Women Leaders in
Food, Fine Beverage & Hospitality

President's Letters

Dear Dames,

I hope you all had a wonderful summer and enjoyed some down time with your families whether it was at the shore, in the countryside, further afield, or in your own back yard. It’s been fun for me to see where you’ve all been relaxing and traveling and all the luscious things you’ve been cooking. In spite of the warm weather and their own vacations, your Board members and committee chairs have been working on upcoming events and are looking forward to seeing them come to fruition with your participation and support.

First on the horizon is our annual gala Induction Dinner at Tocqueville restaurant on September 23rd. I encourage you all to register and come out to welcome our fantastic new Dames who are the future of our organization. Before the event we’ll be posting their bios and photos on our Facebook page and website so be sure to look out for them. In addition, the evening’s a wonderful opportunity to mingle and catch up with each other over a great meal.   

Right after that, on Saturday September 28, our Green Tables committee is hosting Go Green in Ghent in the county of Columbia, NY. This day trip is a fabulous way to find out about sustainable agriculture. Wouldn’t you like to know what “grass-fed”, “pasture-raised”, and “humanely-raised” really mean? And what to look for when you’re buying beef, poultry, and eggs? As this event is open to the public, we encourage you to invite your friends and family and post the information on your social feeds. 

Our  fifth annual The Next Big Bite trend conference is coming up on October 15. It’s an absolute must for anyone who wants to know what’s new in the culinary world for 2020 and beyond. I’m personally super excited about this year’s panel which includes a keynote presentation by the inimitable Deb Perlman of Smitten Kitchen and a panel composed of a new generation of cooks, cookbook authors, and bloggers who are having a major influence on the food landscape. Closing remarks will be delivered by the esteemed culinary historian Jessica B. Harris. We still need volunteers to help on the day of the event and it’s not too late to bring in new sponsors. Even more importantly: The committee needs your help getting the message out. Please share the invitation on social media and forward it to anyone you know who might be interested or any culinary groups to which you belong.

To showcase the incredible strength of our membership in the wine and fine beverage arena, we’re drawing on our The Next Big Bite franchise to offer The Next Big Sip on January 21st, 2020 at Del Posto. It’s not too early to mark your calendars. In the meantime, for this event too, we’re looking for volunteers to work on the committee as well as sponsors for the program. Let me know if you’re interested or have any suggestions.

Thanks so much to all of you for renewing your membership. Since you’ve paid your dues, I’m assuming you’re committed to LDNY. We want our organization to meet your expectations but we can’t do that unless you tell us what they are and then work with us to achieve them. I’m listening. Please write (sharonilenefranke@gmail.com) and let me know what’s on your mind.

Here’s to a splendid fall! Looking forward to seeing the transition on Instagram to apples, pears, and pumpkins.


Dame Sharon Franke
Les Dames d’Escoffier New York


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