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  • Thursday, August 18, 2022 9:34 AM | Anonymous

    Click here to read the article from The Mercury News.

  • Wednesday, August 17, 2022 3:24 PM | Anonymous

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    San Francisco Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International

    Inducts 10 New Members in 2022-2023

    Local chapter of philanthropic organization of women leaders in food, fine beverage, and hospitality now exceeds 130 members 

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA, August 17, 2022—The San Francisco Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI-SF)—a philanthropic organization with a mission to support and nurture the next generation of women leaders in the food, fine beverage, and hospitality industries—is proud to announce the induction of 10 new members for the 2022-2023 nomination period. The inductees are professionals from diverse backgrounds, including highly qualified chefs, sommeliers, retailers, and executives.

    Previously, prospective members were required to be nominated by an existing chapter member. In a national effort to create a more equitable nomination process, prospective members were also welcomed to apply directly through a self-nomination process during the 2022-2023 period.

    "Our chapter represents a great cross section of what makes San Francisco an incubator of talent with national impact,” said Pam Mazzola, President of LDEI-SF. “We are thrilled that our membership is even more representative of diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and age ranges than ever before. The infusion of talent and contribution within our organization is incredible. Congratulations to all our new members!"

    The 10 new members, who will be inducted at a private chapter event in September 2022,  include:

          Allison Jordan, Executive Director, California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance

          Cara Patricia Higgins, Co-Founder of DECANTsf, Advanced Sommelier, Certified Specialist of Wine

          Carie Harris, Retired Caterer and Private Chef

          Denise St. Onge, Executive Chef at Sorella Restaurant

          Erika French-Arnold, Director of the Center for Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University

          Fiorella Butron, Culinary Director and Executive Chef at Stone Edge Farm, Certified Sommelier

          Jammir Gray, Executive Chef at Compline Restaurant

          Melissa Chou, Award-winning Pastry Chef of “Grand Opening” Pop-Up at Mister Jiu’s

          Remi Cohen, MBA, CEO of Domaine Carneros

          Stevie Stacionis, Co-Owner of MAMA restaurant and Bay Grape wine shops, Founder of Bâtonnage Forum, Certified Sommelier 

    Dames of the LDEI-SF engage in events, programs, and philanthropy. To qualify, women are required to have a minimum of five years of professional experience in their field, possess the highest qualities of professionalism, be willing to contribute their time and talent as members, and support the LDEI mission, vision, and basic values. Members are requested to attend at least two member events per year and participate in the organization as volunteers, committee members, or chairs, host an event or serve on the Board of Directors. With the addition of the 2022-2023 inductees, LDEI-SF now exceeds 130 members.

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    About Les Dames d’Escoffier International

    LDEI is an international organization of women leaders who create a supportive culture in their communities to achieve excellence in the food, beverage and hospitality fields. To do this, 2,500 members in 43 chapters worldwide provide leadership, educational opportunities and philanthropy within their communities. For more information, visit LDEI.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram @lesdamesintl, Linked-in and Twitter @lesdamesintl. More information on The San Francisco chapter of LDEI can be accessed at lesdamessf.org. Follow our chapter activities on Instagram @lesdamessf.

    Media Contact

    Kimberly Noelle Charles, DipWSET
    Charles Communications Associates
    415-730-0064
    kcharles@charlescomm.com 

  • Tuesday, May 10, 2022 12:39 PM | Anonymous

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

     

    San Francisco Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International

    Opens Applications for New Membership

    Philanthropic organization of women leaders in food, fine beverage, and hospitality now accepting self and peer-nominated applications for membership

     

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 18 2022—The San Francisco Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is now accepting applications for membership as it furthers its mission to support and nurture the next generation of women leaders in the food, fine beverage, and hospitality industries. For the first time, prospective members may apply directly to the organization without a nomination from an existing chapter member. This national policy change aims to provide women with an easier path to apply to LDEI for a more equitable nomination process that furthers the organization’s commitment to diversity. Prospective members may also be nominated by existing chapter members, as in years past.

