Photographs from recent events of the DC Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier.
July 25, 2021 was a memorable evening for 28 new members, their sponsors and Board members at Christianne Ricchi’s restaurant, iRicchi. New members from the 2020 and 2021 class were warmly welcomed to the chapter. Photo below.
New member photo courtesy of Deb Lindsey. Back row: Marcia Friedman, Cary Kelly, Catherine Mendelsohn, Laura Chase de Formigny, Michelle Douglas, April Dubose, Carolyn Crow, Jonni Scott. Front row: Erin Clarke, Katie Walker, Camila Arango, Paulette Thompson, Cindy Selby.
On July 18, 2021 fourteen Dames and friends met at Brookside Gardens for a foraging walk headed by naturalist guide Matt Cohen. The group found wild raspberries, wine berries, chanterelles and turkey tail mushrooms, and learned how to prepare milkweed buds and make a wonderful pink lemonade from sumac berries. The walk-and-talk was followed by brunch at Barbara Black’s Black Market Bistro which included beignets, gazpacho and a choice of chanterelle quiche. It was a tremendous day! Photos below.
Foraging walks with Matt Cohen in April and May 2021 have been a welcomed respite for our members during the pandemic thanks to the efforts of Karen Vartan. Dames learned to discern between toxic and nontoxic plants, enjoyed each other’s company in the great outdoors while learning quite a bit about wildlife survival. Photos below.
On June 1, 2020, close to 130 Dames and members of the public watched “Reinventing Restaurants: An Insider’s Look at Pivoting in a Pandemic,” a LDE-DC zoom webinar that was a positive, personable and thought-provoking look at how our member restaurateurs have been dealing with the fallout from COVID-19. Aviva Goldfarb moderated the 75-minute panel, comprising Jessica Botta, Director of Training and Culinary Development, Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants; Ellen Kassoff, Co-owner, Equinox Restaurant; Nona Nielsen Parker, Production Manager, Atwater’s; Christianne Ricchi, Chef/Owner, Ristorante i Ricchi and Juste Zidelyte, Chef/Owner, Maple Ave Restaurant. Photo below.
A sold out crowd at Jaleo in Crystal City on March 7, 2020 enjoyed the spirited presentation Circumnavigating Spain and Its Regional Foods from Stacey Adams and CiCi Williamson. The two led the audience on a virtual tour around Spain illustrated by beautiful photographs taken by the speakers and accompanied by tastes of the country's regional foods. Photos below courtesy of Stacey Adams.
DC Dames and the public enjoyed an evening with Nathalie Dupree on March 4, 2020. Grand Dame Joan Nathan graciously introduced Grand Dame Nathalie Dupree who shared always-engaging stories from her newest cookbook, Nathalie Dupree's Favorite Stories and Recipes (Gibbs Smith, October 2019). And, as mistress of ceremonies Drew Faulkner told the audience, they also got a master's class on making Southern biscuits! A beautiful and delicious buffet dinner, prepared by Barbara Black and her staff at Black Coffee on MacArthur Blvd. in DC, featured dishes using recipes from Nathalie's book. Photos below courtesy of CiCi Williamson and Katherine Newell Smith.
On February 9, 2020 a group of DC Dames met at the new Park View Farmers Market, a year-round Sunday market held at the cool new event space on Georgia Avenue, Hook Hall. Photographs below.
Photographs from the Dames Winter Potluck on January 19, 2020.
DC Dames enjoy lunch at the Savor Food Hall in Prince George's County, Maryland on January 11, 2020. Photo below.
Photographs from Jubilee: A Celebration of Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking at Gunther's in Baltimore on November 23, 2019.
DC Chapter Autumn General Membership Meeting and Luncheon at Ris Restaurant on November 9, 2019. Photos below.
Photographs from the November 4, 2019 Capital Area Food Bank's Empty Bowls fundraiser. Photos below.
Photographs from the November 2, 2019 French Grill presentation and luncheon at Ris Restaurant with Susan Herrmann Loomis. Photographs below.
Photographs from the Les Dames International Conference in Nashville October 24-27, 2019.
Politics on the Plate, October 14, 2019 at The National Press Club. A sold-out crowd of 90 guests (plus the hard-working Dames who made the event happen) filled the National Press Club's largest event room for a lively, topical panel discussion by major D.C. restaurateurs on how the heated politics of today have entered public dining rooms. Photographs below. Click here to watch the entire presentation.
DC Dames and the public enjoyed an informative and delicious insider's tour of the Bethesda Central Farm Market on October 6, 2019. Photographs below.
A sell-out crowd gathered at Equinox Restaurant on September 14, 2019 for CiCi Williamson's luncheon program on Downton Abbey: The Movie. Pictures below.
