Community Table, New Preston, CT


Silvia Baldini in the News

Dame Silvia Baldini shares: “It is a privilege to be featured in the trend sections of La Cucina
Italiana by Daniela Savone. My Pink Roasted Venison with Polenta and Blueberry Jam’s recipe has a big place in my heart; it as profound as my love for the Italian mountains (miss them so much).

Since we cannot travel, I hope this gorgeous and well written article by Daniela will transport you for a short while to the Dolomites for a breath of fresh air.

I told Daniela: “I love the kind of eating offered in the mountains. The simple ingredients, the smell of the fireplace, and the unforgettable desserts,” the Dolomites inspire many of my recipes, including a luxurious pink roasted venison with blueberries that I serve with creamy polenta.”

The styling by Lisa Homa and the photography by #randazzoblauphotography Bette Blau are regal and perfetti. Photography by @randazzoblauFood styling @lisahoma

The Unofficial Spokesperson of Israeli Food

By Leah Koenig

In this feature article in The Tablet, food writer Leah Koenig dives into the genesis of modern Israeli cuisine, and it is not surprising to find Dame Rozanne Gold at the heart of the story.  As a young “gastronomad” scouring the world looking for good things to eat in the early 80s, Rozanne believed Israel’s food scene was the “greatest story never told.”

It’s a beautiful article that is truly a homage to a great chef and influencer.

Photo Credit Rozanne Gold

Dame Jo-Ann Makovitzky



Staff, safety, and infrastructure build a better culture

Layla Khoury-Hanold

December 16, 2020

Featuring Dames

Jo-Ann Makovitzky & Barbara Sibley

Dame Barbara Sibley

Layla Khoury-Hanold (@words_with_layla) writes for @JamesBeard Good Food For Good, gathering up helpful suggestions and tools, asking chefs/restaurateurs — Charleen Badman @FnBrestaurant, Christina Nguyen @Hai Hai and @Hola Arepa, Simon Kim @Cote, Dames Joann Makovitzky @CT and Barbara Sibley @LaPalapa — what they are doing to strengthen their businesses while keeping staff and client safe.


January 19th, 2021

Dame Melanie Young, Founder/Host of The Connected Table Live Radio recently facilitated a virtual discussion to provide employers and employees with best practices for preventing, recognizing and addressing harassment of all kinds in the hospitality industries. Panelists included Taryn Abrahams, Saru Jayaraman, Theodora Lee, Ashley Oberdorff, Alpana Signh and Lauren Taylor.

Meet LDNY Dame Martha Teichner

January 22nd, 2021

Wine365 and Wanda Mann

A well-deserved round of applause and congrats to Dame Wanda Mann on this lovely profile piece in Wine365. “Such an honor to be the first wine writer featured in the Sunday Spotlight of the Wine 365 website.” 

Wanda Mann is the founder & editor-in-chief of the wine lifestyle website Wine With Wanda. She joined The SOMM Journal as a Contributing Editor in the summer of 2020.  Always on a quest to learn more about wine, in 2015 Wanda earned the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) credential from the Society of Wine Educators. Wanda has traveled to numerous wine regions, including Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, and Argentina. A native New Yorker, Wanda spent her junior year of high school in Barcelona, Spain with the School Year Abroad program. Her junior year of college was spent in Toledo, Spain studying at the Fundación Ortega y Gassett. Wanda is a proud graduate of Phillips Academy (Massachusetts) and Pomona College (California). Her taste in wine has improved dramatically since her college days!

Will the Coronavirus Make Restaurants Like Mine Extinct?

If it can, the devastated industry should start from scratch after the epidemic and finally take care of its workers.

By Amanda Cohen

Last week, I laid off all 30 of my employees and closed the restaurant I’ve run for over a decade, Dirt Candy. I’ve worked shoulder to shoulder with many of these people every night for years.

I’ve lost a family. They’ve lost their jobs.

If I knew the coronavirus lockdown would last two or three weeks I would have kept them on the payroll, but we have no idea how long this will last. A month? Two? Six? After three weeks of issuing payroll checks while earning no income, I would have an empty bank account. And if that happens, I’ll never reopen.
During the shutdown, I’m still expected to pay my rent, my insurance and my utility bills. Even if some of those bills can be deferred, that just means when I reopen I’d be carrying a load of debt I wouldn’t be able to pay down.

Some restaurants are offering deliveries, but the money that business would bring in wouldn’t equal what my staff could receive in unemployment benefits, which, because Dirt Candy had a no-tipping policy and paid a higher hourly wage instead, will be near the top of the scale.

Now we’re in limbo. I can be prepared to reopen, but when? How much debt will I be carrying? Will there be a relief fund for restaurants? Debt forgiveness? Bailout money? And who decides how it gets apportioned? Nothing is certain.

Dame Maria Loi, Total Food Service and Maria Loi Estiatorio, NYC


Introducing Maria Loi, Q&A in Total Food Service

Maria Loi’s column Mediterranean Menu Trends premiered in the May, 2021 digital and print issue of Total Food Service, following her cover feature Q&A in April,  She will be sharing her food philosophy centered around the healthy Greek-Mediterranean diet and lifestyle in her monthly column. 

