LDEI Colorado Announces 2016 Scholarship Winners

The Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce two winners of the 2016 Les Dames d’Escoffier Colorado Chapter Scholarship, at $1,000 each. We had 8 well-qualified applicants, but these two winners stood out in terms of academic performance, financial need, and professional experience.

Sierra-TeplySierra Teply: Sierra will be a Senior at the University of Denver in Fall, 2016, majoring in Hospitality Management.  Her career goal is to work in the operations department of a hotel and work her way up into a management position.  She says “I  love being around people and making them smile and what better way than the hospitality industry.” Sierra is from Centennial, CO.

Nicole-ScottNicole Audrey Scott: Nicole will be a Sophomore at Johnson & Wales University in Fall, 2016, majoring in Restaurant, Food & Beverage Management. Her career goal is to work in food and beverage departments and become a director for a hotel or country club, where she can apply her creativity. She says, “I want to work in food and beverage departments all around the world, so I can learn about many different cultures.”  Nicole is from Colorado Springs, CO.


Dame Shellie Kark Teaching Nutrition to CCD Students at Osage Cafe

Angelica_VasquezAngelica Vasquez is a busy mom of three girls and has always loved to cook, a skill she also wants her children to learn. “I think it’s good to know how to cook, but it’s just as important to learn how to cook food that is nutritious,” said Angelica. “My mom died at 58 from cancer so I want my children to know about good nutrition.”

Angelica is one of several students at Community College of Denver (CCD) who has enrolled in a pilot Human Nutrition class, HWE100. This section is unique because students take what they learn about the science of nutrition and put it into practice in a hands-on skills lab.OSage-NutritionAs part of this course, students participate in two nutrition skills labs during the semester where they spend several hours at the Osage Cafe with Colorado Dame and Chef Shellie Kark, learning how to transform a recipe into a tasty, healthy meal. “Anyone can duplicate a recipe,” said Kark. “The goal of this program is to instill students with a skill and hopefully inspire them to want to teach it and share it with someone else.”

The pilot, which rolled out last spring, helps bridge the gap between having vegetables in the fridge and knowing how to prepare them so they taste flavorful. Now the college is preparing to take the pilot across all of CCD’s nutrition classes. You can read the full story here.


Cooking in Italy with Dame Michele Morris


Cooking Trip to Italy 2013Have you always dreamed of a glorious trip spent in Italy, learning to cook like the locals do, while enjoying some of the greatest food, wine, and sights? Each year CO Dame Michele Morris takes a group of guests on a special food and wine adventure to Rome and southern Italy, and this year’s trip will be to join in the fun of the cooking school’s annual birthday celebration at the castle. Spend 11 glorious days and nights in Italy, learning to cook, learning about southern Italian wine, and making new friends! Continue reading →


Passion Of Puglia, with CO Dame Layne Lieberman

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RD-Culinary Immersion into the Mediterranean Diet of Puglia, Southern Italy Monday Oct 30th – Sunday Nov 6th (6 Nights)

This trip is targeted to today’s leading influencers in food, health and wellness. This group represents a cross section of registered dietitians who specialize in journalism, education, media relations and community activism. Through many different streams of communication, their authoritative voices are sought after in every state and internationally.

Hosted by two award-winning culinary nutritionists Layne Lieberman, MS, RD, CDN and Robyn Webb, MS Continue reading →


SPAIN: A Unique Cultural & Culinary Adventure

Spain-OpentoMenJune 1 – 12, 2016
Group Size: 11 + Guides
** Tour is open to men, women, couples and solo travelers **
Signup has been extended to March 21st!

Pack A Fork! tours are about a providing cultural immersion through  seeing,  doing,  creating  and  learning. You will experience new ways to see the world through this multi-faceted approach. Designed for inquisitive travelers, Pack A Fork! provides guests an opportunity to travel and experience a region through its culture and local cuisine.

Our Spain trip is for inquisitive travelers – those who want to satisfy their curiosity through fun, active, immersive experiences. Our two Spanish guides will lead you through this journey having designed this unique trip and traveled in Spain for 35 years. They will provide guided travel where you will become engaged in cultural and culinary experiences specific to the Catalan and Basque regions of Spain. Continue reading →


Culinary Wellness: The Menu as A Change Agent

1452203616897Colorado Dame Amanda Archibald, RD is partnering with Dame & Chef Elena Clement (LDEI DC chapter) and Roberta Kline, MD (Santa Fe) to produce: Culinary Wellness: The Menu as A Change Agent, Boulder, CO – June 22-24. This visionary event, designed specifically for chefs will enable chefs to understand the exciting worlds of Food As Medicine and Nutrigenomics. Chefs are uniquely positioned to develop recipes and menus with target ingredients that have a profound impact on health at a genetic level. In this experiential workshop, chefs will be exposed to cutting edge nutrition science and genomic medicine. With science as a backdrop, chefs will participate in three culinary labs using strategic ingredients to produce cutting edge recipes and menu concepts. This workshop is design to take wellness via the menu to the new frontier in health and medicine. Visit Amanda’s website for complete details.


Aloy Modern Thai Soft Opening to Benefit LDEI CO

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Ever wondered what a restaurant does for a soft opening? Want to be one of the first to dine at the new Aloy Modern Thai restaurant on Larimer St. in Denver?

Please support LDEI Colorado as we join co-owner Bo Bean for the soft opening. Help the restaurant get ready for their Grand Opening, and spread good karma! Bo has so generously agreed to make their first soft opening night a benefit event for LDEI Colorado’s Scholarship Program. Continue reading →


Colorado Bloggers #BakeItForward

nkh_logo_v3Being the holiday season, fellow Colorado bloggers Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack (Muy Bueno Cookbook), Toni Dash (Boulder Locavore) and Erin Sellin (Dinners, Dishes and Desserts) wanted to do something to give back. Inspired by the campaigns Toyota and the Food Network to do something nice for others, the bloggers decided to Bake It Forward, preparing cookie recipes special to their own families to give to firefighters in thanks for all they do every day. To spread the word and hopefully inspire others to do that same, they made a video of their experience and are sharing it on their blogs and social media with the hashtag #BakeItForward.  Continue reading →


Innovative Partnership Pairs Chefs and Doctors

marlene swansonDame Marleen Swanson, a dietician and department chair in culinary nutrition at Johnson & Wales in Denver, has been busy with a unique new class: The Culinary Nutrition Program for medical students that provides guidance on treating illness with food. Dame Swanson says the program aims to provide future physicians with a stronger foundation to counsel patients on health and nutrition, and you can learn more about her work in the Fall Issue of Optimum Wellness magazine.


The Wonder of Mushrooms, by Kimberly Lord Stewart

Optimum-Wellness-Fall-2015Kimberly Lord Stewart’s recent article for Optimum Wellness magazine, Fantastic Fungi, is an excellent primer for anyone looking to learn more about various types of mushrooms and for all of us looking for new ways to cook them. With recipes from breakfast to dessert (yes, you’ll be intrigued to try the Chanterelle Sandies with Truffle Salt!), there’s something for everyone in this robust article. Check out the issue online here – the piece begins on page 31.

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