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Archive of LDNY Events

LDNY offers a variety of events designed to educate, entertain, and foster an appreciation of the myriad culinary disciplines and experiences available in New York City - and around the globe. Scroll down to see the exciting programs that the New York Dames have recently produced, attended and enjoyed. Click on the photo or Invitation to view the evite in full-size.


December 9th
Les Dames d'Escoffier New York Holiday Party Kyriakatiko Trapeze: A Greek Sunday Supper

Our celebration will feature a menu of passed hot and cold hors d'oeuvres followed by a bountiful three-course dinner served family style paired with wines. This event is being underwritten by Dame Maria Loi, Chef/Owner of Loi Estiatorio, in honor of the restaurant's corporate chef and new member Dame Dara Davenport. In the spirit of giving, Dame Rachel Martin, Oceano Wines owner and VP of Boxwood Winery, is donating her wines for this joyous Holiday gathering. Raffle tickets will be offered at the party. Sunday, December 9, 2018, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Loi Estiatorio, 132 West 58th Street, NYC. Members $65/Guests $75 (one guest per Member, please).

Order Tickets HERE.

Committee Chairs: Dames Joan Brower and Beth Allen

All proceeds will benefit the LDNY Scholarship Fund 
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Questions? Email Chair Beth Allen at bethallen@icloud.com

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November 16th
Les Dames d'Escoffier New York Invites You For a Day Trip to the Culinary Institute of America

To Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY. 8 am – 6 pm (departing Grand Central Station to Poughkeepsie). Includes tour, lunch – at CIA Bocuse Restaurant – and lecture: CIA President, Dr. L. Timothy Ryan. $60 members/$70 guests Plus train fare: $43.25 general public/$24.50 seniors.

8:00 am: Grand Central Station, NYC – Meet under the clock, purchase round-trip ticket (NY/Poughkeepsie).
8:30 am: Board train for 8:46 am departure.
10:46 am: Arrive Poughkeepsie. Meet on the river side of the train station that is near the parking garage to board CIA shuttle bus.
11:15 am: All guests (including Dames driving to CIA) to meet at the hospitality office directly across from the bookstore in Roth Hall (the main building).
11:15 am: Tour of school and classes in session.
12:15 pm: Lunch at Bocuse Restaurant.

Black Truffle Soup
Poulet au Vin Rouge
Tarte aux Pommes
*Subject to seasonal ingredients

2:15 pm: Lecture on Paul Bocuse in H. Jerome Berns Boardroom with Dr. L Timothy Ryan, CIA President.
3:30 pm: Board CIA shuttle bus to Poughkeepsie train station.
3:54 pm: Board train to Grand Central Station, NYC.
5:44 pm: Arrive at Grand Central Station, NYC.

Questions? Contact Programs Chair Dame Janeen Sarlin at jasarlin@gmail.com, 212-517-8514 or 347-682-7448 For information or directions to CIA: 845-452-9600.

November 13th
You are cordially invited to attend The 2018 Annual Meeting of Les Dames d’Escoffier New York On Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Highlights of 2018 … Looking ahead to 2019

New York University, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library. Fales Library & Special Collections, 3rd Floor. 70 Washington Square South NYC 10012. 5:30 pm Meet & Greet / 6:30 to 8:00 pm Annual Meeting. Members Only / Cost: Free

Our thanks to Marvin Taylor and Fales Library & Special Collections for generously hosting this event

Food and Wine are sponsored by Whole Foods Market and Paumanok Vineyards

Questions? Email Chair Beth Allen at bethallen@icloud.com

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October 22nd
LDNY Green Tables Committee invites you to A Hydroponic Farm Tour.

LDNY Green Tables Committee invites you to A Hydroponic Farm Tour on October 22nd.Learn all about the science behind hydroponics and vertical farming at Farm.One’s unique urban farm, with a tour led by the Farm.One Plant Scientist, followed by Q&A with the Farm.One Food Engineer. Dames Sabrina Sexton and Kathryn Gordon will be serving up tempting Farm.One-inspired hors d’oeuvres and mini desserts, along with mocktails and wine spritzers. Special thanks to Paumanok Vineyards. Follow @farm.one on Instagram. Monday, October 22nd. 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Location: Atera Restaurant on 77 Worth Street, NYC. Members $50/Guests $60.

Order Tickets HERE.

OR To pay by check: Make check payable to Les Dames d’Escoffier New York and send to Dame Nancy Jessup, 124 76th Street, North Bergen, NJ 07047. Questions? Contact: npjessup@gmail.com

A portion of proceeds will benefit the LDNY Scholarship Fund.

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October 1st
The Next Big Bite, What We Will Cook, Eat, Drink and Crave in 2019, in Four One-Act "Bites.”

Takes place on October 1, 2018 at New York Law School, 185 W Broadway, New York, New York 10013. Join us at Les Dames d’Escoffier New York’s 4th annual premier NYC culinary event dedicated to uncovering emerging food trends. The evening features distinguished industry leaders sharing their knowledge during one-on-one interviews covering what’s happening now and what’s next. 5:30 pm Doors open. 6:00 –7:30 pm Program. 7:30 – 9:00 pm Cocktail Reception at the Rooftop Terrace and Lounge catered by Abigail Kirsch Catering Relationships.

For those joining us from out of town, a block of rooms is being held at the Duane Street Hotel. To stay there at our group rate, which is available from September 29 – October 2, click HERE.

Order Program Tickets HERE.

The Next Big Bite 2018 Speakers:

Master of Ceremonies, Joe Yonan, food and dining editor, The Washington Post, cookbook author and editor of “America The Great Cookbook”


The Greatest Food Showman Jacques Pépin, world-renowned chef, author and cooking show host

The Sweetest Pastry Teacher Gesine Bullock-Prado, owner of Sugar Glider Kitchen, cookbook author and host of Food Network’s “Baked in Vermont”


The Food Talk Show Innovator Chef Carla Hall, author of “Carla Hall’s Soul Food,” culinary storyteller and host of YouTube’s “Daily Chop”

The Farm Girl Next Door Molly Yeh, cookbook author, host of Food Network’s “Girl Meets Farm” and “My Name is Yeh” blog


The Wine Whisperer Lettie Teague, writer and wine columnist for the The Wall Street Journal

The Cocktail Warrior Natalka Burian, author of “A Woman’s Drink” and owner of both Elsa and Ramona bars in Brooklyn, New York


The Baking Pioneer Dorie Greenspan, cookbook author, speaker and “On Dessert” columnist for The New York Times

The Dessert Revolutionary Christina Tosi, author, pastry chef and CEO of Milk Bar

Kitchen Arts & Letters will have presenters’ books available for purchase.

