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Our President's Latest Letter

Summer 2017

Dear Dames:

Many of you have been summering in other parts of the country and around the globe. Others have been embracing the sheer pleasure of New York during the months when crowds are few, and restaurants and cultural attractions more approachable. However you have been enjoying this languid season, I hope it has been relaxing and enriching.

Les Dames d'Escoffier has been as active as ever. The Board and Committee members have been diligently working to ensure that the coming year will be outstanding.

LDNY Scholarship Awards and Achievements -- July 27th

It is vital that we thank the Scholarship Committee led by Dames May Matta-Aliah and Aileen Robbins, Scholarship Reception Co-Chairs Dames Jen O'Flanagan and Surbhi Sahni for all their hard work in executing this vital work. This year's Scholarship Awards Presentation and Reception honored 23 talented young women with a total of $82,000 in scholarship funds. Opening remarks by Dame Marion Nestle contributed to a very special evening at New York University's soaring Kimmel Center overlooking Washington Square Park. The event included generous raffle and auction items, and delicious catering contributed by several LDNY members. Our gratitude goes to the partner schools, corporate colleagues, event raffle item and scholarship donors who made the evening so very special.

Within the next few weeks, the Mentoring Committee will be reaching out to members to request your participation in a program that pairs an LDNY Dame with a scholarship recipient to spend "A Day in the Life" with her mentor. If contacted, we urge you to support our chapter's important mission. Or, please volunteer to participate by contacting Co-Chairs Dames Alison Awerbuch or Suzi O'Rourke.


Join Us at the 2017 LDEI Annual Conference in Newport Beach -- October 26-29

Experience California farm-to-table cuisine while enjoying local pre-conference tours, professional development sessions, outdoor coastal shopping, and networking receptions. The highlight of this year's conference is the Awards Reception and Grande Dame Award Dinner honoring our very own Dame Lidia Bastianich who will be with us to celebrate. Please plan to attend this special tribute to Lidia with LDNY friends and colleagues. The New York chapter is a Patron Sponsor of the 2017 conference.

Participate in the LDEI Affinity Program

LDEI's Affinity Program is a significant benefit of membership. The program's purpose is to provide Dames with discounts and deals on services and products of value. Many members either work for companies that provide services, or are themselves providers of goods and services that could support or further Dames' careers, or simply provide additional culinary enjoyment. LDEI is hoping to expand the Affinity program even further by including such categories as (1) books and publications; (2) culinary schools and education; (3) cookware and appliances; (4) food and beverage; (5) professional services; (6) travel and lodging; and other offerings. For example, an online master class could be offered to Dames at a 25% discount with a special code; a blender could be offered at a special price with free shipping; a writing coach or literary agent might offer a one-time special discount to help boost a career.

If you, a client or employer would be interested in offering a discount to the influential LDEI membership, please contact Dame Bev Shaffer at e-mail: bev.foodwithattitude@gmail.com, or cell phone 330-441-2706.

Welcome Our 2017 LDEI Legacy Award Winner

Six award recipients have earned mentorship opportunities from LDEI in 2017. The winner of this year's Legacy Award at the James Beard House is Paige Demor Blosky. Chef Bloskey is the first female Head Chef of Farestart, a nonprofit culinary training and catering program in the Pacific Northwest. She will be with us in New York for one week September 24-October 2. Learn more about all the Legacy Award Winners HERE.

Become Involved as an LDNY Committee Member

It is not too soon to think about leading or joining a committee for the coming year. Please plan to make a difference in furthering LDNY's important mission by becoming involved and engaged with your colleagues. There will be more about this discussed with you in September.

Attend the New Member Induction Dinner

Our first event of the fall season is the New Member Induction Dinner, scheduled this year on September 25th and to be held at Little Park, the posh restaurant in the Smyth Hotel located in Tribeca (85 W. Broadway). Plan to attend to greet and welcome our new members!

Learn the Upcoming Trends at THE NEXT BIG BITE -- October 16th at ICE

LDNY’s third annual The Next Big Bite is shaping up to be an exceptional event. This year's event will feature an engaging and provocative discussion about How We Will Eat & Drink In the World; At Home; On TV and in Social Media; In New York; At the Restaurant; In Business; and With Sustainability.

Committee Co-Chairs, Dames Bonnie Tandy Leblang and Francine Cohen, along with all the committee members, have been working very hard to recruit a most prestigious group of panelists that include Melissa Clark, Padma Lakshmi, Pascaline Lepeltier, Michel Nischan, Missy Robbins, and Dame Susan Ungaro. They just announced Dana Cowin to be this year’s moderator. To read moderator and panelists bios, along with other essential details, visit www.ldny.org. Also,

  • Follow @LesDamesNY on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – using hashtags #TheNextBigBite #nextbigbite2017 – for updates.
  • Early bird ticket prices are still in effect (until 8/15) and can be purchased HERE.
  • Please sign up to volunteer. Contact Dame Janeen Sarlin at jasarlin@gmail.com.

Enjoy the rest of your summer. The LDNY Board looks forward to seeing you again very soon.

With kindest regards,
Dame Joan Brower

Joan Brower

President, LDNY
E-mail: Brower180@aol.com

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