A group of Dames gathered to support Susan Callahan at her Torpedo Factory art show, Kitchen Stories, on September 12. 2019. Photos below.
DC Dames and friends scored tickets to the Glenstone Museum on September 7, 2019 for a delicious lunch followed by a tour of the museum. Photographs below.
DC Dames gathered in July at the annual Dames Summer Social Potluck. Pictures below.
Our 2019 Spring General Membership Meeting was held June 8 at Jenn Crovato's 1310 Kitchen & Bar at the Georgetown Inn. Jenn welcomed DC Dames with some bubbly and breakfast nibbles and, after the meeting (during which new 2019 Dames were welcomed), everyone enjoyed a sumptuous brunch buffet. Pictures below.
On June 2nd, a small group of DC Dames toured the new and renowned Glenstone museum in Potomac, MD and dined at the Cafe, the museum's on-site restaurant helmed by former L'Academie de Cuisine Culinary Program Director Brian Patterson. Picture below.
DC Dames gathered for a fun happy hour on May 8 at the Bayou Bakery in Arlington, VA. Picture below.
We had over 40 guests at the Ritz-Carlton on May 4, 2019 to hear about Cesar Ritz and Auguste Escoffier's long partnership from guest speaker Luke Barr - the grand-nephew of M.F.K.Fisher, and author of Ritz & Escoffier: the Hotelier, the Chef, and the Rise of the Leisure Class. Pictures below.
Our chapter's first inaugural DC Pitch Fest was held March 9, 2019 at a brunch program at Mission Navy Yard that attracted more than 40 member and non-member attendees. Six women entrepreneurs pitched their business models to our panel of Dame experts. Congratulations to Gayle Galbraith and the entire group. Pitches were presented by: Rachel Bush, Honey and Hive; Tamara Cole, Wilma's Batter; Gayle Galbraith, Federal Brewing Company; Kimberly Lipinski, Elder Nourish; Bridget Meagher, Catbird Hill Farm and
Jaimie Mertz, Red Bandana Bakery. Pictures below.
Jaimie Mertz, Red Bandana Bakery. Pictures below.
Dames Who Dine met for luncheon at the French Embassy's Le Petit Bouchon on January 25, 2019. Pictures below.
DC Dames and the public enjoyed a fascinating presentation on the ZIP Codes of Food on January 19, 2019 at Texas Jack's Barbecue in Arlington, Va. While dining on the delicious buffet the group learned where food originated and how it traveled around the world to create today's cuisines. Picture below.
DC Chapter Board Members shared dinner on on January 15th at Chris Ricchi's luxurious Italian restaurant, i Ricchi, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Picture below.
And a good time was had by all! Our annual Holiday Potluck was held on Sunday, December 16. This yearly fete is always a welcome opportunity to get together and catch up. Picture below.
DC Dames participated in DC Metro Cooking Show December 1 and 2. Pictures below.
Effervescent, informative, forthcoming and entertaining, Carla Hall demonstrated all of these qualities and more on Friday, November 30 during her presentation for her newest cookbook Carla Hall's Soul Food. Held at Ana G. Mendez University in Northeast DC, Carla arrived early to meet and mentor the group of culinary students who prepared her recipes. The first of her many appearances over the weekend, she drew a crowd of over 40 who listened intently as she spoke about her journey to revisit and expand the Southern foods of her youth. She shared that it is her most personal book to date. After a Q & A session, Carla and attendees joined the students in the state-of-the-art teaching kitchen to enjoy a variety of Southern specialties while mingling and posing for LOTS of selfies. Pictures below.
Dames Who Read met to discuss The Jell-o Girls and sample all kinds of Jello at their November meeting. Pictures below.
DC Dames and the public enjoyed an evening of Food and Wine on November 1st at Black Coffee with Vickie Reh inspired by Vickie's new book The Wine Table - Recipes and Pairings from Winemakers' Kitchens. Pictures below.
DC Dames enjoyed a Happy Hour at Indique.
DC Dames and the public attended a dinner and talk on October 31st at Gunther & Co. in Baltimore with Stephanie Hersh about the history of Julia Child and her impact on the U.S. culinary world. Picture below.
DC Dames attended the LDEI Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington in October 2018. Pictures below.
DC Dames arranged a walking and eating tour of the Eden Center on September 22, 2018 the largest Asian-themed mall on the East Coast and the heart and soul of the Vietnamese-American community. Pictures below.
Virginia Willis (Atlanta) created a sumptuous dinner with Ris Lacoste at RIS on August 8, 2018 to promote her new book, Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover's Tour of the Global South" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018). Photos below.