Media Partners:

Heritage Radio - Pastry Arts Magazine
The Connected Table Live - Total Food Service


Kerrygold - Wolf Gourmet - Handsome Brook Farm - Niman Ranch - The Famous Grouse - Melitta - Elysian Collection - Ron Gran Reserva 1888 Rum - Kitchen Chat / Savor The Day - Tequila Partida - Wusthof - Anolon Gourmet Cookware
Duane Street HotelNew York Law School Kitchen Arts & LettersAbigail Kirsch

For event and sponsorship opportunities, contact:
The Next Big Bite Chair Dame Bonnie Tandy Leblang, at nextbigbite@gmail.com

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A percentage of monies raised goes toward LDNY scholarships.

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September 24th
Les Dames d'Escoffier New York GALA INDUCTION DINNER for THE NEW MEMBERS of 2019.

Les Dames d'Escoffier New York GALA INDUCTION DINNER for THE NEW MEMBERS of 2019. Join us on Monday, September 24th, promptly at 6:00 pm to celebrate our newest members. Location: Eataly NYC Downtown / Westfield World Trade Center / 101 Liberty St #4, NYC. Members $130 / Guests $145. Featuring Sicilian wines from Valle dell’Acate.

Raffle tickets available for the following:
•Breville the Smart Oven Mini
•Le Creuset Dutch Oven
•$200 Gift Certificate to Vandal, A Tao Group Property.
$20 for 2; $40 for 5. Cash only at the event.

Order Tickets HERE. Or, to pay by check, download to print form HERE. Form with check must be submitted by 9/14. Questions, contact: sharonfranke@hotmail.com

With thanks to: Eataly, Valle dell'Acate, Breville, Le Creuset, Tao Group

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August 6th and 13th
Les Dames d’Escoffier New York Chapter SummerDine

LDNY's exciting new fundraising initiative SummerDine highlights the best of summer dining and the season’s bounty at a select number of New York’s finest restaurants on August 6th and 13th. Our partners include several high-profile women chefs/restaurateurs such as Dame Lidia Bastianich of Eataly, Suzanne Cupps of Untitled at the Whitney Museum, Dame Maria Loi of Loi Estiatorio, Dame Surbhi Sahni of Saar Indian Bistro, and Dame Barbara Sibley of La Palapa Cocina Mexicana. Additional top-tier restaurants lined up for this program are Le Coq Rico, The Modern at MOMA, Perrine at The Pierre, and Madison & Vine at the Library Hotel.

Special menus with a range of price options are available. Choose from a five-course tequila and antojitos tasting for six at La Palapa, to an exclusive behind-the-scenes tasting tour and three-course menu at Eataly. Specialty wines and gratuities are included in the price. Complete ticketing details can be viewed at Eventbrite.

Our appreciation to the restaurant and wine sponsors who have generously donated tables. SummerDine co-chairs - Dames Sharon Franke and Lori Levy - summerdine.ldny@gmail.com

Special acknowledgement to our wine sponsors:

www.wine4food.com  /  www.skurnik.com

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JULY 2018

July 16th
Les Dames d’Escoffier New York Chapter cordially invites you to our Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony and Gala Networking Reception

Les Dames d’Escoffier New York Chapter cordially invites you to our Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony and Gala Networking Reception. Celebrate extraordinary women pursuing careers in the food, fine beverage and hospitality industries, on Monday, July 16, 2018. 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM. NYU Kimmel Center - Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor - 60 Washington Square South, New York.Please bring a photo ID for NYU security.

During our gala reception, indulge in an exciting array of fine foods and beverages from our generous sponsors: Babbo, Crepini, La Quercia, Loi Estiatorio, Spicegrove, Tost, and Whole Foods, which will be featuring women-made cheeses, as well as wines from The Winebow Group, and a signature cocktail courtesy of Our/New York, a local small batch vodka distillery. Then celebrate outstanding award-winning women who will be granted LDNY scholarships.

Early Bird Special - By June 27th: LDNY Members: $55 / Guests: $65
As of June 28th: LDNY Members: $60 / Guests $70

Order Tickets HERE

* To Pay By Check To Les Dames d'Escoffier NY: Please mail with July 16 in the subject line, and attendee name(s) to: Dame Jennifer O'Flanagan, 110 Livingston Street, 4R, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

Questions? Contact ldnyscholarship@gmail.com.

Proceeds will benefit the LDNY Scholarship Fund.

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JUNE 2018

June 19th
Meet and Mix: Connecting Dames Through Networking

You asked for it: Here it is! MEET AND MIX: CONNECTING DAMES THROUGH NETWORKING. Tuesday, June 19th, 2018. 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Dame Pamela Morgan’s apartment (see Member Programs Invitation for details). Members only. $25.00. Limited to 24.

Here’s what you need to do. Prepare a 30-second pitch: who you are, what you do, what you would like to accomplish or what you’re looking for. The point is to meet and mix with a Dame or several Dames you do not know. Committee: Dames Pamela Morgan, Bonnie Tandy Leblang, Rita Jammet and Janeen Sarlin.

RSVP: Dame Rita Jammet at ritaj@lacaravelle.com.

To pay by check, write payable to Les Dames d'Escoffier New York and mail to: Dame Janeen Sarlin, 110 East End Avenue, Apt. 6B, New York, NY 10028.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the LDNY Scholarship Fund.

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MAY 2018

May 22nd
Name That Dame!

You are Invited To Name That Dame! A Members Only Salon Series Event to screen the LDNY 40th Anniversary Video and identify people and places from LDNY’s past as depicted in the photos. Tuesday, May 22nd, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. WeWork Tower 49 - 12 East 49th Street, 19th Floor - New York, NY 10017.

Help LDNY’s rich history come to life at this chance to view our chapter’s 40th Anniversary Video, produced by Dames Joan Coukos and Sharon Franke in 2016, with an eye to transforming it into a timeless legacy piece with captions, interviews, and other memorabilia. We are counting on our long-time Dames to come and share their memories and stories – we have photos that go back as far as the 70’s! Also planned are impromptu on-site interviews. This is a chance for our newer members to be part of an informative and inspirational event where we will learn about our proud history and meet more of our amazing Dames! Wine and light refreshments will be served, including chocolates, courtesy of Chocolat Moderne. Note: Upon arrival, please proceed to the WeWork check in desk and present photo ID. Members Only $25.

For more information, contact: Dame Joan Coukos, joan@chocolatmoderne.com

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A portion of the proceeds will benefit the LDNY Scholarship Fund.

