Summer Potluck: Save the date for the always popular and delicious summer potluck. It’ll be held on Sunday, August 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the home of Linda Roth. Dames only. More details to follow.
Members and New Members,
Join us on Wednesday, June 29 for a Summer Fiesta at Santa Rosa Taqueria.
Come enjoy a casual summer night on the patio and meet our new members and incoming board! Chips, guacamole and the first round of margaritas will be generously provided by Catherine and Micheline Mendelsohn who reopened Santa Rosa just a few months ago. Then you can purchase items from the menu, which includes sheet pan nachos, traditional street tacos and yummy salads (and of course, queso!).
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 20.
Wednesday, June 29, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Santa Rosa Taqueria, 301 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Coffee Klatch: Camila Arango is hosting morning coffee at her cafe-bakery Pluma, located inside the Edison Hotel at Union Market. Join her, coffee klatch organizer Olga Boikess, and other Dames for a chance to catch up with one another. Order coffee or tea and a delicious pastry (self-pay, if you do). Later, take time to explore the Union Market District, a great food mecca. Here’s a directory and map, including parking lot locations. It’s also accessible via Metro, Red Line, NoMa-Gallaudet U stop.
Tuesday, May 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Pluma Bakery, 391 Morse St. NE
Prospective Member Meet and Greet: Please put Wednesday, May 4 from 6-8 p.m. on your calendar for a casual meet and greet with prospective members. Katherine Miller is hosting this at her home in NE Washington DC. Look for an invitation in your inbox soon.
Reel Tasty: Boiling Point (2021). Esquire magazine’s food critic calls it “one of the most brutal—and best—restaurant films of the last 20 years…From the perspective of someone who eats out professionally, the highest achievement is that it forces you—me, us—to consider whether fine dining is worth the trouble and suffering at all.”
Available on Hoopla, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon, Vudu
Hosted by Gail Forman
Monday, May 2, 7-8:30 p.m.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84228085404
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR KNOWLEDGE SHARING - PLEASE JOIN US - DAMES ONLY
Crisis Communications: A two-part educational program led by Dame Katie Walker, senior manager, consumer communications & public relations, McCormick & Company.Join our chapter’s own Public Relations (PR) experts in Dames-only two-part series on Crisis Communications. You’ll leave with the tools you need to be empowered and knowledgeable to lead your company through a crisis and manage your brand’s reputation.
NOTE: Both sessions are scheduled for 90 minutes but may not run that long and depend on the level of engagement from participants.
Crisis 101: Friday, January 28, 2022, 12:00 – 1:30 PM ET
Separate registration is required for each session.
Crisis 102: Friday, February 4, 12:00 – 1:30 PM ET
Register here for February 4
Separate registration is required for each session.
Meet & Greet: Join DC Dames at a gathering to introduce ourselves to women in hospitality in the Delmarva region, where our chapter is expanding. The event will include wine, a quick bite and friendly conversation at Ellen Kassoff’s Delaware restaurant. 4 p.m. December 29, Federal Fritter & Bistro, 62A Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach. RSVP to Ellen at email@example.com.
Following the Meet & Greet, the restaurant will host A Historic Dinner and Uncle Nearest bourbon tasting that is open to Dames and the general public. The multiple award-winning Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, whose leadership team is stacked with women, was founded as a tribute to Nearest Green, the first African-American distiller. The four-course dinner, prepared by Ellen’s husband Chef Todd Gray, plus the tasting is $49 (excluding gratuity).
Reel Tasty: “Tazzeka,” available on Amazon and Kanopy.
Growing up in the Moroccan village of Tazzeka, Elias learned the secrets of traditional Moroccan cuisine from his grandmother who raised him. Years later, meeting a top Paris chef and a young woman named Salma inspires him to leave home. In Paris, Elias faces unstable work and financial hardship as an undocumented immigrant. But he also finds friendship with Souleymane, who helps revive his passion for cooking. (Description from Just Watch and other listings.)
Discussion moderated by Angela Chester-Johnson.
Monday, December 6, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88138102993
Dames Who Read: “A History of the World in 6 Glasses,” by Tom Standage.
Beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and Coca-Cola: In this innovative account of world history, these six beverages turn out to be much more than just ways to quench thirst. Representing six eras that span the course of civilization—from the adoption of agriculture, to the birth of cities, to the advent of globalization--each drink is in fact a kind of technology, advancing culture and catalyzing the interplay of different societies, Standage argues. After reading this enlightening book, you may never look at your favorite drink the same way again.
Discussion moderated by Sheryl Hoehner.
Monday, December 13, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89717049941
Dear Sister Dames,
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I invite you to join us for our 2021 Autumn General Membership Meeting.
Considering everything we've had to deal with both personally and as a chapter, the board and committees accomplishments during the 2020-21 fiscal year are very impressive and we are proud to share these successes with you. So, please mark your calendars for what will be an exciting and informative meeting.
Please click here to register for the meeting on Zoom. As soon as you register, you will receive an email from Zoom with the meeting details and link.
During the meeting, we will report on the state of the chapter, the status of the chapter bylaws and DEI review process, and highlights from the most recent national conference. Committee chairs will share updates on what they are working on now and also highlight the year ahead.
I look forward to seeing you on Zoom. Should you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Les Dames d'Escoffier DC Chapter
PLEASE NOTE: Attendance, in person or virtually, at one general membership meeting per year is a requirement of membership. If you cannot attend this meeting, you may ask an attending Dame to serve as your proxy, a proxy does not constitute meeting attendance. You will find your proxy form here. Please email the completed proxy form to Robin Kurtzman (email@example.com) BEFORE the meeting. Instructions to complete the proxy are on the form.
Join us as we meet to discuss a food-focused book. We meet approximately every six weeks when a Dame selects the book and leads the discussion. All Dames are welcome. The host chooses a nonfiction or fiction book (not a recipe book), preferably one that is available in the library or can be purchased at a low price, that lends itself to a thoughtful discussion. Eileen maintains a list of suitable books and recommendations to aid the host in her selection. If you are interested in hosting or have any questions about Dames Who Read, contact Eileen Dykes at firstname.lastname@example.org
BOOK SELECTION: Edible Stories: A Novel in Sixteen Parts by Mark Kurlansky
DATE: Monday, November 1, 2021
TIME: 7:00 -8:30 p.m.
HOST: Susan Callahan
ZOOM LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85780291600
In these linked stories, Mark Kurlansky reveals the bond that can hold people together, tear them apart, or make them become vegan: food. Through muffins or hot dogs, an indigenous Alaskan fish soup, a bean curd Thanksgiving turkey or potentially toxic crème brulee, a rotating cast of characters learns how to honor the past, how to realize you're not in love with someone any more, and how to forgive. These women and men meet and eat and love, leave and drink and in the end, come together in Seattle as they are as inextricably linked with each other as they are with the food they eat and the wine they drink. Kurlansky brings a keen eye and unerring sense of humanity to these stories. And throughout, his love and knowledge of food shows just how important a role what we eat plays in our lives.
BOOK SELECTION: A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage
DATE: Monday, December 13, 2021
TIME: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
HOST: Sheryl Hoehner
ZOOM LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89717049941
Beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and Coca-Cola: In Tom Standage’s deft, innovative account of world history, these six beverages turn out to be much more than just ways to quench thirst. They also represent six eras that span the course of civilization—from the adoption of agriculture, to the birth of cities, to the advent of globalization. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century through each epoch’s signature refreshment. As Standage persuasively argues, each drink is in fact a kind of technology, advancing culture and catalyzing the intricate interplay of different societies. After reading this enlightening book, you may never look at your favorite drink in quite the same way again.