Thanks to Hill Center DC for hosting the Les Dames-WCR, November 15, 2017 forum on sexual harassment in the restaurant industry, and to Nycci Nellis for moderating the panel.
Susan Barocas produced a spectacular, sold-out all-day symposium, Israeli Cuisine as a Reflection of Israeli Society, at American University on November 13. It brought together the leading Israeli academics in the fields of food studies and cultural studies in tandem with Israeli chefs and food experts.
Dames gathered to hear Jose Andres and Alice Waters, with moderator Washington Post Food Anchor Mary Beth Albright, at The Washington Post's Food for Thought. Alice discussed the intersection of food and education. Jose, inspired by a revelatory Chez Panisse dessert of an unpeeled Kishu tangerine and Barhi dates spoke of his work at World Central Kitchen to bring good food to those in need. Both are exemplars of using the power of food to change the world "one plate at a time." Click here for more information.
Devon Capili was named executive chef at the Arlington Capital View Renaissance Hotel last spring and says she is "really enjoying my new role at this wonderful hotel." Her new email address is Devon.Capili@renaissancehotels.com
Katherine Newell Smith is resigning her food and restaurant clients as of November 20. After nearly 30 years in food public relations, she wants to explore other interests, do more volunteer work and travel more often with her husband. Who knows where it will lead. Here's to third chapters!
Nora Pouillon was the honoree at FRESHFARM's 20th annual Feast gala. Spike Gjerde and Ris Lacoste were the co-hosts at the October 17 event held at Dock 5 of Union Market. Nora is FreshFarm founding board member.
Stacey Adams was inducted into the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers de Saint-Uguzon on June 27 at the residence of Geard Araud, French Ambassador to the United States. Cathy Strange, President of the Guilde's New World Chapter and Roland Barthelemy, the Guilde's Provost, presented Stacey with the Guilde's medal, its highest honor, recognizing her exemplary work to promote, educate and foster the traditions of artisanal French and American cheeses.
Trish King's Gluten Free Bakery Girl is celebrating its five-year anniversary with a move from Easton, MD to 116 N Talbot St in
St. Michaels, MD. http://www.glutenfreebakerygirl.com/
Katherine Newell Smith was profiled by Alexandra Greeley in the October edition of Food Service Monthly. http://foodservicemonthly.com/view-magazine/#page/22
Wendy Bazil's recipe entry of Spiced Carrot Cake Muesli in the James Beard Foundation's "More Taste Less Waste" contest is in the final voting phase. If she wins, her charity, Crossroads Community Food Network, will receive $5000. The link to vote is https://www.jamesbeard.org/moretastelesswaste-vote. Voters are entered in a sweepstakes to win a trip to New York City and tickets to the James Beard gala.
Paula Shoyer has released her fourth cookbook The Healthy Jewish Kitchen (Sterling 2017) featuring traditional Jewish recipes updated and made with natural ingredients, plus new trends made kosher.
Susan Wallace has launched her company, Sweetfreakz, specializing in chocolate brittle and other desserts. She recently demonstrated at the Olney Farmers' Market. (Ed. note: For those of us who have tasted Susan's seriously delicious chocolate brittle at various Dames' event, you are probably thinking. "It's about time!")
Janet Yu's Hollywood East Cafe (the site of our Autumn GMM next Tuesday) was chosen as one of Tim Carman's "10 best places to eat on the cheap in D.C. because nobody needs a $28 sandwich" in the September 25 edition of The Washington Post. Her dim sum selections were highlighted. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/the-10-best-places-to-eat-in-dc-on-the-cheap-because-nobody-needs-a-28-sandwich/2017/09/25/3c630600-97de-11e7-87fc-c3f7ee4035c9_story.html?utm_term=.841767e83e1f&wpisrc=nl_buzz&wpmm=1
Hurrah! Bette Alberts, Nancy Baggett, Bonnie Benwick,Pati Jinich, Katherine Miller, Joan Nathan and Louise Nielsen
Bette Alberts, Madame Le Maître (chapter president) of the Washington, D.C., Commanderie de Bordeaux, led the chapter to host its international Board of Governors meeting in June, celebrating the organization's 60th anniversary. Bette is the first woman to head a chapter in the U.S. Commanderie de Bordeaux which comprises 33 chapters with 1200 members across the U.S. It is also affiliated with the worldwide network of 82 members in 26 countries under the Bordeaux-based Grand Conseil du Vin de Bordeaux.