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May 11th
A Dutch Treat at CORKBUZZ

Friday, May 11th, 5:00 to 7:00 PM. A Dutch Treat at CORKBUZZ. Come join the conversation with Dames Liz Schaible, Janeen Sarlin, and Dame Claire Stewart, author of “As Long As We Both Shall Eat: a history of wedding food and feasts.” We’ll chat about royal weddings in preparation for the royal wedding taking place on May 18, 2018. The conversation will be accompanied by a champagne tasting and chef’s choice of cheese & charcuterie. Limited to 12 attendees.

If you haven’t read the book, find it at AMAZON or visit Claire Stewart's website HERE.

For more information, contact: Janeen Sarlin at jasarlin@gmail.com

Reserve your spot HERE

APRIL 2018

April 15 - 22
Les Dames d'Escoffier New York Invites You To -An Educational Italian Culinary Arts Trip to Sicily, Italy With the May-Mei Italian Culinary Academy and in cooperation with the Italian Culinary Foundation

With celebrated Sicilian celebrity Chef and Instructor Peppe Giuffre', this is the first special educational trip and tour of Sicilian food and wine producers arranged by New York Dame Marisa May-Metalli and her father Tony May, former owner of the Rainbow Room and San Domenico NY for members of Les Dames d'Escoffier to an eight-day trip including five morning cooking classes with daily excursions.

  • Five mornings we will participate in cooking classes and have lunch.
  • Each afternoon we will visit the surrounding Sicilian villages and towns, going to local markets and tasting Artisan cheeses, pasta, breads, olive oil, and wines.
  • Each evening we will dine at a unique restaurant in and around Palermo.
  • One day we will board a traditional fishing boat off the coast of Sicily and feast on a meal cooked by the fisherman.

You don't need to have professional knife skills; you only need to know how to hold a knife! Bring a chef knife and a paring knife encased in a plastic knife-guard (inside your checked luggage) plus an apron and comfortable walking shoes for touring and working in the kitchen.

The PRICE is "all inclusive" from the moment of arrival until departure. Double Occupancy: $3,142.00 USD / Single Occupancy: $3,562.00 USD Includes: Ground Transportation, 7 nights at the 5-Star Grand Hotel Villa Igiea Hotel, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus all outings. (Airfare is not included.)


Dame Marisa May-Metalli and Tony May (with May-Mei Italian Culinary Academy) will donate a May-Mei Italian Culinary Academy Scholarship to the Les Dames d'Escoffier New York scholarship program for an aspiring American female chef to study in Italy in 2019.

Questions? Email Marisa May-Metalli at: marisamaymetalli@gmail.com or call her at: 917-365-6455

April 9th
Les Dames d'Escoffier New York Invites You To A Scholarship Fundraiser Reception & Dinner.

Monday, April 9th, 6 - 8:30 PM. LDNY has been awarding scholarships to outstanding women studying in the culinary, fine beverage, and hospitality fields for more than 40 years. Celebrate and support this program by enjoying a three-course dinner prepared by NY City College of Technology students. Tours of the teaching kitchens will be given during the reception. Dame Liz Schaible, a scholarship winner and an instructor at "City Tech" will tell her story, and how the scholarship changed her life. Seating is limited to 32 with 100% of the program's proceeds benefitting our LDNY Scholarship Fund. Price: $85 members, $95 non-members. Or, mail a check made payable to Les Dames d'Escoffier New York and send to: Dame Elizabeth Schaible / 333 East 30th Street, 14A / New York, NY 10016. Program location: New York City College of Technology CUNY / Janet Lefler Dining Room, Namm Building, 2nd Floor / 300 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11021. Subway Stops: Jay St/Borough Hall, Court St, and Jay St/Metro Tech. Parking available at NY Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street (entrance to school available at 259 Adams Street).

LDNY Co-Hosts: Dames Karen Goodlad, Sue Lifieri-Lowry, Claire Stewart and Liz Schaible. Questions? Contact Dame Liz Schaible at lizschaible@gmail.com

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MARCH 2018

March 23rd
Les Dames d'Escoffier New York Invites You to Join Us For A Georgian Supra! A Culinary Journey in the Caucasus.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant food and culture of Georgia at this afternoon supra (leisurely-paced luncheon feast) featuring award-winning author, photographer, and food, wine, and travel writer Carla Capalbo. Oda House Chef/owner Maia Acquavivia will serve a traditional multi-course family-style meal accompanied by white, rosé, and red Georgian wines. PLUS - Carla's book will be available for purchase ($40.00, cash or check). Members $50 / Non-Members $60. March 23rd. Noon to 2:30 pm. Oda House Restaurant.76 Avenue B (5th Street).

Co-chairs Dame Melanie Young at melanie@theconnectedtable.com and Dame Gloria Maroti Frazee at gloriavino@gmail.com

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March 12th
From Tragedy to Triumph: How Small Changes in Food Choices Can Make Big Differences in Your Health. An Evening with Dame Stefanie Sacks, MS, CNS, CDN Culinary Nutritionist, Author and Founder of Reboot Food™.

Monday, March 12, 2018. From Tragedy to Triumph: How Small Changes in Food Choices Can Make Big Differences in Your Health. An Evening with Dame Stefanie Sacks, MS, CNS, CDN Culinary Nutritionist, Author and Founder of Reboot Food™. 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Noshes that nourish - Stefanie style - will be served along with organic wines from Long Island's North Fork. Signed copies of Stefanie's book, What the Fork Are You Eating, will be available for purchase. Dame Janeen Sarlin's home: 110 East End Avenue, #6B / New York, NY 10028. Members $30 / Non-Members $40.

Co-chairs: Rita Jammet ritaj@lacaravelle.com and Stefanie Sacks sbs@stefaniesacks.com

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Dame Stefanie Sacks is a chef with an MS in Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. For over two decades Stefanie has helped transform the way people eat by using hands-on culinary experiences to inspire, educate and offer practical tools for food lifestyle changes.

Why and how she turned to everything edible to navigate her own illness, both physical and psycho-emotional, is compelling. Understanding her journey will help to shine a light on the inspirational and transformational work that Stefanie is deeply devoted to. It is truly a tale of tragedy to triumph. Food and our connection to it, for better or worse, directly relates to her story.

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March 1st
Les Dames d'Escoffier New York Presents: Dutch Treat!

