Women Leaders in
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International Culinary Center
28 Crosby Street, 5th Floor
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

On July 20, 2016, Les Dames d'Escoffier New York awarded over $66,800 in scholarships to 23 talented culinary women leaders of tomorrow at the annual LDNY Scholarship Reception. Over 100 Dames, sponsors, and benefactors celebrated with the accomplished winners, their professors and families at this gala event.

Letter from the President: Dame Linda Lawry

Welcome to our reception for the winners of our 2016 – 2017 LDNY Scholarships. Since 1977 we have offered awards to deserving young women who are studying food, wine and hospitality in New York City schools. The funding comes from our chapter as well as additional funds from Dames and from the culinary and wine schools. The Scholarship Committee works exceptionally hard to award every scholarship to the most deserving applicant. Of all of our organization's accomplishments during the year nothing is more important or more rewarding than this one. Thank you for joining us for this great celebration!

Letter from the Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs: Dame May Matta-Aliah, Dame Lori Tieszen

It has been our privilege to chair the Les Dames d’Escoffier Scholarship Committee this year. We sincerely thank our devoted committee members and this year’s generous scholarships donors. It is through the dedication of our members and donors that we have the pleasure to present these deserving women with scholarships that we hope will support their future careers. As the most important mission of LDNY, we value all that these scholarships offer this inspiring group of women. This is just the beginning of their journey; we wish them continued growth in their educational pursuits and look forward to learning about their future endeavors and successes.


Scholarship Committee
May Matta-Aliah, Co-chair
Lori Tieszen, Co-chair
Joyce Appelman, Marilyn Kreiger, Susan Lifrieri Lowry, Jennifer O’Flanagan, Pnina Peled, Aileen Robbins, Marika Vida-Arnold

Event Committee
Jan Hazard,Co-chair
Michele Scicolone, Co-chair

Mentorship Committee
Alison Awerbuch, Co-chair
Suzen O’Rourke, Co-chair
Sharon Franke, Abigail Kirsch, Susan Lifrieri Lowry, Janeen Sarlin, Michele Scicolone

Board Members
Linda Lawry, President
Beth Allen, Vice President
Joan Brower, Secretary
Cathy Fazzolari, Treasurer
Deborah Mintcheff, Parliamentarian

Members at Large:
Alison Awerbuch, Donna Boland, Ronnie Campbell, Joan Coukos, Sharon Franke, Marsha Palanci, Lori Tieszen, Jeanne Voltz

Scholarship Donations: LDNY’s Benefactors

LDNY's Founders Scholarship
The most prestigious LDNY Scholarship was first awarded in 2012 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the New York Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, the organization’s largest chapter. It is dedicated to our founding members, and awarded to a woman who shows innovation and a history of community service.

LDNY Members Scholarships
In addition to the Founders Scholarship and the Nutrition Scholarship, LDNY awarded four scholarships from our reserve funds and the annual donations from our members.

Corporate Scholarships
We appreciate the support of our corporate sponsors, The Dunn Robbins Group and the Society of Wine Educators for their continued support.

Culinary & Wine School Scholarships
Four culinary and wine schools have partnered with LDNY to award scholarships. We gratefully acknowledge the Culinary Institute of America, the International Culinary Center, the Institute of Culinary Education and the International Wine Center.

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