Taste of Atlanta is coming up in October, and in between now and then, there are a few other food festivals to be aware of. Check out the lineup below and learn more about each one.
Food That Rocks - Saturday June 9, 2018
The Green at City Springs (Sandy Springs new city hall area)
The fabulous food and music party with a purpose that has wowed Sandy Springs the past two years, Food That Rocks, has moved to a very new location - - the heartbeat of Sandy Springs. On Saturday, June 9, 2018, Food That Rocks will be the inaugural event to be held on the Green at City Springs. Your all-inclusive ticket includes gourmet bites from over 20 of Sandy Springs’ best restaurants, wine/beer/cocktail tastes and live music from local musicians “Saved by the Band” and DJ Jimmy E. Charity partners this year include three Sandy Springs-based charities, Second Helpings Atlanta, Community Assistance Center and The Drake House. Dames receive a 25% discount on tickets with code DAME
Jeff & Jenn's Brunch All Night presented by Taste of Atlanta
Saturday, June 16, 2018
The best parts of the weekend - Saturday Night and Sunday Brunch - all in one amazing party! Jeff & Jenn’s Brunch All Night is back! Join us on Saturday, June 16th at Terminal West as we combine the best parts of the weekend; Saturday Night and Sunday Brunch! Come for amazing brunch bites from local Atlanta restaurants, curated by Taste of Atlanta, along with live music, and drinks....all night! Tickets are limited, so get yours today.
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival's Cinebash
Saturday, June 23, 2018
A first-of-its-kind event that marries movies, immersive art installations and food, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) is pleased to announce Cinebash. The inaugural event will blend food, music, and other production elements for an unforgettable evening. The 2018 edition of Cinebash will pay tribute to Saul Bass, a Jewish-American graphic designer and Academy Award-winning filmmaker, best known for his motion picture title sequences, including Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo and Psycho, promotional posters for such films as Exodus, The Shining and West Side Story, as well as corporate logos.
Cinebash party guests will step into the world of Saul Bass via a collection of art installations that make dynamic use of light, color, and movement, conceived and produced under the creative direction of Danny Davis of Protect Awesome, known for his ambitious and wildly imaginative work with such clients as The Goat Farm, Terminus and Atlanta Contemporary. Other party highlights include an assortment of delicious bites from favorite restaurants presented by Taste of Atlanta, signature themed drinks, fun photo ops, a commemorative poster, plus a custom swag bag filled with branded giveaways.
Southern Wing Showdown
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Tickets on sale soon!
This fun-filled festival is serving up the South's favorite brand of chicken wings, Springer Mountain Farms, prepared by 25 of the South's most acclaimed chefs! Beneficiaries include Angel Flight Soars and Second Helpings Atlanta. Join us for a finger licking good time with chefs from Atlanta, Nashville, Charleston, Charlotte and Savannah, as they prepare delectable wings, savory sides and southern spirits. Advance ticket purchase highly recommended as they will sell out!
Taste of Atlanta
October 19, 20, & 21, 2018
Taste of Atlanta, the city's must-do, unforgettable three-day food festival returns October 19, 20 & 21, 2018 at our new location in Historic Fourth Ward Park! More than 90 neighborhood favorites will show off their most craveable dishes, the hottest local chefs will strut their stuff on three live demo stages and patrons of the Grand Tasting Event will hit boozy nirvana sampling craft beers, wine and creative cocktails.
The 2018 event will take YOU on a foodie adventure through the city's many diverse neighborhoods by featuring the chefs and restaurants that give these communities their unique flair.
Food lovers of all ages are invited to join Taste of Atlanta in October in celebrating the dynamic energy and variety of the local restaurant scene while savoring what makes Atlanta the food capital of the South!
The Georgia Organics Conference was held in Augusta this February. Many of our Dames attended the conference, and one of them took advantage of our grant scholarship program to help her attend.
Ashley Dowling, Director of Operations at Community Farmers Markets was awarded a grant to attend the conference. She shared her experience with us in a recap letter which you can read here.
Don't forget, if you are looking to attend a conference our Individual Grant, established in 2003, provides opportunities for professional development through continuing education for women working in the areas of culinary arts, beverage management, hospitality, agriculture and related fields.