Thursday, March 1st. It's Dutch Treat! Join us for a film discussion with Dame Kathleen Squires, producer of James Beard, America's First Foodie - an award-winning documentary film. Location: CORKBUZZ wine bar/restaurant, 13 East 13th Street (between University and Fifth Avenue), 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Limited to 12 people..."first come first serve." Reserve your spot - send an email to Janeen -jasarlin@gmail.com



February 22nd
LDEI / LDNY "Meet-Up-In-Manhattan" Reception at La Palapa Cocina Mexicana.

LDEI Dames registered to attend this year's IACP 2018 in Manhattan, February 23rd - 25th, are invited by the New York Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier (LDNY) to be our guests at a LDEI/LDNY "Meet-Up-In-Manhattan" Reception. we'll celebrate National Margarita Day in a festive way, with a fabulous cocktail - La Dama Margarita with Tequila Milagro and Wild Hibiscus flowers - plus plenty of authentic Antojitos Mexicanos (Mexican street food). Thursday, February 22nd. 5:00 - 6:30 pm. La Palapa Cocina Mexicana. 77 St. Mark's Place, NYC. La Palapa Cocina Mexicana is a popular restaurant in Manhattan's trendy East Village owned by renowned New York Chef Dame Barbara Sibley. The restaurant has been awarded the "Distintivo" by Sabores Autenticos De Mexico Foundation, which promotes authentic Mexican products.


January 27th
Les Dames d'Escoffier New York Presents: Year of the Dog Celebration - A Dim Sum Feast & Chinatown Tour, conducted by Dame Liz Young of Culinary and City Tours
Back alleys and chop suey, no more! From hand-pulled noodles to artistically presented dim sum, New York’s Chinatown flaunts a selection like never before, including foods from Hong Kong, and the Sichuan, Shaanxi, Guangdong, and Fujian provinces. The morning begins with a dim sum breakfast—steaming delicacies from the Cantonese tradition—so arrive hungry! We'll learn all about the neighborhood, explore a nearby temple, visit one of the unique food markets, sample Malaysian beef jerky, and end with a sweet treat. The tour concludes near Bayard and Elizabeth Streets and will take place rain or shine. Here's a video with a taste of what's to come. Watch it Here

January 27, 2018. 10:00 am to 1:15 pm. Location: Meet at the street level of Jing Fong 20 Elizabeth Street (between Canal and Bayard Streets). Chinatown NYC. If you arrive after 10 am, meet the group on the 2nd floor, up the escalator. Please notify Liz of any food allergies when you arrive. Nearest subways: Q, N, R, J, M, Z and 4 and 6 Trains to Canal Street, D train to Grand Street.

$65 Members / $75 Non-Members.
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Hosts: Dames Liz Young and Sharon Franke. Questions: Dame Sharon Franke, 917-806-1779 or sharonilenefranke@gmail.com. Day of event, text Dame Liz Young at 646-286-8065.

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January 17th
Les Dames d’Escoffier NY Presents NEW YEAR! NEW CAREER!
Making Your Move in Food, Wine and Hospitality. A panel discussion, with wine and hors d’oeuvres served.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018. 6:00 - 8:30 pm. Location: International Culinary Center (ICC) - 462 Broadway - NYC 10013. $35 Members / $45 Non-Members.

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To pay by check, note # of member/non-member tickets being ordered, along with guest names. Make check payable to Les Dames d’Escoffier New York and send to Dame Janeen Sarlin, 110 East End Avenue, NY 10028.

A Panel discussion on how to leave your career and find a new one in the food, wine, or hospitality industry will be moderated by Dame Janeen Sarlin, Owner of Cooking With Class, Inc., columnist, cookbook author, consultant, chef, culinary instructor. Our expert panel includes:
  • Dame Joan Coukos Todd - Former Investment banker, now award-winning Chocolatier and Owner of Chocolat Moderne.
  • Dame Julie Hartigan - Engineer turned cooking, health and entertaining consultant. Currently professional chef and recipe developer.
  • Dame Rita Jammet - Former restaurateur, now a principal of Bouquet Ventures Hospitality Consulting. Owner of La Caravelle Champagne and Wine.
  • Dame Melanie Young - PR Executive turned radio show host and award-winning author. Certified health coach and motivational muse.
If you wish to submit questions for the panel, contact Dame Janeen Sarlin, at jasarlin@gmail.com.

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December 4th
Les Dames d’Escoffier NY Annual Holiday Party
6:00 – 9:00 pm. Location: Jenn-Air Showroom, D&D Building 59th Street Entrance. 222 East 59 Street, 5th Floor (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues), New York City. Please Note: As you approach from Third Avenue, go past the parking garage to the entrance in the middle of the block. There is a small marquee and two columns. The address is not marked on the building, but it shows D&D Building on the marquee and a lighted sign to the right indicates Jenn-Air.

RSVP by Monday, November 27th. Guests are welcome! Cost of Event: Members $35; Guests $45.

Co-Chairs: Dames Eleanor Sigona and Michele Scicolone. Questions? Contact Dame Michele Scicolone at michelescicolone@gmail.com

Thank you to our contributors: Jenn-Air, elit by Stoli, Laurent Perrier Champagne, Boizel Champagne, La Caravelle Champagne, Champagne Henriot, and Alto Adige - Wines of the Italian Alps

Order Tickets HERE Invitation


November 14th
The 2017 Annual Meeting of Les Dames d’Escoffier New York
Location: The Fales Library & Special Collections, NYU Bobst Library. 70 Washington Square South NYC. Members Only / Cost: Free. Our thanks to Marvin Taylor and The Fales Library for generously hosting this event.

Please fill out and return the attendance/proxy form (link to form is below) no later than November 1st via e-mail or by regular mail (postmarked by October 25th) to Dame Ronnie Campbell, e-mail: lesdamesny@gmail.com. Mailing Address: Ronnie Campbell, The Burrell Group, Ltd. 195 – 33 Hillside, Avenue, Hollis, NY 11423. Questions? E-mail Chair Beth Allen at bethallen@icloud.com. We encourage all members to attend this very important Les Dames New York annual event.




October 16th
The Next Big Bite: How We Will Eat and Drink
Sponsored by Les Dames d'Escoffier New York (LDNY – www.ldny.org), the preeminent professional women's culinary organization, the third annual The Next Big Bite will take place at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York City. This year's event will feature an engaging and provocative discussion about How We Will Eat & Drink-In the World; At Home; On TV and in Social Media; In New York; At the Restaurant; In Business; and With Sustainability.


  • Dana Cowin: DBC creative and host of Heritage Radio Network Podcast Series, Speaking Broadly.


