Green City Market Tour & Brunch
08.25.14 – 8:19 pm | No Comment

WHAT: Green City Market Tour & Brunch at Perennial Virant to celebrate the release of the Green City Market Cookbook.
Join Dame Dana Benigno and Dame Portia Belloc Lowndes for an insiders tour of Green City …

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Mostly True by Mollie O’Neal
08.27.14 – 8:19 pm | No Comment

book club ladiesFor their summer reading, Dames Who Read chose Molly O’Neill’s book MOSTLY TRUE, A Memoir of Family, Food and Baseball and met at the perfectly appropriate restaurant to hold the discussion: Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch in the Water Tower.

Dame Shannon Kinsella, who chose the book, began the evening by telling of her personal friendship with the author and several amazing similarities the two share, including growing up with a house full of brothers and changing career paths along their way to the world of food.

Along with a discussion of the many family dynamics in the book, there was much lively discussion of our own family relationships and each Dame recounted her personal career path, revealing that our group has many hidden talents and backgrounds: would-be lawyers, writers, interior designers, marketing and communications gurus and one commercial food equipment specialist were all present to celebrate their happy landings in the culinary industry.

sliders After a tasting of sliders, eggplant parm and chicken vesuvio skewers and bacon-wrapped scallops –and all of that lively discussion– the group ended the evening in the Chicago Sports Museum where their athletic sides were Read the full story »

Bon Temps! Dames Who Drink at Ravinia
08.25.14 – 7:50 pm | No Comment
Bon Temps! Dames Who Drink at Ravinia

by Toria Emas
My fellow Dames and I met Sunday the 17th under the stars with Robert & Karen Levin serving as our gracious hosts! There were 7 Dames and 3 spouses.

Each year, Robert drives to …

Elaine Gonzalez, The Innovative Chocolatier
08.16.14 – 6:25 pm | No Comment
Elaine Gonzalez, The Innovative Chocolatier

Bill Daley of the Chicago Tribune wrote a wonderful tribute to Dame Elaine Gonzalez on July 26, 2014, the day after she died. I’ve taken excerpts from what he said. If you’d like to read …

2014 Annual Meeting
08.01.14 – 5:30 pm | No Comment
2014 Annual Meeting

LDE 2014 Annual Meeting and Dinner Report
By Julie Chernoff
The skies were intermittently stormy, but there was nothing but sunshine inside the The Racquet Club of Chicago on Monday, June 16 for the LDE Chicago Chapter …

Swank-A-Licious
05.31.14 – 2:36 pm | No Comment
Swank-A-Licious

Submitted by Dame Portia Belloc-Lowndes
On Monday, May 12th, the Chicago Les Dames d’Escoffier Chapter produced a fab-a-licious, yum-a-licous, and memorable-a-licious event – “ The Swank-a-licous Supper Club”.  The benefit was by all standards was clearly …

Dames Who Read- The Kitchen Daughter
04.29.14 – 6:01 pm | No Comment
Dames Who Read- The Kitchen Daughter

Interesting that April is Autism Month and the Book Club read The Kitchen Daughter where the lead character had Aspergers Syndrome. Once again Judith Hines moderated a stimulating discussion about the book  over a delicious …

The Art of French Pastry
04.28.14 – 5:54 pm | No Comment
The Art of French Pastry

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHEF PFEIFFER WHO WON THE 2014 JAMES BEARD COOKBOOK AWARD IN THE CATEGORY BAKING AND DESSERT.
Note: The French Pastry School is a good friend of Les Dames Chicago.   This review of Jacquy Pfeiffer’s …