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Archive of LDNY Events

LDNY offers a variety of events designed to educate, entertain, and foster an appreciation of the myriad culinary disciplines and experiences available in New York City - and around the globe. Scroll down to see the exciting programs that the New York Dames have recently produced, attended and enjoyed. Click on the photo or Invitation to view the evite in full-size.

MAY 2017

May 17th
For The Love Of Chocolate with Dames Joan Coukos and Kathryn Gordon
Learn about this delicious subject in a hands-on Chocolate Making Class with Dame Joan Coukos, chocolatier/owner of Chocolat Moderne, and Dame Kathryn Gordon, Chef-Instructor at ICE. Mold and fill your own chocolate bars. Observe the technique of making ganache with unique chocolates courtesy of Valrhona, and learn fool-proof methods of tempering chocolate. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres provided by Chef Jesse Riley of Constant Cravings Foods, and cacao-based cocktails by Solbeso, the world's first spirit made from fresh cacao fruit juice, and chocolate bonbons.
May 17th, 6 - 9 PM at Chocolat Moderne, 27 West 20th Street, Suite 904, New York, NY 10011, located between 5th and 6th Avenues. Early Dame Price - $60 (available to LDNY members until 5/1). LDNY Members Price - $70 (available from 5/2) / Non-Members Price - $75. Sponsor acknowledgements: Valrhona, Constant Cravings Foods, Solbeso and Chocolat Moderne.

Tickets HERE

BONUS! Guests take home three different bars made during the class, a handout with recipes, tempering instruction, and resource guide for ingredients and supplies. There will also be some sponsor goodies and a raffle, with proceeds benefiting LDNY's Scholarship Fund.

Questions? Contact Dame Joan Coukos at info@chocolatmoderne.com

APRIL 2017

April 20th
Art of Sourdough Bread-Baking with Dame Suzi O'Rourke & Priscilla Martel
Come ready to put on an apron and roll up your sleeves as Dame Suzi O'Rourke and Priscilla Martel—bread-baking experts extraordinaire—teach us how to make crusty sourdough bread from nurturing and using your own starter to shaping boules and baguettes. Wine, cheese, and charcuterie will be served along with Suzi’s focaccia. You’ll leave with enough starter to begin baking in your own kitchen, dough to bake off at home, and a goodie bag of bread-baking essentials, courtesy of Emile Henry and King Arthur Flour. Thursday, April 20th, from 6 - 8 PM at Cooking by the Book, 13 Worth Street, NYC. Subway stops: 1 train to Franklin St; A,C,E to Canal St.

Early Dame Price - $55 (available until 4/10), Dame Price after 4/10 - $65. Non-Members $70. Order Tickets HERE

Program Chairs: Dames Sharon Franke and Suzi O’Rourke. Instructors: Dame Suzi O’Rourke, Owner of Cooking by the Book / Priscilla Martel, coauthor of "On Baking: A Textbook of Baking and Pastry Fundamentals"

Any questions? Contact Dame Sharon Franke: sharonilenefranke@gmail.com

APRIL 2017

April 3rd
Celebrate 40 Years of LDNY Scholarships. A Reception & Dinner at New York City College of Technology
LDNY has been awarding scholarships to outstanding women studying in the culinary, beverage and hospitality fields for 40 years. Celebrate and support this program with current and former scholarship recipients including television personality and cookbook author Dame Sara Moulton, one of the first. Meet and hear the stories of some of the many women LDNY has supported and helped at the start of their careers while enjoying a three course dinner prepared by NY City College of Technology current students. Tours of the teaching kitchens will be given during the reception. Monday, April 3rd 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM at New York City College of Technology CUNY. Janet Lefler Dining Room, Namm Building, 2nd Floor. 300 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11021Seating is limited to 25. 100% of the proceeds of this program will benefit LDNY Scholarships. Wines courtesy of Adrian Goodlad, Martin Scott Wines. Producer Jorge Ordonez Selections..
Price: $85 members, $95 non-members. Order Tickets HERE

Any questions? Contact Dame Jeanne Voltz jvoltz@nyc.rr.com

MARCH 2017

March 13th
Salon with Dame Marion Nestle
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 to be served. Monday, March 13th at New York University, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, 411 Lafayette, 5th floor.
Members $30, Non-Members: $40. Order Tickets HERE

