Join us on Sunday December 11 from 1-4 p.m. at the home of Lori Gardner for our WINTER POTLUCK! We're so excited to be able to get together and reconnect and enjoy a fabulous spread of festive seasonal dishes. You won't want to miss it!! Bring your favorite ready-to- serve appetizer, main entree, salad, dessert, wine or non-alcoholic beverage. Dames only please.
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DATE: Sunday, December 11thTIME: 1 - 4 pm
PLACE: At the home of Lori Gardner, 13521 Coachlamp Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20906. Tel. (301) 526-2785
METRO DIRECTIONS: One mile from the Wheaton/Glenmont metro station.
There will be no Dames Who Read or Reel Tasty meetings during the busy November and December holiday season, but we're looking forward to 2023 and hope you will join us in the new year!
Here’s a taste of what’s to come:
Dames Who Read: Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus. This novel is about a woman chemist who ends up teaching cooking (and chemistry) on TV in 1961. Hosted by Sheila Crye. If you're interested in reading the e-book, please contact Sheila at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sheila will share the e-book link at no cost. Any questions, contact Eileen Dykes at email@example.com
Monday, January 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Reel Tasty: Monday, February 20. There’s always an interesting film to watch on our own and a great discussion on Zoom to follow. If you’re interested in hosting, please contact Gail Forman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate with sister Dames at the always fun and delicious potluck. Lori Gardner will be hosting at her home at 13521 Coachlamp Lane in Silver Spring. Sunday, December 11, 1 to 4 p.m. Invitation to come.
Just in time for the holiday season!
Do you have any culinary items you can’t quite let go of because they were too valuable for curbside pickup? We have a solution for you. Donate them to our Washington DC Regional Chapter’s new Culinary Marketplace.
The Chapter's Facebook marketplace will feature unique, rare and useful items of value, in good condition and exclusively donated by our Chapter's members. It's a perfect chance to declutter your home, upcycle your treasures and shop for interesting holiday gifts all without leaving home!
Let's reduce, reuse and recycle together ♻️
You can see the site here
Some ideas on what to sell:
· Cookbooks of all kinds
· Artwork with a culinary theme
· Small kitchen wares
· Vintage & complete sets of serving dishes, china, glassware, flatware
· Kitchen furniture such as carts, butcher blocks, barstools
· Cutting boards, knives & cooking utensils
· Vintage scales
· Artwork that represents our love of food & wine, photographs, paintings, and any other artistic forms of media
· Special services can be donated too (i.e. in-house chef, catering, photography) this is always a great way to get your name out there!
· Restaurant gift certificates
· Rare wine or spirits
All proceeds from the sale will go directly to support our Chapter.
For more info and help getting started contact Ellen Kassoff at email@example.com
If you’re unfamiliar with Facebook Marketplace, we have a tutorial coming soon to help with posting items.
Please add this to your calendars and save the date for our virtual Autumn General Membership Meeting on Monday, November 7, 5:30 to 7 p.m. More information to come soon!
Please join us for Dames Who Read, October 17 at 7 p.m.
Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America, named a best book of 2021 by NPR, explores seven remarkable immigrant women whose passion for their homeland’s food transformed how Americans eat and cook. Joining the discussion will be our own Najmieh Batmanglij, one of the seven taste makers profiled, as well as the book’s James Beard award-winning author, Mayukh Sen.
Monday, October 17, 7-8:30 p.m. Hosted by Ellen Kanner.
RSVPs appreciated but not required: firstname.lastname@example.org
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87206338956
Join us for our next gathering at El Tamarindo, the oldest El Salvadoran restaurant in DC and owned by Dame Ana Reyes!
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
El Tamarindo Restaurant
1785 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
Seated dinner for $50 per person
including tax and tip (drinks not included)
Appetizers Guacamole and Chips
Mini Pupusas - Pork & Cheese, Spinach & Cheese, Spinach & Cheese
Entree Choice of Grilled Chicken or Stuffed Portobello Mushroom
both served with garlic yucca puree and roasted vegetables
El Tamarindo is the longest standing Hispanic-owned business in Washington, DC, serving authentic Salvadoran and Mexican cuisine for over 40 years. Located in the heart of Adams Morgan, it is a family-run community landmark, convening neighbors, political leaders, families, and friends for its world famous pupusas.
Dame Ana Reyes is now the managing partner of the restaurant her parents created and has modernized and expanded its offerings. Beyond the delicious pupusas, El Tamarindo is a link to the Salvadorean community, selling colorful and sustainable bags to support women artisans in El Salvador.
Metro: The Dupont Circle or U Street Cardozo Stations are both about .5 miles away.
Open to Members Only
Reel Tasty: Delicieux (Delicious) (2021), a culinary treat for the eyes, takes place in 18th century France when the prestige of a noble house depended above all on the quality of its table. After talented cook Manceron is dismissed by the Duke of Chamfort, he loses the taste for cooking. Back in his country house, his meeting with the mysterious Louise gets him back on his feet. Check out this two-minute trailer, sure to whet your appetite for this intriguing story of restaurant beginnings with stunning depictions of early classic French cuisine.
Available on: The Roku Channel, Plex, Prime Video, Vudu, Kanopy
Monday, September 19, 7-8:30 p.m. Hosted by Laurie Bell.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87249388233
Dames Who Dine: El Tamarindo restaurant, Wednesday, October 12. Details to come.
