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Chaîne Chicago Bailliage

The Chicago Chapter of the not-for-profit Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is a dynamic group of food and wine enthusiasts, in excess of 150 members, with discerning palates who share a common interest in a passion for fine cuisine and wines based in education, camaraderie and fun around the table.

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Beth B. Roldan
Bailli de Chicago
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About the Bailliage de Chicago

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Chicago Chapter of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs

The Chicago Bailliage of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is a dynamic group of hospitality industry professionals and enthusiastic non-professionals who share a common interest and passion for excellence in cuisine, wine, and hospitality.

Every year, the Chicago Bailliage organizes events that enable our members to enjoy exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime culinary experiences that they would find difficult or impossible to organize for themselves.

The Chicago Bailliage works closely with our Chef, Sommelier, and hospitality partners to create exceptional gastronomic experiences and appropriate wine pairings that will be enjoyed in an ambiance of camaraderie and fun.

Since its founding in 1963, the Chicago Bailliage has nurtured and maintained close and important relationships with the leaders and influencers of the hospitality industry in and around the City of Chicago, as well as its rising stars.

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Chaîne Chicago Wine Collection

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Unique to Bailliages of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs worldwide is the Chicago Bailliage’s renowned wine collection. Developed since the 1970’s, the collection now consists of over 6,000 bottles cellared in secured, temperature- and humidity-controlled storage.

Wines are purchased when their price is reasonable and then cellared to age into their prime. Through the foresight of past members, the Chicago Bailliage has since been able to enjoy well-aged wine pairings at our dinner events and hopes to perpetuate this practice for the benefit of our members for decades to come.

A sampling of wines withdrawn from our cellar and served at Chicago Bailliage events:

-Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Échézeaux and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg, 1990
-Château Pichon-Lalande 1995, 1990, 1988, 1985 and 1982
-Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac 1982
-Château Latour 1988, 1985 and 1979
-Château Suduiraut Sauternes 1988

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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.

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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.