The Dames Potlucks in the Hood
01.21.15 – 9:11 am | No Comment

WHEN: Various dates, see below

All begin at 6 p.m.

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

spicesSubmitted by Julie Chernoff

We had a great turnout for the winter edition of Dames Who Read, held on January 27 at Dame Amy Morton’s Found Kitchen and Social House in Evanston. The evening opened with a glass of wine and a game: Dame Patty Erd put together a “Sniff Test” based on elements of the evening’s discussion book, “Delicious!” by Ruth Reichl. Each Dame was given a note card to be filled in after smelling the 12 essential oil samples on offer. A few came with clever clues, while some we were left to puzzle out on our own. The winners, with seven out of twelve correct answers were Past President Jen Lamplough and me, which led to a “Smell-Off” and a plentiful box of baker’s spices and extracts from The Spice House. Who won? Let’s just say that my house smells like bergamot!

group2We sat down to a delightful family-style dinner, prepared by Found’s much-acclaimed chef, Nicole Pederson. We started with platters of beautiful Midwestern prosciutto and Parmesan, accompanied by grilled bread (from Hewn Bread in Evanston) and truffle honey, inspired by the protagonist’s work in a great NYC Italian deli. Next came delicate Squash Ravioli (pumpkin in the book, but Nicole wasn’t happy with the current pumpkin supply) with red quinoa, pea tendrils, goat cheese and buerre blanc. It was a great combination of flavors and textures—and a reminder of the sensual (literally) aspects of Reichl’s fiction. Dessert, of course, was Nicole’s rendition Billy’s famous Gingerbread Cake, and it was beautiful.

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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 …

Dames Who Brunch at Summer House
01.11.15 – 3:01 pm | No Comment
Dames Who Brunch at Summer House

Over two-dozen Dames and friends gathered for brunch at Summer House Santa Monica in Lincoln Park last month – the perfect end to a bustling 2014. Though the weather was chilly on the outside, the …

Dames Dine at Sunday Dinner Club
11.17.14 – 10:28 pm | No Comment
Dames Dine at Sunday Dinner Club

Sunday Dinner Club chef/owners Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp welcomed us in to their private dinner club with open arms, and we left with full stomachs. The four-course meal was paired with beverages from Vinic …

The Best Begins in Boston – 2014
11.06.14 – 8:49 am | No Comment
The Best Begins in Boston – 2014

The Annual LDEI Conference, this year held in Boston at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, was a tremendous success, with the highest conference attendance in years. There was representation from all chapters, including Canada and London.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sue Gin
10.14.14 – 8:04 am | No Comment
Sue Gin

Sue Gin was a long time member of  the Chicago Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier having been inducted in 1984, when the group was only two years old.
Sue Gin (1941-2014), Founder and CEO of Flying …

2014 Scholarship Recipients
09.19.14 – 8:11 am | No Comment
2014 Scholarship Recipients

A lovely champagne reception was held September 2 at Kendall College to introduce our membership to the recipients of the 2014 Scholarship Awards. We were very proud to be able to offer $30,000 in scholarships …