Hurrah! Gladys Abi-Najm, Amy Brandwein, Ellen Gray, Susan James, Pati Jinich, Nancy Piho, Rachel Martin and Christianne Ricchi
Gladys Abi-Najm and her family's Lebanese Taverna were presented with a 2019 Honorary Milestone Award for their 40 years of service in the community at the 37th annual RAMMY awards ceremony held on Sunday, June 30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Amy Brandwein was featured in the July issue of Food & Wine magazine about her work with DC Urban Greens.
Ellen Gray and her husband, Chef Todd Gray were featured in the cover story for the June/July edition of Food Service Monthly focusing on their efforts to recycle and move toward zero waste in their kitchens.
Susan James' and husband Alan James' Stonyman Gourmet Farmers' regional farmstead artisanal cheeses were praised as "world class" by Jose Andres in his new cookbook, Vegetables Unleashed, A Cookbook (Ecco 2019).
Pati Jinich is part of a feature story, Starpower, about a behind-the-scenes look at local celebrities hide-aways in the July/August issue of Home and Design magazine.
Rachel Martin's 2017 Oceano Chardonnay, from her Spanish Springs Vineyard of Oceano Wines, won "Wine of the Year, Domestic", "Best of Show", "Best of Class", the Platinum Award and 95 points at the 2019 San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge in January; "Best of Show", "Best of Class" and the Platinum Award at the 2019 Critics Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition on June 8 and 9 in San Diego and "Best of Class" and the Gold Medal at the 2019 International Women's Wine Competition held June 11 and 12 in Santa Rosa, CA.
Nancy Piho will host her 9th annual Shopping for Health conference in St. Louis in July. SFH brings together 25 supermarket dietitians from national chains and food and beverage industry leaders to discuss how both can offer healthier options to meet supermarket shoppers' needs.
Christianne Ricchi and Ristorante i Ricchi was presented with the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington's Honorary Milestone Award for her contributions over the past 30 years to the community at the 2019 RAMMYs Awards on June 30.
MOORENKO'S ICE CREAM FACTORY TOUR AND TASTING
We hope you can join us! Please note that tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. Tour Moorenko's ice cream factory, help make ice cream, learn about the process and the industry and take home a pint! If you haven't yet tried Susan Soorenko's ice cream, you need to join her and learn how she got started in this industry.
DATE: Saturday, July 20
TIME: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
PLACE: 8810 Brookville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910. This is at the factory, not at the store
PRICE: $25 Dames, $30 non-members (includes a $5 tax-exempt donation to LDEI Scholarships)
RSVP: Click here to purchase your tickets on Eventbrite!
Chef/Owners Amy Brandwein, Centrolina, Ruth Gresser, Pizza Paradiso, and Danielle Harris were guests on WAMU's The Kojo Nnamdi Show June 6, for his program "Three Local Chefs On Owning Food Companies, Mentorship And Engaging With D.C." and Bettina Stern was a call in questioner. https://thekojonnamdishow.org/shows/2019-06-06/three-local-chefs-on-owning-food-companies-mentorship-and-engaging-with-d-c
Kristen Hartke's lovely story "To Commemorate a Loved One's Death, Some Turn to the Comfort and Memories of Food" appeared in the June 3 edition of The Washington Post 's Food section. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/to-commemorate-a-loved-ones-death-some-turn-to-the-comfort-and-memories-of-food/2019/05/31/c92989ec-7b2b-11e9-a5b3-34f3edf1351e_story.html?utm_term=.89f835226201
CiCi Williamson did such an excellent job managing the Association of Food Journalists 2019 Awards Competition, she has been hired to manage the 2020 contest. This spring, CiCi handled a record 373 entries in 15 categories of food writing, videos, audios, and photos. Launched in 1986, AFJ's awards competition is the nation's longest-running contest for food journalists.
We are so very proud that LDE-DC chapter's Nora Pouillon has been elected Les Dames d'Escoffier International's Grande Dame 2019. Nora will be presented with the award at our annual conference in Nashville in October.
Sheila Crye CCP was chosen by the Library of Congress to select books from its surplus to send to the Boyd Library of the National Food and Beverage Foundation in New Orleans where LDEI has its collection of Dames-authored books. The Boyd Library accepts books in all languages, all publication dates, all cuisines, about all agricultural products (e.g. rice, wheat, sardines, etc.) and beverages and the food system as a whole. Books about Louisiana and the Gulf South take precedence followed by other southern states and the Caribbean and Puerto Rico. Thus far, Sheilah has culled and sent 189 books.
Johanna Mendelson Forman will keynote the National Association of Foreign Students annual meeting in Washington DC on May 29 and present Gastrodiplomacy as a tool for foreign student participation on campuses.
Susan Soorenko's Moorenko's Ice Cream Ellicott City at 8054 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD, opened Saturday, May 11. Moorenko's also will open a pop-up at Rio in Gaithersburg by Memorial Day, with plans for a long term shop early next year.
