Our dear friend, Jane Olmsted, a 16-year supportive Dame, passed away on July 14. Before retiring, Jane was the assistant manager of the Sulgrave Club in D.C., where she meticulously coordinated hundreds of events, and a restaurant reviewer for The Courier. The daughter of a U.S. Navy Admiral, Jane grew up in China and on U.S. Naval bases. She was a graduate of Sweet Briar College in Virginia and a talented and collected watercolorist who studied painting at American University and Corcoran School of Art. In her eighties, Jane studied advanced Italian and regularly traveled to Italy, often accompanied by Evan Kleiman, cookbook author and host of NPR's "Good Food." Jane was a 50-year member of the Junior League of Washington, D.C., and an avid gardener and award-winning floral arranger. She was also a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames and a board member of the Culinary Historians of Washington (CHoW). She will be sorely missed.
Sophia Maroon's Dress It up Dressing's new Sesame Tahini won a Silver Sofi Award for Best Salad Dressing at the Specialty Food Association's spring gathering. It also won a Good Food Award on January 19 in San Francisco so we're thrilled! The Sesame Tahini is one of three new dressings Dress It Up Dressing launched this spring. The others, Ranch and Caesar, make up a line of seven.
Debra Moser and husband Mitch Berliner are proud to announce the newest Central Farm Market location at Westfield Montgomery. The market launched on May 5 will be open every Saturday from 9-1:30 from May-November. The market boasts over 45 vendors and artisan food producers along with distillery tastings, music and regular chef demos.
Julia Rutland's article on Skyline Drive appears in the May issue of Southern Living Magazine. https://www.southernliving.com/travel/virginia/skyline-drive
Susan Soorenko's Moorenko's Ice Cream is thrilled to announce the early June opening of its historic Ellicott City ice cream shop! They are are hiring and looking for managers and scoopers. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet Yu was recognized as a Chinese-American community leader by the Montgomery County Council during Montgomery County's Asian American and Pacific Islander Month and presented with a proclamation in a special ceremony.
Aviva Goldfarb's piece on dining in Santa Barbara, Where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in Santa Barbara, Calif. ran in the April 19 edition of The Washington Post's Travel section.
Kristen Hartke's article, In New York, Following in David Bowie's Footsteps, appeared in the April 19 editor of The Washington Post's Travel section.
Pati Jinich was awarded Outstanding Personality/Host for her Pati's Mexican Table,by the James Beard Foundation. Pati's show airs locally on WETA Washington and is distributed Nationally by American Public Television
Bettina Stern and Suzanne Simon plan to open a second Chaia, serving delish vegetarian tacos, in DC's Mt. Vernon Triangle neighborhood this autumn. Stay tuned!
Summer Whitford was profiled in Food Service Monthly by Alexandra Greeley, Food and Wine Dive Summer Whitford. http://foodservicemonthly.com/food-wine-diva-summer-whitford/
Susan Barocas focused on the incredible egg in The Washington Post's March 20 Food Section cover story, Why We Need Eggs For Passover. Also, Susan is headed to Vancouver, BC on April 11 to present the keynote and a workshop at LimmudVancouver, one of an impressive global network of gatherings that celebrate the different aspects of Jewish life, culture and religious practices.
A glimpse of Janet Cam's life was featured in the CTGN (Chinese Global Television Network) Recipe for Life segment on February 15. https://america.cgtn.com/2018/02/15/recipe-for-life-janet-cam. Janet has also passed the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust's Level 1 for wine. Founded in 1969, the London-based WSET is regarded as one of the world's leading providers of wine education through rigorous courses and exams.
Dames are clearly the experts. Janet Yu and Pati Jinich were consulted in Tim Carman's Q&A column: in The Washington Post's March 26 Going Out Guide. https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/restaurants/are-servers-at-asian-restaurants-really-judging-your-request-for-a-fork/2018/03/26/f44ca23a-2d4d-11e8-b0b0-f706877db618_story.html?utm_term=.b3257be6f92e
Amy Brandwein is a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Mid Atlantic.
Pati Jinich was a guest on ABC7 WJLA "Let's Talk Live" on March 1, promoting Women in Gastronomy. http://wjla.com/news/lets-talk/celebrating-food-with-pati-jinich as well as on WTOP News. https://wtop.com/food-restaurant/2018/03/3-ingredients-go-a-long-way-in-weeknight-cooking/ Pati is also a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding TV Host for her PBS cooking show, Pati's Mexican Kitchen.
Paula Shoyer's recipe for chocolate quinoa cake from her new book The Healthy Jewish Kitchen was featured in Food52 as a Genius Recipe.
Nancy Hart's and husband Jerry Trice's Gunther & Co. was featured in Baltimore Magazine's 50 Best Restaurant 2017 and Nancy was profiled in its Meet the Makers, unsung restaurant heroes. http://www.baltimoremagazine.com/2018/3/5/50-best-restaurants-in-baltimore. Also, Nancy and Jerry are active in No Kid Hungry and are hosting their annual fundraiser for Chefs Cycle on April 10th at their restaurant. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-no-kid-hungry-chefs-cycle-fundraiser-at-gunther-co-tickets-41841363645. They will be riding 300 miles in Santa Rosa May 15-17.
Debra Moser and her husband Mitch Berliner and their company, Meatcrafters, were featured in the February 28 editions of The Washington Business Journal.
Hurrah! Cathy Barrow, Amy Brandwein, Aviva Goldfarb, Rachel Hayden, Rosa Mendoza and Polly Wiedmaier
Cathy Barrow just signed a deal for her third cookbook, due to arrive October, 2019: When Pies Fly. Sweet and Savory Free-Form Pies and Filled Pastries, with Karen Murgolo, her editor at Grand Central Life & Style, a division of Hachette. She begins work on it right away! Cathy's second book by the same publisher, Pie Squared. Irresistibly Easy Sweet and Savory Slab Pies, is scheduled for release this October.
Amy Brandwein has been named a semifinalist for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic by the James Beard Foundation!
Aviva Goldfarb's first travel article was published in The Washington Post's Sunday Travel section. "If You Only Have Time for Three Meals In San Francisco, Make Sure They're Here."
Rachel Hayden is now director of marketing for Rebecca Linder's Linder Global Events team. In her new position she will head up Linder's social media and marketing efforts and work with its clients to amplify their messaging. Prior to joining Linder in January, she served as director of public relations for The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia for the past eighteen years. There she handled media relations and marketing, building its social media presence, acting as a project manager for the Inn's room and design projects as well as promoting Chef Patrick O'Connell
and his books and orchestrating the Inn's 25th and 30th anniversaries and other memorable events.
Rosa Mendoza left Adams Burch last March after nine years as a table top specialist and in April joined Long & Foster as a real Estate broker in its Bethesda office. (This is a nearly year-old Hurrah!)
Polly Wiedmaier's and Robert Wiedmaier's Marcel's restaurant has been named as a semifinalist by the James Beard Foundation for Best Service!
Sophia Maroon won the 2018 Good Food Award - Pantry for her "Dress It UP" Sesame Tahini Dressing. The awards ceremony was held Friday, January 19, 2018, at a gala in the historic San Francisco War Memorial in San Francisco, California.
Carla Hall was a presenter at the American School Counselor Association and ReachHigher celebration on Feb. 2 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. where former First Lady Michelle Obama was the keynote speaker.
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