Here are the detailed descriptions of the six Legacy Awards offered by distinguished members of Les Dames d'Escoffier International in 2020 - to be presented to six outstanding professional women in the food, fine beverage and hospitality industries.
THE 2020 AWARDS AND HOSTS:
2020 LEGACY AWARD EXPERIENCES AND HOSTS:
Here are the detailed descriptions of the six 2020 Legacy Awards offered by distinguished members of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), to be presented to six outstanding up and coming professional women in the food, fine beverage, and hospitality industries.
Dame Carol Huntsberger and the Austin Chapter will host the winner for an in-depth look at the wholesale seafood business: sourcing, procuring, receiving, and selling fresh fish and shellfish through Quality Seafood. Several Austin Dames will broaden this experience with tours of the Hill Country and the vibrant Austin food scene. http://www.qualityseafoodmarket.com/ Click here for details.
FOOD PRODUCTION/SUPPLY CHAIN AWARD
HOST: Dame Carol Huntsberger, Owner, Quality Seafood Market
TIME FRAME: TBD June through September 15, 2020
The winner will join Dames Chandra Ram and Susan Szymanski of PLATE Magazine as they put together an upcoming issue of the magazine, and Dames Pat Cobe and Heather Lalley will provide a unique experience producing content for Winsight Media’s Restaurant Business and Food Service Director brands. https://www.winsightmedia.comhttps://plateonline.com Click here for details.
JOURNALISM AWARD: PLATE Magazine, Winsight Media
HOSTS: Dames Julie Chernoff, Pat Cobe, Chandra Ram, Susan Szymanski
TIME FRAME: Ideally, July 7-13 to coincide with Plate photo shoot. Otherwise, date TBD Summer 2020.
Upon arriving in Chicago on Tuesday, July 7, Dame Julie Chernoff will pick up the winner at the airport and take her on a culinary tour of one of Chicago’s many vibrant neighborhoods. The winner will stay at Julie’s Evanston home. For the next two days, the winner will meet up with Dames Susan Szymanski (Publisher) and Chandra Ram (Editor-in-Chief) of Plate Magazine and experience the photo shoot production of Plate’s Annual “Chefs to Watch” September/October 2020 issue. The experience will include working with the food stylists in the kitchen, ideating with the prop stylist, discussing the recipes and layout with Chandra and the Recipe Editor, and reviewing the marketing and sales efforts used to put together each issue of Plate Magazine.
The Legacy winner will spend the next few days at Winsight Media with Dames Pat Cobe and Heather Lalley being mentored by editors on the Restaurant Business and FoodService Director teams. She will contribute digital content to their newsletters, including Recipe Report, On the Menu, and Restaurant Business Daily. Many of these digital stories also go into print issues. Ideally, she will also participate in a podcast, and/or conduct a phone interview for a story. She will contribute to planning/content for Winsight’s Restaurant Directions conference, which takes place at the end of July, and will also work with the menu experts on the Technomic team to write a data-driven article.
Other activities may include a media event/restaurant opening with Dame Julie Chernoff (Dining Editor of Make It Better Media); a pontoon cruise down the Chicago River skippered by Dame Portia Belloc Lowndes; a visit to the Green City Market (founded by the late Dame Abby Mandel); dinner at Chicago Dame-owned restaurants; and more. This award is particularly well suited for a food writer or journalist.
Dames Amy Hoopes and Carolyn Wente once again host an exploration of winemaking at its best and illuminate the secrets of their award-winning hospitality at America’s oldest continuously operated family-owned winery, Wente Family Estates,. www.wentefamilyestates.com Click here for details.
Wente will provide an in-depth experience, working in the vineyards with Niki Wente, Viticulture Manager and fifth generation winegrower. From the vineyard, the award recipient will shadow the Wente Vineyards winemaking team to understand the ins and outs of the harvest decisions that are required of them.
The award winner will also get a behind-the-scenes experience learning how the Wente culinary team pairs wine and food for its tasting lounge experience as she helps the team prepare dishes in the professional kitchen. She will then join Dames Carolyn Wente and Amy Hoopes and members from their team for various meals on property to understand the family’s philosophy of wine and food pairing.
She will meet with Lisa Kalfus, VP Marketing, to learn about national brand strategies and marketing plans. With marketing team leaders, Reinel Adajar and Heather Everett, she will tour and taste at award-winning small family owned wineries around the Livermore Valley.
Dame Araceli Ramos will host an exploration of the fine spirits of Jose Cuervo, from the agave fields to the distillery to the outstanding hotels and restaurants that feature its product. Tequila as you’ve never experienced it before! https://www.cuervo.com.mx Click here for details.
