We donated $5000 from our fabulous “Luscious Planet” fundraiser to Thrive DC, an organization that serves homeless and vulnerable individuals in the District and runs a women’s dinner program. The remaining $3285 will go towards our own scholarship and grants programs. Thanks to all on the fundraising committee for their stellar efforts!
Pictured in photo, Ellen Kassoff (center), our chapter's VP for Development and Fundraising, with Greg Rockwell, Thrive DC's Development Director and Alicia Horton, Executive Director of Thrive DC.
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.
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.
Nora Pouillon was the honoree at FRESHFARM's 20th annual Feast gala. Spike Gjerde and Ris Lacoste were the co-hosts at the October 17 event held at Dock 5 of Union Market. Nora is FreshFarm founding board member.
DC Dames Monica Bhide and Ris LaCoste were on the judge's panel at the DC Embassy Chef Challenge with 18 chefs competing and 700 people attending.
It's Friday and boy do we have photos! Last night was our fabulous first Urban Kitchen Holiday Pop Up. A very special event to help you entertain in small spaces and on a budget! What fun was had as cocktails were sipped, food was savored and a good time by all was enjoyed. Well.... The photos say it all!
DC Dame Ellen Kassoff Gray supporting the Washington Humane Society Washington Humane on August 30th at Equinox Restaurant
DC Dame and animal lover, Ellen Kassoff Gray, is having a trunk show to support the Washington Humane Society with Stella & Dot Sunday, August 30th from 11am until 2pm at Equinox Restaurant. Read more about it and reserve your seat by clicking here.
Former Washington Post Food Editor Phyllis Richman cookbooks, pottery collection on sale at Quinn's Auctions Galleries -- Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Nearly 200 cookbooks from the private collection of former Washington Post food editor and restaurant critic Phyllis Richman will be on sale Wednesday August 12 at Quinn’s Auction Galleries, Falls Church, VA. The sale will benefit Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area
In addition, Richman’s collection of Art Pottery, including works by Weller and Peters Reed, and a selection of commemorative plates from James Beard Foundation dinners will also be up for auction.
The cookbooks, many of which are first editions and several of which are signed by the authors to Richman, will be sold to benefit the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area.
Additionally, several out-of-print editions of Richman’s mystery novels “The Butter Did It” and “Murder on the Gravy Train” will be sold at $10 each to benefit the foundation.
The cookbook collection includes titles like a 1970 first edition volume of “The French menu Cookbook” and a 1975 edition of “The Joy of Cooking”. The Time-Life Foods of the World series as well as books by Jacques Pepin,
Diana Kennedy, Richard Olney and local authors Joan Nathan and Paula Shoyer are part of the collection.
The Beard Dinner plates date from 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997 and 1998. Each has a distinctive design capturing the theme of that year’s gala.
Preview begins at 10 am; auction begins at 6 pm.
QUINN’S AUCTION GALLERIES – 360 South Washington Street – Falls Church VA 22046
www.QuinnsAuction.com 703-532- 5632
The biggest joy that Les Dames d' Escoffier members have is giving back to the community. Projects such as serving in DC Central Kitchen are core to our mission of service. Despite the "dreaded" hair nets (really who ever looks good in one of those!) we love and cherish our relationships with the DC community!...
Here we are at one DC Central Kitchen event~anxious to serve!
DC Dames out in full force at last night's Embassy Chef Challenge including Amy Riolo, Monica Bhide and Bonnie Benwick.
Les Dames d'Escoffier DC
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