LDEI Names 2016 Legacy Award Winners

LOUISVILLE, KY (June 7, 2016) – Six professional women chosen as this year’s Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) Legacy Award recipients, have each earned a mentoring opportunity delivered by six of the organization’s distinguished members.   Click to tweet:  http://ctt.ec/xKf2e

This year’s winners, Staci Mickelson, St. Paul, MN; Jovan Sage, Brunswick, GA; Sue Coraggio Snape, Marietta, GA; Stephanie Jane Carter, New Orleans, LA; Sunita de Tourreil, Palo Alto, CA; and Jane Copeland, North Vancouver, BC, will each participate in a high-energy, labor-intensive, and career-expanding week customized by hosting Dames.  http://bit.ly/LegacyAwardRecipients2016

LDEI is an organization of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality whose mission is education and philanthropy for the good of the global community.

Established in 2009 and generously supported by The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, LDEI’s Legacy Awards competition is open to women who live within the organization’s operational scope of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom and who have a minimum of four years of industry experience.  


This year’s opportunities include the chance to helping with harvest and production at one of Canada’s best-known makers of fine preserves and wine, learn about the winery and wine tourism industries at Washington state's oldest winery, and experience the art of fine chocolate making at an award-winning chocolatier in London, England.  Six awards were presented across four categories: culinary; food/wine journalism; wine; and farm-to-table. The professional experience programs and winners include:

Dame Kari Leitch, Vice President of Communications and Corporate Affairs at Chateau Ste. Michelle Wineryin Woodinville, WA, welcomes Staci Mickelson, to the oldest winery in Washington State. Mickelson, a Wine Sales Representative from Oeno Distribution in Minneapolis, MN will learn about all facets of the winery and wine tourism industries from vineyard to bottle to vineyard concerts.


Dame Lee Murphy of Vista D’oro Farms & Preservatory welcomes Farm-To-Table Category winner Jovan Sage, to one of Canada’s best-known makers of fine preserves and wine. Sage, owner / food alchemist of The Farmer & The Larder in Brunswick, GA, will travel to beautiful Vancouver to help out with harvest and production.


Dame Nora Pouillon, owner and chef of Washington D.C.’s Restaurant Nora, America’s first certified organic restaurant, will host Sue Coraggio Snape in the Culinary Category.  Snape is owner / chef at Leaf and Loaf inMarietta, GA, and she will spend the week working side-by-side the award-winning Pouillon.


Family Circle Magazine’s Dame Regina Ragone, will host Food and Wine Journalism Category winnerStephanie Jane Carter, Editor of Louisiana’s Edible New Orleans. Carter will spend an action-packed week participating in photo shoots, brainstorming sessions, and recipe tastings in the heart of New York City.


Sunita de Tourreil, founder of The Chocolate Garage in Palo Alto, CA, will fly to London, England to spend a week with Dame Chantal Coady and Rococo Chocolates. She will follow the story of Rococo from beans to bonbons and from marketing to retail, and get hands-on in the kitchen designing her own chocolate flavor.


Dame Debra Sharpe, Goddess and Grocer and Dame Ellen King, Hewn Bread, will welcome Jane Copelandto vibrant Chicago. Copeland, owner and chef of Lift Breakfast Bakery in N. Vancouver, BC, will get an insider’s “back stage” pass to the deli, catering, baking and brewing businesses. 

Posted Last June 8, 2016

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