  • Melissa Clark: Food writer, cookbook author, and staff reporter for the New York Times Food section, where she writes the popular column “A Good Appetite” and appears in a weekly cooking video series.
  • Kerry Heffernan: An avid outdoorsman and seafood expert, Kerry is the Executive Chef at Grand Banks, a seasonal Oyster Bar and galley on the deck of a historic cod fishing schooner moored at Pier 25 New York.
  • Padma Lakshmi: Actress, food expert, model, and award-winning author. Host, judge and an executive producer on Bravo’s Emmy award-winning Top Chef. Recipient of the 2016 NECO Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
  • Pascaline Lepeltier: MS, Instructor, Court of Master Sommeliers at the International Culinary Center, Master Sommelier, and author.
  • Missy Robbins: Head chef and owner of Lilia restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Also known for maintaining Michelin star status the entirety of her tenure as Executive Chef of A Voce Madison and A Voce Columbus. A Top Chef Masters contestant.
  • Susan Ungaro: President, James Beard Foundation, the country's preeminent culinary organization.

October 16, 2017 / 5:30-8:30 PM at Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) 225 Liberty Place / Brookfield Place NYC. Reception, 5:30-6:45 PM. Panel Discussion, 6:45-8:30 PM. VIP Ticket: Includes a signed panelist book and reserved seating, $115.00. General Admission: $85.00

Committee Chairs : Dame Bonnie Tandy Leblang bonnie@BiteoftheBest.com Francine Cohen francinecohen@mindspring.com





September 25th
Les Dames d'Escoffier New York New Member Induction Gala Dinner
Join LDNY for a gala dinner to induct its new members at Little Park, NYC, a seasonal restaurant highlighting the best ingredients from local farmers, anglers, vintners, ranchers and foragers. Our festive meal will be paired with sparkling wines from Franciacorta and dessert with Armagnac. Three fabulous items will be raffled off: Mauviel Copper and Stainless Steel Saute Pan, Le Creuset 5-1/2 quart Dutch Oven in the new oyster color and a KitchenAid Pro Line Series Blend.

Monday, September 25th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Little Park restaurant, 85 West Broadway, Smyth Hotel, Tribeca 10007. Cost of Event: Member $130; Guest $145.

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With thanks to: Armagnac, Chocolat Moderne, Franciacorta, Le Creuset, Mauviel, KitchenAid

Event Co-Chairs: Dames Sharon Franke and Joan Coukos. To RSVP and pay by check, contact: sharonfranke@hotmail.com

JULY 2017

July 26th
Les Dames d'Escoffier New York Scholarship Cocktail Reception 2017
Les Dames d'Escoffier New York Cordially invites you to celebrate extraordinary women pursuing careers in the food, wine and hospitality industry. Opening Remarks by Dame Marion Nestle, Ph.D, M.P.H., Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. Catered by NYU, with generous food and wine donations courtesy of Winebow, Bruxo Mezcal, Dirt Candy, Loi Estiatorio, Sahib and Bittersweet NYC. Be sure to purchase tickets online for 15 extraordinary raffle items. Sales to benefit 2018 scholarship recipients.

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017, from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM. NYU Kimmel Center - Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor. 60 Washington Square South, New York City. LDNY Members: $55 / Guests: $65. Award Recipient, free / Award Recipient Guests $25.

Order Tickets HERE

Any questions or to pay by check, please contact Dame Jennifer O'Flanagan at ldnyscholarship@gmail.com

JUNE 2017

June 13th
Dinner at Sahib - A Tour Of Regional Indian Cooking
Dine with fellow Dames at Sahib restaurant, owned by Chef Hemant Mathur, husband of Dame Surbhi Sahni. Sahib was recently awarded 2 stars by Pete Wells in The New York Times for its masterful presentation of dishes not often found in other Indian restaurants. Among the dishes we’ll be served are kori gassi, an “irresistible” chicken in coconut milk stew seasoned with coriander, asafetida and curry leaves, and cauliflower coated in red chili sauce. The meal will be paired with wines from Sandhi, a small production winery focusing on select vineyards from the Sta. Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County. Nat Gurner, a representative of the winery will be present to discuss the pairings. Dessert will be provided by Surbhi’s sweets company Bittersweet NYC. Hosts: Dames Surbhi Sahni and Sharon Franke.

Tuesday, June 13th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Sahib restaurant. 104 Lexington Avenue, NYC 10016. Nearest subways: R, W, and 6 Trains to 28th Street. Early Dame Pricing - $60 (after June 1 - $65); Guests - $70.

Order Tickets HERE

Any questions? Contact Dame Sharon Franke at 917.806.1779 or

MAY 2017

May 17th
For The Love Of Chocolate with Dames Joan Coukos and Kathryn Gordon
Learn about this delicious subject in a hands-on Chocolate Making Class with Dame Joan Coukos, chocolatier/owner of Chocolat Moderne, and Dame Kathryn Gordon, Chef-Instructor at ICE. Mold and fill your own chocolate bars. Observe the technique of making ganache with unique chocolates courtesy of Valrhona, and learn fool-proof methods of tempering chocolate. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres provided by Chef Jesse Riley of Constant Cravings Foods, and cacao-based cocktails by Solbeso, the world's first spirit made from fresh cacao fruit juice, and chocolate bonbons.
May 17th, 6 - 9 PM at Chocolat Moderne, 27 West 20th Street, Suite 904, New York, NY 10011, located between 5th and 6th Avenues. Early Dame Price - $60 (available to LDNY members until 5/1). LDNY Members Price - $70 (available from 5/2) / Non-Members Price - $75. Sponsor acknowledgements: Valrhona, Constant Cravings Foods, Solbeso and Chocolat Moderne.

Tickets HERE

BONUS! Guests take home three different bars made during the class, a handout with recipes, tempering instruction, and resource guide for ingredients and supplies. There will also be some sponsor goodies and a raffle, with proceeds benefiting LDNY's Scholarship Fund.

Questions? Contact Dame Joan Coukos at info@chocolatmoderne.com

APRIL 2017

April 20th
Art of Sourdough Bread-Baking with Dame Suzi O'Rourke & Priscilla Martel
Come ready to put on an apron and roll up your sleeves as Dame Suzi O'Rourke and Priscilla Martel—bread-baking experts extraordinaire—teach us how to make crusty sourdough bread from nurturing and using your own starter to shaping boules and baguettes. Wine, cheese, and charcuterie will be served along with Suzi’s focaccia. You’ll leave with enough starter to begin baking in your own kitchen, dough to bake off at home, and a goodie bag of bread-baking essentials, courtesy of Emile Henry and King Arthur Flour. Thursday, April 20th, from 6 - 8 PM at Cooking by the Book, 13 Worth Street, NYC. Subway stops: 1 train to Franklin St; A,C,E to Canal St.