FINE SPIRITS AWARD: Guadalajara and Tequila, Mexico
HOST: Dame Araceli Ramos
TIME FRAME: June – August, 2020
The week-long experience in Mexico, sponsored by José Cuervo, the first producer of Tequila in the world, will consist of four nights in the city of Tequila and three nights in Guadalajara. The winner will be picked up at the International Airport of Guadalajara on Sunday and proceed directly to the city of Tequila, where she will stay at the luxurious Hotel Solar de las Ánimas in the heart of town. Monday will be dedicated to visiting every department of the hotel to better appreciate the importance José Cuervo gives to its tourism and hospitality division. Time permitting, the winner will explore the area and experience life in this Pueblo Mágico—one of Mexico’s famed “magical towns.” On Tuesday, the winner will visit the oldest distillery in Latin America, José Cuervo’s Distillery La Rojeña. The family-owned company has been hand-crafting tequila for over 250 years with the same experienceand recipes that have been handed down generation through generation. The distillery tour will include a visit to the agave fields where the winner will learn how the best agaves are selected. From there the winner will tour the production facility, discovering how meticulous fermentation, distillation, and final processing result in the world’s finest tequila. Wednesday, after meeting with the teams of marketing and sales, the winner will visit the city of Tequila to explore the tourist attractions of this famed city.
On Thursday, the winner will check out of the hotel and return to Guadalajara. For the next two days she will work with Dame Araceli Ramos in the corporate office of Cuervo Tequila, learning all aspects of its marketing and public relations activities. Dame Ramos will host the winner for two nights at her home. Saturday includes a visit to historical Tlaquepaque, a fashionable colonial neighborhood in the southeast corner of Guadalajara. Today, Tlaquepaque is a trendy boutique shopping district offering fine arts and crafts, galleries and excellent food. On Sunday, the winner will fly home. Winner will need a current passport. A rental car is required for some transportation. This award is particularly well suited for someone in the fine beverage service or industry.
Dames Nina Compton, winner of the 2018 James Beard Award for Best Chef: South, and Stephanie Carter will host a week of creativity in New Orleans at Compere Lapin combining cooking, sourcing and enjoying the Southern Food and Beverage Museum from the inside. http://comperelapin.com/ Click here for details.
Dames Sue Huffman Robison, Ann Evans, Liz Mishler, and the whole Sacramento Chapter will guide you through the gorgeous Sacramento Valley’s agricultural bounty, with behind-the-scenes visits to natural resource conservation facilities, organic farms and vineyards, and much, much more. https://lesdamessacramento.com Click here for details.
AGRICULTURE AWARD: Sacramento and Davis, California
HOSTS: Dames Sue Huffman Robison, Ann Evans, and Liz Mishler
TIME FRAME: TBD June through September 15, 2020
Sacramento, known as America’s Farm to Fork Capital, along with neighboring
Yolo County will be the site of the LDEI Legacy Agriculture Award sponsored by the Sacramento Dames. Dames Sue Huffman Robison, Ann Evans and Liz Mishler will host the winner for a full
week’s immersion into the area’s agriculture and culinary culture. The winner will spend five
days with five Dames for personalized experiences in this haven for foodies.
Become a farmer for a day at the Center for Land-Based Learning, a renowned agricultural and natural resources conservation facility for farmers in training, with Dame Mary Kimball.
Experience all aspects of Capay Organic and Farm Fresh to You, a diverse organic farming operation supporting a large home delivery network of organic fruits and vegetables from farming to business and marketing with Dame Carol Barsotti.
Spend a day at Matchbook Wine Company, a family-owned vineyard and winery, to learn all aspects of what goes into making and selling a bottle of wine, from harvest to marketing to hospitality, with your host, Dame Lane Gigieure.
Visit the internationally known Davis Farmers Market — over 90 agricultural farmers and artisan producers alongside 7000 customers — and enjoy a behind-the-scenes taste of management, community relations, customer service, and local food production and culture with Dame Randii Macnear.
Take a road trip with Dame Allyson Harvie, the Chef de Cuisine of Ella, one of Sacramento’s premier restaurants, to procure foods from several of her favorite farms. Return to Ella for a dinner prepared by Alllyson featuring fresh-from-the-farm dishes.
The winner will have a chance to meet other Dames from both the Sacramento and San Francisco chapters at several dining events throughout the week. She will stay at the homes of Dame Ann Evans in Davis and Sue Huffman Robison in Sacramento. This award is particularly well suited for someone in the farming/agricultural industry, or farm-to-table restaurants.
“LDEI’s Legacy Awards, generously supported by The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, provides professional women recipients with inspiring mentoring experiences. Our Dames are proud to be afforded the opportunity to invest in these women — tomorrow’s food, fine beverage, and hospitality leaders — and are hopeful that they, too, will become Dames as their careers blossom.” —Bev Shaffer, LDEI President 2019-2020
Winners will be announced by April 17, 2020, and experiences must be completed by September 15, 2020. Award winners will be reimbursed up to US $2,000 for airfare, hotel (where needed) and other pre-approved expenses for their Legacy week. In addition, each winner is invited to attend the 2020 LDEI Annual Conference in New York City, October 15-18, 2020, where a luncheon will be held in honor of this year’s Legacy Award winners. Travel, hotel, and conference fees will be reimbursed.
DEADLINE: Complete applications are due no later than 11:59 PM EST on April 1, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Results will be announced in mid April 2020.
Please contact the Legacy Awards Chairs for further information:
Dame Julie Chernoff, Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org 847-902-6741
Dame Stephanie Carter, Vice Chair, email@example.com