the annual Young Chef Competition, Young Sommelier Competition, Grand Chapitre (National Meeting) and Specialty Travel Programs. Should you have any questions, please contact me at your earliest opportunity.
Vive la Chaîne!
Bailli and Consul de Société Mondiale du Vin
Confrérìe de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Bailliage de San Diego
Chaîne San Diego Société Mondiale
Many of our members have a special interest in wine as collectors, producers, and those learning more about wine or other crafted beverages. To accommodate those members, the Société Mondiale du Vin (“Mondiale”) was created to promote the enjoyment, knowledge and understanding of fine wines and crafted beverages.
Only members in good standing of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs may be members of Mondiale. A person — professionally involved in the wine and spirits industry or an amateur connoisseur with special interest and knowledge of wine and crafted spirits — seeking membership in the Société Mondiale du Vin must complete an application and have his or her Bailli approve of the application and process it through the National Office.
History of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
It was in the year 1248, under Saint Louis, King of France, that the Guild of Rôtisseurs was formed. Originally limited to roasters of geese (“Ayeurs”), the Guild expanded in scope and in numbers, and in 1610 it received the present coat of arms by royal warrant. (Note the crossed broches, or turning spits, on this seal. A symbolic broche is used during the Chaîne’s induction ceremony for new members and elevation in rank of deserving members). One of the most prosperous of the Guilds, La Chaîne comprised many members who were attached to the noblest of families of France. This proved less advantageous during the French Revolution, for along with most other Guilds, La Chaîne suffered significant loss of membership and was dissolved. Gastronomically speaking, 160 uneventful years passed until the revival of La Chaîne in 1950. Following recovery from World War II, three gastronomes and two professionals joined in Paris with a common goal – to restore the pride in culinary excellence which had been lost during a period of wartime shortages. In that year La Confrèrie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs was officially incorporated, and the seal and coat of arms of the predecessor Guild were restored by Act of the French Government.
The Chaine Today
Today La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is the oldest and largest gastronomic organization in the world. Tens of Thousands of people have participated in Chaine events annually in its activities throughout the world with 6,000 members in the USA alone. Bailliages (Chapters) in more than 80 countries coordinate their programs through La Chaîne’s international headquarters in Paris. In the United States, La Chaîne has approximately 130 local chapters. The National office is located in Madison, New Jersey on the Farleigh Dickinson University Campus. Underlying La Chaîne’s growth is the organization’s sense of purpose. A key criterion which distinguishes La Chaîne from other organizations involved in wine or food is the interrelation between amateur and professional. In La Chaîne we strive for balanced membership representing professionals involved in food preparation, service in hotels, private clubs and restaurants; wine, food and equipment suppliers and world- renowned lecturers, writers and critics, as well as knowledgeable laymen who, due to their interest in learning and/or well-traveled backgrounds, are in a position to enjoy the pleasures engendered by good cuisine, good wine and good company.
National Competitions & Further Learning
Visit our national website for competitions or more general information.