Early Dame Price - $55 (available until 4/10), Dame Price after 4/10 - $65. Non-Members $70. Order Tickets HERE

Program Chairs: Dames Sharon Franke and Suzi O’Rourke. Instructors: Dame Suzi O’Rourke, Owner of Cooking by the Book / Priscilla Martel, coauthor of "On Baking: A Textbook of Baking and Pastry Fundamentals"

Any questions? Contact Dame Sharon Franke: sharonilenefranke@gmail.com

APRIL 2017

April 3rd
Celebrate 40 Years of LDNY Scholarships. A Reception & Dinner at New York City College of Technology
LDNY has been awarding scholarships to outstanding women studying in the culinary, beverage and hospitality fields for 40 years. Celebrate and support this program with current and former scholarship recipients including television personality and cookbook author Dame Sara Moulton, one of the first. Meet and hear the stories of some of the many women LDNY has supported and helped at the start of their careers while enjoying a three course dinner prepared by NY City College of Technology current students. Tours of the teaching kitchens will be given during the reception. Monday, April 3rd 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM at New York City College of Technology CUNY. Janet Lefler Dining Room, Namm Building, 2nd Floor. 300 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11021Seating is limited to 25. 100% of the proceeds of this program will benefit LDNY Scholarships. Wines courtesy of Adrian Goodlad, Martin Scott Wines. Producer Jorge Ordonez Selections..
Price: $85 members, $95 non-members. Order Tickets HERE

Any questions? Contact Dame Jeanne Voltz jvoltz@nyc.rr.com

MARCH 2017

March 13th
Salon with Dame Marion Nestle
Just returned from the 2017 World Economic Forum at Davos, Dame Marion Nestle, the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at NYU, will be interviewed by Dame Linda Pelaccio--Culinary Historian and Radio/Podcast Host of "A Taste of the Past"--about her life and career: writing 6 award-winning nutrition books, 2 pet books, editing 1988 Surgeon General's Report on Nutrition and Health, and living in the former apartment of Mayor Ed Koch. Wine and cheese to be served. Monday, March 13th at New York University, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, 411 Lafayette, 5th floor.
Members $30, Non-Members: $40. Order Tickets HERE

Any questions? Contact Dame Jan Hazard jan.hazard@verizon.net


February 1st
OKONOMIYAKI (oh-ko-no-me-ya-ki) Japanese pancake demo and class with Dame Hiroko Shimbo
Join Dame Hiroko Shimbo for a demo and the experience of making your own Okonomiyaki, one of Japan’s most beloved comfort foods--a pancake layered with savory, delicious ingredients. We promise a fun, challenging, warming winter’s night with supper and special shochu (Japanese distilled spirit) tasting, with Jesse Falowitz, co-founder of Mizu Shochu. February 1st, 6:15 - 8:30 pm at International Culinary Center (ICC), 462 Broadway, 4th flr (@ Grand St.), NYC 10013.
Early Dame Price $50 (until 1/16); Member Price (after 1/16) $60; Non-Member is $65. Order Tickets HERE

Any questions? Contact Dame Hiroko Shimbo hiroko@hirokoskitchen.com


January 9th
LDNY Welcome The New Year at Dame Barbara Sibley's Holiday Cocktail Lounge
Welcome and Toast the New Year with your LDNY friends and guests on Monday evening, January 9th , at Dame Barbara Sibley's historic Holiday Cocktail Lounge at 75 St. Marks Place in the heart of the East Village. Built in 1835, the Lounge was originally a gathering place for local residents like W. H. Auden and Leon Trotsky. Nibbles and cocktails will be enjoyed at the gathering, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Member Ticket is $40; Non-Member is $50. Order Tickets



December 12th
Les Dames d'Escoffier New York Annual Holiday Party
Come festively attired, and ready to purchase raffle tickets (cash only): $20 for 2; $40 for 5. This is a Members Only event. Ticket is $75. Begins promptly at 6:00 pm, at Loi Estiatorio
132 West 58th St., NYC. With special thanks to Chef Maria Loi. 75% of the proceeds will go towards the scholarship fund.
Invitation Tickets HERE

November 2016

November 14th
Annual Meeting
6:00 - 8:00 PM
International Culinary Center
27 Crosby Street, 5th floor, NYC
Invitation Tickets HERE

November 2016

November 3rd
Cookies and Conversation with Dorie Greenspan
Moderated by Sara Moulton
Come celebrate the publication of Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan with wine, cheese, charcuterie and Dorie's very special cookies. Special thanks to Sur La Table, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, Les Trois Cochons and President Cheese.
Member Ticket is $40, Guest Ticket(s) $50. Payment by credit card only.
Invitation Tickets HERE


Oct 17th
THE NEXT BIG BITE: The Media’s Influence on What We Eat, Drink & Crave
5:30 Reception, 6:45 - 8:30 Panel Discussion.
The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE)
Brookfield Place
225 Liberty Street
Elevator Bank 3rd Floor, NYC
The Next Big Bite, hosted by Les Dames d’Escoffier New York (LDNY), is a panel discussion on “The Media’s Influence on What We Eat, Drink & Crave” and will be moderated by Martha Teichner, of CBS News Sunday Morning. Panelists include:
  • Carla Hall, Co-host of ABC's The Chew, and owner of Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen, Brooklyn
  • Kate Krader, Food Editor, Bloomberg Pursuits
  • Talia Baiocchi, Editor in Chief of www.punchdrink.com
Tastings & presentations by sponsors Abigail Kirsch Catering, Cuisinart, elit by Stolichnaya, Emile Henry, Institute of Culinary Education, Whole Foods Market, Microplane, The Winebow Group, Wüsthof and Heritage Radio Network. Join the conversation at #NextBigBite2016 Invitation


Sept 26
Les Dames d’Escoffier New York Chapter New Member Induction Dinner
Les Dames d’Escoffier New York GALA DINNER: New Member Induction and LDNY 40th Anniversary Celebration.

Join Les Dames
d’Escoffier New York at a GALA DINNER to induct our new members of 2017 and celebrate LDNY’s 40th anniversary. Festive attire is suggested.

