2014 Grand Chapitre Photos
2014 National Mondiale Photos
The Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs™ is the oldest and largest food and wine society in the world. Our society is vintage, but our events are cutting edge! The chapter in the United States is now in its 54th year with about 6,000 gourmands, gourmets, gastronomes, chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers, oenologists, winery owners, sommeliers, food and wine educators, and others interested in the finest of dining and life experiences and enjoying the camaraderie of friends at dinners and events. The tradition of the royal guild of goose roasters of 1248 was revived in Paris in 1950, and we now carry on those traditions.
While looking at photos on our website, you should get a feeling of the conviviality and enjoyment shared by our members.
||The first-round of the 2015 Young Sommelier Competition will be held online on Saturday, December 6. To sign up, candidates should read the rules and fill out the application linked at the bottom of the Young Sommelier page on the Chaîne website. After the December 6 first-round test, up to the three highest-scoring competitors in the region will be invited to an in-person regional competition to be held between January and March. The national finals will be in Santa Barbara, CA on May 14-15, 2015. The competition is open to sommeliers age 30 and under and there's no cost to participate.|
||The Bailliage de Myrtle Beach of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is featured in The Sun News with comments by Chambellan Provincial/Bailli Tony Hirsh and Vice Chargé de Missions Tom Maeser regarding raising more than $425,000 for the Horry-Georgetown Technical College. The HGTC trains the chefs of the future and the Chaîne has for the past decade been assisting them in doing so. Click here to read.|
International Young Sommelier Winner Jane Lopes of Ristorante Morini in New York, takes high honors during the International Young Sommelier Competition in Copenhagen winning second place ribbons! We congratulate Jane on her honors in what has been reported as intense competition among the world's brightest young sommeliers.
||This just in! Winners of the International Young Sommelier Competition are offically announced. First Place: Pier-Alexis, Souliere, Australia from Est Restaurant; Second Place: Jane Lopes, United States of America from Ristorante Morini; Third Place; Tanguy Martin, Great Britain from Hotel Terravina. Congratulations to all of the winners!.|
||Napa-Sonoma Bailliage Vice Chargé de Missions Jean-Boisset and his wife Gina Gallo were awarded the Chuck Smith Award for Global Entrepreneurship by the John F. Kennedy University's Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership at a recent awards ceremony. Boisset, the proprietor of Boisset Family Estates, including Raymond, Buena Vista, JCB, Lyeth and other wineries has been a leader in the wine industry, as has his wife, winemaker for Gallo Signature Wines, Jean-Charles is assisting in building this Bailliage. Congratulations Jean-Charles and Gina!|
||The International Chaîne has posted on its Chaîne News On-Line website an article and images from our Grand Chapître in New Orleans. Click here for access.|
||The International Chaîne has posted on its Chaîne News On-Line website an introduction of our Chargée de Presse Michelle Metter and Vice Chargée de Presse and Editor-in-Chief of Gastronome and Gastronome Extra Marie Addario. Click here for access.|
||The International Chaîne has posted on its Chaîne News On-Line website a brief biography about Bailli Délégué Harold Small. Click here for access.|
||Bailli Délégué Harold Small elected to a three-year term as a member of the Conseil d'Administration (the 15-member governing Board of Directors of the International Organization) by the International General Assembly and will continue to serve as a member of the Conseil Magistral. Chancelier Heinz Hofmann and Bailli Délégué Honoraire Burton Hobson were each elected to one-year terms as members of the Conseil Magistral. To see the posting on the International website, click here. |
||The members of the Conseil Magistral unanimously elect Bailli Délégué Honoraire Roger Yaseen to the International Conseil d'Honneur. Other members of the Bailliage des Etats-Unis who have received that honor include Robert Epstein, Burton Hobson, Shelly Margolis and Henry Schielein. |
||The photos from the 2014 Grand Chapître in New Orleans, Louisiana are now available. Click here to see the photos from Chaîne Photographer David Ramsey.|
||Harold Small was promoted to Bailli Délégué (National President). Other National Officers and Directors promoted at the wonderful Grand Chapître in New Orleans included Chancelier (National Vice President) Heinz Hofmann, Argentier (National Secretary/Treasure) Rufus Cressend, Conseiller Gastronomique Ira Falk, Chargée de Presse Michelle Metter, Grand Echanson Charles Bennett, Conseiller Culinaire et des Professionnels Reimund Pitz, Jurisconsult Paul Haar, Chaîne Foundation Chair John Burson, Bailli Provincial Northeast Gabor Huszar, Bailli Provincial Southwest William Salomon, Bailli Provincial Midwest Renee Wilmeth, Bailli Provincial Northwest Bertrand deBoutray, Vice Chargée de Presse National and Editor-in-Chief of Gastronome Marie Addario, Vice Echanson National Pete Stiles, Vice Conseiller Culinaire et des Professionnels National Martin Frei. Regional Officers, Baillis and Bailliage Officers were also promoted along with the induction of new members. Newly approved National Officers not in attendance will be promoted at other ceremonies. Mr. Small thanked all of the officers whose terms expire on June 30, 2014 for their service to the Chaîne and congratulated all of those being promoted.|
||The photos from the 2014 National Mondiale Meeting in Carmel, California are now available. Click here to see the photos.|
||The Board and National Council Meeting Book for the June 28, 2014 Meeting in New Orleans is now available and can be downloaded here.|
||The winner of the 2014 U.S. National Young Chefs Competition was Geoffrey Lanez from Rhode Island, representing the Northeast Region. Second place was awarded to Mike Reidy from California, representing the Far West Region, and third place was awarded to Marco Bahena from Illinois, representing the Midwest Region.|
On Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the finals of the Chaine Young Sommelier Competition in Carmel, CA, three sommeliers under 30 were victorious after a challenging day of testing. Congratulations to the three top finishers, and to all the other regional winners who competed! First Place - Jane Lopes of NYC, our first-ever female champion! Tied for First after initial Scoring - Andrey Ivanov of Saint Louis, MO and Third Place - John Filkins of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Click here for more information.
