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Chaîne Bailliage of Dallas

La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs™ is an international gastronomic society founded in 1950 in Paris to revive the traditions of the royal guild of goose roasters chartered in 1248. The Chaîne is dedicated to bringing together those who share a mutual interest in cuisine, wine, and fine dining in a spirit of camaraderie.

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Maurice “Bud” Wessel
Bailli of Dallas
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Dallas Chapter of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs

The Bailliage of Dallas invites all of those who enjoy camaraderie, excellent food, and fine wine to share its values of excellence that unite us in the continuation of great culinary traditions.

Our august society brings together enthusiasts and professionals from throughout the Greater Dallas area in the appreciation of fine cuisine. Our members include individuals passionate about fine dining as well professionals such as hoteliers, executive chefs and vintners.

The Dallas Bailliage hosts dinners and tastings for members and, we invite prospective members to attend up to two events as a guest to better understand what the Chaine is all about. Upon becoming a member, you will be able to participate in all of our exceptional events. Our events are focused, not only on fine dining, but also experiencing unique venues whenever possible.

We invite you to join us and be welcomed as part of our community.

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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.