Nancy Baggett's new book The Art of Cooking with Lavender won a Bronze Award from Independent Publisher in the "Living Now" Ethnic, Holiday and Specialty Cookbook category. The awards are given to books that make a contribution to "living better" today. Nancy's book has been very popular with lavender growers and their customers and will be going into a second printing in December.
Bonnie Benwick, Deputy Food Editor/Recipe Editor and Joe Yonan, Food and Dining Editor of the Washington Post won the Association of Food Journalists' Award for Best Newspaper Food Coverage, above 155,000 circulation. The presentation was made during AFJ's annual conference in Philadelphia on September 13.
Pati Jinich's "Pati's Mexican Table," the Emmy and James Beard award nominated cooking and travel series, began its sixth season on PBS and public television stations September 9. Pati's new 13-episode season features the Mexican state of Oaxaca a hub of art and cuisine that has been hugely influential on Mexico's gastronomy and culture for centuries. Watch the trailer.
Katherine Miller was recognized by Food & Wine Magazine as one of 2017's Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink. As founder of the Chef Action Network, a nonprofit that educates chefs about food and nutrition issues and inspires them to use their influence to make a difference, Miller was named as one of 20 "trailblazers and trendsetters who are raising the bar and reshaping our world." http://www.foodandwine.com/lifestyle/most-innovative-women-2017
Joan Nathan has partnered with Whole Foods Market's Mid-Atlantic Region to offer prepared dishes and recipes for customers during the Jewish high holidays. Five dishes from Joan's King Solomon's Table cookbook are being featured at Whole Foods' hot bars, prepared food cases, and bakery departments in Pennsylvania, Southern N.J., Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio, from Sept. 13 to 27. The dishes also can be ordered online.
Louise Nielsen and a group of her Anne Arundel Community College culinary students were invited to present at the Maryland Department of Agriculture's 10th annual Governors Buy-local Cookout on July 20 at the Maryland Government House. The Buy-Local Cookout encourages Marylanders to eat at least one locally grown or raised product each day. Chef Nielsen's Culinary Club members produced bite-size samples of three different student-designed recipes for the over 600 guests at the event.
Evelyn Bunoan was profiled in Food Service Monthly Magazine's Local Cooks column by Alexandra Greeley in its May 2017 issue, "Evelyn Bunoan, Filipina Chef Extraordinaire." The article describes the popularity of Evelyn's food at the Filipino embassy, the work she and her husband, Oscar, do to feed cancer patients through their foundation CHEW (Cancer Help Eat Well), and, of course, the evolution of her Philippine Oriental Market & Deli that she opened in 1978.
Aviva Goldfarb sold her business, Six O'Clock Scramble, after 14 years to Jessica Braider. The Six O'Clock Scramble will continue to operate as an online meal planner for busy families with Aviva serving as an advisor to Jessica. Aviva is moving on to do marketing, PR and writing projects for food and restaurant clients.
A profile about Debra Moser, her husband Mitch Berliner, business partner Stan Feder and their MeatCrafters salami and sausage company appeared in the Summer issue of Edible DC, "Selling the Sizzle" by Lani Furbank.
Susan Soorenko was featured in the July 2017 issue of Food Service Monthly Magazine's Local Cooks column by Alexandra Greeley. The piece "I scream...You scream...We all scream...Moorenkos!" recounted Soorenko's entry and hard-won success in the specialty frozen-dessert segment.
Our beloved friend and sister Dame Marianne Ali died on August 30 at her home in Bowie, Maryland with her family and friends beside her. Marianne, 60, was the director of DC Central Kitchen's much lauded culinary training program. During her twenty years at the kitchen, Marianne received numerous commendations for her exemplary work. You can read a bit about Marianne here and watch a video produced about her life here. She was an extraordinary human being and a dear friend.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow, Thursday, September 7, at 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at J.B. Jenkins Funeral Home, 7474 Landover Road, Landover, MD 20785. A reception will be held immediately following the services at the City of Glenarden Community Center, 2250 Petrie Lane, Suite #519, Woodmore Towne Center, Lanham, MD 20706.
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