Amy Brandwein is a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef Mid-Atlantic. Nominees have been chefs for at least five years, worked in their respective regions for at least the past three years and set new or consistently excellent standards. The finalists will be announced on March 27 by the 2018 JBF Best Chef Hugo Ortega at his eponymous Houston restaurant, Hugo's.
Ruth Gresser has been nominated as Outstanding Restaurateur by the James Beard Foundation. Candidates have demonstrated high national standards in restaurant operations and entrepreneurship; they must be working restaurateurs who have been in the business for at least 10 years and cannot have been nominated for the award in the past five years. Ruth also was featured in the March issue of Bethesda Magazine for the opening of her newest Pizzeria Paradiso location in DC's Spring Valley neighborhood.
Marcel's, a restaurant owned and operated by Polly Wiedmaier and husband, Chef Robert Wiedmaier, is a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Service Award. Nominated restaurants have been in operation for five or more years and excelled in hospitality and service.
FOOD LOVERS, WOMEN CHEFS AND FOOD ENTREPRENEURS
"PITCH FEST" SATURDAY, MARCH 9
Noon to 3 pm, Mission Navy Yard Restaurant
IT'S A "SHARK TANK" FOR FOODIES!
Don’t Miss Out! Tickets Are Selling Fast.
Be part of the audience as a slate of ten women chefs, authors, culinarians, innovators and entrepreneurs will have a Shark Tank opportunity to present their ideas to a panel of professional experts as Les Dames d'Escoffier's DC Chapter presents Pitch Fest, Saturday, March 9.
Join the fun! Enjoy brunch, network with dynamic women in the food industry. Gain valuable feedback and access to resources to help you succeed and grow. All participants will have an opportunity to build lasting connections and benefit from the give-and-take.
Aviva Goldfarb, marketing executive and founder of "The Six o' Clock Scramble" will moderate the panel that will include Stacey Adams, president and founder of Annapolis' Tastings Gourmet Market; Susan Callahan, chef and lecturer at University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Jill Collins, founder of hospitality PR firm Jill Collins Public Relations Group.
The brunch and presentation experience will be held at Mission Navy Yard from noon until 3 pm. Tickets, at $35 including brunch, click here for your tickets.
Please note, reservation and cancellation deadline is March 6, 2019.
Nancy Baggett presented a well-received workshop, "Successful Lavender Culinary Products," to more than 100 attendees on January 25 at the bi-annual U.S. Lavender Growers Convention in Charleston. She provided tastings samples of a dozen potential gift shop products ranging from Lavender-Infused Balsamic Vinegar and Lavender-Pear Preserves to Lavender-Herb Popcorn and Pineapple-Red Sweet Pepper Chutney with Lavender. All were a hit.
Amy Brandwein will open Piccolina (little one in Italian) market and café next summer across Palmer Alley from her award-winning Centrolina restaurant. She plans to serve omelets, breakfast crepes, crostatas and eggplant lasagna at Piccolina which also will be outfitted with a wood-fired oven for a new bread program. Centrolina's market will move over to Piccolina to give the mother restaurant more dining and event space.
CiCi Williamson will give her Downton Abbey food history presentation at an LDE-Houston chapter's fundraiser on Tuesday, February 5.
CALL FOR NEW MEMBERS! Nominations due February 15.
Please consider nominating qualified colleagues and acquaintances who will bring their enthusiasm, talent, and ideas as active members to our Les Dames d 'Escoffier DC chapter.
Requirements for membership include, but are not limited to, a minimum of FIVE years as a distinguished professional in the food, beverage or hospitality industry. If you have a candidate you would like to nominate, please send her name and email address to Stacey Adams at email@example.com by February 15, 2019
Later this week, a new online, fillable application will be available on the public section of the LDEI-DC Chapter website and an invite with links will be sent to nominees. Those completed applications will be due March 1.
Ruth Gresser opened a new Pizzeria Paradiso last November at 4850 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. near American University in Spring Valley. Ruth's first Pizza Paradiso debuted 27 years ago in DuPont Circle. Since then her chain-lette has grown to include branches in Georgetown, Alexandria, Hyattsville plus her newest Spring Valley addition. The space, including the patio, seats 165; so it is much larger than her other sites. The pies are baked in wood (mostly oak) ovens that reach 650 degrees and diners have more than 13 toppings to consider including seasonal and weekly specials. At all her restaurants, Ruth has a robust beer program to complement the pies. "Yeast goes well with yeast," she says.