Janet Yu was mentioned in the Sunday, May 12 edition of the Washington Post Magazine as Tim Carman's guest as he dined and reviewed Chef Guo, a VERY high end Chinese restaurant in Alexandria. She interpreted for him and gave him some insights to the special preparations of Chinese imperial banquet food.
Gladys Abi-Najm's family's restaurant, Lebanese Taverna, and Christina Ricchi's i Ricchi will receive the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington's 2019 Honorary Milestone RAMMY Awards at the organization's annual gala Sunday, June 30, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This award commemorates local restaurants and RAMW members who have been in business for more than 25 years and is bestowed upon the Washington region's most celebrated dining institutions.
Cecilia Glembocki created and presented the American Egg Board's commemorative egg to First Lady Melania Trump on April 22. Cecilia used quilling, a centuries-old art form whereby small, rolled strips of paper are shaped and glued together to make designs, to decorate the egg.
Pati Jinich has won her second James Beard Foundation Award. "Pati's Mexican Table - Tijuana: Stories from the Border" received the top prize in the Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location category. The program airs locally on WETA-TV and is distributed nationally by American Public Television.
Amy Riolo received a Certificate of Recognition from the City of Baltimore for serving as chair of the Baltimore-Luxor-Alexandria Sister City Committee. Amy also was named the first honorary member of Baltimore Sisters Cities, Inc. for securing a $112,000 grant through the African Urban Poverty Alleviation Program to provide drinking water for a remote rural village in Egypt.
Linda Roth has assumed the role of CEO of LRA Associates where she will continue to supervise business and financial operations for her 37 year-old company that provides media relations, integrated marketing, digital content and special events. Long-time LRA vice president, Anthony Hesselius, has been named president. LRA is located in the burgeoning Adams Morgan neighborhood.
Program director, a full-time faculty position in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) at the Universities at Shady Grove. Click here for more information.
Full-time events manager, front of house manager, host, and food runner needed at RIS, an upscale neighborhood restaurant serving seasonal American food, run by executive chef and owner, Ris Lacoste. For more information click here.
A 920 sq. ft. commercial kitchen space is available for sublet in the Moorenko ice cream factory. Amenities include: walk-in cooler, freezer space, commercial ovens and mixers, prep tables, grease trap, loading area and office. For further information, please contact Susan Soorenko, (301) 565-8050, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gladys Abi-Najm and her four siblings were honored by the National Restaurant Association at its March 27 gala in DC with its 2019 Faces of Diversity Award. For nearly forty years Gladys and her family have been actively giving back to the community as well as providing their Lebanese Taverna employees with opportunities to achieve their American Dreams.
Amy Brandwein's Centrolina has been nominated for the 2019 RAMMY award for best Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year AND Ruth Gresser's Pizza Paradiso, DuPont Circle, was nominated for the 2019 RAMMY award for best Beer Program of the Year.
Votes for your favorites in these categories can be cast at www.nbcwashington.com/RAMMYS through Tuesday, April 30 at 5:00 p.m. The winners will be announced at the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington's Sunday, June 30 black-tie gala.
Pati Jinich's "Pati's Mexican Table" has been nominated for the International Association of Culinary Professionals' 2019 Digital Media Award: Independent Video or TV series. The winner will be announced at IACP's annual conference in Santa Fe, May 16 to 19, 2019.@IACPculinary
Paula Shoyer's article "This Passover Enjoy a Lightened Up Menu That Doesn't Blow Your Diet" appeared in the April 8 edition of The Washington Post's Food section.
Janet Yu's Hollywood East Cafe dim sum was singled out, with an accompanying photo, in the Weekend section of The Washington Post as Nightlife reporter Fritz Hahn's top brunch choice in the DMV.
Cathy Barrow's new book, Pie Squared: Irresistibly Easy Sweet & Savory Slab Pies (Grand Central Publishing), is a finalist for the Baking and Desserts category of the James Beard Foundations Book Awards. Cathy is clearly on a roll! Her first book, Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Kitchen was the IACP Award Winner for Best Single Subject Cookbook in 2015!
Najmieh Batmanglij was featured on PBS News Hour with Jeffrey Brown as she prepared her feast for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year holiday, and reminisced about her life in Iran, France and the U.S. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/a-culinary-tradition-for-the-persian-new-year
Amy Brandwein, chef of Centrolina, her restaurant in DC's City Center, is a finalist for the Best Chef Mid-Atlantic from the James Beard Foundation. The JBF Gala awards ceremony will be held Monday, May 6, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Pati Jinich has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Culinary Host. https://emmyonline.tv/2019-daytime-emmy-awards/nominees-performer-non-drama-2019-daytime-emmy-awards/. Also, " Pati's Mexican Table" is a James Beard Foundation finalist for its Broadcast Media Award of best Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location. 2019 JBF Media Awards will take place on Friday, April 26, at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City.
Susan Soorenko is finally opening her Ellicott City Moorenko's Ice Cream at 8054 Main Street in April. The opening was delayed because of the flooding in Ellicott City last year. Susan will also have a shop within a shop (Serendipity and More on Prince Street) in Frederick later this Spring.
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