Learn more about the Individual Grant Application Process.
Call for Chefs and Beverages - Hambidge Art Auction at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center, Saturday, May 5, 2018
Our Les Dames Chapter is proud to partner with the Hambidge Creative Residency Program which offers two-week or longer residencies for creative thinkers on a beautiful 600-acre property in North Georgia. Hambidge's largest fundraiser is their annual Art Auction, widely recognized as one of Atlanta’s most anticipated art events combining an extraordinary, diverse and talented array of artists, individual donors, and local businesses.
Hambidge is looking for chefs to feature that evening, asking for 500 bites for each table to be offered between 7 - 9 p.m. for a great crowd of over 1000 art and food lovers. Featured chefs will be separated up and down several levels of the ADAC Atrium. All inside (so no worry about rain). Your name and logo will be included on the Hambidge website, social media, display at the auction and in promotional materials distributed to Hambidge members, artists, arts and business leaders. Also provided are 4 tickets to the events for your favorite clients or friends.
We are hoping that we might have a couple of tables from our Les Dames chapter. In addition to food, Hambidge is also looking for wine and beverage. It's a great opportunity for exposure and a very fun evening. Thank you for considering! Please contact Dame Woodie Wisebram, Hambidge Board Member, with any questions firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-317-0939.
Edna Lewis, with bravery, confidence and extreme style and grace has done more to elevate and celebrate Southern food and sustainable living as any chef in history. That's a bold statement but in my opinion true and I'll argue it to anyone who wants to take it up with me.
I've had the fortune to meet a handful of celebrities in my life--many of them recognizable world-wide--but never has my heart beat so fast with the sensation of being star-struck as it has when I met Edna Lewis for the first time. I have to thank Dame Sonya Jones for that experience and the Atlanta Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier in general. We were so fortunate to count Ms. Lewis among our early members and in 1999, LDEI International named Dame Edna Lewis "Grand Dame".
I encourage each of you to learn more about Edna Lewis and her lasting legacy. Buy her many books and look into how you can enhance your own life experience by reading about her and supporting young women who wish to create a beautiful career through the culinary arts.
I'm grateful for all of the women in our chapter and in this month of celebrating Black History, I salute our many members of color for carrying the torch. Thank you for all that you do and inspiring us to move forward!
Learn more more about Edna Lewis
The 21st Georgia Organics Conference will be held February 16-17, in Augusta, Georgia. Farmers, Educators, Advocates, and Exhibitors will be there to share their love and knowledge of food. Click below for more information about the conference. Dames interested in attending have an opportunity through our partnership with the conference organizers. Look for an email that was sent out yesterday and reach out to the Scholarships Committee.
I hope everyone has had a happy and healthy start to 2018 to 2018. There are so many exciting things on the horizon for our chapter, and I am personally looking forward to working closely with many of you on some fun, and important projects.
When I attended the very first meeting of potential Atlanta Dames (I say potential because during that first meeting we were just exploring the opportunity of having an Atlanta Chapter of LDEI) in Nathalie Dupree's, then Ansley Park home, I looked around the room and wondered, who are these accomplished women? How can I get to know them, and how can I become one of them? The answer was to become a member, throw myself into Les Dames' service, planning, and activities.
Many of the original members have moved on to other adventures in their careers or relocated, but the grand lot of us are still members, are dear friends and colleagues. It's a bit more challenging now that our chapter is so big, however, I am determined to have us reignite a flame of enthusiasm for service, friendship, and collaboration.
I'm also very keen on us exploring opportunities to strengthen our "brand" as well as our position in Atlanta's cultural landscape. By shining a spotlight on not only our chapter, but on individual members-your personal and professional accomplishments and aspirations-I believe that we can show the public who we are in creative, and robust ways.
Keep your eyes peeled on these newsletters for ways you can dive in. I hope you will join us in our bold leap forward as a unified group, and an exciting service organization.
Once a year the Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia (HEFG) brings passionate students that want to learn about the culinary industry together with industry leaders to strengthen, and encourage our future workforce.
