The Next Big Bite on Monday, October 26th was an extraordinary LDNY event. It sold out early and attendees had great things to say about it. Our own Dame Rozanne Gold did an amazing job as moderator and the esteemed panelists had lots of interesting insights. LDNY is grateful to so many members and sponsors for all the work this took and for the wonderful food, wine, vodka and gifts that were offered.
We are already starting to think about the event for next year. If you were not there here is a link to the Heritage Radio recording. http://heritageradionetwork.org/the-next-big-bite-panel-by-les-dames-descoffier-new-york/
The LDEI 2015 conference in Charleston, SC, was a smashing success. New York had 31 members in attendance, the largest chapter representation at the conference (naturally!) and the feedback from our membership was entirely positive. Charleston is a beautiful, historic port city with great food at many sophisticated and casual restaurants. Our hotel was right on the Ashley River with a beautiful view of the water. Dinners and lunches were very well done. At sunset one evening we a lovely boat ride to dinner and the next night there was a traditional Low Country Oyster Roast.
Among the programs was the keynote talk by chef and TV host LDNY Dame Carla Hall. She was inspiring. There were also some excellent pre-conference tours. One was a visit to the fishing docks to learn how the industry has changed and how fishermen now work with chefs. Another was a seminar on the rice culture at the historic Middleton Place farm. Both were great learning experiences and included delectable lunches.
Our Annual Meeting is an important requirement of our organization. It is where we get to hear about our accomplishments over the past year. We heard from all of our committee chairs and learned about their achievements in 2015. It was a great year for us and we will strive to make 2016 even better.
We celebrated the 80th birthday of Jacques Pépin on Tuesday, November 17th at the test kitchens of Good Housekeeping magazine. Our hosts, Dames Sharon Franke, Susan Westmoreland and new Dame Carrie Bachman arranged for Jacques’ program and provided lovely hors d’oeuvres (some of which they made!) and wines donated by Kendall-Jackson. Jacques told us about his fascinating life and all the varied positions he has held in the food world in his 60-year career. His newest cookbook “Heart and Soul in the Kitchen” was available to members with his autograph. It is a charming look at Jacques’ personal life, what he cooks for his family and his own favorite foods.
Our Holiday Party is always fun. This year we will be at Barbetta restaurant owned by Dame Laura Maioglio. Dame Eleanor Sigona, chair of the event, is working to making it a night to remember. The event is sold out but we have a waiting list so there is still a chance that you could reserve a place. Be in touch with Eleanor to be put on the list. ESigona@aol.com
The Mentoring Committee co-chairs, Dames Alison Awerbuch and Suzi O’Rourke, have invited our scholarship winners to attend the party as our guests. Dames and students will meet and discuss the possibility of creating mentoring relationships for the coming year. If you would like to be involved be sure to let Alison and Suzi know.
The year is coming to an end. It has flown by. There are many new and exciting plans in the works for 2016. Stay tuned.
I hope that you will have a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving!