Denver Chapter of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
The Denver Mile High Bailliage was founded in 1979, making it one of the oldest Bailliages in the U.S. Our membership is comprised of professionals and non-professional members along the Colorado Front Range from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, from Denver to Boulder and everywhere in between.
We provide unique and exclusive culinary experiences showcasing Denver and the Front Range’s booming culinary scene. The Mile High Bailliage organizes four dinners annually, including our annual Black Tie Induction dinner and our philanthropy-focused Competition and Scholarship dinner. Our goal is to create an exceptional gastronomic experience accompanied by fine wines, while at the same time creating an ambiance of camaraderie and fun and, where possible, furthering the education of the members in the culinary arts.
History of the Chaine
The Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, is the world’s oldest and largest gastronomic society. Members include nearly 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.
Scholarship and Competition
Each Mile High Bailliage dinner includes a philanthropic focus on raising funds to award scholarships to local culinary, wine, and hospitality students as a local extension of the not-for-profit Chaîne Foundation. Starting in 2016, we committed to raising funds to support local young competitors for the Young Chef and Young Sommelier competitions in the regional area, nationally, and globally. We are proud supporters of the 2017 Young Sommelier and Young Chef Regional Winners!
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 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 Dinkinson 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.