ITS FRIDAY FOTOS!
Don't these look scrumptious! Well these are yours to savor on June 19 when we present: The 5th Annual Wine & Dine at Willow Restaurant and Nosh with 11 Rhone Rangers Winemakers! Friday June 19 from 5:30 to 9:30pm
... It's Bigger and Better but still small enough to enjoy chatting with the winemakers. There will be 11 small plates created for 11 wines presented by 11 winemakers!
For tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rhone-rangers-wa-dc-area-winema…
From the start, this will be an informal and relaxing evening with 11 Rhone Ranger winemakers at a walk-around affair where small plates will be paired with specific wines.
Explore the varied world of Syrah, Viognier, Mourvedre, Grenache, Roussanne, Marsanne, Counoise, Cinsaut, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul and others
Learn from the winemakers at this personable event!
The biggest joy that Les Dames d' Escoffier members have is giving back to the community. Projects such as serving in DC Central Kitchen are core to our mission of service. Despite the "dreaded" hair nets (really who ever looks good in one of those!) we love and cherish our relationships with the DC community!...
Here we are at one DC Central Kitchen event~anxious to serve!
DC Dames out in full force at last night's Embassy Chef Challenge including Amy Riolo, Monica Bhide and Bonnie Benwick.
Nongkran Daks and Alexandra Greeley upon the June 9 release of their new cookbook, Nong's Thai Kitchen: 84 Classic Recipes that are Quick, Healthy and Delicious. They have a June 16 book signing at Thai Basil restaurant,
14511 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy, Chantilly, VA 20151.
Nongkran Daks for being interviewed on May 13 by Lynne Rossetto Kasper about Thai curries for an appearance on NPR's The Spendid Table. Air date TBA.
Simone Rathle Guas along with her husband David Guas, sons, Kemp and Spencer, and their Arlington, VA home for being featured in the May/June 2015 edition of Home & Design Magazine in an article "Southern Comfort." http://www.homeanddesign.com/2015/04/28/southern-comfort/
Nora Pouillon for a front page feature in the May 10, 2015 edition of The Washington Post's Style section "A Pioneer Woman on the Organic Trail" about her memoir An Organic Life. http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/the-book-of-nora-the-organic-restaurant-pioneer-pens-a-memoir/2015/05/10/0a716ba8-f026-11e4-8abc-d6aa3bad79dd_story.html
Susan Soorenko for the re- opening of a refurbished Moorenkos in Silver Spring. Known for her unique ice cream flavor combinations made with dairy from small, local farms, you might wish to try Susan's new Strawberries and Roses.
It's at her store and in many area markets including Whole Foods market, select Giant and Safeway grocers and many smaller food shops.
When it opened in 1979, so many presidential administrations ago, Restaurant Nora was unlike any other eatery in Washington. The gustatory landscape then was dominated by dark, masculine establishments with crepuscular lighting, meat, more meat and puddles of Old World artery-attacking sauces.
Nora’s was light, airy, healthy, with farm-fresh offerings, a riot of vegetables on the plate, a frisson of frisée. Says Nora Pouillon, the Nora, “It had a woman’s touch.” It was one of the few restaurants with a woman at the helm and her name on the door, and it was significantly ahead of the times.
After 36 years, Nora is still here, where it has long stood, in a former stable at Florida and R streets NW, an organic herb garden blooming by the kitchen door.
Click here to read the entire story from the May 11, 2015 Washington Post article.
Our annual conferences are a chance for Dames all over the country to share, learn and continue to forward the mission of Les Dames d'Escoffier. You want to meet some Dames? Well here they are at at the Austin conference in 2013. ... Charleston SC is the scene of this years conference that will take place in Oct and we'll get to take some pretty pics again! Photo by Cici Williamson.
Food is power, or at least an instrument of power — economic, political, moral. Those who control our food supply have significant influence over our lives, for better or worse. They decide, to a greater extent than we know, what and how we eat — and even if we eat, in extreme cases. Every year since 2011, we’ve set out to identify the most powerful people in the food world, and today we’re recognizing the top 11 women. Click here to read the complete article.
Elena Clement is the owner of The Guiding Knife and serves as the ACF Nation's Capital Chef's Association Executive Director! Wait till you find out how the creative use for a certain culinary staple caused a really funny uproar for Elena.
Here's our interview..... The best part of being a DC Dame:
I enjoy being a DC Dame because there are so many amazing women in this area and it is an honor to be around them. The networking opportunities are there for the taking!
If I wasn't in this profession I'd be a care giver in some capacity...I always want to help others! This industry is who I am and I don't think that will ever change.
My favorite kitchen utensil is a sharp knife. My favorite knife is a santoku from Canada Cutlery, but I can manage with something else as long as it is sharp
My thoughts about the DC food scene: The food scene is active and hot; so much to try and not enough time to eat it all!
Most rewarding part of my career giving back to others and sharing what I have learned.
The funniest thing that ever happened in my career someone "cater wrapped" my friends car while we were away for a competition, took a half hour to unwrap it
My motto is I have just adopted this: Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams or wake up and chase them.
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