Les Dames Event

Philadelphia may be The City of Brotherly Love, but on May 4, 2013, it’s the Dames who’ll be running the show — the Culinary show.

Collectively known as Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), the Philadelphia  Chapter is a talented and philanthropic group of chefs, restaurateurs, cookbook authors, bloggers, media personalities, wine and spirits specialists, educators, nutritionists and farmers, hosting a fundraiser benefiting its Educational, Scholarship and Green Tables initiatives.

The Symposium presenters include flavor expert, Marcia Pelchat (Monell Chemical Senses Center), Amy Hoopes, Chief Marketing Officer, EVP, Global Sales of Wente Family Estates Vineyards, Dame Angie Brown hosts a panel featuring Chef Tia McDonald (The Vetri Foundation for Children) and Delilah Winder on Breaking the Color Barrier in the Kitchen; local legend Chef Georges Perrier and Charlotte Calmels (Bibou) are panelists for Women and Their Role in the French Kitchen, led by Chef Michèle Haines of the Spring Mill Café; and Chef Marta Quintana who will teach a hands-on Cuban Cooking class. Gluten free/vegan baking is also on the menu, served up with a special appearance by Jason Roberts from The Chew.  Underwriting sponsors include ShopRitetm , The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, Roland Foods, and ESCA Enterprises, Inc.

Event chair Aliza Green, one of Philly’s foremost female culinarians, will be signing her latest book, “Making Artisan Pasta”, recently named one of Cooking Light’s Top 100 Cookbooks of the Last 25 Years, and demonstrating how to prepare hand-stretched pasta. Local farmer Linda Geren will be presenting a how-to on raising chickens, working with bees and more. Farm-to-table mixologist Katie Loeb, author of “Shake, Stir, Pour” will be providing a lesson on making herbal simple syrup and tasty libations, and olive oil expert Fabio Auguardo will test our palates in an interactive olive oil tasting. For a peek at the 2011 event, watch this clip from WHYY’s Friday Arts show.

WHO: LDEI Philadelphia; lesdamesphiladelphia.com

WHAT: CUISINE, CULTURE & COMMUNITY: A Global Celebration of Women & Food

WHERE: The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, 4207 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 2013 • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., plus an Afternoon Reception

WHY: To raise funds for LDEI Educational, Scholarship and Green Tables initiatives, as well as shine a light on the many talented individuals working in the culinary, hospitality, farming, beverage and education fields with whom the organization has relationships. And of course, to have lots of fun savoring what the Dames enjoy most: thinking about food.

COST: Registration of $105, includes breakfast, lunch, all sessions & afternoon reception, BUT a promotional  Price of $75.00 will be offered to my readers.  You simply have to register for the event under the “professional member registration” rate on our website:  http://lesdamesphiladelphia.com/  

I hope to see you there.


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