Santa Fe Chapter of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
Santa Fe is the longest existing capitol of a colony, territory and State in this country. Surrounded by 11,000 foot mountains, Indian Pueblos, National Monuments and the Santa Fe Ski Basin, Santa Fe is home to third largest art market, a world famous outdoor operand is one of the top travel destinations. The combination of spectacular scenery, world class performing and visual arts and the tri-cultural ambiance provided by Native Americans, the Spanish and “New” New Mexicans is unique.
Equally, or even more, important for Chaine members is the food and wine scene. Our city is a culinary destination. Its restaurants are featured regularly in food magazines and the travel sections of major newspapers and online. The Santa Fe chapter supports a very active Baillage and Mondiale. Our Baillage organizes at least 5 wine dinners each year in the best restaurants and hosts a Holiday Champagne reception every December. Our chapter of the Mondiale holds five wine tastings and light dinners on alternate months. Our members are great lovers of culture, food and wine. Please contact Matt Bunkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about the Baillage de Santa Fe or attend any of our events. Our schedule of events is available by request.
Santa Fe Chapter Announcements
Santa Fe Bailliage of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs turned 20 years old this past autumn so we will celebrate our “coming of age” anniversary (i.e. 21st birthday) later this year at Sazon. Thanks to the efforts of board member, Kay Riley, the Women of the Chaîne is on a roll and there will be at least two events this year.
Matt Bunkowski is the incoming Bailli of the Santa Fe chapter this past summer. We have also added a few new people to the Board, as well.
Alex Motola has taken on the duties of Vice Chancelier-Argentier (i.e. “Treasurer”)
Demi Malnar has joined the Board as Vice Chargée de Médias Sociaux (aka: Social Media Guru) where she will roll out a new and improved chapter website, Facebook page and Instagram presence.
Leslie Dye has accepted the responsibility of all things “travel” related and will be working on organizing, along with Steven Lustig’s help, a trip to Champagne in the spring of 2019. There is also the possibility of organizing future trips to other chapter locations such as New Orleans, Austin, Denver, Sedona, etc. Please stay tuned….
The Baillage de Santa Fe is open to new members and encourage visitors or those that make our City Different their second home to join us each month for our events.
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.