The Mid-Atlantic Province is one of ten provinces of the Bailliage des Etats-Unis d’Amérique
The Mid-Atlantic Province of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs serves members in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., & West Virginia. Our Bailliages (chapters) host spectacular events throughout the year of culinary and vinous excellence, and most importantly, opportunities to unite with Chaîne friends in camaraderie and pleasures of the table. Our events are simply Chaînetastic!
The Chaîne Mid-Atlantic Province was proud to host the 2019 USA Grand Chapitre and serve as host committee. The 2019 Grand Chapitre celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the Bailliage des Etats Unis d’Amérique, and was the first profitable Grand Chapitre in decades!
The Mid-Atlantic Province in collaboration with its Bailliages proudly presides over scholarship opportunities to deserving culinary, oenological, and hospitality arts students as well as charitable giving in support of long-term solutions to the problems of hunger.
Founded in Paris in 1248, the Chaîne is the world’s oldest, largest and most prestigious international fine food and wine society. The Chaîne is represented in all five continents and has more than 25,000 professional and amateur members in more than 90 countries.
The distinctive character of the Chaîne, through its worldwide presence and influence, is devoted to the appreciation of fine wine and cuisine, preserving the camaraderie and pleasures of the table, and promoting excellence in all areas of the hospitality arts.
Membership in the Chaîne is by invitation only. Please let us know if you would like to explore membership by way of an introduction to a Bailli (chapter president) via the "Officers," "Bailliages" (chapters) and/or "Contact" sections of this website.
Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs of the United States of America
Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Bailliage des Etats-Unis d’Amérique
The 2019 USA Grand Chapitre, our Diamond Jubilee, celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the 1959 formation of our Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs in the United States of America.
The Bailliage des Etats Unis d’Amérique was born with our 1959 formation and selection of Paul A. Spitler as our first Bailli Délégué. Mr. Spitler’s initial achievements include the launch of the “Premier Chapter,” known today as the Bailliage de New York, which held a “Le Premier Dîner” on October 20, 1959; and hosting the Constitutional Committee dinner at New York’s Biltmore Hotel on January 14, 1960, which was selected as the location for our first USA Grand Chapitre held in 1961.
Soon after the launch of New York, Atlanta and Pittsburgh held their inaugural dinners followed by Beverly Hills, San Francisco the New Jersey chapters. By the end of the Chaîne's first decade in the United States, there were eighteen chapters in twelve states, Puerto Rico, and Washington D.C.
Our French Heritage
In 1248, Louis IX, the French King later canonized as Saint Louis, ordered the establishment of professional guilds including that of the “Ayeurs,” or goose roasters, to bring order to the various trades, develop young apprentices and improve the technical knowledge of tradesmen and masters.
During the reign of Louis XII, the knowledge of the Goose Roasters Guild was extended to include the preparation of other meats and poultry, including game, taking the name “Rôtisseurs” in 1509.
The historic coat of arms of the Rôtisseurs upon which the modern Chaîne seal is based, was granted by royal warrant in 1610 under King Louis XIII and features two crossed turning spits and four larding needles in the center, surrounded by the flames of the hearth on a shield. In today’s Chaîne seal, the historic coat of arms is encircled by fleurs-de-lis and two chains, between which sit the name of the Society and the two foundation dates. The inner chain represents professional members, while the outer chain symbolizes non-professional members and the bond that unites all members.
For more than four centuries the Confrérie des Rôtisseurs cultivated and developed the culinary arts. It met all the requirements of professionalism demanded by the “Royal Table” until 1793 when the guild system was dissolved during the French Revolution.
The Rôtisseurs were almost forgotten until the revival of the Chaîne in 1950 when Jean Valby, together with gastronomes "Curnonsky" (elected Prince of Gastronomes) and Dr. Auguste Bécart and professionals Louis Giraudon and Marcel Dorin revived the society founding the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. 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 Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs was officially incorporated and the seal and coat of arms were restored by Act of the French Government.
The Chaîne Today
Today, the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is the world’s oldest, largest and most prestigious international fine food and wine society. Our international headquarters remains in Paris where the society was founded. The modern Chaîne, although in an international and contemporary setting, is still based on the traditions and practices of the ancient French guild.
The distinctive character of the Chaîne, through its worldwide presence and influence, is devoted to the appreciation of fine wine and cuisine, preserving the camaraderie and pleasures of the table, and promoting excellence in all areas of the hospitality arts. Each year the society sponsors young chef and sommelier competitions that attract contestants from across the U.S., while the Chaîne Foundation provides scholarships for deserving students in the hospitality arts.
Internationally, our invitation only society is represented in in more than 80 countries on 5 continents and has nearly 25,000 professional and amateur members. Our Bailliage des Etats Unis d’Amérique, which reaches north to Alaska, west to Hawaii, and southeast to the Caribbean and Atlantic islands, boasts almost 5,700 members in nearly 130 Bailliages. Our U.S. National Administrative Office is located at Chaîne House, on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison New Jersey.
MID-ATLANTIC PROVINCE OFFICERS
Bailli Provincial deMid-Atlantic
Membre du Conseil Magistral (Paris)
Fellow & Board of Governors
Bailli Fondateur Honoraire
The First State Bailliage
Conseiller Culinaire Provincial
First State Bailliage
National Finance Committee
Chargé de Presse Provincial
BAILLIAGES OF THE MID-ATLANTIC PROVINCE
Jeffrey Vasser, Bailli
Bailliage Joseph Donon
Sharon Rickman, Bailli
Victoria Hoffman, Bailli
Patrick Marotta, Bailli
Joseph A. Marino, Bailli
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Série de Demonstration / Demonstration Series
This section features virtual demonstrations and instruction by Professional Members of the Mid-Atlantic Province.
