We just put together Dames Do Italy: a crazy week of chocolate (yes there are fabulous Italian chocolatiers), wine and food exploration for our BC Dames and want to invite any Dame to join us.
Program Date: September 7 - 14, 2014 - and as I say on the program overview, yes, we know this is short notice for a trip to Europe but hey, when us BC Dames come up with a good idea, we just run with it.
And this September couldn't have been a better time: EURO is trading lower against the USD right now so we can get everything booked at a lower conversion rate, tourists will be on their way home, weather will be fabulous and locals won't be into wine yet so we'll have Piedmont to ourselves.
We've costed out the program as tight as possible while still including all the activities we want to experience. Travel experts recommend that you book travel to Europe at the sweet spot of 8 weeks out so we made sure that was within our confirmation time frame.
It will be a small group 6 - 12 doing a large amount of exploring, eating, sipping, shopping and fun!! See the complete overview and registration at: http://www.ecolechocolat.com/en/dames-do-Italy.html
If you feel this might be something your Chapter Dames would like to know about, please forward this invitation.
Wishing everyone a very happy summer after a long, cold winter for a lot of us.
Dame Pam Williams
Our scholarship winners, Nora White, left, and Skylar Fowler, were introduced to the membership during our Spring General Membership Meeting at Ris restaurant on June 7.
Nora will continue her work to towards a Master of Public Health at the University of Michigan with $4,000 from LDE-DC. Nora received funding from us last year and was so impressive that we wanted to help her complete her studies.
Skylar completed one year at Lexington College, a culinary program in Chicago and, since the college is closing, she will enter Northern Virginia Community College this autumn to finish her Hospitality Management Associate Degree and Culinary Management Certificate. Impressed by Skylar’s hard work, enthusiasm and resourcefulness, the scholarship committee awarded her $2,000.
Kudos to our scholarship committee, led by chair Sara Engram, whose members include Diane Feffer Neas, Nona Nielsen-Parker, Connie Hay and Michele Jacobs.
We inducted ten new members to our chapter during our Spring General Membership meeting held at Ris restaurant on Saturday, June 7. Debra Moser (MeatCrafters), Cathy Barrow (Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Kitchen), Bettina Stern (Chaia), Marjorie Meek-Bradley (Ripple restaurant), Suanne Simon (Chaia), Julie Peterson (Marq Energie Consulting), Marie Ostosky (Grey Salt Culinary)and Mary Beth Albright (attorney, food writer). Not pictured, Paula Shoyer (cookbook author) and Robyn Webb (nutritionist, cookbook author).
Monica Bhide was invited to London to teach four workshops on food writing, creating media kits and working with brands and sponsors at Food Bloggers Connect 2014.
Susan Wallace was featured in Zagat’s Dining Guide online for her biscuits.
Joan Nathan’s recipe for her Red, White and Blue Fruit Crisp appeared in a recent post in Food52, an online food newsletter created by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs.http://food52.com/recipes/22658-joan-nathan-s-red-white-and-blue-fruit-crisp?from_related=1&related_src_
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History formed a Kitchen Cabinet, an advisory board made up of 24 leaders in food scholarship, culinary history and food-related businesses in America to help the museum shape and expand its research, collections, programs and exhibitions related to food and beverage history. The inaugural meeting of the Kitchen Cabinet took place on April 30 and included a number of Dames: Lydia Botham- Executive Director,Land O’Lakes Foundation;Lynne Breaux- Past-President, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington;Jessica B. Harris, Ph.D. Food Historian, (former Dame) Queens College/CUNY;Pati Jinich, Chef, Host of Pati’s Mexican Table;Ris Lacoste- Chef/Owner of RIS,Washington, D.C.and Susan Westmoreland, Food Director,Good Housekeeping.
LOUISVILLE, KY (June 3, 2014) – Six professional women were chosen as this year’s LDEI
Legacy Award recipients to be mentored by some of America’s leading female talent in
food, beverage and hospitality—all distinguished members of Les Dames d’Escoffier
International (LDEI). Chosen from the US and Canada and all having a minimum of four
years of work experience, the winners will participate in a high-energy, labor-intensive
and career-expanding week, learning how to take their respective careers up to the
next level, working alongside a Dame woman-leader in their chosen fields.
Established in 2009 and supported by the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the
Culinary Arts, the Legacy Awards are hosted annually by LDEI, an international
organization of women leaders in food, fine beverage and hospitality whose mission is
education and philanthropy for the good of the global community. read more
Dame Carla Hall "Femm C" of the evening interviews panelists at the Hail to the V event sponsored by Industree.com. The lively discussion was held at E Street Cinema in DC. Dame panelists included Polly Weidmaier, Marcels, Brasserie Beck, Mussel Bar, Brabo, Wildwood Kitchen; Ellen Gray, Equinox, Muse Cafe; Ris Lacoste, Ris, Ris Union Market; Ruth Gresser, Pizzaria Paradiso; and Ann Yonkers, FreshFarm Markets.
Les Dames d'Escoffier DC
LDEI is the premier organization of influential professional women who are committed to the advancement of education and philanthropy in food, beverage and hospitality for the good of the global community.