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Our President's Latest Letter

February, 2017

Dear Dames:

Les Dames d'Escoffier is built on a bedrock of service and volunteerism dedicated to influencing the rise of women to the top of their chosen fields in the culinary and hospitality professions. As it was 40 years ago when our organization was founded by Dame Carol Brock and a cadre of exceptional women, the role of Les Dames d'Escoffier's New York chapter remains committed to service -- and to providing a wellspring of education, mentoring, networking, career trends information and scholarship support to our current members as well as to those deserving women who will become our future members.

It is this ethic and commitment to service that we all share.

As noted by the renowned Dr. Albert Schweitzer: "I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve."


In this spirit of service and volunteerism, your Board of Directors is reaching out to each of you to participate actively within LDNY. Here are some suggestions:

  • Attend many or all of the outstanding programs and events that our members are organizing monthly on your behalf. This is an important way to show support for the Chapter and to those who spend countless hours designing special opportunities for us. And, while there, take photos with your cell phones and then share these with Dame Ronnie Campbell (lesdamesny@gmail.com) for posting and sharing on the LDNY website.

  • Save the Date for an exceptional evening at New York City Tech on Monday, April 3rd.This will be a fundraiser for our longstanding Scholarship Program and will have a format and guest list you won’t want to miss!

  • Plan to join us at this year’s annual Induction Ceremony and Dinner scheduled September 25th, 2017 at 6 p.m. It will be a very special event and you are encouraged to put the date in your calendar now.

  • Engage with LDNY as well as with LDNY's individual members on Facebook by "liking" and commenting, and sharing posts on business and personal Facebook pages.

  • Reach out to one of our recently inducted new Dames and invite her to meet you at an upcoming LDNY event to extend a warm welcome and encourage involvement.

  • Join one or more of LDNY's many dynamic committees -- each dedicated to an aspect of service that makes our Chapter so special. Among them is the committee organizing The Next Big Bite (TNBB) in 2017. This year co-chaired by Dames Bonnie Tandy Leblang and Francine Cohen, the third annual TNBB will bring together for the public and our attending members another extraordinary panel to consider the coming year's food landscape and what impacts the trends and factors driving consumers' cooking, entertaining, and dining out choices. Reach out directly either to Bonnie (Bonnie@BiteoftheBest.com) or Francine (francinecohen@mindspring.com).

  • Think seriously about bringing to LDNY potential new and special members. We are a living, breathing organization that looks to its evolution through the lens of new members who are the best in our profession.

  • Join us at the Salon with Dame Marion Nestle on Monday, March 13th at New York University, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, 411 Lafayette, 5th floor. Just returned from the 2017 World Economic Forum at Davos, Dame Marion Nestle, the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at NYU, will be interviewed by Dame Linda Pelaccio--Culinary Historian and Radio/Podcast Host of "A Taste of the Past"--about her life and career: writing 6 award-winning nutrition books, 2 pet books, editing 1988 Surgeon General's Report on Nutrition and Health, and living in the former apartment of Mayor Ed Koch. Wine and cheese will be served. Contact Dame Jan Hazard (jan.hazard@verizon.net) for more information.

Volunteering is a great way to give back and to get to know your fellow Dames. I encourage you to reach out to me and Vice President Dame Sharon Franke (sharonilenefranke@gmail.com) with suggestions for ways to encourage even greater member involvement.

With warmest regards,
Dame Joan Brower

Joan Brower

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

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