Women Leaders in
Food, Fine Beverage & Hospitality

President's Letters

Dear Dames,

I was thrilled with last week’s annual business meeting, and from the feedback I received from so many of you who were there, you were too. All of our committee speakers were incredibly enthusiastic and left us all feeling like #thereisnothinglikeadame! I for one am looking forward to a great new year.

But let me not get ahead of myself. First of all, I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Whether you’ll be brining or spatchcocking or just plain old roasting, as I always do, and baking pumpkin, apple, or pecan pie or all three (my granddaughter and I will be making pumpkin cheesecake) or will be enjoying someone else’s cooking, I hope you have a great day with loved ones.

On December 3, I’m looking forward to seeing you all at our festive Holiday Party which will be held at the elegant Fisher & Paykel showroom. Dames Janeen Sarlin and Joann Makovitzky have been coordinating all the details down to sweet takeaways. It will be the rare event without an agenda, other than mingling with your fellow members and toasting the holiday season. If you have any trouble registering, please let me know.

Marvin Taylor, Curator of Food Studies and the Arts at NYU’s Fales Library (where our archives are housed), whom we’ve long considered a part of our LDNY family, is recovering from a second stroke. While I will send a get-well card from the organization, some of you may wish to send him a personal note. You can write to him at:  

Marvin Taylor
50 Stewart Place
South Orange, NJ 07079

Ending with thanks to all of you for sending ideas, advice, and volunteering to serve on committees. This Thanksgiving, I’ll be feeling gratitude for our sisterhood.  


Dame Sharon Franke
Les Dames d’Escoffier New York


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