Working with World Central Kitchen, Gladys Abi-Najm and her family’s restaurant, Lebanese Taverna, are providing meals to Afghan refugees arriving at Dulles Airport. On August 25, the first lunch delivered to the refugees was the restaurant’s chicken and beef shawarma, falafel, and lamb cooked with spinach.
After living for 40 years in the DMV, Susan Callahan recently acted on her dream to live by the sea, moving to the Delaware countryside about five miles from Bethany Beach. Her new address is 32755 Dirrickson Drive in Frankford, DE. firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Clerget, Director of Operations for Dog Tag Bakery, is proud to have support from the King Arthur Baking Company’s For Goodness Bakes Program. The initiative assisted in the donation of $500 worth of desserts and bread to Cheryl Bell and Miriam’s Kitchen, a local nonprofit that provides critical services to the homeless population across the District of Columbia. Learn more about the For Goodness Bakes Program.
Marcia Friedman’s recipe for Matzah Lasagna accompanies Elizabeth Karmel’s article “You Don’t Have To Be Jewish To Love (And Make) Matzah Lasagna” in Forbes August 26.
Pati Jinich’s new book “Treasures of the Mexican Table” was noted in the September Food Network Magazine write-up on celebrating Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month, which starts September 1
Rabia Kamara is competing in “Ben & Jerry’s: Clash of the Cones,” a Food Network show that challenged six ice cream makers to create an original Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor. Exciting news: Rabia is a finalist. The last show airs Monday, September 6 at 9 p.m.
The fried artichoke and gruyere panino at Ellen Kassoff’s new Federal Fritter & Bistro, was pictured in DC Eater’s round-up of Where to Eat and Drink in the Delaware Beach Towns. In the August 24 Washington Post, the restaurant was also cited as one of food critic Tom Siestema’s eight favorite places to eat right now.
Amy Riolo’s “Mediterranean Lifestyle for Dummies,” delves into lifestyle habits such as naps, nature and camaraderie that can help people realize the full benefits of the Mediterranean diet. Available now for pre-order, its official publication date is October 26.
New member Jennifer Segal’s second cookbook makes its publication debut on September 14. “Once Upon a Chef: Weeknight/Weekend” features 70 quick weeknight dinners and 30 weekend meals.
Tufts University alum Tambra Raye Stevenson was interviewed by the school as the new Nutrition Security Co-Chair for the Tufts Food and Nutrition Innovation Council.
Toni Tipton-Martin’s cookbook “Jubilee” was featured in the Local’s Guide to the Southeast in the September issue of Southern Living.
Hurrah! Cecilia Glembocki, Carla Hall, Kristen Hartke, Kathy Hollinger, Katherine Miller, Marie Ostrosky, Jessica Van Dop Dejesus and Polly Wiedmaier
Cecilia Glembocki and Mary Rapoport of the Virginia Egg Council contributed egg salad lunches over the past 2 months to more than 700 frontline workers at local Virginia healthcare institutions as a part of their Weggsdays! Thanks A Dozen Lunch program.
Carla Hall on NBC’s “Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes” December 2, 2020.
Kristen Hartke's article, “Believe It or Not, You Can Make Great Pizza Without Cheese, Here's How" was published in the Washington Post January 5 online edition.
Kathy Hollinger was named “COVID-19 Response Leader of the Year” by the Washington Business Journal.
Katherine Miller has left the James Beard Foundation and moved back to Washington DC. She's reopened her consulting firm, Table 81 LLC. She focuses on policy, advocacy and strategic program design. She's on Instagram & Twitter @table81 and her website is www.table81.com.
Katherine Newell Smith's husband, Alan Miller, was named one of Washingtonian’s “2020 Washingtonians of the Year.”
Marie Ostrosky styled food for the accompanying photography on David Hagedorn's article “Give In To Pandemic Cravings, Starting With Homemade Cheesesteak Sandwich” published December 10, 2020 in The Washington Post.
Jessica Van Dop Dejesus’s December 21 article “Puerto Rican Food Options Grow Alongside the Puerto Rican Diaspora” was published Washington City Paper. Additionally, the third edition of her Facebook series “The Dining Traveler” received over 150,000 online views.
Polly Wiedmaier and Robert Wiedmaier's restaurant, Marcel's, was named in Esquire's “100 Restaurants America Can't Afford to Lose”
Mary Beth Albright's perspective "As an Adult, I never thought I'd acquire what used to be called "juvenile diabetes' " was published in the Washington Post Health Section on August 23, 2020.
