Lidia Bastianich Reception & Book Signing at Lucia

When Grande Dame Lidia Bastianich came to Dallas during her book tour, she stopped by Lucia (owned by Dame Jennifer Uygur), for a reception and book signing with LDEI Dallas Chapter members. Lucia welcomed everyone with wine, passed hors d'oeuvres , house-cured salumi, bread, cheeses with house made preserves and nut, and marinated vegetables. We look forward to reading Grande Dame Lidia's book, My American Dream! 

Stewpot Ladies Holiday Luncheon 12.6.17

LDEI Dallas Chapter members once again, had the honor of volunteering at the Annual Stewpot Ladies Holiday Luncheon. We cooked and served a 3 course meal for just under 100 homeless women. The holiday spirit was flowing , as these women enjoyed lunch, Sparkling Cider, and listened to live music provided by Denise Lee. Ashlee Hueston (with The Stewpot organization) wrote this......."One of the ladies when served her soup thought it was so delicious, asked for more, thinking it was the main and only course. When she learned that there was two more courses, she squealed with delight at the ‘spoiling.’ And, don’t we all deserve to be spoiled every now and then, gifted with something to enjoy and memories of it to get you through."

Welcome New LDEI Dallas Chapter Member Jennifer Uygur

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Dame Jennifer Uygur's career has included time spent as a teacher and in advertising, before she moved into wine and food. She spent time managing the Wine and Beer department at Central Market before she and her husband opened Lucia in 2009. Jennifer is also an active member of Slow Food Dallas and a Level II Sommelier. Jennifer's LDEI Dallas Chapter Sponsors are Dame Mary Kimbrough and Dame Sharon Hage. 

Welcome New LDEI Dallas Member Andrea Gates

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Dame Andrea Gates is the current Managing Director of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. She has over 25 years in the hospitality industry, with most of her career spent working for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. She began her career in Dallas at the Mansion and has held management positions at the Carlyle Hotel in New York and the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi in New Mexico, before returning to Dallas to take over running the Mansion in 2013. Andrea's LDEI Dallas Chapter Sponsors are Dame Janet Cobb & Dame Kerstin Rettig. We are also happy to share, that Andrea was recently named General Manager of the Year in the Luxury and Upscale Category, at the 2017 Hospy Awards Annual Gala.

Shelby Schafer retires from the Kimbell Art Museum after 35 years

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Upon receiving Emeritus Status in the Dallas Les Dames d’Escoffier Chapter, Shelby said how much it has meant to her to be a part of the Dallas Chapter.  She went on to say that she had learned so much from her association with so many talented and giving women over the last twenty years.

 

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“My life after retirement from the Kimbell has led to some new and exciting activities here in Fort Worth. I am loving my activities with Tarrant Area Food Bank and working with local chefs. I am really honored to have received Emeritus status in our Chapter”.