Any questions? Contact Dame Jan Hazard jan.hazard@verizon.net


February 1st
OKONOMIYAKI (oh-ko-no-me-ya-ki) Japanese pancake demo and class with Dame Hiroko Shimbo
Join Dame Hiroko Shimbo for a demo and the experience of making your own Okonomiyaki, one of Japan’s most beloved comfort foods--a pancake layered with savory, delicious ingredients. We promise a fun, challenging, warming winter’s night with supper and special shochu (Japanese distilled spirit) tasting, with Jesse Falowitz, co-founder of Mizu Shochu. February 1st, 6:15 - 8:30 pm at International Culinary Center (ICC), 462 Broadway, 4th flr (@ Grand St.), NYC 10013.
Early Dame Price $50 (until 1/16); Member Price (after 1/16) $60; Non-Member is $65. Order Tickets HERE

Any questions? Contact Dame Hiroko Shimbo hiroko@hirokoskitchen.com


January 9th
LDNY Welcome The New Year at Dame Barbara Sibley's Holiday Cocktail Lounge
Welcome and Toast the New Year with your LDNY friends and guests on Monday evening, January 9th , at Dame Barbara Sibley's historic Holiday Cocktail Lounge at 75 St. Marks Place in the heart of the East Village. Built in 1835, the Lounge was originally a gathering place for local residents like W. H. Auden and Leon Trotsky. Nibbles and cocktails will be enjoyed at the gathering, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Member Ticket is $40; Non-Member is $50. Order Tickets



December 12th
Les Dames d'Escoffier New York Annual Holiday Party
Come festively attired, and ready to purchase raffle tickets (cash only): $20 for 2; $40 for 5. This is a Members Only event. Ticket is $75. Begins promptly at 6:00 pm, at Loi Estiatorio
132 West 58th St., NYC. With special thanks to Chef Maria Loi. 75% of the proceeds will go towards the scholarship fund.
Invitation Tickets HERE

November 2016

November 14th
Annual Meeting
6:00 - 8:00 PM
International Culinary Center
27 Crosby Street, 5th floor, NYC
Invitation Tickets HERE

November 2016

November 3rd
Cookies and Conversation with Dorie Greenspan
Moderated by Sara Moulton
Come celebrate the publication of Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan with wine, cheese, charcuterie and Dorie's very special cookies. Special thanks to Sur La Table, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, Les Trois Cochons and President Cheese.
Member Ticket is $40, Guest Ticket(s) $50. Payment by credit card only.
Invitation Tickets HERE


Oct 17th
THE NEXT BIG BITE: The Media’s Influence on What We Eat, Drink & Crave
5:30 Reception, 6:45 - 8:30 Panel Discussion.
The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE)
Brookfield Place
225 Liberty Street
Elevator Bank 3rd Floor, NYC
The Next Big Bite, hosted by Les Dames d’Escoffier New York (LDNY), is a panel discussion on “The Media’s Influence on What We Eat, Drink & Crave” and will be moderated by Martha Teichner, of CBS News Sunday Morning. Panelists include:
  • Carla Hall, Co-host of ABC's The Chew, and owner of Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen, Brooklyn
  • Kate Krader, Food Editor, Bloomberg Pursuits
  • Talia Baiocchi, Editor in Chief of www.punchdrink.com
Tastings & presentations by sponsors Abigail Kirsch Catering, Cuisinart, elit by Stolichnaya, Emile Henry, Institute of Culinary Education, Whole Foods Market, Microplane, The Winebow Group, Wüsthof and Heritage Radio Network. Join the conversation at #NextBigBite2016 Invitation


Sept 26
Les Dames d’Escoffier New York Chapter New Member Induction Dinner
Les Dames d’Escoffier New York GALA DINNER: New Member Induction and LDNY 40th Anniversary Celebration.

Join Les Dames
d’Escoffier New York at a GALA DINNER to induct our new members of 2017 and celebrate LDNY’s 40th anniversary. Festive attire is suggested.

Member tickets are $130 (guest tickets are $140), payable by credit card (via brownpapertickets.com) or check. Do come ready to purchase raffle tickets (Cash only: $20 for 2; $40 for 5) to win an original signed and framed Jacques Pepin painting.
LDNY is grateful to Abigail Kirsch, Chocolat Moderne, D’Artagnan, Jacques Pepin and Wines of Chile for their generosity in supporting this important occasion. Monday, September 26th, to begin promptly at 6:00 pm. Location: Rotisserie Georgette, 14 East 60th Street, New York City. RSVP with menu choice by September 12th.


