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Welcome to Green Tables - a farm and garden philanthropic initiative of Les Dames d'Escoffier International

In 2006 Les Dames d'Escoffier launched "Green Tables" our very own farm-to-fork initiative, to showcase the work of LDEI chapters engaged in linking urban and rural farms and gardens to school, restaurant and kitchen tables. Since then, hundreds of members in most LDEI chapters have donated their time and talents to furthering these values.

To partner with Les Dames and Green Tables in your community, contact our co-chairs 


Food Day + Green Tables 2013 - See What's Happening

he Texas contingent of our national Green Tables Advisory Committee, have devised a unique Food Day experience for 15 lucky members on October 24 during the LDEI annual conference. These Dames will travel by bus from the hotel to the Sustainable Food Center (SFC) to work alongside staff/volunteers from The Happy Kitchen program during a Food Day/Green Tables, day of service. Each Dame will share their particular skills/techniques around growing, preparing, and preserving healthy food.

The following members will be volunteering their time and sharing their skills in Austin on the "Day of Service" at the Sustainable Food Center. 

Basic Cooking Methods - 
Sandra Shafer (Houston)

Break Down & Use a Chicken - 
Drew Faulkner (Maryland)

Cooking with Grains
 - Sharon Van Meter (Dallas)

Economy in the Home Kitchen - 
Michele Haines (Philadelphia)

Tina Wasserman (Dallas)

Healthy Meals on a Budget - 
Molly Thompson 
Teaching Cooking 101 - Lynn Fredericks (New York)
How to Grow Food at Home in Containers - 
Susan Jaime (San Antonio)

Katherine Newell Smith (Maryland)
Preserving Food
 - Stephanie McClenny (Austin)

LDEI and Food Day

Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. 2012 was the inaugural year of the Green Tables Initiative’s national partnership with Food Day 2012. 

Members of Les Dames D’ Escoffier, through out the country, participated in Food Day 2012. The events were each unique and individual, and yet all reflected the shared interests, from diverse perspectives, that is such an important component of our international organization.

The Green Tables advisory committee 2012 Initiative worked to establish our partnership with the Food Day Organization in order to assist our chapters in promoting and showcasing the great work they already do. The Green Tables/Food Day partnership continues to grow and develop in 2013. Samples of the LDEI Food Day events held in 2012 are listed below. Remember, it’s not too early to start planning your event for Food Day 2013, October 24th!

Featured Chapter Projects

Northeast Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier ~ Honoring Food Day 2013
Northeast Chapter

"Food Day". 60 State Street, was the site of the "Food Dialogue Boston" which hosted a panel of farmers from across the country and Food Day Founder Michael Jacobson. One of the panelists, Dame Jamie Cruz, a farmer from Littleton, MA is a Co-Chair of MFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers, 4th generation farmer and a new member to the Northeast Chapter. Dame Laura Sapienza - Grabski and Dame Lisa Colby, a farmer and member of the National Pork Board attended as guests of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau and Northeast and also in attendance was Dame Edith Murnane, the Director of Food Initiatives for the City of Boston Mayors Office. You can learn more about this event, replay the discussion and see Dame Jamie Cruz at: http://www.fooddialogues.com/events/the-food-dialogues®-boston

Boston Globe writer Joel Brown met several Northeast Chapter members of Les Dames d’Escoffier at Dole and Bailey to write about the Green Tables centric chapter . Hosted by Dame Nancy Matheson-Burns Dame Laura Sapienza – Grabski and food provided by Northeast Family Farms and contributions from several other Northeast members. Dames Victoria Taylor, Dame Nancy Matheson- Burns, Dame Denise Landis, Dame Eva Baughman, Dame Wendy Perkins, Dame LuAnne Bonanno, Dame Lisa Webster, Dame Ana Ortin, Dame Anna Plucinska, Dame Karen Cook, Dame Kim McElfresh; and new members Dame Christine Penney owner of Something Sweet Without Wheat, Dame Kathy Fitzgerald an owner of Mann"s Orchard also attended. . The story highlights our pride in our chapter and reasons for joining! 

Later that evening Dame Jean Terranova teamed up with Harvard's Food Law Society to convene a symposium on "Food as Medicine" at Harvard Law School . Presenters on the subject of the important role of food and nutrition in health care initiatives included David Waters, CEO of Community Servings, Gus Schumacher, Vice President of Wholesome Wave, and Dr. Caroline Apovian, Director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center. In attendance were Dames Joan Squeri and Nina Simonds.



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