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.
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.
Hurrah! Najmieh Batmanglij, Johanna Mendelson Forman, Susan Holt, Ris LaCoste, Nora Pouillon and CiCi Williamson
Najmieh Batmanglij was featured on the cover of the Washington Post food section in the Wednesday, November 7 edition as "the Grande Dame of Iranian Food." It is a well-earned title reflecting Najmieh's dedication to sharing, teaching and writing about the glorious cuisine of her native Iran since 1983 and her widespread influence among the culinary luminaries including Yotem Ottolenghi and Jose Andres. Her latest cookbook " Cooking in Iran: Regional Recipes &Kitchen Secrets " (Mage Publishers) is the culmination of three visits over the last three years to her homeland, the first since her exile in 1979, to visit, interview and gather recipes from mostly women across the country.
Johanna Mendelson Forman and Roberta Dyuff (St. Louis) appeared on a panel at the Food and Nutrition Conference Expo of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on October 23rd in DC to discuss "Gastrodiplomacy: The Transformative Power of Food.
Susan Holt celebrated the tenth anniversary of CulinAerie, her cooking school located on 1131 14th Street in D.C., on October 30. Susan and former business partner Susan Watterson opened the school, after years of teaching at L'Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda, to respond to the rapidly expanding interest in avocational cooking, food tv and culinary team-building activities.
Ris LaCoste will be honored by The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington's annual Culinary Arts Visionary Awards dinner on November 14 at RPM Restaurant, 650 K Street, D.C. Ris is one of the most respected, beloved and dedicated chefs working in Washington D.C. today. Her reputation has been built upon her deft abilities to create dishes that are simultaneously familiar and innovative and always absolutely delicious. Her regional American fare has drawn national and local attention and earned her numerous other awards.
Nora Pouillon sold her Nora's restaurant property on Florida Avenue in D.C. to restaurateur Ashok Bajaj.
CiCi Williamson resigned as M.F.K. Fisher Awards Contest chair after 12 years on the job to spend more time with her family. CiCi originated this writing competition in 2006 and has managed it to become extraordinarily successful and prestigious. This year there were 94 entries. She said, "Five months managing the contest takes a lot of time for a volunteer. I enjoyed immensely working with the women who entered our contest every year as well as the stellar judges who donated their expertise and time to choosing our winners." CiCi continues as the editor of the fall and spring LDEI Quarterly magazines.
Carla Hall was featured in today's Washington Post Food Section in an article entitled Carla Hall is 'the most visible black person in food.' Now she wants to take soul food mainstream. The article profiles Carla's new cookbook Carla Hall's Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration (Harper Wave), which arrives Oct. 23. Click here to read the entire article.
Pati Jinich was featured on the front cover of the October 9 edition of The New York Times Dining section, Forget The Wall: Pati Jinich Wants to Build a Culinary Bridge to Mexico. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/09/dining/pati-jinich-mexican-food.htmlx
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