JULY 2016

July 20
Les Dames d’Escoffier New York Chapter Scholarship ReceptionJoin us as we honor the future and celebrate women pursuing careers in the food, wine and hospitality industry. Held at, and also catered by Dame Dorothy Hamilton’s International Culinary Center. Wines courtesy of Palm Bay International. Ginger Beer Cocktail by Stoli Group USA. Gerolsteiner Mineral Water and Roni-Sue’s Chocolates to be enjoyed as well. Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 5:30 - 8:00 PM. Location: The Studio at the International Culinary Center 28 Crosby Street (between Grand and Broome), 5th Floor.

JUNE 2016

June 27
NY Summer Fancy Food Show: Wine, Nibbles & Networking
The New York Summer Fancy Food Show will bring Dames from around the country to New York. We will again welcome them to a cozy reception at the headquarters of the Stoli Vodka Group, thanks to Dame Lori Tieszen. It will be on Monday, June 27th. STOLI GROUP USA. 135 East 57th St (at Lexington). 6:30 - 8:00 PM.

MAY 2016

May 18
BBQ & Bourbon
Sold Out! To add your name to the Waitlist, contact Dame Jeanne Voltz

Join our gracious host, Dame Elizabeth Karmel, up on the rooftop of her West 23rd Street apartment building for a barbeque dinner that will include a Jim Beam small batch bourbon pairing on Wednesday, May 18th.


APRIL 2016

Apr 27
Lunch with Lidia at Felidia
Sold Out! To add your name to the Waitlist, contact Dame Jeanne Voltz

Dame Lidia Bastianich is hosting us for an extraordinary three-course luncheon at her flagship townhouse. Limited to 50 LDNY members & guests.


MARCH 2016

Mar 31
Hungarian Culinary Rhapsody at the Consulate
Save the date of Thursday, March 31 for a buffet dinner with prized Hungarian wines at the impressive Hungarian Consulate, 223 East 52nd Street, NYC, 6:00pm to 8:30pm. The Ambassador Consul General to Hungary in New York and the Director of the Hungarian Tourist Office in New York are graciously hosting us! Guest of honor is the Hungarian Ambassador to the UN. Exclusive for LDNY & LDEI members. Price: $40. For more information, contact Dame Joan Brower or Dame Joan Bloom.



Feb 25
All About Armagnac: Tastings & Pairings
Step into the magical world of Gascony! Join NY Armagnac’s Ambassador, Dame May Matta-Aliah, for a welcome cocktail, an educational presentation about Armagnac and a virtual tour through France’s home of this oldest spirit. Enjoy tastings of five Armagnacs and pairings of savory nibbles from D’Artagnan and Roni-Sue’s Chocolates. Event is being held at Cooking by the Book on Thursday evening, February 25.



Jan 14
Welcome in 2016 with a Caviar + Vodka Tasting
Celebrate with other Dames, and their guests, at the offices of Stoli Group USA. Enjoy a vodka tasting of Stoli and elit by Stolichnaya — plus caviar from Tsar Nicoulai and a sampling of tasty hors d’oeuvres. It’s the perfect way to start off the New Year!



Dec 1
LDNY Annual Holiday Party
Toast the Season with your fellow NY Dames at Barbetta Restaurant



Nov 17
Jacques Pepin’s 80th Birthday Celebration
Conversation with Jacque on the publication of Heart and Soul in the Kitchen, and his new PBS series in the Test Kitchens of the Good Housekeeping Institute.



Oct 26
A Panel Discussion of What Americans Will Cook, Eat and Crave in 2016—being hosted by Les Dames d’Escoffier New York. This panel of culinary experts will explore the ever-changing food landscape, the vital role that food plays in the lives of consumers and a glimpse of what to expect in the coming year. Moderated by Dame Rozanne Gold, four-time James Beard Award-winning author, chef and journalist, The Next Big Bite will include panelists: Amanda Cohen, chef/owner, Dirt Candy; Amanda Hesser, co-founder/CEO, Food52; Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University; and Mimi Sheraton, pioneering food journalist and restaurant critic. This first annual event is being held on October 26th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the newly located Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), 225 Liberty Street at Brookfield Place in New York City.



