Members Only: Cooking Demo Opportunity at AmericasMart

AmericasMart Atlanta is currently planning for their upcoming 2015 regional March Gift and Home Furnishings Market and would love to feature a Dame in a cooking demo.
Date: March 13, 2015
Time:  12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: AmericasMart’s state-of-the-art demo kitchen
Duration: 40-60 minute cooking demo
Food Prep: Demo 2-3 dishes
Headcount: Expect 50 retail buyers in attendance
Supplies: Plates, forks, napkins, etc. for food samples will be provided, along with 2-3 volunteers on-hand to assist with passing out samples.

Interested? Contact:
Sabrina Bawuah
AmericasMart Atlanta
P. 404.220.2114 

Dames Share Their Insights from 2014 - Annual International Conference - Boston

A Look Back: Autumn Mix & Mingle with Wholesome Wave Georgia

By Atlanta Dame Virginia Willis

The November meeting found Dames gathered at Preserving Place in Atlanta  for a presentation by Sara Berney, Director of Wholesome Wave Georgia (WWG) along with the manager of the Sweet Auburn Curb Market and local farmers who are also participants in WWG.  As a result of fund-raising efforts the Atlanta Chapter distributes approximately $30,000 in grants to various food and hunger related causes, including WWG in addition to our scholarship efforts. 

The goal of WWG is increase access to good food for all Georgians while contributing to the local food economy. By doubling each Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, aka Food Stamp) dollar spent at partner markets, WWG is able to leverage existing government food nutrition programs to encourage shopping at local farmers markets. The execution of the WWG program is simple: Every nutrition benefit dollar spent at a WWG partner market becomes two dollars for the shopper and for the farmer. This means more money for farmers and that more Georgians gain access to good, wholesome food. 

LDEI Atlanta has been instrumental in their growth and success under the guidance of Dame Judith Winfrey, WWG board president and board member Dame Woodie Wisebram.  Preserving Place is  a unique “farm to store” retail concept focusing on food preservation. Their state of the art commercial kitchen is used to make small batch, handmade jams, pickles and condiments; a culinary school, teaching students how to cook and put up their own food at home; and a food-focused event space where food-minded folk can gather and meet.  

Call for Entries to Women Food Writers for LDEI’s M.F.K. Fisher Award

Nine Cash Prizes Totaling $2,450 Will Be Awarded

Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is awarding nine cash awards totaling $2,450 for its 2015 M.F.K. Fisher Awards. In addition to $1000 cash, the grand prize winner receives an expenses-paid trip to Charleston, October 31, 2015, to receive the award during LDEI’s annual conference. Deadline for entries is March 31, 2015.

Eligible entries may be from three categories: books, print (magazines and newspapers), and Internet published articles..The entries must have been published in 2014, should be nonfiction and may include analytical pieces, autobiographical explorations and forays into culinary history. Entries must be no longer than 2,000 words. Entries will be judged on writing, knowledge of subject matter, topic, relevance and creative approach. The judging includes editors, authors, educators and other food professionals who are leaders in their field.

Seeking to recognize and highlight excellence in culinary writing, LDEI, a worldwide organization of professional culinary women, presents its annual M.F.K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing named for lauded culinary writer Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, considered one of America’s greatest food writers. 

Les Dames d’Escoffier International, composed of more than 1,800 members, will present three
awards to women writers with work that reflects creativity and insight; illuminates the pivotal roles of food, beverages and the arts of the table; and/or contributes to our knowledge of those who grow, produce or prepare nourishment.

The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2015. Complete details of the award and online
registration can be found at