Our premier annual events are open to both members and non-members:

This on-the-pulse event uncovers emerging food and beverage trends, featuring distinguished industry experts in panel discussions. Our well-attended reception preceding the main attraction offers a platform to showcase sponsor products and services, make connections, and forge valuable relationships with our influential members and enthusiastic foodies.

One of the LDNY premier annual events: The Next Big Sip

THE NEXT BIG SIP is a yearly event organized by the New York Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDNY) to discuss the biggest trends, and challenges to take place in the beverage world.

The Next Big Sip 2023 Program Booklet

One of the LDNY premier annual events: Summer Dine

This popular event began as an evening of concurrent dinners in major Big Apple restaurants, offering specially crafted menus and meet-the-chef opportunities. As we navigate the changes in our restaurant and hospitality industry, we look forward to creating opportunities and continuing to support the dining industry via our members, colleagues, friends, and sponsors.


Our events are open to both LDNY members and non-members.

  • Tuesday, June 6, 2023
  • Members $60 / $75 General Public
  • The Cornell Club New York, 6 East 44th Street, NYC 10017 (please see Club dress code below)
  • 6:00 pm Reception / 6:30 pm Panel Discussion / 7:15 – 8:15 Walk-Around Tasting

Join Les Dames d’Escoffier New York (LDNY) for The Next Big Sip! Our fourth annual discussion about important fine beverage trends will focus on Sustainability in the Wine Industry. As climate change impacts agriculture worldwide, The Next Big Sip will explore the environmental, economic, and social aspects of sustainability.  A walk-around tasting of wines produced following sustainable practices will follow the discussion.

Dames Susannah Gold, Francine Kowalsky, and Wanda Mann


Founded in 1976, Les Dames d’Escoffier New York is an unparalleled collective of forward-thinking and successful female leaders in all sectors of the food, beverage, and hospitality industries. LDNY empowers the next generation of women leaders through our scholarship and mentorship programs. LDNY is the founding and largest chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), a 501c3 non-profit organization. /

Cornell Club Dress Code. Appropriate dress is mandatory at all times in The Club. Smart casual dress includes collared shirts, slacks, blue jeans, sneakers, and knee-length shorts. Not permitted: t-shirts, athletic apparel, flip flops, torn/tattered jeans, and ball/casual caps. Smart casual attire is required at all times. Business attire is always welcome.

  • Members $45 / General Public $55 / Students (limit to 15) Free.
  • Must register by May 20th to receive a tasting box. All who purchase a ticket will receive a tasting box. Students who register for free will not get the box.
  • Tasting box delivered prior to the event includes 4 olive oil samples, crackers, and dark chocolate. Shipments only to within USA, excluding Alaska and Hawaii.
  • Every full price registration will be entered into a raffle to win an olive oil assortment valued at over $90. Each $5 add-on will purchase another entry in the raffle.
  • Ticket sales are final (no refunds).

To eat, to heal, to beautify and to fuel, olive oil has a long and storied history as an essential of daily life. This liquid gold has been prized for centuries, used in Ancient Egypt to embalm the dead, in Greece to anoint athletes and kings, and in Rome to light lamps and fuel chariots. Olive oil has been cultivated for over 6,000 years and continues to hold a place on every table. A deceptively simple fruit that nourishes us, heals us, and connects us all through history, quality olive oil continues to be a prized commodity, and to fuel a vibrant business world layered with history and intrigue that pits some of the savviest business people against this competitive market.

LDNY’s Entrepreneur Committee is excited to invite you to join us for our first Premiere Olive Oil Event. The first hour will host an esteemed international panel that will share an insider’s look at what it takes to bring this ancient business into modern times. This event is for passionate olive oil devotees as well as anyone looking to learn more about growing a product-based business from the experts. Learn the truth behind getting a specialty product into the market from those who know it best. Explore the importance of sourcing quality oil, the necessity of consumer education, building a brand to get in front of buyers, strategic social media, and standing out while supporting the competition.

Featured on the panel discussion:

  • Lori Jean Levy, My Global Table
  • Maria Loi, Loi Food Products
  • Marie-Charlotte Piro, Olio Piro
  • Maria Reyes, UNFI
  • Cristina Stribacu, LIÁ Premium Olive Oil Moderated by Penny Stankiewicz, Sugar Couture

The second hour of this deep exploration event will be a blind olive oil tasting. Alexis Kerner of the Olive Oil Workshop will lead you through an educational tasting of olive oil. Learn how to tell good from bad, what quality really means, navigate the labels, the meaning of awards, and how to communicate this experience to your consumer. /

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