Mary Beth Albright will join The Washington Post as a host/editor, Food. She will be one of four on-camera host/editors who will be the "faces and voices of new dedicated coverage areas for video."
Jessica Botta serves on the board of CulinaryCorps, a national volunteer service organization. Earlier this month, Jessica returned from Houston and one of CulinaryCorps annual five-day volunteer experiences where she and other chef participants worked with Houston Food Bank, Camp for All, Plant it Forward Farms and the MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Janet Cam was filmed for a CCTV (China Central TV) segment "Recipes for Life" to air later this year. The segment features stories from Janet's life paired with her recipes for family meals using her quick-and-healthful cooking method. Janet credits Golnaz Feiz for introducing her to the program's producer. (CCTV broadcasts a 24-hour English channel as well as programs in five additional languages and reaches over 1 billion people in China, 40 million in the USA and 100 million on other parts of the world. It exports over 10,000 programs to 77 foreign television stations.)
CiCi Williamson presented "Kitchen Confidential: How the Culinary Scenes for Downton Abbey Were Filmed," in St. Louis on June 7 for the St. Louis-LDE program and dinner held at Mary Ann's Tea Room. Nearly 40 Dames and guests enjoyed recipes from the cookbook, The Book of Household Management, by Mrs. Isabella Beeton (London, 1861), which was used extensively during the Edwardian period. The dinner was held in a 1921 historical building that existed during the "Downton Abbey" period. Several Dames and guests dressed in period clothing.
It wasn't exactly a Dames sanctioned event, but there were so many of us in one place, we had a meeting. Dames from DC, Philadelphia and Chicago joined Patti Ravenscroft on one of her Delicious Connections culinary adventures. This one was to indulge in truffles and foie gras in the Dordogne region of France for a week in late January. Here we are with our sweet truffle-hunting sow, Chippy (only girls have successful sniffers), and the only Perigord-pointing porcine in the Dordogne.
Mary Beth Albright appeared on WTOP on Thanksgiving Day to share tips to make the gathering less stressful and more delicious and gracious.
Sheilah Kaufman is now an instructor in Montgomery College's Life Long Learning Institute. She will be teaching personal enrichment courses on culinary subjects including History of Chocolate; History of Jewish Food in America and History of Turkish Cuisine, among other topics.
Monica Bhide will speak at the National Press Club on Monday, December 12 about her book Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken.
Tastings Gourmet Market is celebrating a milestone event: its 10 Year Anniversary in business! Tastings Gourmet Market is owned by DC Dame Stacey Adams. On November 5th from noon-4:00 pm, there will a celebration at the market and there will be many products to sample. Tastings in extremely proud and thankful of this accomplishment and couldn’t have reached this milestone without such dedicated staff and loyal customers. Click here for more information.
Tastings Gourmet Market is located at 1410 Forest Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403
Bethesda Magazine "Taiwan On" by our friend and Celebrating Food by DC Les Dames panelist, David Hagedorn, features #DCdame Janet Yu and her restaurant Hollywood East Cafe and the Global Culinary Initiative luncheon we hosted in February. The DC Les Dames chapter hosts many interesting culinary events, please join us for future events which are listed on our website www.lesdamesdc.org or friend us on facebook.
DC Dame, Chef Amy Brandwein of Centrolina at CityCenter and author Ruth Reichl sharing a moment during Ruth's book tour for her newest, "My Kitchen Year."
DC Dames Paula Shoyer, Amy Riolo and Sheilah Kaufman at Jewish Food Experience
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
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.