to the Bailliage de Toledo of the Chaine des Rotisseurs!
The Chaine is an international dining organization with
more than 130 chapters in the U.S., and is the oldest
and most prestigious gastronomic association in the
world. We are devoted to preserving the
camaraderie and pleasures of the table, with membership
open to both culinary professionals and
non-professionals who share a passion for fine dining
and wine. Membership provides an opportunity to
make life-long friends with people who equal your
enthusiasm in describing that wonderful meal you had in
Paris or the amazing market you visited in Barcelona!
We enjoy several fine dining events each year, from
formal events in area restaurants to "pique-niques"
along the Maumee River. We are also eager to tour
and learn about local food suppliers, growers, and
culinary schools in Northwest Ohio and Southeast
Michigan, and we support the scholarship activities of
the non-profit Chaine for students in culinary programs.
Please contact any of our
Officers for more information; we extend a
sincere invitation to you to join us at our events.
Vive la Chaine!
Ann Sanford, Bailli
HISTORY OF THE
CHAPITRE DE TOLEDO
The Toledo Bailliage was established in 1984, with the
core group originating from a devoted group of wine
aficionados affiliated with the Toledo Club, one of the
outstanding grand traditional city clubs in the nation.
This group, the Toledo Club Wine committee, was
appointed in 1980, and its ten members met regularly.
Within a few years, formal dinners included spouses and
guests. Members attending a black tie dinner at
the Toledo Club saw Manager William Diehl, formerly of
the Fort Worth Bailliage, wearing an attractive and
mystifying ribbon with a medallion attached. In
explaining the significance of the ribbon and medallion,
Mr. Diehl introduced the Chaine des Rotisseurs to
Toledo. His enthusiasm became the impetus for the
founding of the Toledo Bailliage.
At the Bailliage's first event, twenty-four members were
inducted, including the original members of the wine
committee. Appointed officers included Bailli
William Diehl, Vice Chancelier-Argentier John Burson,
and Vice Conseiller Gastronomique Joseph Roshe. In
1986, membership was capped at fifty. Also in
1986, Dennis LeGolvan became Bailli, followed by Bailli
John Burson in 1994, and Ann Sanford in 2008.