Living the Dream to Feature Prominent Women Across the Food & Beverage Industry

New York, NY – October 18, 2021 – Les Dames d’Escoffier New York (LDNY), and Penny Stankiewicz – a renowned sugar artist and 2020 Les Dames inductee, are proud to announce a new podcast series entitled LDNY Presents: Living the Dream. The eight-episode inaugural season features host Sankiewicz and noted women in the food and beverage industries from chefs to television personalities to industry executives, all sharing their unique insights into the trials and tribulations of working in this industry.

Each week, listeners can enjoy conversations with fascinating women that have built impressive careers in the expansive food and beverage world. A 17-year veteran sugar artist and entrepreneur, Stankiewicz has a special insight into this world and creates a space where guests can share practical experience and advice that can help inform anyone looking to break into this competitive and storied industry. Featured segments will include “Tasting Notes,” an opportunity to share food or drink with the featured guest; “What I Wish I Knew,” a piece of sage, hard earned wisdom from the guest that would have made a difference to them when they were starting out; an interview with the guest and finally an insight into the LDNY organization and their outreach.

“We are thrilled to partner with Penny on LDNY’s first ever podcast series,” said LDNY Co-Presidents Jenifer Lang and Jen O’Flanagan in a joint statement. “Our goal as an organization is to uplift and advance women in our industry. Creating a platform where our members can share stories, give advice, and reflect on the ever-changing landscape of food and beverage is an exciting milestone for us.”

Featured guests for Season 1 will include:

  • DJ Cherish the Luv, Living the Dream’s Music Supervisor and soundtrack creator
  • Jen O’Flanagan and Jenifer Lang, the current co-presidents of LDNY
  • Ellie Krieger, host of the Food Network series Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger
  • Adrienne Cheatham, 2018 Top Chef finalist
  • Rosemary Trout, Food Scientist and featured star of the Epicurious series Four Levels
  • Alexandra Leaf, Food Historian and owner of Chocolate Tours of NYC
  • Joy Cho, Chef and renowned Gem Cakes creator
  • Jackie Stone, CMO of LiveOne

Living the Dream is distributed on LaunchpadOne, LiveOne’s cutting-edge technology hosting platform with customizable design elements, a podcast player and distribution tools to publish on all major listening apps including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Overcast and Pocket Casts and others. A preview episode is available now, and episodes will continue to be released on Mondays, available wherever podcasts are heard.

About Les Dames d’Escoffier New York (LDNY)

LDNY is an unparalleled collective of forward-thinking and successful female leaders in all sectors of the food, beverage and hospitality industries. Located in the most dynamic and competitive city in the world, LDNY is the founding and largest chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), an experienced 501c3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to advance and support aspiring professional women in food and beverage, as well as to champion critical industry issues. LDNY’s vision is guided by three objectives: Education, Advocacy and Philanthropy. For more information, visit www.ldny.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

About Penny Stankiewicz

Sugar Couture Founder Penny Stankiewicz has been delighting her customers with custom cake creations for over a decade.  A graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the Institute of Culinary Education, Penny has embraced opportunities to bring many innovative cake projects to life for discerning clients throughout New York, including: American Express, Edelman, Vogue, Showtime, Tory Burch, and Madison Square Garden. Penny also led popular cake decorating classes at the 92nd St. Y, helped build the recreational culinary and baking programs at Sarah Lawrence College, and has led cake classes at the International Culinary Institute and Institute of Culinary Education, where she currently teaches in the Art of Cake Decorating. Penny was also honored to teach at DeGustibus Cooking School in Macy’s and is a 2020 inductee to Les Dames d’Escoffier.