Dames Who Read: Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America (2021), named a best book of 2021 by NPR, explores seven remarkable immigrant women whose passion for their homeland’s food transformed how Americans cook and eat. Joining the discussion will be special guests Najmieh Batmanglij and one of the seven taste makers profiled, and Taste Makers' James Beard Award-winning author, Mayukh Sen.
Monday, October 17, 7-8:30 p.m. Hosted by Ellen Kanner.
RSVP appreciated but not required: email@example.com
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87206338956
A Dames (and friends) event
Tickets: Click here to buy your tickets!
Do you know where your food comes from? Who produces, processes, and prepares it, and in what conditions? Why is fresh food available in some communities and not others? And who—if anyone—is responsible for ensuring that everyone has access?
With every bite of food we eat, we have an opportunity to help remake an unjust and unequal food system.
Food for the People explores these questions by looking at the greater Washington, D.C. area’s food system and the inequalities that shape it.
Join us at the Anacostia Community Museum as we take a deep dive into the food issues of the nation’s capital—past and present. This indoor and outdoor exhibition features artifacts, art installations, videos, and hands-on interactives. We will have a guide to take us on a special Les Dames Escoffier Washington DC Regional Chapter tour.
When: Saturday, September 10, 2022, at 2 pm
Where: Anacostia Community Museum 1901 Fort Place SE, Washington, DC 20020
Who: Registration is open to Dames and one guest
Cost: $10 per person. FREE parking on-site.
Space is limited to the first 20 guests.
Foraging for the delectable American Paw Paw (and other fall treats) with Matt Cohen, Sunday, September 11 at 9:15 am
PLEASE NOTE, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED! WE HOPE TO RESCHEDULE.
FORAGING FOR THE DELECTABLE AMERICAN PAW PAW (AND OTHER FALL TREATS) WITH MATT COHEN
WHEN: Sunday September 11th, 2022
TIME: Arrive by 9:15 am. Foragers will leave at 9:30 am and return by noon
WHERE: Carderock Recreation Area, Potomac, Maryland (off the Clara Barton Parkway)
PARKING: Meet at this parking lot: https://goo.gl/maps/2EGbXKJMopNoEMbh8
WHAT TO WEAR/WHAT TO BRING: Long pants & long sleeves (optional but helps to avoid contact with poison ivy), hat, hiking boots or sturdy shoes, walking stick (there will likely be some tricky footing in spots), drinking water, a snack, collection bags & backpack to stash finds, and bug repellent
WHO: Dames members and friends. Dames may bring a friend to join them
COST: $36 members /$37 non-members
TICKETS: Click here to buy your tickets!
Get ready to join your fellow Dames for a seasonal foraging walk with Matt Cohen, founder of Matt’s Habitats. On our September hunt, Matt will introduce us to delicious American Paw Paws; we’ll learn where to find them, when to pick them and how to use them. Along the trails will be other wild edible plants; perhaps wild grapes, spicebush berries, garlic mustard, black walnuts, wild ginger, and possibly mushrooms. Matt will introduce them all, as well as discuss culinary ideas, preparation techniques and seasonal foraging. Meet-up directions and reminder will be emailed before the event.
This foraging event is limited to 20 participants. If you are bringing a guest, please be sure to purchase their ticket at the same time you purchase yours. If the event is sold out, we will schedule a second foraging walk. A waitlist has been set up for this purpose as part of on-line registration.
Paw Paw - Asimina triloba- Our largest local native fruit, paw paws are the only species in the Custard Apple family found in the United States. Several tropical fruits such as soursop and cherimoya are close relatives. In April, paw paw trees produce showy red flowers with a fetid odor attracting pollinating blowflies and other carrion-feeding insects. The large, strongly-scented leaves are the exclusive food source for the native zebra swallowtail caterpillar. The trees are found generally in the understory of forests, thriving in bottomland habitats such as along the Potomac River. Also known as the West Virginia Mango or Hillbilly Banana, the fruits taste like a custardy combination of the two. Eat them straight from the tree or scoop out the pulp to make puddings, ice cream, bread, pancakes, and more.
Matt Cohen started Matt's Habitats in 2003, specializing in sustainable gardening practices with an emphasis on native plants, wildlife habitats, and edible gardens. In 2009 he began to lead walks throughout the year on wild edibles and plant/mushroom identification, and he continually exercises his knowledge of the natural world through conferences, personal study, and lots of time outdoors. The headquarters of Matt's Habitats is a 120-year-old farmhouse in Silver Spring. Rooftop solar panels generate most of the electricity, and vegetable and fruit gardens generate a lot of produce. His 1/4 acre yard also serves as a test plot for many of the native plants that he uses in his clients' yards. Matt donates 10% of his net profit to environmental and humanitarian NGOs including Anacostia Watershed Society, Casa of Maryland, and the Capital Food Bank. He currently serves on the board of the Mycological Association of Washington, DC.
SAVE THE DATES! More exciting events coming in September
September 10: Anacostia Museum Food for the People visit and guided tour
September 19: Reel Tasty - the film is "Delicious"
September 20: Wine tasting & Conversation with Dana Cowin at the Four Seasons Hotel