Chancelier National Harold Small was elected Bailli Délégué Saturday following a mail-in ballot of the 186 eligible U.S. National Council members. Bailli Délégué-elect Small will be elevated in New Orleans in June and will begin a three-year term as Bailli Délégué July 1. Elected to serve as Chancelier National (Vice-President) was Conseiller Culinaire et des Professionnels Heinz Hofmann. Southwest Bailli Provincial Rufus Cressend was elected to serve as Argentier National (Secretary/Treasurer). Indianapolis Bailli Renee Wilmeth was elected to serve as Midwest Bailli Provincial, and Southeast Bailli Provincial Charles Radlauer was elected to serve a second term starting July 1.
Running unopposed and deemed elected as Baillis Provinciaux were Gabor Huszar, Northeast Region; Bertrand de Boutray, Pacific Northwest Region; and Bill Salomon, Southwest Region. Unopposed incumbents for Bailli Provincial included Robin Jacobs, Mid-Atlantic Region, Tom Ruff, South Central Region; Ron Overend, Caribbean/Atlantic Islands Region; Bryan Stirrat, Far West Region; and Bruce Liebert, Hawaii/Pacific Islands Region. Also unopposed for Audit Committee were Far West Chambellan Provincial Hon. Ira Falk, Lake Shore Bailli Bruce Foudree, and Santa Fe Vice Conseiller Gastronomique Hon. Steve Lustig.
||Foundation Chair Shelly Margolis was elevated to the rank of Pair de la Chaîne by Bailli Délégué National George H. Brown, Jr. in a ceremony on March 25 in Naples, Florida. The Chaîne Board of Directors voted unanimously to honor Foundation Chair Margolis with the rank for his many years of service to the organization. The rank of pair (peer of the realm) is the highest honor afforded to Chaîne members. Congratulations Pair de la Chaîne Margolis!|
||The registration materials for the 2014 National Grand Chapitre taking place in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 25-29, 2014 are now available. Click here to download the registration materials.|
||Two more U.S. Chaîne events have made the grade to appear on the international Chaîne On-Line News. To see the great submission from Maui, click here. To experience the warmth of that other tropical paradise, Nassau, click here.|
||The registration materials for the 2014 National Young Chef Rôtisseurs Competition taking place in Miami, Florida on May 16-18 2014 are now available. Click here to download the registration materials.|
||Johnson & Wales University has thanked the Chaîne Foundation for its $25,000 contribution to the university's scholarship fund. To read about the scholarship winners, click here. For a copy of the press release about the December 9 check presentation, click here. |
||The story and photos from the Pacific Northwest Assemblage have been posted to the international website. Click here to read Monterey Peninsula Vice Chargé de Presse Mark Burger's story and see Michael Troutman's photos. |
||The story and photos from our Grand Chapître in Washington, D.C. have been posted to the international Chaîne website. Click here to read Chargée de Presse Nationale Cindy Eisenmenger's story and see David Ramsey's photos.|
||As we bid adieu to 2013, we raise our glasses to Professionnels du Vin Grace and Ken Evenstad, whose 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir was recently rated the third best wine of the year by Wine Spectator. It was the only U.S. Wine in the top three slots. Taking the number one spot was Cune Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva 2004, and number two was Château Canon-La Gaffelière St.-Emilion 2010. Three cheers for Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Willamettte Valley, Evenstad Reserve 2010!|
||The San Diego Chapter announced this year's recipents of scholarships totaling nearly $8,000. Click here to see the Rancho Sante Fe Review article. |
||More news can be found in the MEDIA/PRESS section of our website.|