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.
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
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
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
DC Dames - Join us to discuss “Sweet Bean,” a film about the manager of a pancake stall who finds himself confronted with an odd but sympathetic elderly woman looking for work. A taste of her homemade red bean paste convinces him to hire her, which starts a relationship that is about much more than just street food. Discussion moderated by Gail Forman.
Monday, October 4, 7-8:30 p.m.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81639649735