Women Leaders in
Food, Fine Beverage & Hospitality

Our President's Latest Letter

May, 2016


So Obvious – It’s vital for the future of our organization that we all renew our membership. Have you? If not, it’s the very last minute before the June 1st deadline (without late fee), and every member counts. Please do it now. The renewal form is attached at the end of this letter.

New Members

We need creative, dedicated, enthusiastic new members who will join our ranks. Do you know of anyone who would be a good choice? New member forms are available by e-mailing LDNY Secretary Joan Brower or me at brower180@aol.com or l.lawry@internationalwinecenter.com

The BBQ & Bourbon Program

This report is from Dame Rachel Litner:
BBQ & Bourbon was a huge success! On May 18th, Dame and native North Carolinian barbecue expert Elizabeth Karmel hosted a fantastic evening in her West 23rd Street apartment building. Originally meant to take place on the rooftop of the building, inclement weather forced the venue inside, just hours before the event. But this didn’t slow anything down. A sold-out crowd of 30 attendees from various walks of the food and hospitality industries came together to enjoy a wonderfully prepared hickory-smoked whole-hog barbecue, paired with delectable Jim Beam whiskey and bourbon. Attendees not only relished the soul food but also enjoyed lively stories, professional advice, and educational facts from Dame Elizabeth and Beam Suntory American Whiskey Ambassador Philip Pepperdine. Pepperdine explained the difference between bourbon and rye, as well as classic Kentucky straight bourbon and the small batch bourbons that were pioneered by the Jim Beam family. Another highlight of the evening was a raffle that consisted of four terrific prizes: a Cuisinart 6-Quart Multicooker; Taming the Flame cookbook by Elizabeth Karmel; Barbecued Ribs, Smoked Butts, and Other Great Feeds cookbook by Jeanne Voltz’s mother, also named Jeanne Voltz (a founding member of LDNY and first LDEI President); and a Blenheim Red Cap Ginger Ale Six Pack. All raffle proceeds went to the LDNY Scholarship Fund. The event ended with delicious Whiskey Buttermilk pie for dessert and proved to be the perfect kick-off to summer!”


The Next Big Bite 2016

From Co-Chair Dame Alison Awerbuch:
“I am very excited to announce that plans are underway for the 2nd Annual THE NEXT BIG BITE reception and panel discussion. Last year’s event was a huge success! Suzi O’Rourke and I are co-chairs of the event and we have starting putting together a terrific committee of committed Dames! The date of the event is Monday, October 17th. The event will once again take place at The Institute of Culinary Education, with many thanks to Rick Smilow for his generosity in donating the space. The event will have capacity for a larger audience this year, which should assist not only in achieving greater ticket sales, but also attaining more sponsorships. The moderator and list of prestigious panelists is being curated and we should have the roster finalized by mid-summer. In keeping with the theme of the event, which is hospitality trends, this year’s focus will be Media in Food & Beverage: How it’s Determined What and Where We Eat and Drink. If you are interested in volunteering for the committee or want to assist with sponsorship, please contact Suzi or me.”

Wine, Nibbles and Networking with Dames from Out of Town

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 is on Monday, June 27th.

Scholarship Reception

Our Scholarship Reception is one of the most important and rewarding events of the year and is coming up on Wednesday, July 20th. This year it starts at 5:30 PM, at the International Culinary Center, 462 Broadway. Attending the Scholarship Reception is a rewarding and inspiring experience. Be sure to save the date.

Visit to Paumanok Winery on Long Island

Dame Ursula Massoud and her family are owners of one of the best wineries on the North Fork of Long Island. On Sunday, September 11th we will be given a tour, learn about their winemaking, taste their great wines and enjoy lunch. The program will be a learning experience and lots of fun!

Cookies and Conversation

There will be a visit to Sur la Table with former NY Dame Dorie Greenspan to discuss cookies in all their glory on Thursday, November 3rd.

Annual report from LDEI

The LDEI Annual Report provides some very interesting facts about our organization.

Sad Note

We learned from Dame Ruth Fisher of the passing of former Dame Marilyn Hansen whom some of us knew. She was a well-respected magazine editor and author. Her death was on March 21, 2016. We extend heartfelt sympathy to her family.

Lots of things to fill the calendar! I’m looking forward to all of them.

Best regards,

Linda Lawry

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