Christianne Ricchi celebrated the 30th anniversary of Ristorante i Ricchi on January 11. D.C. Council will also honor the restaurant with a special proclamation for its longevity as a bright light in DC's culinary scene.
Suzanne Simon and Bettina Stern opened their second Chaia taco restaurant at 615 Eye Street NW, in DC's Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood on January 8. Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., the new 2,000 square foot space is double the size of their Georgetown location and will offer craft beer, wine, and cocktails on tap.
Tambra Raye Stevenson , will co-lead a workshop, "Tone Deaf as F$%K: Incorporating Black History into Food Education" and exhibit at Rooting DC 2019, a day-long urban gardening forum, on February 23 at the Ron Brown College Preparatory High School in DC. See Of Interest for event details and tickets.
Annie Boutin-King is profiled in Alexandra Greeley's Local Cooks column in the December 2018/January 2019 edition of Foodservice Monthly.
Amy Brandwein has been named Foodservice Leader of the Year by Foodservice Monthly Magazine and is the subject of the publication's cover story.
Claudia Kousoulas and Ellen Letourneau will speak to the Culinary Historians of Washington, D.C. (CHOW) about their new book, Bread & Beauty, A Year in Montgomery County's Agricultural Reserve, on Sunday, February 10, 2019
CiCi Williamson was hired by the Association of Food Journalists' (AFJ) to manage its food writing and reporting competition comprising 16 categories. Clearly they heard about her 12-years' experience creating and running LDEI's successful MFK Fisher awards contest.
Nonkran Daks and her lemon grass soup recipe were featured today in The Washington Post Food section's Voraciously column. The soup is a very popular dish at Nong's Thai Basil restaurant in Chantilly, Va.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/voraciously/wp/2018/12/05/this-tangy-spicy-thai-soup-recipe-will-slash-your-takeout-expenses/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.16407021c070
Susan Barocas is participating on a panel in Milan, Italy on December 5 discussing "Recipes Across Borders" as part of a two-day conference, organized by the University of Milan's Culinary Mind Network, European Network for the Philosophy of Food. The conference theme is Framing Recipes: Identity, Relationships, Norms. Susan will also present a workshop there on "Recipes for Cultural Integration" with Johanna Mendelson Forman.
Johanna Mendelson Forman is giving a plenary talk in Milan, Italy on December 5 entitled "Is Social Gastronomy a Recipe for Peace." The presentation is part of a two-day gathering, organized by the Culinary Mind Network, European Network for the Philosophy of Food at the University of Milan. The conference theme is Framing Recipes: Identity, Relationships, Norms. She will also present a workshop with Susan Barocas on "Recipes for Cultural Integration."
Amy Riolo released her seventh book, Creating a Cookbook: How to Write, Publish, and Promote Your Culinary Philosophy, in October 2018. Amy demystifies the cookbook creation process for new and accomplished authors. So, whether you wish to preserve family recipes or create a best-selling cookbook, this volume will be a valuable guide. Sheilah Kaufman, Monica Bhide and Nancy Baggett are featured in the book.
In October, Amy also completed successful boutique Italian cuisine and culture tour with Italian Sensory Experience.
Tambra Raye Stevenson will be the keynote speaker at the Institute of Current World Affairs' https://www.icwa.org/event-semi-annual-dinner-and-keynote-speech dinner on December 7 at the Cosmos Club. In October, the board of trustees of the African Nutrition Society chose Tambra to serve as the first North American regional representative http://www.ansnet.org/en/about/team/tambra-raye/ to the African Nutrition Epidemiology Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In addition, Tambra and her children, Elliott, 9, and Ruby, 8, did a Halloween segment on WJLA's Good Morning Washington making healthy treats for kids.
Suzanne Simon and Bettina Stern celebrated the third anniversary of their charming Georgetown eatery, Chaia Tacos, located at 3207 Grace Street on November 19!
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