Events & Pleasures of the Table
In addition to holding/attending numerous food and wine functions, each bailliage holds one grand gala event each year to celebrate the induction of new members, promote and recognize those members deserving, and to rotate bailliage responsibilities as needed. Induction into the bailliage is always performed in formal attire and in grand style with prepared speeches, Champagne toasts, and traditional ceremonial rituals along with swords, daggers, membership certificates, and the gold and scarlet red Chaîne banner in the background overseeing all. Each new member, in addition to receiving a signed certificate of membership upon joining the Chaîne, receives a distinctive ribbon of rank. The ribbon of which is then worn that evening and at all future formal Chaîne gatherings.
The activities of La Chaîne are not limited just to grand dining. Dinners can be less formal, such as picnics and barbecues. These dinners also play an important role in each chapter's schedule. The programs can vary depending upon local resources and interests. Wine tastings, educational seminars, cooking demonstrations, including cooking classes, and informal lunches for the Chaine Ladies.
Chaîne members also love to travel. All travel is on a volunteer basis, but those who go are always sure to have a good time. Recent travel tours and road trips taken by members of the San Antonio Bailliage have been numerous trips to the California wine fields and wineries, Las Vegas, a ten-day elegant and exciting cruise up the Inside Passage of Alaska, and numerous weekender’s to outlying communities for a get-out-of-town fun bed and breakfast excursion
The National Grand Chapître
The Chaîne also offers a growing number of national and international events that are open to all members. In the United States one city from a different bailliage each year is designated as the place to hold the national gala called the Grand Chapitre. San Antonio members were all thrilled when in 1999 the event was held here in San Antonio.