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    • Wednesday, May 01, 2024
    • 6:00 PM
    • Doctorbird Market - 90 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, CA
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    East Bay Member Meetup at

    Doctorbird Market
    90 E 4th Street, Pittsburg
    6:00 pm

    LDEI-SF is inviting you to our next Member Meetup! May 1st at 6 pm we’ll be at Doctorbird in Pittsburg, CA to sip wine, eat cheese and have fun. Doctorbird Market is a family-run retail shop featuring small-production wine, craft beer, and specialty foods, owned and operated by Dame Danielle Fiala. This gorgeous shop features many products made by SF and Sonoma dames, so this is a great way to support Danielle and to purchase Dame-produced wines, olive oils and cheeses all in one place.

    Doctorbird Market is the vision of Danielle and her husband,  Zane Fiala, both veterans of the Bay Area hospitality industry. This market is more than just a place to shop. They have poured their hearts into creating a welcoming and warm atmosphere that fosters a sense of community and appreciation for food and drink. The market is intended to function as a corner store (albeit a fancy one) for Pittsburg residents who enjoy good food and cooking at home.

    Register now for this fun East Bay meetup. There is no registration fee as Dames will pay for  their own food & drink costs,  but a guest count helps Danielle prepare for the correct number of guests.  Member Meet Ups are a casual and fun way to stay connected as a dame in between our larger events. Contact Saundra O’Day with any questions. 

    More info about the wonderful Dame Danielle Fiala: 

    Nearly eighteen years ago, Danielle Fiala left a career in engineering to immerse herself in the world of food. Since then, she has worked in some of the finest Bay Area restaurants and delved into the wine-centric cuisine of Napa and Sonoma. As the culinary educator at the Meadowood Napa Valley resort, she developed recipes for home cooks of all levels, discovering a love for teaching along the way. A native of Jamaica, she is particularly conscious of the issue of food waste. Teaching offered a platform to spread awareness and help her students become more thoughtful about the way they purchase, utilize, and even dispose of ingredients. In 2021, she earned a professional certificate in copyediting from UC Berkeley and has begun seeking opportunities to marry these newly-acquired skills with her prior experience and lifelong love of cookbooks. 

    Most recently Danielle opened Doctorbird Market, which has been a dream for Danielle and her first employee, her daughter, age 8.

    • Sunday, May 19, 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Wente Vineyards Events Center, Cresta Blanca Room

    The Karola Saekel Craib Excellence in Food Journalism Fellowship Celebration

    2023 Fellowship recipient Teresa Cotsirilos of the Food and Environment Reporting Network in conversation with Margo True, editorial director of Civil Eats, with an introduction by 2016 Fellow Lisa Morehouse of California Foodways

    Toast our Fellows and savor a spring luncheon buffet with Wente Vineyards award-winning wines as our chapter honors 14 years of supporting Bay Area women journalists. Hear from 5th Generation Winegrower & Director of Vineyard Operations Niki Wente about the wines and sustainability in the vineyards.

    Enjoy and participate in the lively discussion as previous Fellows, who report on food, wine and spirits, restaurants, foodways, agriculture policy, food culture, environment and social justice, engage with Chapter members who have been leaders in these areas. 

    This event is open to Dames, their guests, and the public. 

    Tickets are $100. Please register by May 10. (Tickets are non-refundable, but they are transferable)

    The first 25 to register will receive a copy of Gather: Casual Cooking from Wine Country Gardens by Dame Janet Fletcher.

    Interested in further supporting our Fellowship efforts? Consider purchasing a "Gift a Ticket" for our Fellows to attend or donate to the Fellowship directly here

    Thank you to Grande Dame Carolyn Wente for her generous support of this program.


