Women Leaders in
Food, Fine Beverage & Hospitality

Our President's Latest Letter

April, 2017

Dear Dames:

This President’s April Newsletter comes to you a few days late, for which I apologize. There are several changes afoot for me – all positive – hence the delay in “speaking” with you during the past month in a more timely way.

April means Aphrodite's month, a tribute to the Greek goddess of love and beauty. And so, we Dames embrace it as an homage to all the brilliant, committed members of LDNY who support our organizational mission. Typically considered the beginning of Spring, the April name is more literally rooted in the Latin Aprilis which is derived from the Latin aperire meaning "to open" – no doubt a reference to the opening of flowers and trees.

Taken in sum, what better month can there be for celebrating each other and LDNY’s 40th anniversary than with the renewal of our “vows” – in this case, the renewal of our annual LDNY Dues Membership. All of you should have received the Membership Renewal Notice including payment instructions and a completed Renewal Activities Form. Please make sure to take care of this by May 31st with a check to Dame Karen Goodlad or online payment, as usual. Any questions regarding dues renewal should be directed to Dame Beth Allen at bethallen@icloud.com

It is also the time to open our treasured organization for membership to women of achievement working professionally in the fields of gastronomy, fine beverages and hospitality. There is no one better than each of you to identify, recruit and endorse professional candidates, and to function as primary or secondary sponsor in the process. You should have received New Membership Application Forms (also available to download at our website, Members Only section) indicating a due date of May 31st, as well. Any questions or concerns, please contact Dame Rita Jammet at ritaj@lacaravelle.com

Why Renew? Why Recruit? What Makes LDNY Special?

Les Dames d’Escoffier is not a transactional organization. We are an ENGAGEMENT organization that has become part of our identity. Together we celebrate a great heritage. We bond with and support our sister Dames, both personally and professionally. And we DO GOOD, leaving a mark on the young people who we support with Scholarship awards and Mentoring programs. There is mutual benefit and emotional attachment in what we do. It is important work.

Please consider all of this as you renew your membership, and as you build – strength to strength – an organization that continues to grow organically thanks to your identification of worthy new members.


Heading into the remainder of Spring, and before many scatter for the Summer months, there are still a number of exciting and educational programs to enjoy. It’s not too late to jump aboard and have some fun.

  • Wednesday, May 17th, 6 - 9 pm at Chocolat Moderne. Just a few tickets remain for a special hands-on chocolate-making class with Dames Joan Coukos and Kathryn Gordon. Hors d’oeuvres, cacao-based cocktails and chocolate bonbons add to the thrill!
  • Saturday, June 3d, 9:15 am – 12:30 pm. A customized High Line Tour conducted by Dame Beth Allen’s husband, John Allen (who does this tour to great acclaim); with pre-tour breakfast buffet at Mary Cleaver’s The Green Table in Chelsea Market.
  • Tuesday, June 13th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. A dinner tour of regional Indian cuisine at Saahib’s, a New York Times 2-star restaurant hosted by Dame Surbhi Sanhi’s chef/husband Hemant Mathur.

As always, should you have questions, concerns, or – best of all – an interest in becoming more involved with LDNY through engagement with a committee, program or other activity, please contact me (Brower180@aol.com) or any of the members of your Board of Directors. And please look regularly at the Les Dames d’Escoffier NY Chapter for interesting updates and news: www.ldny.org

With warmest regards,
Dame Joan Brower

Joan Brower

President, LDNY
E-mail: Brower180@aol.com

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