Santa Ynez Chapter of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
The Santa Ynez Valley Chapter of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is a group of food and wine enthusiasts who enjoy getting together to participate in delicious food and wine events, and enjoy camaraderie with other members who share a passion for food and wine. We are lucky to live on the Central Coast of California in beautiful wine country. The great wines of our area give rise to many wonderful restaurants, even though we are a small community.
Our Chapter organizes at least 4 events a year at fine dining establishments, unique venues and wineries. We have a very active Mondiale du Vin membership and organize wine tasting events for educating ourselves and enjoying the wines of our area, as well as international wines and wines from other areas of the United States.
We are a very friendly group and love to welcome guests with an interest in joining our chapter, as well as Chaine members worldwide to enjoy our area and our events. Come join us!
Santa Ynez Valley
Our wonderful location in the Santa Ynez Valley affords us the opportunity to create events at beautiful and interesting locations. Here is a sampling of recent and future highlights:
- Mondiale style barbeque and wine tasting at Jonata winery last June: At this event we had an excellent barbeque meal outdoors, overlooking the beautiful hills and valleys in our valley. Jonata winery is a sister winery to Screaming Eagle in Napa Valley and produces some of the most acclaimed wines in the Santa Ynez Valley.
- Monthly educational wine events: Each month (unless there is a Chaîne des Rôtisseurs event) we have a variety of Mondiale du Vin events, which include learning about and tasting wines from all over the world.
- Recently we enjoyed an outstanding formal induction dinner at the world famous Alisal Ranch in Solvang. The chef created an outstanding dinner for us and the staff and service were impeccable. Check out our gallery for pictures of this event!
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.