    In 2022, the San Francisco Chapter of LDEI (LDEI-SF) welcomed a record-breaking 16 new members. In the 2022-2023 nomination period, the chapter will induct 10 new Dames, who will join a membership of accomplished leaders in food, beverage, wine, hospitality, publishing, media, public relations, and agriculture. Dames of the LDEI-SF engage in events, programs, and philanthropy.

    “The San Francisco Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier has always been blessed with a membership of forward-thinking professionals with diverse backgrounds,” said Pam Mazzola, President of LDEI-SF. “We are striving to propel and support women in positions of leadership across the many facets of the hospitality industry.”

    All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply via the online form through the self-nomination process. Women may also be invited to join LDEI by existing chapter members. LDEI-SF seeks nominees who will be active members of the Chapter. Members are requested to attend at least two member events per year and participate in the organization as volunteers, committee members, or chairs, host an event or serve on the Board of Directors. To qualify, nominees should:

          Have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in their respective field

          Possess the highest qualities of professionalism

          Be willing to actively contribute their time and talent as members

          Support the Les Dames d’Escoffier International Mission, Vision, and Basic Values

    Applicants will be asked to secure a letter of recommendation from a current Dame of the San Francisco Chapter. If the applicant is nominating themselves, a letter of recommendation will be provided if the applicant meets the criteria for membership. For a complete list of requirements, please review the application page on the LDEI-SF website.

    Completed applications will be accepted until May 31, 2022. Please contact LDEI-SF Membership Chair Frankie Whitman with any questions about nominations at frankiewhitman@gmail.com. 

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    About Les Dames d’Escoffier International

    LDEI is an international organization of women leaders who create a supportive culture in their communities to achieve excellence in the food, beverage and hospitality fields. To do this, 2,500 members in 43 chapters worldwide provide leadership, educational opportunities and philanthropy within their communities. For more information, visit LDEI.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram @lesdamesintl, Linked-in and Twitter @lesdamesintl. More information on The San Francisco chapter of LDEI can be accessed at lesdamessf.org. Follow our chapter activities on Instagram @lesdamessf.

    Media Contact

    Kimberly Noelle Charles, DipWSET
    Charles Communications Associates
    415-730-0064
    kcharles@charlescomm.com 

  • Monday, January 27, 2020 11:09 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Dame Atonia Allegra who has been awarded the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from San Francisco Professional Food Society.

  • Monday, November 12, 2018 2:30 PM | Anonymous

    Click link below to read interview with Tanya Holland speaking qwith Janet Reilly on her experience, her life and current plans for Brown Sugar Kitchen:

    https://nobhillgazette.com/tanya-holland-is-bringing-soul-to-sf/

    Also in same issue, Dames Alice Waters and Nancy Oakes weigh in on reflections of Anthony Bourdain.


  • Monday, June 11, 2018 2:47 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Sibella Kraus for this wonderful profile on her work starting CUESA & The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market 25 years ago. Brava! 

    https://cuesa.org/article/looking-back-and-looking-forward-cuesas-founder-sibella-kraus

  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018 2:47 PM | Anonymous

    Click here to read Chronicle article by Michael Bauer on dame Suzette Gresham and Acquerello.

  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018 2:44 PM | Anonymous

    March 2018 Chronicle interview with Patty Unterman. Click here to read.

  • Monday, March 19, 2018 5:08 PM | Anonymous

    Dame Traci Des Jardins is interviewed by Janet Reilly. Click here to read full article. 

  • Monday, March 19, 2018 5:05 PM | Anonymous

    Dame Gayle Pirie and John Clark will host a special evening of recipes and stories from their Foreign Cinema Cookbook. Enjoy tapas and entertainment under the stars at their restaurant, June 7th at Foreign Cinema.
    Click here for more information

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