LDEI Annual Conference Update

The Washington, D.C. Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier is looking forward to hosting you in our beautiful city for this year’s annual conferenceOctober 27-30th. Located in the fashionable West End and adjacent to Historic Georgetown, the Fairmont Hotel will serve as the perfect location for your stay. You will find our theme, Global Appetite, Local Impact, woven throughout the activities planned. We invite you to "Come Early and Stay Late” as there is a full agenda planned for you with activities running through Sunday Brunch.

Begin your stay on Wednesday afternoon with a private tour of Hillwood Mansion, the estate of Marjorie Merryweather Post, which contains an amazing collection of Russian art and twenty-five acres of landscaped gardens. Afterwards, saunter down the street a couple of blocks for an open house hosted by Grande Dame Joan Nathan to meet up with your girlfriends and enjoy a nibble and a drink.

Thursday, our pre-conference tours will offer you an opportunity to enjoy a variety of unique experiences tailored especially for you. Tour historicMount Vernon; enjoy the day at Aerlie, where Earth day was born; or visit the Turkish Embassy. These are just a few of the many offerings from which you can choose. The LDEI CBL’s have a valuable leadership session planned for you in the area of fundraising. This afternoon session promises to give you tools to bring back to your chapter, enhancing your ability to raise dollars for your various causes.  The evening offers a variety of Dine Arounds featuring many of our award winning Dames Restaurants for a real culinary treat.

We are thrilled that Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation, will be the key note speaker on Friday followed by a message from Joan Nathan. Our education committee has been working hard to put together a fantastic line-up of sessions on a variety of cutting edge topics pertinent to our members to enhance your conferenceexperience. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy the fabulous partner lunch and do some shopping at our market place.

Newly renovated Union Station, Capital Hill’s iconic Beaux Arts centerpiece, will serve as the Friday night venue celebrating the 30th birthday of LDEI and the 35th birthday of our chapter. You will enjoy an array of international foods prepared from our talented D.C. Dames recipes.

Saturday morning features a session on Culinary Diplomacy created by the GCI committee followed by more opportunities to learn from a host of interesting panel discussions. Meet the legacy award winners at the luncheon as we hear about their once in a lifetime experiences. Spend Saturday afternoon at the Council of Delegates meeting, or do some sightseeing in this fascinating city. Saturday night you will meet this year’s M.F.K. Fisher award winner at the beautiful ballroom of theFairmont Hotel and enjoy a sumptuous meal.

Plan a late Sunday afternoon departure and join us for an elegant champagne brunch and our chapter fundraiser, Chapeau, Auguste Escoffier! to be held at La Maison Francaise. In celebration of the 170th birthday of our namesake, this soiree at the French Embassy is the perfect way to end your stay with us while bidding au revoir to your sister Dames.

I look forward to seeing you in October. If you need anything at all or have questions, please contact me personally at annstratte@gmail.com.


Ann Stratte

Washington, D.C. Chapter President