DC Dames gathered on July 19th for their annual Summer Potluck. Photos below.
A happy hour welcoming our newest members was held at Ruth Gresser's Pizzeria Paradiso on Monday, July 9, 2018.
Photos from the June 2, 2018 Spring General Membership Meeting at Ris. Photos below.
Photos from the May 15th, 2018 Tour of the Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood, Maryland. Photos below.
Photos from the April 20th, 2018 Foodways Tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Photos below.
Photos from the April 16th, 2018 dinner and presentation at Hollywood East Cafe, Dumplings Along the Silk Road. Photos below.
Photos from the Inaugural Marianne Ali Brunch at DC Central Kitchen which took place to honor the 111th graduating class on April 6, 2018. Photos below.
DC Dames break bread with Grande Dames Lidia Bastianich and our own Joan Nathan on April 4, 2018 at Amy Brandwein's Centrolina. Photo below.
Photos from the March 10th, 2018 Eleventh Salute to Women in Gastronomy: Celebrating Food at the Universities as Shady Grove. This event is held every two years and is an all day celebration of all things food: preparing it, savoring it, writing about it, photographing it, and so much more! Photos below.
Watch this year's Celebrating Food's Keynote Speaker, Pati Jinich on this morning's Talk Live WJLA-TV (ABC) Good Morning Washington
For full details of March 10th's Celebrating Food, visit celebratingfood.org
For full details of March 10th's Celebrating Food, visit celebratingfood.org
Carla Hall was a presenter at the American School Counselor Association and ReachHigher celebration on February 2, 2018 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. where former First Lady Michelle Obama was the keynote speaker.
DC Dames Who Read gathered in February 2018 to discuss Abbie Rosner's book Breaking Bread in the Galilee: A Journey into the Promised Land
DC Dames enjoyed a Holiday Potluck on December 10th, 2017. Delicious drinks and treats abounded. The annual gathering is always a wonderful time to reconnect and greet friends new and old. Photo below.
More than 60 attended the Ann Arbor Chapter's first fundraiser, a "Downton Abbey" tea and talk by CiCi Williamson at the Ann Arbor City Club on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Many Dames provided special teas and other fancy teatime fare including scones by Amy Emberling of Zingerman's Bakehouse. Picture below.
Thanks to Hill Center DC for hosting the Les Dames-WCR, November 15, 2017 forum on sexual harassment in the restaurant industry, and to Nycci Nellis for moderating the panel. Photograph below.
DC Dames participated in the Empty Bowls fundraiser October 30, 2017. Empty Bowls is a fun and worthwhile event that benefits the Capital Area Food Bank, the Washington metro area's largest hunger-relief organization.
The LDEI annual conference held in Newport Beach, California October 26-30, 2017 welcomed 225 Dames from the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom for three days of convivial learning, wining and dining. Some DC Dames are pictured below.
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.
Dames Who Dine at Sfoglina on July 18, 2017.
DC Dames participated as judges in the LRA Chef Challenge.
Photos from the July 15, 2017 Tour and Tasting at Moorenko's Ice Cream Factory.
Stacey Adams was inducted into the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers de Saint-Uguzon on June 27 at the residence of Geard Araud, French Ambassador to the United States. Cathy Strange, President of the Guilde's New World Chapter and Roland Barthelemy, the Guilde's Provost, presented Stacey with the Guilde's medal, its highest honor, recognizing her exemplary work to promote, educate and foster the traditions of artisanal French and American cheeses.
CiCi Williamson presented "Kitchen Confidential: How the Culinary Scenes for Downton Abbey Were Filmed," in St. Louis on June 7 for the St. Louis-LDE program and dinner held at Mary Ann's Tea Room.
Photos from the June 19, 2017 Dames Who Read gathering and pasta making session.
Photos from the June 15, 2017 Dames tour of Meatcrafters, home of the Skinny Salamis.
On May 20th, 2017, Nona Nielsen Parker hosted an in depth, educational, and delicious tour of Atwater's Big Kitchen in Baltimore. The sold out group of thirty, including several Dames, got an in-depth and exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of this multifaceted production kitchen. Photos are below.
Photographs from the May 13, 2017 presentation on The Exotic Art of Blending Spices at Choolaah Indian Barbeque in the Mosaic District.
Photographs from the May 11, 2017 tour of George and Martha Washington's bountiful table and gardens at Mount Vernon.
Photographs from Joan Nathan and Bonnie Benwick's conversation at the Israeli Embassy on May 10, 2017 featuring Joan's new cookbook King Solomon's Table.