Sept 28
Induction Dinner for the New Members of 2016
Meet and congratulate the 2016 new members… dine the authentic French way at restaurant Lafayette in NoHo.


JULY 2015

July 21
The Scholarship Reception 2015
Honor the future of the women entering the food, wine and hospitality industry. Celebrate with the 2015 scholarship winners at our annual reception at the International Culinary Center.


JUNE 2015

June 29
LDNY Welcomes Dames attending the Summer Fancy Food Show!
Join us at Dame Laura Maniec’s Corkbuzz Winebar for wine, nibble and networking with Dames across the country.

June 7
Sunday Supper In Harlem
Get ready to dine Southern-style with fellow Dames at Blvd Bistro — one of Harlem’s hottest new restaurants.


MAY 2015

May 16
Insiders Tour Of Jackson Heights, Queens
Join Dame Surbhi Sahni, Owner & Executive Pastry Chef of BITTERSWEET NYC for a walking tour of her vibrant neighborhood, Jackson Heights, Queens.


APRIL 2015

April 27
The Cuban Table
A traditional Cuban dinner, filled with flavor, culture and memories from Havana, Miami and New York — with Author Ana Sofía Peláez of The Cuban Table and photographer Ellen Silverman.


MARCH 2015

March 29
Sunday Supper at SD 26
A special invitation from Dame Marisa May-Metalli …come raise a glass, twirl some spaghetti and bid Tony May and Marisa all the best, as SD 26 closes.

March 11
Salon Event with Dame Ariane Daguin
State of the Union of Food — Insight of the Farm to Table movement from 1985 to 2015 — in conversation with Dame Ariane Daguin, founder of D’Artagnan, in her home, as interviewed by Dame Patricia McCann. For Members Only.



Jan 5
Welcome the New Year in Rockefeller Center at Morrells Wine Bar
Join Dame Roberta Morrell for wine and hors d'oeuvres, overlooking the tree and celebrating with fellow Dames.



Oct 21
Understanding Food Mood Connections
Discover how Italian Mediterranean food lifestyles can contribute to better health. Italian wine reception follows.

Oct 14
From The Teapot To Table: A Passion For Fine Tea
Discover the many delicious uses of tea — from teapot to cooking at Harney at this Members Only event at Harney & Sons.



Sept 16
Rockin' Ramen Event
Learn about (and sample!) the diverse, delicious, wide world of ramen— from its history to its ingredients, noodles, broths and many flavors.


JULY 2014

July 10
LDNY Scholarship Reception
Honor the future as we celebrate scholarship winners of 2014 at The Studio at the International Culinary Center.


JUNE 2014

June 29
A Culinary and Cultural Experience in Katonah, NY
Indulge yourself… Join us on a tour of Katonah _ the art museum and the Rosen House at Caramoor, followed by formal tea in the Summer Dining room.

June 26
A California Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting With Hors d’oeuvres & Wine
Join us for a California olive oil tasting, guided by experts, complete with a delicious buffet with items featuring the oils.

June 19
Happy 90th Birthday, Carol Brock
Honor, toast and celebrate with our Founder Carol Brock on her 90th birthday, at the home of Dame Marsha Palanci


MAY 2014

May 21
Women Winemakers of Greece, Grand Tasting and Reception
Enjoy the new dimensions brought to the Greek wine industry by leading women winemakers in Greece. A Grand Tasting of Greek wines, plus a Mediterranean menu to compliment.

May 7
Kick-Off Reception for “Edible London”
Classic British pub fare and cocktails are on the menu at The Churchill Tavern. Come celebrate the kick-off of the LDEI London Chapter’s Edible London weekend.


MARCH 2014

March 30
A Sunday Lebanese Brunch
Experience a fabulous Lebanese brunch, the authentic way, complete with flavors of the Lebanese culture.

March 14
An Evening with Darina Allen - Chef, Award-Winning Cookbook Author, TV Show Host
Toast St. Patrick’s Day with Darina Allen over a festive Irish dinner inspired by Darina Allen of the Ballymaloe House.



Feb 25
An Evening In Chile
Feast on savory Chilean delicacies while learning about the sensuous wines from Chile at Puro Chile, in the heart of Little Italy.

Feb 12
Le Perigord: 50 Years
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Le Perigord, the classic French restaurant, over a luncheon prepared in the authentic French way and paired with wonderful wines from The House of Burgundy.