Member tickets are $130 (guest tickets are $140), payable by credit card (via brownpapertickets.com) or check. Do come ready to purchase raffle tickets (Cash only: $20 for 2; $40 for 5) to win an original signed and framed Jacques Pepin painting.
LDNY is grateful to Abigail Kirsch, Chocolat Moderne, D’Artagnan, Jacques Pepin and Wines of Chile for their generosity in supporting this important occasion. Monday, September 26th, to begin promptly at 6:00 pm. Location: Rotisserie Georgette, 14 East 60th Street, New York City. RSVP with menu choice by September 12th.


JULY 2016

July 20
Les Dames d’Escoffier New York Chapter Scholarship ReceptionJoin us as we honor the future and celebrate women pursuing careers in the food, wine and hospitality industry. Held at, and also catered by Dame Dorothy Hamilton’s International Culinary Center. Wines courtesy of Palm Bay International. Ginger Beer Cocktail by Stoli Group USA. Gerolsteiner Mineral Water and Roni-Sue’s Chocolates to be enjoyed as well. Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 5:30 - 8:00 PM. Location: The Studio at the International Culinary Center 28 Crosby Street (between Grand and Broome), 5th Floor.

JUNE 2016

June 27
NY Summer Fancy Food Show: Wine, Nibbles & Networking
The New York Summer Fancy Food Show will bring Dames from around the country to New York. We will again welcome them to a cozy reception at the headquarters of the Stoli Vodka Group, thanks to Dame Lori Tieszen. It will be on Monday, June 27th. STOLI GROUP USA. 135 East 57th St (at Lexington). 6:30 - 8:00 PM.

MAY 2016

May 18
BBQ & Bourbon
Sold Out! To add your name to the Waitlist, contact Dame Jeanne Voltz

Join our gracious host, Dame Elizabeth Karmel, up on the rooftop of her West 23rd Street apartment building for a barbeque dinner that will include a Jim Beam small batch bourbon pairing on Wednesday, May 18th.


APRIL 2016

Apr 27
Lunch with Lidia at Felidia
Sold Out! To add your name to the Waitlist, contact Dame Jeanne Voltz

Dame Lidia Bastianich is hosting us for an extraordinary three-course luncheon at her flagship townhouse. Limited to 50 LDNY members & guests.


MARCH 2016

Mar 31
Hungarian Culinary Rhapsody at the Consulate
Save the date of Thursday, March 31 for a buffet dinner with prized Hungarian wines at the impressive Hungarian Consulate, 223 East 52nd Street, NYC, 6:00pm to 8:30pm. The Ambassador Consul General to Hungary in New York and the Director of the Hungarian Tourist Office in New York are graciously hosting us! Guest of honor is the Hungarian Ambassador to the UN. Exclusive for LDNY & LDEI members. Price: $40. For more information, contact Dame Joan Brower or Dame Joan Bloom.



Feb 25
All About Armagnac: Tastings & Pairings
Step into the magical world of Gascony! Join NY Armagnac’s Ambassador, Dame May Matta-Aliah, for a welcome cocktail, an educational presentation about Armagnac and a virtual tour through France’s home of this oldest spirit. Enjoy tastings of five Armagnacs and pairings of savory nibbles from D’Artagnan and Roni-Sue’s Chocolates. Event is being held at Cooking by the Book on Thursday evening, February 25.



Jan 14
Welcome in 2016 with a Caviar + Vodka Tasting
Celebrate with other Dames, and their guests, at the offices of Stoli Group USA. Enjoy a vodka tasting of Stoli and elit by Stolichnaya — plus caviar from Tsar Nicoulai and a sampling of tasty hors d’oeuvres. It’s the perfect way to start off the New Year!



Dec 1
LDNY Annual Holiday Party
Toast the Season with your fellow NY Dames at Barbetta Restaurant



Nov 17
Jacques Pepin’s 80th Birthday Celebration
Conversation with Jacque on the publication of Heart and Soul in the Kitchen, and his new PBS series in the Test Kitchens of the Good Housekeeping Institute.



Oct 26
A Panel Discussion of What Americans Will Cook, Eat and Crave in 2016—being hosted by Les Dames d’Escoffier New York. This panel of culinary experts will explore the ever-changing food landscape, the vital role that food plays in the lives of consumers and a glimpse of what to expect in the coming year. Moderated by Dame Rozanne Gold, four-time James Beard Award-winning author, chef and journalist, The Next Big Bite will include panelists: Amanda Cohen, chef/owner, Dirt Candy; Amanda Hesser, co-founder/CEO, Food52; Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University; and Mimi Sheraton, pioneering food journalist and restaurant critic. This first annual event is being held on October 26th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the newly located Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), 225 Liberty Street at Brookfield Place in New York City.



Sept 28
Induction Dinner for the New Members of 2016
Meet and congratulate the 2016 new members… dine the authentic French way at restaurant Lafayette in NoHo.


JULY 2015

July 21
The Scholarship Reception 2015
Honor the future of the women entering the food, wine and hospitality industry. Celebrate with the 2015 scholarship winners at our annual reception at the International Culinary Center.


JUNE 2015

June 29
LDNY Welcomes Dames attending the Summer Fancy Food Show!
Join us at Dame Laura Maniec’s Corkbuzz Winebar for wine, nibble and networking with Dames across the country.

June 7
Sunday Supper In Harlem
Get ready to dine Southern-style with fellow Dames at Blvd Bistro — one of Harlem’s hottest new restaurants.


MAY 2015

May 16
Insiders Tour Of Jackson Heights, Queens
Join Dame Surbhi Sahni, Owner & Executive Pastry Chef of BITTERSWEET NYC for a walking tour of her vibrant neighborhood, Jackson Heights, Queens.


APRIL 2015

April 27
The Cuban Table
A traditional Cuban dinner, filled with flavor, culture and memories from Havana, Miami and New York — with Author Ana Sofía Peláez of The Cuban Table and photographer Ellen Silverman.


MARCH 2015

March 29
Sunday Supper at SD 26
A special invitation from Dame Marisa May-Metalli …come raise a glass, twirl some spaghetti and bid Tony May and Marisa all the best, as SD 26 closes.

March 11
Salon Event with Dame Ariane Daguin
State of the Union of Food — Insight of the Farm to Table movement from 1985 to 2015 — in conversation with Dame Ariane Daguin, founder of D’Artagnan, in her home, as interviewed by Dame Patricia McCann. For Members Only.



Jan 5
Welcome the New Year in Rockefeller Center at Morrells Wine Bar
Join Dame Roberta Morrell for wine and hors d'oeuvres, overlooking the tree and celebrating with fellow Dames.



Oct 21
Understanding Food Mood Connections
Discover how Italian Mediterranean food lifestyles can contribute to better health. Italian wine reception follows.

