REINVENTING RESTAURANTS: An Insider's Look at Pivoting in a Pandemic
A Les Dames d'Escoffier Zoom Panel (For members and the public)
Monday, June 1, 2020
8 -9:15 p.m.
From dinner clubs to brunch boxes to employee relief fund drives, leading local female restaurateurs and members of the Washington D.C. chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier will delve into the details of how their establishments met the challenges posed by the COVID crisis.
Jessica Botta, director of training and culinary development, Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants (Washington D.C.)
Ellen Kassoff, co-owner, Equinox Restaurant (Washington D.C.)
Nona Nielsen Parker, production manager, Atwater’s (Baltimore, Md.)
Christianne Ricchi, chef/owner, Ristorante i Ricchi (Washington D.C.)
Juste Zidelyte, chef/owner, Maple Ave Restaurant (Vienna, Va.)
Moderator: Aviva Goldfarb, director of marketing, HipCityVeg
All registered participants will receive an email from us with Zoom registration links before the event.
The panel event is free of charge, but donations may be made to Les Dames DC scholarship program, which supports the professional studies and advancement of women in the food, beverage and hospitality industries, and to our grants program, which funds tax-exempt charitable or educational organizations that are making a difference in the global food community. To register, more information can be found on www.lesdamesdc.org.
Please join us for this evening with Nathalie Dupree! Tickets must be purchased in advance. Click here to buy your tickets.
We hope you can join us for this special occasion. Click here for registration information and to buy your tickets! Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Join us on Saturday, March 28, for an all day symposium Celebrating Food! Registration is now open. More than 50 Speakers in 16 sessions. Demos and Breakout Panels. Hands-on Cooking Classes, Continental Breakfast and Lunch included, Fabulous Culinary EXPO with New Products, Restaurant Samples, Cookbooks, Festival of Desserts and Finale Reception. Keynote Panel with Amy Brandwein, Ruth Gresser and Christianne Ricchi with Moderator Amy Riolo on "Interpreting Italian Cuisine in Washington."
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Jubilee: A Celebration of the Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking with Toni Tipton-Martin
We hope you can join us at this exciting and informative event. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Click here for more information and to register.
Join us on Saturday, March 28, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. at The Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland for Les Dames d’Escoffier Washington, D.C. Chapter's Twelfth Celebrating Food! Salute to Women in Gastronomy Symposium.
An all-day celebration of all things food: preparing it, savoring it, writing about it, photographing it, and so much more!
Start with a light continental breakfast. Be inspired by the culinary roads to success of our keynote speakers - Chris Ricchi of I Ricchi, Amy Brandwein of Centrolina and Ruth Gresser of Pizzeria Paradiso.
Sharpen your kitchen techniques with hands-on cooking sessions. Learn from local experts at a variety of panels, lectures and demos before and after the lunchtime EXPO!
Enjoy lunch and the spectacular Festival of Desserts while you explore the many culinary businesses and speak with the experts, purchase goodies and gifts, and add to your culinary collection from the always popular Cookbook Jumble and Culinary Garage Sale.
Afternoon sessions are followed by the culmination of a full day of all things food at the Finale reception. A tasty day indeed!
We hope you can join us for this information and delicious luncheon. Tickets are available for the public and Dames. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Click here for ticketing information.
Politics on the Plate: An Inside Look at Serving Powerful Diners in Washington October 14, 2019 3-5 pm National Press Club
In Washington D.C., where the nation’s business is often conducted at restaurant tables, politics have always been on the plate. This town’s restaurants are run by specialists who know how to handle the elected officials, Cabinet secretaries, White House staff, lobbyists and TV pundits who are regular clientele. But lately, spurred by social media, the country’s politics have entered their dining rooms. And, even the most experienced have had publicized politically-charged incidents.
This forum will explore this distinctive element of DC dining. Longtime area restaurateurs will share their experiences and give insight into how they handle the heightened political mood in DC’s dining rooms.
Hosted by the DC chapter of Les Dames d’ Escoffier www.LesDamesDC.org, an international organization of women in food, beverage and hospitality industries, and moderated by veteran journalist Carol Joynt, herself a former restaurant owner, the event promises to pull back the curtain on serving DC’s who’s who.
Moderated by: Carol Joynt, award-winning author, journalist, former restaurant owner and host of The Q&A Cafe
Ashok Bajaj, CEO, Knightsbridge Restaurant Group which includes Bombay Club, Rasika, Oval Room
Amy Brandwein – owner, Centrolina & 3-time James Beard Foundation nominee
Ruth Gresser – founder & owner, Pizzeria Paradiso restaurants
Laurent Menoud - general manager, Café Milano
Maria Trabocchi –co-owner, Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants, which include Fiola, Fiola Mare, Del Mar, three locations of Sfoglina, Fiola Miami, and Fiola at Dopolavoro Venezia
William Washington - director of operations, Schlow Restaurant Group and former general manager BLT Prime in the Trump Hotel
Stephanie Wilkinson - owner, The Red Hen, Lexington, VA
Monday October 14, 2019
National Press Club – 529 14th Street NW, Washington DC
Tickets: $35 (includes light desserts + cash bar)
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TICKET INFO: www.LesDamesDC.org
MEDIA: Media may request credentials by emailing name, media affiliation, phone number to jill@JillCollinsPR.com
We hope you will join us for this event! This event is open to the public and has limited seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information, please see the flyer below. To buy your tickets, please click here.
Please join us at this fun, educational and delicious event! Tickets must be purchased in advance as spaces are limited. More information is below. To purchase your tickets on Eventbrite, please click here.
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