Dame Maria Speck Book Signing
05.12.15 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

Sunday, May-31-2015
Floriole Bakery
6:00 PM: Q & A with blogger Tim Mazurek of Lottie and Doof and tasting samples from my book, prepared by Sandra Holl
by Julie Chernoff
Veteran journalist and cookbook author Dame Maria …

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Dames Who Read: One Souffle At A Time
05.12.15 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

souffleSubmitted by Toria Emas

If you wondered why ears were burning on May 11, many Dames from around the country were being mentioned by the 13 Book Clubbers who met at Bistronomic to discuss Anne Willan’s One Soufflé at a Time. From Abby Mandel to Dames from Boston , Dallas, South Carolina and Atlanta, many received their inspiration and training at Anne Willian’s La Varenne Cooking School. Our very own Book Club member, Diane Sokolofski spent a day in the Paris school while her husband, Ed, was in a business meeting. The book’s index contains a Who’s Who in the culinary world. Many Dames at the table shared a story or two about meeting and working with Anne at IACP on special committees and the board.

We reminisced about first trips to Paris and what aspects of France surprised us the most. The conversation centered around how everyone ended up in the culinary/wine world. None of us were so lucky to work at Versailles as Anne did, but our Dames still became culinary teachers and leaders in their chosen field. Anne and her husband Mark were quite social and entertained diplomats, lawyers, judges, authors, food critics and most lovingly their family. Read the full story »

An Indulgent Mediterranean 5-Course Dinner
03.21.15 – 1:45 pm | One Comment
An Indulgent Mediterranean 5-Course Dinner

Dames Meme Hopmayer, Nancy Brussat and Barbara Glunz and Malika Ameen along with Convito Chef Noe Sanchez and Meme’s husband Gary Hopmayer not only put on a fantastic dinner for Swankalicious fundraising bid winner Dame …

Applications Available for Les Dames d’Escoffier International Legacy Awards
03.09.15 – 1:57 pm | No Comment
Applications Available for Les Dames d’Escoffier International Legacy Awards

LOUISVILLE, KY (February 24, 2015) – Imagine working side-by-side with a top organic restaurateur in Washington, D.C., helping with the grape harvest for the oldest continuously operating, family-owned winery in California, learning food photography and …

Dames Who Read: Delicious
01.30.15 – 3:30 pm | No Comment
Dames Who Read: Delicious

Submitted by Julie Chernoff
NOTE – CLICK HERE TO SEE THE 3-14-15 FEATURE IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE.
We had a great turnout for the winter edition of Dames Who Read, held on January 27 at Dame Amy …

Post Holiday Pot Luck Celebrates Family Tradition
01.21.15 – 11:20 pm | 2 Comments
Post Holiday Pot Luck Celebrates Family Tradition

by Julie Chernoff
Over 40 Dames made it to Dame Portia Belloc-Lowndes’ gorgeous apartment overlooking Michigan Avenue and a frosty Lake Michigan under a blanket of freshly fallen snow. Once inside, a plethora of delicious dishes …

The Dames Potlucks in the Hood
01.21.15 – 9:11 am | One Comment
The Dames Potlucks in the Hood

The WESTERN BURBS
March 22, 2015 (Sunday)
“Tapas Potluck”
at the home of Dame Suzanne Florek
It was a small but mighty crew that gathered at Dame Suzanne Florek’s charming Western Springs home, armed with olives and …