Oct 14
From The Teapot To Table: A Passion For Fine Tea
Discover the many delicious uses of tea — from teapot to cooking at Harney at this Members Only event at Harney & Sons.



Sept 16
Rockin' Ramen Event
Learn about (and sample!) the diverse, delicious, wide world of ramen— from its history to its ingredients, noodles, broths and many flavors.


JULY 2014

July 10
LDNY Scholarship Reception
Honor the future as we celebrate scholarship winners of 2014 at The Studio at the International Culinary Center.


JUNE 2014

June 29
A Culinary and Cultural Experience in Katonah, NY
Indulge yourself… Join us on a tour of Katonah _ the art museum and the Rosen House at Caramoor, followed by formal tea in the Summer Dining room.

June 26
A California Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting With Hors d’oeuvres & Wine
Join us for a California olive oil tasting, guided by experts, complete with a delicious buffet with items featuring the oils.

June 19
Happy 90th Birthday, Carol Brock
Honor, toast and celebrate with our Founder Carol Brock on her 90th birthday, at the home of Dame Marsha Palanci


MAY 2014

May 21
Women Winemakers of Greece, Grand Tasting and Reception
Enjoy the new dimensions brought to the Greek wine industry by leading women winemakers in Greece. A Grand Tasting of Greek wines, plus a Mediterranean menu to compliment.

May 7
Kick-Off Reception for “Edible London”
Classic British pub fare and cocktails are on the menu at The Churchill Tavern. Come celebrate the kick-off of the LDEI London Chapter’s Edible London weekend.


MARCH 2014

March 30
A Sunday Lebanese Brunch
Experience a fabulous Lebanese brunch, the authentic way, complete with flavors of the Lebanese culture.

March 14
An Evening with Darina Allen - Chef, Award-Winning Cookbook Author, TV Show Host
Toast St. Patrick’s Day with Darina Allen over a festive Irish dinner inspired by Darina Allen of the Ballymaloe House.



Feb 25
An Evening In Chile
Feast on savory Chilean delicacies while learning about the sensuous wines from Chile at Puro Chile, in the heart of Little Italy.

Feb 12
Le Perigord: 50 Years
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Le Perigord, the classic French restaurant, over a luncheon prepared in the authentic French way and paired with wonderful wines from The House of Burgundy.

Feb 12
Like Wine for Chocolate at the Ritz-Carlton
Join other Dames at the Ritz for an evening of Wine and Chocolate Flight pairings.



Jan 6
Post Holiday Cocktails, presented by Dame Roberta Morrell.
Toast the new year of 2014 in Rockefeller Center near the famous tree, over festive hors d’oeuvres and fabulous wines with your fellow Dames.



Dec 9
Pay homage to a cherished Italian-American holiday tradition — the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Join us at BECCO to celebrate the new year.



Oct 30
Dia de los Muertos Celebration (The Day of the Dead)
Celebrate the Day of the Dead in authentic Mexican style with Dame Barbara Sibley at her restaurant, La Palapa Cocina Mexican. and Enjoy antojitos (small plates), great tequila and sangria, while learning about the traditions of this day. Members only.

Festival Calendar
Oct 14
Broad Appeal
Raise a glass and funds in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness and LDNY Scholarship Program. Ladies of LUPEC-NYC join us at Grace Gaelic Hospitality for a festive evening of hors d’oeuvres crafted by NYC’s Leading female mixologists.

Oct 5
A day that redefine fresh! An exclusive experience visiting the farms and local producers of Schoharie County, New York. Ends with a farm tour and dinner at SUNY Cobleskill Campus, featuring the campus-raised beef and brown trout.



Sep 25
New Members’ Celebration and Ceremony
Join other NYC Dames at the famed Cosmopolitan Club for drinks, hos d’oeuvres. After the formal New member ceremony, meet and greet the New Members of 2013. Member only.

Sep 11
Women and Wellness: Fabulous at any Age
Learn tips on taking charge of your healthy, nutrition and overall well-being at any age -- shared by a panel of experts. A book signing and reception of healthy hors d’oeuvres and complimentary wines will follow the panel discussion.


MAY 2013

May 11
Charter Member Luncheon Center
Twelve Dames, all connected to the past and present of LDNY and LDEI, gathered in the garden of Laura Maioglio’s Barbetta to share the history and stories of our Chapter’s founding. A memorable event, arranged by Dame Carol Brock, our founder. By invitation only.

May 9
Join chef/author Dame Maricel Presilla at Cucharamama Restaurant in Hoboken for Gran Cocina Latina: Artisanal Latin American Cooking... plus a book signing, wines and a signature cocktail. Proceeds benefit the LDNY Scholarship program.


MARCH 2013

Mar 21
Fasika: Easter in Ethiopia.
LDEI & LDNY at their best! Celebrate spring and the dream-come-true of Kubee Kassaye, a 2012 LDEI Legacy Award winner. Share her success story -- from a small village in Ethiopia to chef at a five-star hotel in NYC. Enjoy a traditional Ethiopian lunch at Cooking by the Book.

Mar 14
An Evening with Clodagh McKenna at 230 Fifth
LDNY, the Irish Dairy Board and celebrity chef/TV personality Clodagh McKenna invite you to toast St. Patrick’s Day with a festive spring menu featuring dishes from Clodagh’s newest cookbook, Clodagh’s Kitchen Diaries.



Feb 19
An Evening with Grande Dame Nathalie Dupree.
Join us for a Southern standing dinner and cooking demonstration, in celebration of the release of Grande Dame Dupree's masterwork, "Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking". Members only; seating is very limited!



Jan 14
Twitter Therapy II with Dame Cynthia Sin-Yi Chen
Open to active Twitter users only! Dame Cynthia Sin-Yi Cheng, founder of Twitter Therapy is hosting a more advanced Twitter session for Dames eager to spice things up, strengthen their Twitter "voice" and tap into the Twitterverse for marketing and networking opportunities.

Jan 7
Celebrate the New Year in Rockefeller Center
Come celebrate the New Year at LDNY’s traditional gathering at Morrell’s Wine Bar & Cafe in Rockefeller Plaza, across from the festive tree. Graciously hosted by Dame Roberta Morrell.



Oct 3
LDNY's Global Culinary Series: An Evening in Burma with Author Naomi Duguid
LDNY’s Global Culinary Series. Join us for an Evening in Burma with Author Naomi Duguid, at Cooking by the Book Naomi will share intriguing tales of her travels in Burma in this remote Southeast Asian country. A traditional dinner will follow, featuring selected recipes from new book—Burma: Rivers of Flavor (Artisan).


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