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!
Dame Audree Miller has over 15 years in the wine industry, including many years in the wine industry, including many years at Glazers and independent suppliers, before moving to Republic National Distributing Company. She is also actively involved with TEXSOM. Audree's LDEI Dallas Chapter Sponsors are Dame Barbara Messer and Dame Wendy Moss.
Our (LDEI Dallas Chapter) 2018 Holiday Party was held on January 14th, at House of Dirt. Our Chapter President, Dame Margie McAllister described it best....."With the nature of our group in the Hospitality Industry, we celebrate together after the holiday work has been successfully accomplished. A time to share ideas, times together, and just breathe.".
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."
Dame Roberta Villaverde has owned Zodiac staffing since 2009. She opened Zodiac extensive experience within the restaurant industry serving as General Manager of several restaurants where she honed her service knowledge and was known for training staff to exemplary service. Roberta's LDEI Dallas Chapter Sponsors are Dame Sigrid Helgason & Dame Joanne Bondy.
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.
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.
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.
“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”.