Feb 12
Like Wine for Chocolate at the Ritz-Carlton
Join other Dames at the Ritz for an evening of Wine and Chocolate Flight pairings.



Jan 6
Post Holiday Cocktails, presented by Dame Roberta Morrell.
Toast the new year of 2014 in Rockefeller Center near the famous tree, over festive hors d’oeuvres and fabulous wines with your fellow Dames.



Dec 9
Pay homage to a cherished Italian-American holiday tradition — the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Join us at BECCO to celebrate the new year.



Oct 30
Dia de los Muertos Celebration (The Day of the Dead)
Celebrate the Day of the Dead in authentic Mexican style with Dame Barbara Sibley at her restaurant, La Palapa Cocina Mexican. and Enjoy antojitos (small plates), great tequila and sangria, while learning about the traditions of this day. Members only.

Festival Calendar
Oct 14
Broad Appeal
Raise a glass and funds in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness and LDNY Scholarship Program. Ladies of LUPEC-NYC join us at Grace Gaelic Hospitality for a festive evening of hors d’oeuvres crafted by NYC’s Leading female mixologists.

Oct 5
A day that redefine fresh! An exclusive experience visiting the farms and local producers of Schoharie County, New York. Ends with a farm tour and dinner at SUNY Cobleskill Campus, featuring the campus-raised beef and brown trout.



Sep 25
New Members’ Celebration and Ceremony
Join other NYC Dames at the famed Cosmopolitan Club for drinks, hos d’oeuvres. After the formal New member ceremony, meet and greet the New Members of 2013. Member only.

Sep 11
Women and Wellness: Fabulous at any Age
Learn tips on taking charge of your healthy, nutrition and overall well-being at any age -- shared by a panel of experts. A book signing and reception of healthy hors d’oeuvres and complimentary wines will follow the panel discussion.


MAY 2013

May 11
Charter Member Luncheon Center
Twelve Dames, all connected to the past and present of LDNY and LDEI, gathered in the garden of Laura Maioglio’s Barbetta to share the history and stories of our Chapter’s founding. A memorable event, arranged by Dame Carol Brock, our founder. By invitation only.

May 9
Join chef/author Dame Maricel Presilla at Cucharamama Restaurant in Hoboken for Gran Cocina Latina: Artisanal Latin American Cooking... plus a book signing, wines and a signature cocktail. Proceeds benefit the LDNY Scholarship program.


MARCH 2013

Mar 21
Fasika: Easter in Ethiopia.
LDEI & LDNY at their best! Celebrate spring and the dream-come-true of Kubee Kassaye, a 2012 LDEI Legacy Award winner. Share her success story -- from a small village in Ethiopia to chef at a five-star hotel in NYC. Enjoy a traditional Ethiopian lunch at Cooking by the Book.

Mar 14
An Evening with Clodagh McKenna at 230 Fifth
LDNY, the Irish Dairy Board and celebrity chef/TV personality Clodagh McKenna invite you to toast St. Patrick’s Day with a festive spring menu featuring dishes from Clodagh’s newest cookbook, Clodagh’s Kitchen Diaries.



Feb 19
An Evening with Grande Dame Nathalie Dupree.
Join us for a Southern standing dinner and cooking demonstration, in celebration of the release of Grande Dame Dupree's masterwork, "Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking". Members only; seating is very limited!



Jan 14
Twitter Therapy II with Dame Cynthia Sin-Yi Chen
Open to active Twitter users only! Dame Cynthia Sin-Yi Cheng, founder of Twitter Therapy is hosting a more advanced Twitter session for Dames eager to spice things up, strengthen their Twitter "voice" and tap into the Twitterverse for marketing and networking opportunities.

Jan 7
Celebrate the New Year in Rockefeller Center
Come celebrate the New Year at LDNY’s traditional gathering at Morrell’s Wine Bar & Cafe in Rockefeller Plaza, across from the festive tree. Graciously hosted by Dame Roberta Morrell.



Oct 3
LDNY's Global Culinary Series: An Evening in Burma with Author Naomi Duguid
LDNY’s Global Culinary Series. Join us for an Evening in Burma with Author Naomi Duguid, at Cooking by the Book Naomi will share intriguing tales of her travels in Burma in this remote Southeast Asian country. A traditional dinner will follow, featuring selected recipes from new book—Burma: Rivers of Flavor (Artisan).


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