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.
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!
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.
Mary Beth Albright will join The Washington Post as a host/editor, Food. She will be one of four on-camera host/editors who will be the "faces and voices of new dedicated coverage areas for video."
Jessica Botta serves on the board of CulinaryCorps, a national volunteer service organization. Earlier this month, Jessica returned from Houston and one of CulinaryCorps annual five-day volunteer experiences where she and other chef participants worked with Houston Food Bank, Camp for All, Plant it Forward Farms and the MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Janet Cam was filmed for a CCTV (China Central TV) segment "Recipes for Life" to air later this year. The segment features stories from Janet's life paired with her recipes for family meals using her quick-and-healthful cooking method. Janet credits Golnaz Feiz for introducing her to the program's producer. (CCTV broadcasts a 24-hour English channel as well as programs in five additional languages and reaches over 1 billion people in China, 40 million in the USA and 100 million on other parts of the world. It exports over 10,000 programs to 77 foreign television stations.)
Edie Burns begins her new job at Marriott International on July 10th as its new Senior Manager, Service and Guest Experience, Culinary Concepts Hospitality Group (CCHG). She will open and maintain the bars and restaurants in Marriott's top-tier national and international luxury hotel brands: St. Regis, Ritz-Carlton, Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, EDITION Hotels, W Hotels, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts and Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts.
Teresa Farney, dual-member and food editor at the Gazettein Colorado Springs, was named the 2017 Outstanding Media Professional for Colorado by the Colorado Restaurant Association. The award was presented at the organization's annual Industry Spotlight Award dinner on June 27.
Ruth Gresser opens her Pizza Paradiso Hyattsville this Saturday, July 8 at 4800 Rhode Island Avenue. This fourth location of Ruth's Neapolitan-style pizzeria, which also houses Art Works Now, a non-profit creative community center, will serve her signature pizzas and offer a robust beer program. It will be open daily for lunch and dinner.
Susan Lutz was The Inner Loop writer in residence at Woodlawn/Pope-Leighey House and Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture during the week of June 4th. During the residency, Susan continued her long-term project on creating community through food. Check out her article about potlucks on The Inner Loopwebsite. http://www.theinnerlooplit.com/single-post/2017/06/22/2017-Residents-are-off-and-writing
Celeste McCall and her husband, Peter, just celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary. To celebrate, they sailed on the Queen Mary June 15 to London, then visited Paris and returned, via Iceland, on July 2.
Amy Riolo's blog has been nominated for a number of Saveur Award's honors sponsored by Saveur Magazine: Best Baking & Sweets Blog; Best Food Videos and The Food & Culture Award: Best Single Essay. In the last category, three of Amy's posts have been nominated: The Face of Syrian Cuisine and Culture; Getting to Know the Grapes of Magna Grecia and The Art of Culinary Diplomacy.
Kristen Hartke is keeping very busy with her writing assignments. Check out her article on that appeared in the June 9 edition of the Washington Post's Food section. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/avocado-has-a-sweet-side-too-and-its-delicious/2017/06/09/8b0fdc76-4c69-11e7-a186-60c031eab644_story.html?utm_term=.722e8093a180
Pati Jinich and Joan Nathan, and a number of other Dames from other chapters, are among The 100 Greatest Home Cooks of All Time list compiled by the Editors of Epicurious. http://www.epicurious.com/expert-advice/100-greatest-home-cooks-gallery/list
Linda Roth is getting married on Sunday, June 25 to Jonathan Kahn. Jonathan is a lawyer with Hogan Lovell, whose DC office, conveniently, has fabulous views. So the wedding will take place on the balcony overlooking Washington's monuments and memorials. In addition, Linda and Jonathan, in lieu of gifts, are requesting that donations be made to LDE-DC's scholarship fund. Linda gets an extra hurrah for that lovely and generous gesture and for a terrific idea going forward. www.eventbrite.com/e/donation-to-lde-dc-grant-and-scholarship-fund-to-celebrate-the-marriage-of-linda-and-jonathan-tickets-35219993950?ref=estw
Julia Rutland published Campfire Foodie: Simple Camping Recipes with Gourmet Appeal (Adventure Publications) in May 2017. Her article on The South's Best Sandwiches appears in the July 2017 issue of Southern Living Magazine. https://www.amazon.com/Campfire-Foodie-Cookbook-Camping-Recipes/dp/1591935563/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1497968284&sr=8-1&keywords=campfire+foodie
Carole Sugarman is chairing the Capital Area Food Bank's Empty Bowls Bethesda fundraiser.
Laurie Bell and her Great Falls Tea Garden business was featured in the June edition of Food Service Monthly in an article by Sandy Greeley.
Kristen Hartke's article How to Make the Best Doughnuts You'll Ever Eat appeared in the May 23 edition of The Washington Post Food Section and her piece on Seeds of Change: Mini Gardens Help Drive the Growth of Food at Home aired on NPR's The Salt on May 31.
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