“Cooking in Quarantine with Susan Barocas” was featured in Washington Jewish Week on August 26, 2020.
Carla Hall has signed an exclusive deal with The Food Network to develop original content as well as host network specials for the outlet.Pati Jinich’s article “Finding the Soul of Sonora in Carne Asada” was featured in The New York Times on August 11, 2020.
Laura Kumin’s book All Stirred Up: Suffrage Cookbooks, Food, and the Battle for Women’s Right to Vote was published April 20, 2020 by Pegasus Books.
Kristen Hartke wrote an article, “A chef Gave Away 500 sourdough starters and built a community around bread, pancakes and doughnuts,” which appeared in the May 20 edition of The Washington Post Food section.
Janis McLean has been tapped to lead Sound Bites Café’s pared-down team and keep the eatery open this spring. Sound Bites Cafe is the employee dining cafe at the NPR headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. “I am honored to help feed the NPR staff as they work valiantly to keep the news on the air,” says Janice. Janice has instituted strict protocols to keep both her staff and guests safe and well fed.
Julia Rutland’s new book, Foil-Packed Dinners: 100 Delicious, Quick-Prep Recipes for the Grill and Oven debuted May 13 in paperback and kindle editions.
The James Beard Foundation Awards nominee list is in and three of our beloved DC Dames are on it!
Amy Brandwein is a nominee for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic.This is her fourth year to be nominated! Amy’s two restaurants Centrolina and Market and Piccolina are consistently lauded by critics and their take-out during the pandemic were also featured in The Washington Post’s April 3 edition.
Toni Tipton-Martin’s Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking (Clarkson Potter) was nominated for the American category for “Books with recipes focused on the cooking or foodways of regions or communities in the United States.”
Pati Jinich’s Pati’s Mexican Table – A Local’s Tour of Culiacán has grabbed a nomination for Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location. Pati’s show is distributed by American Public Television.
Paula Jacobson, Sheilah Kaufman, and Claire Gill collaborated with the National Osteoporosis Foundation on Healthy Bones: Build Them for Life, A Food-for-Bones Cookbook. This book is chock-full of information on osteoporosis, including what it is, its causes, risk factors, treatments, the nutrients that promote bone health, and recipes incorporating those nutrients. The book is available on the National Osteoporosis Foundation's website.
Johanna Mendelson Forman was a guest on the Share Our Strength podcast, Add Passion and Stir, on December 4 speaking about conflict cuisine and what she has learned about cuisine and diplomacy over the years.
Toni Tipton-Martin's article "The Legacy of Pralines," with recipes from her new book, Jubilee: Two Centuries of African American Cooking, appeared in the December issue of Southern Living Magazine.
Julia Rutland authored a cookbook and several food and travel articles that were published this fall: Squash: 50 Tried and True Recipes (Adventure Publications); Culinary Road Trip (Southern Living Magazine, December), Visit Williamsburg, and Chasing Fall Color (Southern Living Magazine, October); Devilishly Delicious Halloween Party Treats and Thanksgiving Pies (Bottom Line Personal Magazine). Click here for Southern Living December Issue, Leesburg. Click here for the Southern Living October Issue, Fall color.
Wendy Bazil reports that the garden writer for the Washington Post wrote an article about the front yard "farmette" that is cultivated by her colleague at the Montgomery County Food Council. Wendy did a plant-based cooking demonstration at the colleague's open house which featured produce from that garden. Read about it and Wendy in the article.
Janis McLean, executive chef of the Sound Bites Café at National Public Radio, and Nancy Baggett, author of The Art of Cooking with Lavender, recently teamed up to present a lavender demo and menu for the NPR staff. Said Janis, "Everyone who came in to the cafe was wowed! And the recipes were beyond outstanding!"
The highest "hurrah" to our own Nora Pouillon, named as Les Dames d'Escoffier International's 2019 Grande Dame. She will officially receive this recognition at the LDEI National Conference in Nashville later this month. The owner of this country's first certified-organic restaurant, Restaurant Nora, she has been a member of our Chapter since 1991. Her support of DC Les Dames has been unwavering. Over the years she's hosted many events and meetings in her restaurant space. In fact, Restaurant Nora was where we held our annual meeting in June 2017, the very month she closed the restaurant after its unparalleled 38-year run.
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.
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