We've gathered experts from our Les Dames DC chapter and elsewhere to enhance your chocolate knowledge just in time for Valentine's Day. Please be sure to register in advance so we can email you to zoom link. Here's what to expect:
Winnette Ambrose McIntosh, owner of Souk Bakery in DC, will highlight Trinidad’s contributions in the world of chocolate.
Sheilah Kaufman, cookbook editor and author, will fill you in the surprising cultural connection between Jews and chocolate.
Fran Costigan, vegan cookbook author, will guide you to the best options for vegan chocolate.
Carolyn Crow, former pastry chef and chocolatier, will offer a primer on how to choose the right chocolate (while you could be nibbling on a sample from her recommended list!).
Rabia Kamara, owner of Ruby Scoops Ice Cream & Sweets in Richmond, Va., will demo one of her favorite recipes.
Your registration confirmation will include a list of Carolyn's favorite chocolates, so you can buy a few in advance to sample during her presentation! This session is free for all! But if you're in a giving mood....a $5 donation will help support our mission to nurture the careers of women in the culinary, hospitality, and related communication disciplines. Thank you!
Join us in our FREE crowd source-style session where we'll be sharing tips and offering strategies for holiday and winter entertaining.
Among the topics we'll be tackling:
simple kitchen tips
favorite seasonal dishes
beverage recipes/wine recommendations
social media/photographic advice
tried-and-true party organization
seasonal charities and nonprofit opportunities
even a good smattering of lessons-learned "don'ts"
We expect this to be a lively, interactive online presentation that highlights some of the many skills, talents, and the expertise Dames have to offer. So register to join us and spread the word!
Registration is required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants a few days before the event.
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We hope you will join us on November 15th for this fascinating online presentation. Find out how Black Marylanders made sauerkraut their own, learn about beaten biscuits, and much more! Holiday foods are even more satisfying when you get a taste of the history behind them. Registration in advance is required. Click here to register!
Join us on Thursday evening, Oct. 19, from 6:30-7:45 pm for an online deep dive into bean cookery with Kim O'Donnel, a respected vegetable cookbook author and longtime proponent of healthful eating. The veteran chef-instructor will share her expertise and tips related to the wonderful world of legumes, her favorite varieties, and old and new ways of preparing them. A former food writer for The Washington Post and several other newspapers big and small, Kim was the first Meatless Monday blogger. Most recently, she served as recipe editor for the forthcoming cookbook from Philadelphia chefs Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook. The thing she is most proud of in recent years: going to Poland in April 2022 as a World Central Kitchen Volunteer cooking for Ukrainian refugees. Free for Dames, $25 for the general public.
Registration required. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants a few days before the event.
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Join us for a day of learning and community building with Les Dames DC!
Meet the DMV's leading women in food, beverage, and hospitality
as they share their expertise in advocacy, content creation, and kitchen wisdom.
Participants include Joan Nathan, Tambra Raye Stevenson, Jamie Leeds,
Bonnie Moore, Mary Beth Albright, Amy Brandwein, Susan Barocas, Charissa Benjamin, and many more. Proceeds of this generously sponsored forum, held at DC’s historic National Union Building,
will go toward supporting women and women-led food-related organizations
in the DC area, through grants, mentoring, and scholarships. Advance registration required.
Click here to register. Click here to learn more about the full day of activities.
Please join us for a virtual conversation
Vegan Means Business: Embracing Plant Power
Wednesday, August 9, 2023 | 5:00 to 6:30 PM
Tickets must be purchased in advance.
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Cost: General Admission $25, Free for Members of Les Dames d'Escoffier International. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants a week before the event.
Join Les Dames DC chapter for a fun and informative pupusa-making workshop in honor of World Refugee Day, on June 20, 2023. Dame Ana Reyes, owner of El Tamarindo, the nation’s first El Salvadorian restaurant, will share her family’s history from leaving El Salvador to establishing a community landmark in Washington DC. You’ll learn to make mouthwatering pupusas from scratch and about the cuisine and culture of El Salvador. Our Global Culinary Initiative Chair, Dame Amy Riolo, will discuss the mission of World Refugee Day and how to help during the current crisis. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Cost: General Admission $55; $45 for Members of the DC Regional Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier. Ticket price includes workshop, 2 pupusas, 1 non-alcoholic beverage & gratuity. Click here for your tickets!
Dame Ana Reyes is a first-generation Salvadoran American entrepreneur, community activist, and operator of El Tamarindo, her family’s 40-year-old Salvadoran and Mexican restaurant located in Washington, D.C.'s Adams Morgan neighborhood. El Tamarindo has become a community staple and is credited with popularizing pupusas, El Salvador’s national dish, a thick flatbread that can be stuffed with various fillings. Ana is passionate about sharing her family’s legacy and culture through food.
6:30 pm Welcome, Meet & Greet
7:00 pm Workshop begins
There is very limited street parking available.
The closest Metros are U Street Cardozo and Dupont, each .5 miles away. The closest parking garage is Colonial Parking at 2421 18th St NW.
A portion of the proceeds will go to support Les Dames d'Escoffier DC's Regional Chapter's fundraising for grants, mentoring, scholarships, education programs and operations to support women to succeed in culinary-related industries.
Join us for this in-person event in February. Waste Not Want Not: How Composting & Zero-Waste Cooking Can Green Your Life
Chef Todd Gray and Dame Ellen Kassoff, our hosts with the compost, will share their sustainability journey and pass along valuable tips on how you can start composting and save money by rescuing valuable ingredients you’re probably tossing. Wasting food wastes all kinds of resources and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. By embracing seed-to-stem cooking and diverting food waste into compost, we can help reduce methane emissions and produce an invaluable resource — often referred to as “black gold” — for growing food and maintaining healthy soil.
