Les Dames d'Escoffier New York

Dear Members
The LDEI Quarterly newsletter has Member Milestones in every issue. They are the achievements of the membership, including awards, the publication of books and articles, new business ventures, and many other endeavors. New York members have so many accomplishments. Please let the world of LDEI know about your triumphs. April 10th is the deadline for the summer issue. Send them to membermilestones@aol.com.
New Membership season starts now. Every member of LDNY in good standing may be the primary sponsor for one candidate and the secondary sponsor of another. Both the primary and secondary sponsors should know the candidate professionally and be able to endorse them as being qualified for membership in Les Dames d’Escoffier. All necessary materials are located in Members Only section. You will find everything you need to know in the Sponsor Instructions letter. Completed application packets must be sent electronically to arrive by May 15, 2015. Late or incomplete packets will not be considered.

As we at last move into to the spring, be well and stay in touch. Best regards, Linda Lawry

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Members were heartbroken to learn of the death of our dear Jonell Nash. She will be greatly missed. Wonderful testaments have been made to her, including a fine one on March 10th by Sam Roberts in the NY Times which can be read HERE. Many members attended the tribute ceremony held in her honor on March 12. Suzi O’Rourke was kind enough to share a special remembrance in the current president’s letter. Jonell was a generous benefactor, too, financing a scholarship in the name of another great trailblazer, Chef Edna Lewis. This scholarship has now been renamed in Jonell’s honor. To read special remembrances, click HERE.    We hope you will consider donating to the Jonell Nash Memorial Scholarship, online HERE, or by sending a check to:

Les Dames D’Escoffier New York
Attention: Susan Lowry, HMGT
300 Jay Street – Brooklyn, NY 11201
Please note on your check
“In Honor of the Jonell Nash Memorial Scholarship”

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Many events are in the hopper. Save the dates for two timely topics. A program on Cuban Cuisine and Culture is scheduled for Monday, April 27 and a “Harlem Sunday Supper” on May 17, which will explore the food and traditions of the area. If there is a program that you would like to offer to our chapter, please be in touch with Program Committee Co-Chairs, Jeanne Voltz and Joyce O’Neill.

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