For the past 14 years, HEFG has hosted an expo showcasing the many career paths the hospitality industry offers. Allowing students, and educators to walk through the HEFG Expo, and know that in this industry, “Every Step is Your Opportunity!”
Atlanta Dames have an opportunity to present at this expo that takes place THIS FRIDAY, February 2 from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm at the Georgia International Convention Center. Dame Tamie Cook will be there representing us, and it would be wonderful if
any other members would like to be there to
help our chapter really shine. It’s inspiring to
see young folks open their minds to how many
opportunities there can be for them. Our Atlanta
chapter will have a display table to highlight
information about our group, as well as our
Please contact Dame Tamie Cook if you would like to help out. email@example.com
Each year Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Magazine hosts the Southeastern Designer Showhouse and Gardens. Top interior and landscape designers from the Southeast participate by exclusive invitation. This year, Dame Gina Christman, Publisher of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Magazine, has extended an invitation to our chapter to participate in a fun day of culinary mashups on May 5, 2018. “Derby de Mayo” is our theme and it will be a fun twist on two of America’s favorite days of eating and drinking—Kentucky Derby Day and Cinco de Mayo!
Think mint juleps made with tequila or a play on a bourbon-laced horchata. Hot brown tacos or dainty cucumber-cilantro tea sandwiches. This is going to be a fun way for Atlanta Dames to show off their creativity, and also to strengthen our brand as a chapter. The Southeastern Showhouse expects 5,000-plus visitors during its run from April 19th through May 13, 2018. Our presence there on May 5th, will expose us to an entirely new population of potential fans, and supporters.
We are just now scheming what our participation will look like as well as the details of our chapter event. We will have the opportunity for some Dames to offer recipes, demos, and tastes, but there may be another fun way to include our members through some short fun presentations or collaborations with some of their sponsors. Gina and her team have let us know that we can really think creatively but we need to get a team together soon in order to seize our marketing opportunities through the magazine, and other media outlets
Please contact Angie Mosier, if you are interested in being a part of this really fun day! firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information to follow on the event details as they become available. Check back on our events page soon!
The 2017 LDEI Annual Conference will be held October 26-29 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, CA. Hosted by the Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter, the meeting will take as its theme "California Dreaming: Experiencing California Cuisine from Farm to Table."
Visit the Conference website for more information.
The 2017 Legacy Awards and Hosts have been announced! The awards, presented to six outstanding professional women in the food, fine beverage and hospitality industries, will be decided in May 2017, with all experiences being completed by October 1, 2017. Please visit the website to learn more about this year's lineup of amazing experiences.
LDEI is seeking volunteers who are interested in serving on the international Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 term. The LDEI Nominating Committee will collect nominations and produce a single slate that will be ratified by the seated delegates.
The following positions are available for the LDEI Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 term. Each position is a one-year term, with the exception of First Vice President. The First VP moves into the president's position, then the immediate-past president position, making it a three-year commitment. Positions available are:
- First Vice President
- Second Vice President
- Third Vice President
- Chapter Board Liaison (3)
- March 31: Deadline for LDEI officer nominations to be sent to LDEI office
- May 1: Executive Director sends slate of candidates/ballots to chapter delegates to ratify
- May 31: Completed ballots returned to LDEI office
For more information, view the full nomination form here.
In anticipation for the Super Bowl LI, the Today Show put on a culinary segment to celebrate regional game day snacks. Our very own Dame Jennifer Booker was not only featured on the segment, but she took home the trophy. Check out the video of the segment. You can find the recipes to her winning dishes at the bottom of the link. Keep up with Chef Booker, and learn more about her experiences here.
Happy New Year!
It's hard to believe January is half over. It's going to be an exciting year for the Atlanta Chapter. Our chapter is one the most envied chapters in LDEI. It is because of the incredible leadership we have had over the past 20 years. The only way we can continue to be successful is for our members to be involved and participate.
The Culinary Futures event last Thursday was amazing and reinforced the reason we do what we do. Listening to the 3 young women whose lives we have impacted was inspiring. I think the decision to move "Afternoon In The Country" to Foxhall was a great decision and we look forward to an even better event this year.