Washington State Masterclass
April 14, 2020, 6:50 PM Eastern Time
Presenter: Pinto Naravane, Winemaker/Owner, Rasa Vineyards
Host: George Staikos, Echanson Provincial
& Bailli, Garden State Bailliage
In this virtual event, Masterclass on Washington State Wines, Pinto explores the uniqueness of terroir and viticulture of eastern Washington illustrating how and why the wines from this region are so special. He also discusses the key grape varietals and what goes into the winemaking decisions that are made throughout the growing season. Pinto is a new Garden State Bailliage member and is now their new Vice Echanson. While this seminar/class/tasting is not dedicated entirely to Rasa wines, Pinto offers 4 Rasa wines at a special price for you to enjoy (where permitted by law) and draw reference to during the tasting. If you have other Washington state wines in your possession, you are welcome to open them as well. Enjoy!
Mid-Atlantic Province Events
2022 Mid-Atlantic Province
Château Country" Chapitre
2019 Mid-Atlantic Province Chapitre
The first profitable Grand Chapitre in decades!
The 2019 Mid-Atlantic Province Chapitre was held concurrent with the 2019 Grand Chapitre that celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the Bailliage des Etats Unis d’Amérique, October 2–6, 2019, in Baltimore, Maryland. The Chaîne Mid-Atlantic Province was proud to host the 2019 USA Grand Chapitre and serve as the 2019 Grand Chapitre Team (host committee). Bailli Provincial de Mid-Atlantic John C Fannin III officially launched the Grand Chapitre at Thursday evening’s welcoming reception. John and the Grand Chapitre Team (Chambellan Provincial Stuart Goldberg, Conseiller Culinaire Chef Thomas A. Hannum, Chargé de Presse Provincial Paul M. Koulogeorge, Conseiller Gastronomique Provincial Paul Schulze, Echanson Provincial George Staikos, and Chambellan Provincial Matt Karstetter) were honored for their work in creating the 2019 Grand Chapitre with Silver Stars and International Silver Medals to those already having Silver or Gold Stars. Gold Stars were presented to John Foy (La Grande Cave du New Jersey) and Baillis Thomas Knox (Philadelphia) recognizing their long service to the Chaîne.
Mid-Atlantic Province Mondiale Weekend
The Mid-Atlantic Province Société Mondiale du Vin Weekend was held at the Sofitel Hotel, Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24, 2018. This Mondiale weekend was filled with tastings, seminars, a themed gala eine dinner and a grower champagne brunch, all designed to heighten the appreciation and education of top wine regions, trends and wine and food pairing. The overall theme of the weekend wine events placed an emphasis on the fantastic wines that are being produced in the United States, and the regions that are producing them. In addition, some of the events featured great wines of France.
2018 Mid-Atlantic Province Chapitre
Philadelphia was the location of the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Province Chapitre, held April 19-21, 2018. The three days of festivities, which coincided with World Chaîne Day on April 21, was organized by Mid-Atlantic Bailli Provincial de Mid-Atlantic John C. Fannin III and Conseiller Gastronomique Provincial Paul Schulze. Included in the most enjoyable three-day program were dine-arounds, business meetings, the Induction Ceremony and Gala Dinner. Approximately 120 members attended the festivities. A photograph commemorating the Bailliage Provincial’s participation in World Chaîne Day was taken before dinner. The menu for the Gala Dinner was a gastronomical and oenological tour de force!
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To encourage and promote the culinary expertise of young Chefs under the age of 27, by exposing them to a competitive environment with their peers. This competition offers the opportunity for the Jeunes Chef Rôtisseurs to showcase their talents and creativity in a fair, unbiased, and professional forum.
For information contact: Chef Thomas Hannum, Conseiller Culinaire Provincial de Mid-Atlantic.
The Mid-Atlantic Province Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs Competition was held on Sunday, March 8, 2020, at the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. The competition was followed by an awards ceremony luncheon. There were 3 Culinary and 2 Pastry competitors. The Culinary Silver Medalist is Beatriz Balderas from Buckley’s Tavern in the First State Bailliage. Bronze Medal winners for culinary were Mike Lee from Normandy Farms in the Delaware Valley Bailliage and Thomas Traupman from Kome Fine Japanese Cuisine in the Lehigh Valley Bailliage. The Pastry Silver Medalist is Jessica Becker from Normandy Farms in the Delaware Valley Bailliage and Bronze Medalist was Lauren Laughlin from the Baltimore CC in the Baltimore Bailliage. Our province winners will compete at the National competition in Buffalo, NY and the culinary winner will become our representative in the 2021 International competition.
The Chaîne des Rôtisseur’s Young Sommeliers Competition is the oldest such national competition in America. Each year the competitors and the quality of the competition have improved. The knowledge and service skills available to American restaurant patrons in selecting the perfect wine to pair with their meal have never been greater.
For information contact: George Staikos, Echanson Provincial de Mid-Atlantic.
On Monday, February 24, 2020, at The University Club in New York City, the joint Young Sommelier Competition of both the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast provinces was held. Each province was represented by three competitors. All six young sommeliers competed together in five exercises; blind tasting, decanting, sparkling wine, food and wine menu pairing and wine list correction. The Mid-Atlantic was represented by Chris Marcus from the Philadelphia Country Club, Vanessa Phillips from the Conrad Hotel DC and Erika Parjus from RPM Italian in D.C. For the 2nd time, Chris Marcus was the Mid-Atlantic winner. Chris will go on to compete in the National competition. Congrats Chris!
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