Dames Who Read: Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots
10.06.15 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

WHAT: Dames Who Read: Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots by Jessica Soffer.

This book is a novel somewhat reflective of our earlier selection  “Kitchen Daughter” which was such a favorite and resulted in great discussion. This …

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2015 Scholarship Recipients Reception
09.23.15 – 10:47 pm | No Comment

Scholarship recipients 2015

Mike Riley and his team at Le Cordon Bleu culinary college hosted our Les Dames Scholarship reception Tuesday September 15. They provided an enticing assortment of charcuterie, assorted vegetables and sauces, augmented by several member’s donations of exquisite cheese, seafood, and fabulous pastries. All of this was complemented by a thirst quenching Prosecco cocktail, made with raspberry cardamom syrup. Thanks go out to Patty Erd, Sofia Solomon, Anne Kauffmann, Melissa Yen and Veronica Hastings.

Lovely vegetables

Cheese Array by Sofia Solomon

Many Dames turned out to congratulate the scholarship recipients, all of whom attended except one whose kitchen duty had not yet ended. Many of the newly assigned mentors were also present and it was a festive evening. Patty Erd made nice certificates which she handed out as she introduced this year’s recipients and they each spoke for a few minutes about what they hoped would happen in their future in the culinary world. This year’s group is comprised of many interesting international components. One lady is about to embark on a 6- month stage in France; another is a Russian national who plans on settling in Chicago to establish a career in hospitality. Another is American raised in China and is inspired to fuse both cultures into her love of cooking, and yet another lady originally from Mexico is tempted to do further studies for baking in Italy before opening her own store in Chicago. Compared to past years the applications, this year’s were not many, 30 in all. Eleven applicants stood out and after the interviews seven scholars were chosen. All of the Scholarship committee members were inspired to choose a recipient as a mentor, which was a great natural progression in the whole process.

Macaroons!One of our ladies, Jessica Pamonicutt, had just given birth to a baby, premature by five weeks, and has been in the hospital with her baby every day. She was determined she was going to make it in spite of that. During the reception we received a call that she could not make it. Imagine our surprise, when right as Patty was introducing the ladies, she walked in with her husband. They had been living at the hospital for the last week, and told us how happy they were to eat some good food, because the hospital food was just awful. We asked the chef to pack up a big goodie bag for them, and when Anne saw Patty adding a few pastries to the bag; she went back to the kitchen and got them a whole tray of beautiful macaroons to take along. Jessica’s husband, Antonio, works third shift at a hospital near where their baby is, and was so excited to take those to work and share them.

Our favorite moment of the party was when Anne handed him the tray and he said “I knew I was gonna love these ladies!” Jessica wrote this to Patty: “It was a well needed break for both of us… walking into an applause was a priceless moment for me. It really made me feel good after a really hard day at the hospital. You ladies are amazing. And I am so honored to have been selected and to be part of your group.” Jessica Pamonicutt really caught the committee’s attention through her passion to pass on healthy and tasty food habits to her Native American Reservation, as if having a pre-mature baby was not enough she is already developing this program for her Reservation.

Veronica Hastings will head the Scholarship Committee next year, if you are interested in working on this rewarding committee, or would like more information please call or email her: 773-366-9463 or Veronica@H2vino.com.

Simply Ancient Grains at Floriole
06.15.15 – 12:56 pm | No Comment
Simply Ancient Grains at Floriole

The recipes tasted were all from Maria’s book — Polenta tart with sherried strawberry compote, frittata muffins, asparagus grain salad, and shortbread cookies with hazelnuts.
Loved learning all about whole grains from Maria Speck, author of …

Cinco de Mayo Clean Up
05.13.15 – 11:08 pm | No Comment
Cinco de Mayo Clean Up

Submitted by Julie Chernoff
These photos were taken at the “Cinco de Cleanup” at the Roberti Community House on May 5. Polly Peters, Mary McMahon and I all attended to see our LDE Community Outreach program …

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

Submitted 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 …

Annual Meeting & Dinner
03.27.15 – 10:26 pm | One Comment
Annual Meeting & Dinner

WHERE: River Roast
315 N. Lasalle Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60654
Phone 312.822.0100<NOTE: Valet Parking available, $14 for three hours
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WHEN: Monday, June 15, 2015

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 …