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Karola Saekel Craib Excellence in Food Journalism Fellowship 2022 Recipient

Friday, September 30, 2022 9:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


San Francisco Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International Announces 
Karola Saekel Craib Excellence in Food Journalism Fellowship 2022 Recipient 

Philanthropic organization of women leaders in food, fine beverage, and hospitality awards fellowship to journalist Anne Marshall-Chalmers 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, October 4, 2022—The San Francisco Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI-SF) is thrilled to announce Anne Marshall-Chalmers as the 2022 recipient of the Karola Saekel Craib Excellence in Food Journalism Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded annually to a promising Bay Area woman or nonbinary food journalist who is not a Les Dames d’Escoffier member and who has not more than 10 years in the field of food journalism. A monetary award is presented as an acknowledgement for good works and as encouragement to continue writing and remain in the field of journalism. Marshall-Chalmers, a journalist who has reported on issues ranging from California’s water crisis to farmworker safety, received $2,500 as the 2022 recipient. 

“This fellowship was created in 2010 to honor Karola, a monumental figure in the rise of food journalism who also paved the way for women writers throughout her career,” said Pam Mazzola, President of LDEI-SF. “Our membership is proud to recognize Anne and all past and future recipients of the fellowship as journalists whose work furthers the legacy that Karola began. Her writing defined and set the standard for food journalism.”

Seven journalists evaluated five nominees for the 2022 award, including Dames Janet Fletcher, Rachel Levin, and Margo True, and past recipients.

“What an amazing honor to be recognized by such an immensely talented group of women journalists,” said Marshall-Chalmers. “Writing and reporting about food, agriculture and food systems is really fulfilling (and fun!) but also challenging. This is such a boost of encouragement to forge ahead!”

Anne Marshall-Chalmers is a freelance writer and senior reporter with Civil Eats. A California native, she spent several years working as a reporter, writer, and audio producer in Tennessee and Kentucky before returning to the Bay Area. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Gastro Obscura, USA Today, Bay Nature, Earth Island Journal, NPR, CalMatters, Inside Climate News, and Louisville Magazine. She reports on climate change, agriculture, school food, public health, and the spaces where these topics intersect.

In 2023, the monetary award will increase to $3,500. Confidential nominations for the fellowship are received throughout the year, reviewed in the summer, and awarded in the fall. For more information about the fellowship, its nomination process, and past recipients, please visit or email Co-Chair, Dame Roberta Klugman at


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 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 Follow our chapter activities on Instagram @lesdamessf.

Media Contacts

Kimberly Noelle Charles, DipWSET
Les Dames d'Escoffier San Francisco, Communications Committee Chair  

Roberta Klugman
Co-Chair Karola Saekel Craib Excellence in Food Journalism Fellowship

Jennifer Newens
Co-Chair Karola Saekel Craib Excellence in Food Journalism Fellowship

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