Garden State Chapter of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
The Chaîne, true to its purpose, offers each of its members the opportunity to gather around the table and enjoy the camaraderie experienced by the pleasures of good food and wine. Through this sharing, members can cultivate richly rewarding friendships locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Many Chaîne introductions have resulted in life-long relationships.
Chaîne des Rôtisseurs membership offers great opportunities to meet people who share a common interest in great food, outstanding wines and good friendship. Members are made to feel especially welcome when patronizing Chaîne member establishments. For professional members, such as chefs, restaurateurs and hoteliers, the Chaîne offers opportunities to demonstrate their exceptional skills and creativity to a discerning, appreciative audience.
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The Garden State Bailliage schedules 9-10 events per year including our annual black tie induction dinner and the always “interesting” Mondiale induction. Many of our events are scheduled at our members’ establishments, some of the area’s best restaurants and hotels, and other venues noted for their creativity, excellence and high standards. A few of our events are BYOs providing an opportunity for our members to raid their cellars and share their best vintages with other members and guests. It is always a wonderful adventure; there is a casual eating-with-family quality to these BYOB events that is hard to replicate.
The Bailliage supports the future of fine food by inducting local high school culinary students with the title of Rotisseur; these students participate as full members and gain invaluable experience in member’s kitchens and under the tutelage of our professional members. Additionally, the Garden State Bailliage offers scholarship awards to students pursuing secondary education in the culinary fields.
About the Garden State, Société Mondiale du Vin
The Société Mondiale du Vin is designed to provide an organization within the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs that specializes in the appreciation of wine and other crafted beverages. The Société encourages the collection and dissemination of information on wines and quality spirits as well as the enjoyment, understanding and procurement of the fine beverages. The Société provides a means for mutual sharing among those who appreciate fine beverages as part of the Chaîne dining experience as well as recognition for those professionals who are beverage oriented.
Société Mondiale Membership
The Société Mondiale du Vin is composed of Chaîne members in good standing who are professionally involved in the wine and spirits industry or are amateur connoisseurs with special knowledge or interest in wine and crafted beverages and who are dedicated to promoting the education and enjoyment of them as a vital part of the dining experience.
Candidates for membership must be sponsored by a member of the Société Mondiale du Vin in good standing. The proposed members’ application must be approved by the member’s chapter Bailli, The Bailli Provincial or a national officer of the Société Mondiale du Vin. Separate Mondiale application forms are available from the National Office.
New members are formally inducted and receive their decoration and certificate a separate Société Mondiale du Vin inductions organized from time to time nationally and with in each region.
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.