One of our team members is being inducted to Chaîne des Rôtisseurs this evening at the University Club in NYC. This opportunity will provide a deeper understanding of the wine industry and its beautiful complexities – Mana Wine
The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is an international gastronomic society founded in Paris in 1950. It is devoted to promoting fine dining and preserving the camaraderie and pleasures of the table.
The Chaîne is based on the traditions and practices of the old French Royal Guild of Goose Roasters (these birds were particularly appreciated in that epoch). Its authority gradually expanded to the roasting of all poultry, meat and game. The written history of “Les Ayers” has been traced back to the year 1248.
The Guild of Goose Roasters was one of several guilds founded by Louis IX in Paris in 1248 to thank the craftsmen who had contributed to the building of the Sainte Chapelle, next door to the Cathedral of Nôtre Dame.
In 1610 the Guild received its Royal Warrant as The Brotherhood of Roasters and its coat of arms was granted. The brotherhood flourished for over 500 years until the French Revolution, when it was abolished along with all the other guilds in 1793.
The coat of arms consist of two crossed turning spits and four larding needles, surrounded by flames of the hearth on a shield encircled by fleur-de-lis and a chain representing the mechanism used to turn the spit. The outer chain along with the legend was added in 1950 to represent the bond which unites the members of our society.
Today, the society has members in more than 100 countries around the world. The society follows the programs and policies set forth by the international society headquartered in Paris.
Each of the member countries has its own National Administration, which co-ordinates activities within that country and is responsible for the overall development of the Chaîne nationally. The National Administration also organizes the annual Chapître, which is the key opportunity for all members of the Chaîne to meet together, and for newly appointed members to be introduced and receive their formal regalia.
The larger countries are divided into Regional Bailliages, and it is at this level that most events are organized.