Members of LDNY are encourage to actively participate in at least one committee. We encourage members, new and old, to reach out to a committee chair if they are interested in joining that committee.

Committees are either chaired or co-chaired by a LDNY Dame. Below is a description of some of our current permanent committees. Additional ad hoc committees such as those for our premier events and inductions form on an as needed basis throughout the year.

Communications Committee connects the LDNY Chapter values and vision with stakeholders in both public and private sectors and establishes recognition for the Chapter in the food, beverage, and hospitality industries. The committee oversees activities that fulfill the Chapter’s external communications needs of the Chapter as influencer and is also responsible for broadly publicizing LDNY initiatives and programs to effectively raise awareness of the organization’s mission.

Jackie Stone, Co Chair Communications
Francine Cohen, Co Chair Communications

Fundraising Committee is responsible for the concepts, planning and execution of activities to generate funding for the purposes of LDNY relating to scholarships, awards and grants, and other charitable efforts. Ideally such activities also will promote the understanding, appreciation and knowledge of food, wine, and the arts of the table, either to interested sectors of the public or to those potentially or actually involved in careers related to food and wine. Initiates, plans, and executes on-going efforts to derive financial support for the Chapter’s charitable and educational purposes, e.g. from within the membership (such as through the encouragement of contributions, bequests and grants), as well as from soliciting grants and sponsorships from board-approved commercial organizations such as high-quality food, wine, and hospitality businesses.

Alison Price Becker, Co Chair Fundraising
Karen Tanenbaum, Co Chair Fundraising

Green Tables Committee is a chapter-led initiative that was created to deepen the relationship between locally grown food at farms and gardens with school and community-food programs, restaurants and kitchen tables. Chapters that participate in Green Tables offer programs and events that unite communities with fresh, sustainable foods and foodways through cooking classes, demonstrations, tastings, community-gardening projects, farmers’ market programming and more.

Sasha Bernstein, Chair Green Tables

Membership Committee is Board appointed, and leads the annual LDNY new membership drive per the Chapter goals for growth and inclusion of a wide array of professions that intersect with the food, wine/spirits/beverage and hospitality industries. Their work includes initial outreach to the membership as well as through LDNY digital channels, managing incoming applications and Dame letters of recommendation, meeting prospective Dames, and presenting their recommendations for a new group of Dames to the Board for approval. Organizes orientation materials for new Dames and an initial informal welcome event. Works with ad hoc Induction Event chair(s) on a special ceremony in honor of the new Dames, to which the entire membership is invited, and to match them with committees as active members. 

Karen Goodlad, Co Chair Membership
Alison Awerbach, Co Chair Membership

Programs (Events and Education) Committee plans and organizes an annual calendar of diverse educational and social events. Events may include luncheons, dinners, tastings, seminars, and lectures, etc., as well as informal get-togethers, and often include an opportunity to fundraise for LDNY scholarships. In 2022, a special series focusing on added-value developmental programs for Dame entrepreneurs began.

Francine Kowalsky, Co Chair Programs
Michael Ann Rowe, Co Chair Programs

Scholarship Committee is one of the most important committees, responsible for administering the programs that fulfill the Chapter’s purpose relating to the provision of scholarship funds, awards, and grants. The candidates should be worthy women desiring to become professionals, and/or to advance their skills in the fields of food, wine and spirits, nutrition, hospitality management, and related disciplines. A Mentoring sub-committee of this committee is responsible for ongoing activities of advice and counsel supporting the professional careers of interested scholarship awardees and selected other professionally-focused women.

Sharon Franke, Co Chair Scholarship
Jill Orent, Co Chair Scholarship