Congratulations to Dame Cathy Barrow for her big win this weekend at the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) Conference! She received the Single Subject Cookbook Award for her book Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry. Curtis Stone presented the award to Cathy.
Congratulations on the The RAMMYS nominations to DC Dames:
Chef of the Year-Marjorie Meek Bradley Ripple Beer Program of the Year- Pizzeria Paradiso (Ruth Gresser) Pastry Chef of the Year-Susan Wallace BlackSalt AND Michelle Poteaux Bastille Formal Fine Dining and Service Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier (Polly Wiedmaier). Presented by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), The RAMMY Awards Gala honors the exceptional ability and accomplishments of the hard-working individuals and organizations of the region’s restaurants and foodservice community. Named the #1 Food & Restaurant event by BizBash Magazine for five consecutive years, The RAMMYS celebrate one of Metropolitan Washington’s greatest assets: its restaurants.
And meet them you will! Here's a look at the fabulous Les Dames reception during the IACP annual conference in Washington, D.C. this past weekend!
And yes, the cheese was the star!
Drew Faulkner for her appearance on Fairfax Public TV Channel 10's "Chef's Recipes with Lindsay Gustin" as LDEI-DC president presenting a spring menu cooking demonstration. It was taped on Tuesday, March 24 and airs Saturday, March 28.
Karen Lippold for the debut of her Gourmet By Karen St. Patrick's Day sugar cookies at The Blue House in Bethesda.
Nora Pouillon for being featured in an article "Nora the Explorer, a new memoir from the woman who brought organic food to DC reminds us how bad food used to be" appearing in the April 2015 edition of Washingtonian Magazine. Her memoir My Organic Life: How a Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat Today was just published.
Today we honor our fearless leader, Madame President Dame Drew Faulkner! Not only does Drew lead us, but she inspires all us Dames to reach higher, grow deeper and be the best we can be! Wait till you find out what challenge she had- with a turkey!!!
... My proudest moment as President of Les Dames d'Escoffier DC chapter was:
The greatest career challenge I've ever had was: running out of turkey on Thanksgiving before dinner service was over! Did I say the restaurant was 10 miles from the nearest grocery store? Can’t believe I’m here to tell the tale.
If I had to choose a different career it would be an environmental advocate
Best changes over the years in the DC Food scene are:
We now have a plethora of great restaurants. When I was first married my in-laws lived here. When we would come to visit they strained to come up with fun places to take us for dinner.
My favorite cookbook is:
I have a lot. Favorite French- Madeline Kamman, Making of a Cook; Indian- Julie Sahni Classic Indian, Japanese- Shozuo Tsuji, Japanese Cooking A Simple Art (really I could go on and on….)
If I had a last meal, it would be:Kaiseki Dinner
I'd say the future of Les Dames d'Escoffier is: Wide Open! The more we all put in, the more we, and the world around us, gets out!!!
Paula Shoyer will be at Bethesda Central Farm Market on Sunday from 10:30am-12:30pm with delicious samples from her new book The New Passover Menu.
The New Passover Menu is an innovative and fresh look at Passover food. It is organized by menus and includes updated twists on traditional recipes (flavored matzoh balls and gefilte fish wrapped around fresh salmon), beautiful salads, Peruvian chicken and Moroccan short ribs, a breakfast chapter, desserts and more. You will also be able to purchase a copy of her book at the market.
Today we are spotlighting Dame Amy Riolo's fabulous new book, The Ultimate Mediterranean Cookbook! Just look at that luscious Southern Italian Goat and Herb Stew or as Amy teaches us to say-- Pignata di Capra!
Let's all give Amy a big round of applause for her latest triumph!
Today we spotlight a real renaissance woman-Monica Bhide! Monica is a celebrated food writer and short story writer who has been published and profiled by everyone under the sun - her accomplishments are miles and miles long. We had fun finding out more about our Dame Monica and she shares a funny story about her and fellow Dame Amy Riolo- it's these stories that make our Dame Monica the focus profile for today......
Best thing about being a DC Dame: Learning from the amazing women in the group.
My most rewarding highlight of my career: When Susan Orlean (whom I stalked on Twitter) agreed to have lunch with me.
Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened in my career: The list is endless. But it was the day I was trying to help fellow Dame Amy Riolo and almost trashed the table holding all her amazing food samples.
If I wasn't in this career, I'd be an: Unemployed engineer
Best thing about the DC food scene: It is so vibrant and so diverse now.
Favorite kitchen tool: A sharp knife
My thoughts about the future of food and wine for this country: Very intriguing. As long as we get over trends like bone broth and kale
My motto: Never give up.
Dame Marjorie Meek-Bradley's Stuffed Bone Marrow featured in the Washington Post's "40 Eats -- Dishes Every Washingtonian Must Try"
Like pork belly and offal, bone marrow’s moment has come and gone. But Ripple executive chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley can’t take her version off the menu without customers clamoring for it. The substance she describes as “like a gelatinous butter” is ideal for soaking up flavors, so Meek-Bradley mixes the marrow with bacon for saltiness and tops it with chimichurri for an acidic, herb-packed punch. Finally, a streak of apple butter adds a hint of sugar. “Sit at the bar, smear some on grilled bread, and enjoy with a nice glass of wine,” wrote Martin Rundle of the District. “My friend, who had never had bone marrow before, quite literally moaned out loud.” Ripple, 3417 Connecticut Ave. NW. www.rippledc.com. $12.
Today we have a real treat! Our Dame and prolific cookbook author Paula Shoyer has just published The New Passover Menu, a luscious and lavish book you need on your bookshelf now! You'll want to cook everything in this new fabulous book, but why not start with this extraordinary lattice topped pie! Congratulations Paula on another masterpiece!
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