    Questions? Contact

Past events

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 THE WEIGHT OF OZEMPIC: What happens when we no longer care about food?
Friday, February 09, 2024 Reception to Celebrate LDEI-SF Award Recipients - Prospect SF
Wednesday, December 13, 2023 Napa-Sonoma Member Meetup at Compline
Wednesday, October 25, 2023 Getting to Know LDEI-SF: Our Roots, Our Focus, Our Future
Monday, October 09, 2023 LDEI-SF 2nd Annual DEI in the Food and Wine Industry Celebration and Education Luncheon
Monday, September 18, 2023 New Member Induction and Annual General Meeting Dinner
Sunday, August 27, 2023 Artisanal G&T Tasting with Dame Tara Jasper, SipSong Spirits (and chance for a ride over Sonoma in her XCub Backcountry plane)
Thursday, July 20, 2023 At Home with Dame Joanne Weir: An Intimate Evening of Tequila & Tacos
Sunday, June 04, 2023 Marin Member Meetup at The Monk's Kettle
Sunday, May 07, 2023 Spring Fling in Sonoma: Prix-fixe Brunch at Valley in Sonoma
Friday, April 14, 2023 DECANTsf Member Meetup
Friday, March 10, 2023 New Frontiers in Meat & Dairy: Improving our Food System With Innovative Biotech - A Virtual Panel
Wednesday, February 22, 2023 East Bay Member Meetup
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 New Member Reception
Monday, November 14, 2022 L’Etoile Scholarship Fundraiser at Nightbird
Monday, October 10, 2022 DEI in the Food and Wine Industry Education and Celebration Luncheon
Sunday, September 18, 2022 New Member Induction Lunch & Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 Karola Saekel Craib Excellence in Food Journalism Fellowship Celebration
Saturday, April 30, 2022 Blissful Sound Bathing Experience & Bubbles
Thursday, March 31, 2022 Reduce Stress, Increase Energy, Improve Relationships with Coaching
Monday, March 21, 2022 UPCYCLING! The future of Food and the Planet: Thinking Bigger About Food Waste
Monday, February 28, 2022 Ten Real-Life Breathwork Tips for Busy Women in Food and Wine
Monday, February 28, 2022 3-part LDEI-SF Wellness Series for Mind, Body & Spirit
Thursday, December 16, 2021 LDEI-SF 2021 Holiday Toast
Friday, August 13, 2021 Always a Good Day for Rosé! Wines curated by Dame Tonya Pitts in San Francisco
Sunday, April 11, 2021 Focaccia Barese Cooking Demo with Linda Carucci
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 Coast-to-Coast: A Conversation with Dame Jesse Cool in San Francisco and Patti Simpson in New York: Rethinking Fair Wages & the New Restaurant Paradigm, moderated by Dame Kimberly Belle
Tuesday, February 09, 2021 The Evolution of Artistry in Premium Chocolate
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Welcome to 2021!
Wednesday, October 07, 2020 Wine Wednesday - Three Grapes to Know
Monday, September 14, 2020 LDEI-SF 2020 New Member Induction Celebration
Wednesday, September 02, 2020 First Wednesdays Virtual Happy Hour
Wednesday, August 05, 2020 First Wednesdays Virtual Happy Hour with Roberta Klugman and Rachel Levin
Wednesday, July 01, 2020 First Wednesdays Virtual Happy Hour
Thursday, May 28, 2020 Cowgirl Creamery Virtual Cheese Tasting
Tuesday, April 07, 2020 Dames connecting in the time of Corona: A Virtual Happy Hour
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Members Only Virtual Happy Hour
Sunday, March 22, 2020 Wine Pairing Lunch at Taste Catering
Monday, February 24, 2020 Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Trends & Tasting
Monday, January 20, 2020 Cocktails at Prospect Restaurant
Sunday, November 03, 2019 New Member Brunch 2019
Monday, September 23, 2019 LDEI-SF 2019 Annual Induction Dinner
Sunday, April 28, 2019 Emily Luchetti April 28
Tuesday, April 09, 2019 LDEI-SF Spring Event with Ruth Reichl
Monday, February 11, 2019 LDEI-SF Winter/Spring Events
Monday, January 14, 2019 LDEI-SF Cocktail Social
Sunday, November 04, 2018 New Member Brunch 2018
Monday, September 17, 2018 LDEI-SF 2018 Annual Induction Dinner
Thursday, September 06, 2018 Asian Dumplings Demystified
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 LDEI-SF Master Class
Monday, June 25, 2018 Members Only Pop-up
Sunday, June 03, 2018 Mole & Mezcal!
Thursday, April 19, 2018 Masterclass in Fig Bread with Michael Gassen
Thursday, February 08, 2018 Bay Area LDEI Chapters Mix and Mingle
Sunday, November 05, 2017 New Member Brunch 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017 LDEI-SF 2017 Induction Dinner
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 SingleThread Farm Tour
Saturday, May 06, 2017 Fundraiser for Karola Saekel Craib Excellence in Food Journalism
Monday, January 23, 2017 Winter Business Meeting--CANCELLED
Sunday, December 04, 2016 New Member Brunch 2016
Sunday, November 13, 2016 A Literary Feast--Registration is Now Closed
Monday, September 19, 2016 LDEI-SF 2016 Induction Dinner
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Exclusive Day at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars--CANCELLED
Saturday, May 07, 2016 Les Dames' Garden Project Shower
Friday, April 01, 2016 Heath Ceramics Tour
Saturday, February 13, 2016 MFK Fisher's "The Theoretical Foot"
Monday, January 18, 2016 Ancestral Potluck 2016
Sunday, November 08, 2015 November 8: New Member Brunch
Thursday, October 29, 2015 Save the Dates Oct 29-Nov 1: LDEI Conference
Monday, September 21, 2015 LDEI-SF Induction 2015
Saturday, August 29, 2015 Bonny Doon Tour & Tasting Now Open to Guests: Space is Limited!
Saturday, July 18, 2015 July 18: Sunset Magazine Lunch--SOLD OUT
Monday, June 01, 2015 Giusto's Central Milling and the original Della Fattoria
Monday, April 13, 2015 SHED Tour
Saturday, January 31, 2015 Mead & Honey
Monday, January 12, 2015 Ancestral Potluck
Sunday, November 09, 2014 SF Dames Potluck Brunch
Saturday, October 25, 2014 Celebrate our Chapter's 25th Anniversary!
Saturday, October 11, 2014 Spend the Day at McEvoy Ranch
Monday, September 22, 2014 Induction Dinner 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014 Fig Day!
Thursday, July 24, 2014 Noe Valley Bakery Tour
Friday, May 16, 2014 MFK Fisher/Audobon Benefit
Monday, March 24, 2014 Cheese Meets Beer
Monday, January 27, 2014 Ancestral Potluck
Sunday, November 10, 2013 New Members Potluck Brunch
Saturday, November 02, 2013 Kitchen Memories
Monday, September 23, 2013 Induction Dinner 2013
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 Hakka Feast with Linda Anusasananan--SOLD OUT
Sunday, June 02, 2013 The Art of Eating-MFK Fisher
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 Paris to Provence
Monday, April 08, 2013 IACP Reception
Monday, January 14, 2013 Ancestral Potluck
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 Green Table at Tres Sabores
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 Anatomy of a Start Up
Saturday, May 19, 2012 Full Belly Farm Tour
Saturday, March 24, 2012 Extra Virgin!
Friday, June 01, 1990 1990 Annual Meeting

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