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Chaîne Bailliage de Miami

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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Nancy E. Radlauer
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Miami Chapter of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs

Greater Miami Bailliage (chapter) was founded in 1967 by Dr. Charles Monnin. In 2009, Dr. Charles Radlauer was elected Bailli (president) of our Bailliage with only 37 active members. By reaching out to current & past members with innovative events, our numbers grew. Miami Chaine is unique; since 1970’s, cruise ships grandfathered into Miami Chaîne thanks to Baillis Honoraire Charles Monnin & Elgma Heinze; Maitre de Table Honoraire Rafael Ordonez; Commandeurs Jose Vila & Emil Graf. In 2011, when Charles was elected Bailli Provincial Southeast, I was elected Bailli. Each season, we host 9-11 themed & non-themed events, typically September-April…Informal Amical Gatherings, Annual BYOB, Gala Dinners & Induction, Mondiale (wine) events, blind tastings, Cooking Classes, Cruise Luncheons, World Chaîne Day, & Epicurean Escapes in Hotels, Resorts, Local Restaurants, Private Homes, Cruise Ships, & Country Clubs.

In April 2017, we celebrated our 50th Anniversary. Founder Charles Monnin attended along with members from all over the world. We’re proud that Miami Chaine’s prominence has grown locally, nationally & internationally. Today, Miami Chaine is the largest Bailliage in the U.S. & the #1 Bailliage in the S.E. Region. I heartily thank our wonderful members for their continued support, membership, & referrals.

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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.

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