The lives we touch as a result of our fundraising efforts continues to amaze me. We need our members to step up early with sponsorships and silent auction items to ensure the maximum impact we can make.
Thank you for trusting me with the presidency.
Dame Holly Chute
LDEI Atlanta Chapter President
Beginning in 2015, the Atlanta Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier established a Fellowship Grant to be awarded annually to a member of our chapter.
Dame Angie Mosier, the first recipient of our LDEI Hambidge Grant had this to say, “I just returned from my two week residency at the Hambidge Center and I was able to work on a project that is unfolding to be not only visually beautiful but socially intriguing and potentially important. We all work hard and our schedules are packed. It's sometimes difficult to imagine being able to take two weeks away but now that I've done it, I can't imagine not experiencing the beauty, serenity and focused energy that I was able to partake of there. The LDEI scholarship to Hambidge is a rare opportunity for our members to become part of the Hambidge fellowship. The Hambidge Center accepts artists of all disciplines from all over the world and they are eager to receive more culinary artists into their fold. I encourage you to think about those projects that you may have put on the back burner or consider an idea that you have had brewing for a while and apply for the LDEI Hambidge Scholarship. I'm truly grateful to the Atlanta Dames for the opportunity to energize and exercise my passion for creating compelling work that brings about conversation and consideration of the way we eat.”
Please click here for all of the information, requirements and application. Should you have questions please e-mail Dame Nancy Lutz at email@example.com.
Dame Nancy Lutz & Dame Vanessa Parker McIntyre, Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs
Below is a note we received from one of our repeat scholarship recipients, Nicolette Kirkpatrick:
I wanted to say thank you to you and the rest of the Dames for your continued support these last 4 years. My brother Tyler and I enjoyed the dinner and had a lot of fun getting to know the other recipients and new Dames I had not meet yet. I met a recipient that will be a freshmen at JWU this year and I can't wait to show her around.
I have made so many great connections and hope to continue to meet more Dames. I was told there is a new chapter in NC and I hope to get in contact with some of them for a new job and internship opportunity.
Thank you again,
The Atlanta chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier welcomes 12 accomplished new members across a variety of food, beverage and hospitality related professions to join the invitational organization whose mission is education, scholarship and philanthropy. New members include:
- Wendy Allen, Cooking School Director, The Cook’s Warehouse
- Jodi Burson, Director of Brand Enhancement, Big Green Egg
- Debby Cannon, Ph.D. Director, Georgia State University, Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration
- Lauren Carey, Executive Director, Peachtree Road Farmers Market
- Kendall Collier, CEO, A Divine Event
- Kate Dolan, Executive Corporate Chef, Golden State Foods
- Lisa Ito, Pastry Chef, Umi Buckhead/Himitsu Lounge
- Chrysta Poulos, Creative Director - Pastry, RocketFarm Restaurants
- Nancy Resman, Senior Catering Sales Manager, The Ritz-Carlton
- Alice Rolls, Executive Director, Georgia Organics
- Suzi Sheffield, Founder & CEO, Beautiful Briny Sea
- Tracy Stuckrath, President & Chief Connecting Officer Thrive! Meetings & Events
Les Dames d'Escoffier International (LDEI) is dedicated to creating a supportive culture in the community, fostering excellence and promoting the achievement of women in hospitality professions through educational and charitable activities.
“Our members stand out as leaders in their industries, and this new member class further contributes to the overall strength of our local chapter in our very special 20th anniversary year,” said Chapter President Gayle Skelton. “It is a humbling experience to lead this group of leaders as we continue to award scholarships to women in the industry, support non-profit partners with grants and work together to enhance everyone’s paths – both professionally and personally. Welcome, new members!”
Founded in New York in 1976 by Carol Brock, a food reporter for the New York Daily News, LDEI is a membership-by-invitation, philanthropic organization that provides education, networking opportunities and scholarship support.
The LDEI Atlanta membership boasts more than 100 prominent women in career paths ranging from professional chefs, restaurateurs, caterers, farmers, food retailers, event planners, cookbook authors, food journalists and historians, winemakers and wine industry professionals, food publicists, and culinary educators to hospitality executives.