The afternoon will begin with a tour of Equinox’s composting system, followed by a cooking demo with Chef Todd where you’ll get to taste some surprisingly scrappy snacks. We’ll toast to compost with cocktails and mocktails made with ingredients that often go to waste, and end with insights from a panel of sustainability experts:
Caroline Howe, Aspire Program Coordinator, Innovation & Equitable Development, DC Department of Small & Local Business Development
Jeffrey Neal, Founder & CEO, Loop Closing
Lela Singh, Retail and Social Media Manager, Teaism Tea Shop
During the event, you’ll have the opportunity to bid on sustainable lifestyle items at the silent auction and raffle. Proceeds of the auction and raffle will fund the Les Dames DC Chapter’s grants and scholarships program in support of the advancement of women in the food, beverage, and hospitality industries.
Metro accessible via Farragut West and Farragut North stations.
Cost: $35 for members and non-members and includes passed bites and one drink. Tickets must be purchased in advance, click here to buy your tickets.
You don't want to miss this! On Sunday, February 20 as New Orleans natives, Simone Rathle and Chef David Guas take you on a MARDI GRAS culinary (and cocktail!) journey. Chef Guas, the award-winning founder of Bayou Bakery, will create a favorite Mardi Gras dish – New Orleans Style Shrimp & Grits. Those who sign up will get the recipe in advance so that you may cook along with Chef Guas (and have that delicious recipe for dinner that night.) To whet your Louisiana whistle, Simone will craft a cocktail so that you may toast the Mardi Gras celebration as though you were right there on Bourbon Street. And… there will likely be King Cake involved. Sunday, February 20 at 6 pm.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED IN ADVANCE TO OBTAIN ZOOM LINK.
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Please sign up by Saturday, Feb 19 so that we may forward the recipes to you.
Join us for Our Luscious Planet, Virtual Cooking with Chefs from Around the World, Every Wednesday in June at 7pm
Take a culinary journey of Our Luscious Planet hosted by the Washington, D.C. Chapter of Les Dames d’ Escoffier. We’ll travel via Zoom each Wednesday in June to a new corner of our globe, unlocking the mysteries of exotic ingredients and novel cooking techniques. Led by five celebrated chefs, renowned cookbook authors and expert culinary instructors, guests will be whisked away on a virtual tour, complete with in-depth cooking demonstrations and expert wine or bespoke cocktail pairings from a member sommelier or mixologist.
These demonstration classes offer a chance for you to sit back, take notes and ask questions in real time as you watch a pro at work. Recipes will be sent to you before each session. Get your tickets early--don’t let the journey begin without you!
MAKE A DONATION! FOR EVERY $5 DOLLARS YOU DONATE YOU WILL RECEIVE A GIFT OF A RAFFLE TICKET. AS PART OF THE REGISTRATION PROCESS, YOU CAN DESIGNATE THE RAFFLE BOX THAT INTERESTS YOU. THERE WILL BE FIVE RAFFLES, ONE FOR EACH SESSION.
Each virtual excursion will feature a hand-selected gourmet gift box of native spices and sundries to be raffled off. Thank you raffle tickets will be available for metropolitan DC/MD/VA area residents. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at the conclusion of each workshop and the winning ticket holder will be notified by email. Check out photos of the raffle boxes below!
Proceeds from Our Luscious Planet will benefit our fundraiser partner, Thrive DC, as well as Les Dames DC's grants and scholarships programs for women in the culinary arts. Thrive DC's meal program and re-entry program meets the needs of vulnerable women in the District of Columbia. There couldn’t be a more worthy organization for us to support.
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GREECE June 2, Maria Kopsidas, Owner of Cookology Cooking School
All Things Phyllo, Learn the Ancient Art of Creating Phyllo Dough Pastries (Lacto-ovo vegetarian)
ISRAEL June 9, Joan Nathan, Cookbook Author and PBS Series Host
From Israel with Love, Joan Nathan’s Home-Cooked Favorites (Pescatarian)
IRAN June 16, Najmieh Batmanglij, Cookbook Author and Culinary Instructor
Nush e-Joon, May Your Soul Be Nourished
THE PHILIPPINES June 23, Chef Evelyn Bunoan
From Start to Finish: A Quintessential Three-Course Meal of The Philippines
LITHUANIA June 30, Chef Justė Židelytė
Garden to Table, a Lithuanian Feast of Summer Produce (Lacto-vegetarian)
COST: Individual classes are $35 and the entire five series package may be purchased for $140, a discount of 20%.
You only need to purchase one ticket per session per household. Ticket sales are final and will not be refunded. If necessary, email us no later than 2 days in advance of the class (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will assist you in applying your credit to another session. If you wish to transfer your zoom link to a friend or family member please notify us in advance.
LOGISTICS: All global cooking classes are held via Zoom, and you will receive instructions for logging in via email after registering. Please download the Zoom application in advance.
Cooking classes are recorded, and you will receive the link to the recording within a week after the class takes place. The link will be available for two weeks. As part of the registration process you will be asked to acknowledge that your face may be recorded, if your personal video screen is on when the meeting is in speaker mode.
Les Dames DC and Thrive DC are partners on the fundraiser, Our Luscious Planet. Thrive DC's programs for women going through hard times will benefit from the fundraiser proceeds as well as Les Dames DC's culinary grants and scholarship programs for women.
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