I know we are all feeling sad because of the death in our family. We will all miss our founder Carol Brock’s indomitable spirit. It’s not that long since she was posing for pictures with us at our last Scholarship Reception (above) and at The Next Big Bite. Only a few weeks ago, she was still calling me to give me advice and spur us on to do even more to support the next generation of women in the culinary industries. LDNY owes a huge debt of gratitude to Carol for creating our organization and continuing to inspire us. In forming LDNY, she chose women at the top of their professions with the goal of changing the world of food, wine, and hospitality by increasing the presence and prestige of women in that world through education, networking, and above all, scholarship. Her mission is what continues to motivate us today.
Our Board will be planning an event to pay tribute to Carol in the fall. We know that many of you would like to speak about what she meant to you and a communal cry with a good dash of laughter will probably do us all good. If you are a newer member, who wasn’t lucky enough to know Carol well, be sure to join us---we want to make sure you know what made her extraordinary and so important not only to LDNY’s history but to the culinary world.
While we did not have our annual Scholarship Reception & Ceremony this year, we did grant over $70,000 in scholarships this summer to a stellar group of deserving women. Over the next few weeks you’ll be seeing photos and bios of them on our social media platforms and I hope you’ll take the time to read them and feel proud of how we are fulfilling the mission that was established by Carol Brock. Each scholarship recipient received a certificate along with a 7” Zwilling Pro Chef’s Knife donated by Zwilling J.A. Henckels that was engraved with our name.
This year, an incredibly generous anonymous donor pledged to offer a $20,000 L’Etoile (the star) scholarship to one woman for each of the next ten years. Julia Esposito (Jules), a hospitality student at the Culinary Institute of America is this year’s recipient of the L’Etoile Scholarship. A television personality and blogger, she is truly a star. Through her creativity, vision, and drive she expanded her high school culinary program and has dedicated over 100 hours of community service to her hometown of Wallingford, CT. Please join me in congratulating Jules and showing appreciation to the benefactor who is making a huge difference in women’s lives.
In spite of the quarantine, we have vetted and offered membership to ten distinguished women. You’ll see their pictures and find out a bit about them on Instagram and Facebook during the next month. And although we will not be able to have our usual fabulous event to welcome them, we will be having a Zoom Induction on Tuesday September 15 at 7 PM. Please save the date to meet and celebrate our newest Dames.
Thank you to all of you who have renewed your membership. If you have not paid your dues, you can still do so for the next month. We don’t want to lose any of you. Please contact me directly if you need to discuss your renewal. And remember that for this year only dues have been reduced to $160. You can renew and pay your dues, by clicking HERE.
I am glad to know from our conversations and your social media posts, that the pandemic has not stopped you from having some summer fun, whether it’s a glass of wine with a fellow Dame outdoors, a family road trip that includes a stop for lobster rolls, or just a juicy tomato sandwich! Please stay safe and healthy by wearing a mask and remaining socially distant. As always, I’m available if I can help you in any way or you just want to say hi! With love and hugs,
Dame Sharon Franke
President, Les Dames d’Escoffier New York