The work that LDNY has done in the past years is remarkable. To keep our organization in the forefront, we will seek socially-conscious sponsors to partner with us as we support the emerging young women in our industry through scholarships, education, and networking. We are excited to now include farmers and other grass-roots food producers to our organization as they will help us round out our distinguished membership.
We look forward to reaching our goals with the support of our members and partners.
Incoming LDNY President Barbara Sibley and Immediate Past President Wanda Mann
Barbara Sibley was born and raised in Mexico City. An anthropologist, for many years she collected traditional, rare, and ancient Mexican recipes, including 17th Century recipes from Mexico’s convents following the traditions of the Mayoras, the women leaders of Mexican kitchens. Her extensive experience led her to open La Palapa Cocina Mexicana in 2000. As a truly authentic Mexican restaurant, La Palapa has been awarded the “Disctinctivo” by the Sabores Autenticos de Mexico Foundation. Barbara is a past president of the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, and previous trustee of Les Dames D’Escoffier NY, LDNY. In 2022 she was awarded the Operator of the Year award from the Industry Excellence Awards presented by the Food and Restaurant Expo, La Palapa was named the Gender Equity Restaurant of the Year by One Fair Wage and the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and selected as a member of the James Beard Foundation Women Entrepreneurial Program. Sibley co-authored the cookbook, Antojitos: Festive and Flavorful Mexican Small Plates. She is a featured contributor to many cookbooks including: The Way We Ate: 100 Chefs Celebrate a Century at the American Table, Mocha, Women Chefs of New York, and WW Fresh Mex! During the pandemic she served over 90,000 meals to frontline hospital workers, nursing homes, and soup kitchens.
Marketing professional with expertise in kitchen equipment and eating and lifestyle trends
Secretary and Parliamentarian
Cake artist, entrepreneur, chef instructor and pastry chef
Restaurateur, Author, Recipe Developer
MEMBERS AT LARGE
Wine & spirits savant, WSET Certified wine and spirits educator
Certified sommelier, wine writer, educator, and consultant
Owner and chocolatier of Roni-Sue’s Chocolates and professional chocolate educator
NYC Restaurateur and owner of San Domenico and SD26 Restaurant and. Wine Bar
Cookbook author, Top Chef Runner Up, Michelin-raised executive chef
Chef, Mentor, Former LDNY President
PAST PRESIDENTS 2000-2020
Jen O’Flanagan, Jenifer Lang, Sharon Franke, Joan Brower, Linda Lawry, Margaret Happel Perry, Melanie Young, Beth Allen, Deborah Mintcheff, Mary Ellen Griffin, Shelley Clark, Emily Snyder, Alison Awerbuch, Lila Gault, Jan Turner Hazard