Portland Chapter of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
First established in 1950, our chapter is for people who are drawn to the idea of sharing hospitality with others throughout the world who enjoy those same gastronomic delights.
Portland Oregon is a perfect place for a Chaine des Rotisseurs to find a home. Portland has a long and illustrious history as a destination city for food lovers. Combine a strong local food movement, a food to table culture, outstanding local produce and seafood, a world class wine region and it is easy to see how Portland has become a mecca for world renowned chefs and culinary talent.
Taking an eclectic, Pacific Northwest casual approach, Portland offers an impressive variety of cuisine choices, restaurant choices and cooking styles, and a proliferation of gourmet food carts – semi-mobile cooking sheds assembled in clusters, or pods, in various car parks and street corners through the city. We love food here in Portland and are pleased that the Chaine des Rotisseurs is part of our food lovers community.
Chaîne Portland Favorite Events
One of our favorite events is the Northwest Food and Wind Festival held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.
“In its 12th year, the legendary Northwest Food and Wine Festival returns as the definitive wine festival in Portland with a targeted half-day wine and food celebration. The festival brings the highest quality regional wines, spirits, beers, foods and prominent chefs and restaurants. It’s designed to present a rich and rewarding experience for wine lovers, gourmet food enthusiasts and industry experts. For all involved, it offers a great opportunity for direct conversation.” http://www.nwwinefestival.com/
Another exciting Portland development is the James Beard Public Market, currently under construction.
“The James Beard Public Market: Oregon’s Market
Portland’s reputation as an exceptional food town is thanks in large part to the culinary community’s ability to draw on the bounty of Oregon’s lands and waters. The state boasts countless farms, vineyards, breweries, farmers markets and restaurants, but one key element has been missing for decades: a flagship public market to showcase the best of Oregon in one location.
That void will be filled by the James Beard Public Market, a daily, year-round, indoor-outdoor marketplace. The market, named in honor of the Oregon-born “dean of American cookery,” will feature more than 50 permanent vendors, 40 day tables, full-service restaurants, a teaching kitchen and event space. Explore the Market.
Why James Beard?
James Beard was a famous chef and writer and Portland native who helped start the movement for fresh local food in the United States. Shopping with his mother at Portland’s public markets gave him an early appreciation for Oregon’s culinary riches. Learn about James Beard from our friends at the James Beard Foundation.
Making the Vision a Reality
We are now actively working toward building the public market and opening its doors as early as 2020. If you share our vision, please help make the James Beard Public Market a reality by making a tax-deductible donation today.”
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. More than 80,000 persons participate annually in its activities throughout the world with 6,000 members in the USA. 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 New York City. 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.