In the heart and stillness of winter, there is always a moment to pause and reflect on the more serious purpose of our profession. Such a moment arose with the recent news articles on the status of women within the food and beverage industry. The original and on-going mission of LDEI and LDNY is the securing and advancement of this status, particularly through our scholarship and Green Tables programs.
Here is one woman’s opinion on the debate. I hope you will join in the discussion and send your remarks for the next newsletter. A recent quote: “When women succeed, all the world succeeds.”
Controversy over the November’13 Time Magazine article The Gods of Food will not die. It was followed by Julia Moskin’s thoughtful and well-researched piece in the New York Times in January. Both articles cited LDNY’s pioneering and on-going role in opening doors for women in the food and related industries. We continue to be appreciative, especially to our former member, Anita Lo, who burnished our reputation.
The question remains: Is this momentary attention, or are there underlying reasons for the re-emergence of our long-fought battle for career opportunity in the food, wine, nutrition and hospitality industries?
LDNY's Green Tables Team, in conjunction with WELLNESS IN SCHOOLS, put together most creative nutrition programs for young families, their most recent on January 25th, at the Anderson School, on the West Side. It's excellent committee teamwork that furthers this important cause to help put young families on the right track to healthful eating! Visit LDNY Facebook page HERE to view photos. Learn more on how you can participate in Green Tables HERE.
Take time to view and share our video retrospective on the mission of Les Dames d'Escoffier Int'l (LDEI) and Founder Carol Brock. This project is the first example of The Brock Circle funds “at work,” produced by Bob Hoffman Video & Photography, under the guidance of Dames Maria Gomez, Lori Willis, Mary Ellen Griffin, Carol Brock and Beth Allen. View it HERE.
A must-read article - A Change In The Kitchen - by Julia Moskin (Alain Delaquérière contributed research), in January 22nd New York Time's Dining & Wine section. An in-depth report on the progress of women working in the restaurant industry. Acknowledgement to support groups Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, Toklas Society (name for Alice B. Toklas, the woman who cooked and kept house while her partner, the writer Gertrude Stein, received the world’s accolades) and Les Dames d'Escoffier are noted. Read the entire article HERE.
Learn more about our exceptionally talented scholarship winners. See SCHOLARSHIPS SPOTLIGHT.
Friday, March 14th, 2014
An Evening with Darina Allen - Chef, Award-Winning Cookbook Author, TV Show Host
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Auden - The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park, 50 Central Park South (corner of 59th Street)
$55 members/$65 guests; attendance plus cookbook: $85 members/$95 guests
Join LDNY and The Irish Dairy Board for a celebration honoring Darina Allen, the ‘grande dame’ of Irish cuisine, and the 30th anniversary of her landmark culinary institution, The Ballymaloe Cookery School. Festive St. Patrick’s Day menu inspired by Ireland’s slow food movement and featuring dishes selected from Darina Allen’s newest award-winning cookbook, 30 Years at Ballymaloe: A Celebration of the World-renowned Cooking School with over 100 New Recipes Hardcover (March 1, 2014). A portion of the proceeds will benefit the LDNY scholarship fund.
Tickets may be purchased HERE. More information and menu viewed HERE.
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