Joyce Appelman is now the Editor of the SCOOP News column and Senior Contributing Writer covering Media, Education and Careers for Total Food Service.  If you are not familiar with this B2B publication, check it out at  and hit her up if you have pitches or news that she can bring to readers.

Also Featuring

Dame Joyce Appelman, Total Food Service

Insider Q&A: Leader for independent restaurants hit by virus

By Marcy Gordon

WASHINGTON — Amanda Cohen is a leader of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, a new lobbying group of chefs and restaurants that was formed in response to the viral pandemic. Professionally, Cohen is the chef and owner of Dirt Candy, a fine-dining vegetarian restaurant in New York City.

The Associated Press spoke recently with Cohen about the coalition, whose leadership includes many other prominent chefs, including Jose Andres, Marcus Samuelsson and Thomas Keller.

Our Founder, Carol Brock

Carol Brock, who founded Les Dames d’Escoffier in 1976, recently passed away. Her impressive career in food journalism began in 1944 as assistant food editor at Good Housekeeping and went on to include a decade stint as the food reporter for New York Daily News and a restaurant critic for the Times/Ledger, among many other achievements. The society she founded for women “in a male-dominated culinary world” over four decades ago is now an international organization of 45 chapters across the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, France and Mexico, with over 2,400 members. Read more about her distinguished career and lifetime of service here.

LDNY Annual Scholarship Awards

Watch our recent online scholarship award ceremony for 2021 celebrating 16 scholars with 9 participating schools and partners.

On July 20th, Les Dames d’Escoffier New York announced the 2021 scholarship recipients in a virtual celebration co-chaired by Dame Kathryn Gordon and Dame Wanda Mann. 53 guests logged on to celebrate the sixteen women who were awarded nearly $80,000 in scholarships from LDNY to support their studies of culinary arts, wine & fine beverages, and hospitality. Guests were welcomed to the virtual celebration by Dame Jenifer Lang, co-president of LDNY. The event was emceed by scholarship committee co-chairs Dame Sharon Franke and Dame Jill Orent. Dame Melissa Rodriguez, an acclaimed Michelin-starred chef, shared a special message of encouragement and congratulations for the scholarship winners.   Event sponsor, The Original Green Pan, gifted each scholarship winner with a sauté pan. 

This first virtual celebration was sponsored by The Original Green Pan and awarded funds to 16 future food, fine beverage and hospitality industry leaders:

Maddalena Ahl

Javonne Alonzo

Dalila Barillas

Lucy Feng Wu

Quilla Gamarra

Chantel Hightower

Mackenzie Murray

Patricia Moran

Madeline Osovski

Alych Padro 

Christina Rivara

Nkaassaa Rochelle Render

Melissa Ruiz Diaz

Amanda Scoca

Naomii Tringali

Kristyna Zappasodi

Since 1977, LDNY has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships, many in partnership with corporate benefactors, to over 1,000 recipients. Our partners include:

  • Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP)
  • Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
  • Culinary Institute of America (CIA)
  • Institute of Culinary Education (ICE)
  • International Wine Center (IWC)
  • Kingsborough Community College
  • Montclair State University
  • New York City College of Technology (City Tech)
  • New York University (NYU)

Karen Bieler, Editor in Chief SevenFifty Daily


Weathering the pandemic, pivoting to new business models and practices, conducting virtual tastings, the creation of wine clubs and more Panelists included Anna Christina Cabrales, Gabriela Davogustto, Christy Frank, Samara Rivers, and Dia Simms.

Ongoing patterns of sexual misconduct by male sommeliers and conflicts of interest in fine dining have led to the suspension of 7 members of the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas. What’s next for the women in this industry besides a public apology?

A Great Opportunity to Raise Scholarship Funds 

Charitybuzz, an organization with global access to individuals who want – and are willing to pay for – the best of the best, is partnering with LDNY!  This means our members and their networks can raise significant amounts of money, by contributing one-of-a-kind experiences, exclusive access to special events, and extraordinary products.  

Note that these experiences do NOT have to be limited to New York, or even US based.  Since bidders come from – and can easily go – anyplace in the world to enjoy their winning auction lot!

Food & Wine is the first curated auction we will participate in – running from July 20th – August 5th.  It’s easy – Charitybuzz builds and manages the site and promotes it to its customers.  Lots must be finalized by mid-June, to allow for copy to be written, images to be gathered and all necessary approvals from everyone involved.  

Here’s how you can help Charitybuzz customers: 

Past auction lots have included: 

This is a fantastic way to bring in scholarship funds, while elevating your or your client’s personal brands due to the buzz-building nature of this initiative.

Do you have personal or professional access to people or places that would attract big bucks in an auction? LET US KNOW!

Please contact Dame Francine Ryan with questions and ideas, at, 917.796.7586