Nora Pouillon was awarded the 2017 Women and the Green Economy (WAGE) ® Leadership Award on May 9, by Earth Day Network during its 2017 Climate Leadership Gala at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.
James Beard Award Gala, May 7, 2017 Chicago.
Photographs from the May 6, 2017 Spring General Membership Meeting at Nora's.
Photographs from the March 25, 2017 Luncheon and Presentation on The White House Egg Roll: My 35 Years of Egg-ceptional Orchestration with Cecilia Glembocki (below)
Photographs from the January 28, 2017 Luncheon at Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling Company in Arlington, VA (below)
DC Dames December 4, 2016 Women In Words at ILO Salon in Georgetown (below)
DC Dames honored the Chapter's founding members on December 3, 2016 at Brasserie Beck (below)
DC Dames supported Martha's Table by attending the October 31, 2016 event in Bethesda (below)
Photos from the October 30th, 2016 Chapeau Auguste Escoffier Brunch at the French Embassy (below)
Photos from the October 2016 National and International LDEI Conference in Washington, D.C. (below)
Photos from the November 2016 Autumn General Membership Meeting at the Ritz-Carlton (below)
Photos from A Regional Tour of Indian Curries at Indique on September 27, 2016 (below)
Photo from the September 2016 book signing party for Monica Bhide's new book Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken (below)
Photos from the June 25, 2016 Moorenko's Ice Cream Factory Tour and Tasting (below)
Photos from the June 24,2016 Green Tables volunteer opportunity at the Capital Area Food Bank (below)
Photos from the June 23, 2016 Dames Who Dine at Gunther's in Baltimore (below)
Photos from the June 2016 RAMMY's Awards (below)
Photos from the Instagram Session on June 13, 2016 (below)
Photos from the Spring General Membership Meeting and Luncheon at Marcel's on May 7, 2016 (below)
Photos from First Families of Virginia: Arlington House Tour and Luncheon, on April 30, 2016 (below)
Photo from the reception at Chaia for new member candidates on March 13, 2016 (below)
Photos from the March 5, 2016 CELEBRATE FOOD Women in Gastronomy Symposium at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, MD (below)
Photos from the February 22, 2016 Uzbekistan Feast at Rus-Uz Restaurant. (below)
Photos from the February 20th, 2016 Taste of Taiwan at Hollywood East Cafe. (below)
Photos from the December 2015 Dames Holiday Potluck Dinner. (below)
Photos from the December 2015 luncheon and presentation on "The Life an Times of Julia Child" at Ris. (below)
Photos from the Second Annual Women in Words at Salon Ilo. December 2015. (below)
Dames Who Dine at the Mussel Bar in Baltimore and Via Umbria in DC. Nov. & Dec. 2015 (below)
Amy Brandwein, Capital Food Fight winner with hosts Jose Andres and Carla Hall. November 2015 (below)
Photos from the November 5, 2015 first Urban Kitchen Holiday PopUp held at Room & Board. (below)
Photos from the Les Dames d'Escoffier International Annual Conference in Charleston, SC October 29 to Nov. 1, 2015 (below)
DC Dames volunteer at DC Central Kitchen October 26, 2015 (below)
DC Dames gather at the Autumn General Membership Meeting and Dinner at the National Press Club with Executive Chef Susan Delbert on October 19, 2015 (below)
Dames enjoy a luncheon and lecture at Kizuna Sushi and Ramen on October 10, 2015 (below).
Photos from the October 6, 2015 3rd Annual Craft Spirit of Poe fundraiser and cocktail party at the Loft at 600F (below).
Photos from September 2015 Dames Events: Dames Who Dine at Centrolina and the Hampton Mansion Tour & Luncheon
Photos from August 2015 Dames luncheon at Naples Restaurant and a Dames planning meeting for an upcoming program on the history and culture of Taiwan (below)
Photos from the July 13th, 2015 Pot Luck gathering (below)
Photos from the June 4th, 2015 Sacred Foods of Israel at the Washington JCC (below)
Photos from the June 1, 2015 Spring General Membership Meeting at Carmine's (below)
Photos from the May 21, 2015 Embassy Chef Challenge (below)
Photos from the May 22, 2015 Dames volunteering at DC Central Foods Kitchen (below)
Photos from the May 16, 2015 Eco City Farm Tour (below)
DC Dames joined to support the Capital Area Food Bank’s April 26, 2015, 12th annual Blue Jeans Ball. The event raised over $1.4 million to help solve hunger in the region! (photos below)
Photos from Southeast Asian Food with a French Accent at Mama Rouge on Saturday, April 18, 2015 (below)
Photos from the March 2015 annual IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) Conference in Washington, D.C. (below)