CO Dames Share Success and Friendship at Annual Meeting

the-fort-dining-roomDame Holly Arnold Kinney, Proprietress, hosted Colorado Dames at her restaurant The Fort for the chapter’s 2015 Annual Meeting. The chapter celebrated the successes of the past year, including a growth of 50% in membership, and welcomed new Dames into the Chapter. Guests enjoyed a choice of three entrees for dinner, and were treated to prickly pear margaritas and appetizers. Photos from the event are posted here.


Chocolate and Cheese Tasting – May 17, 2015

New-World-Cheese-Teresa-St.-PeterJoin Dame Jane Bauer of the American Cheese Society and Teresa St. Peter of New World Cheese as they lead Dames and guests through a guided chocolate and cheese pairing and tasting. This unique experience will be held in the newly designed New World Cheese shop, not yet open to the public, so join us for this fun event to be among the first to experience this fabulous venue!

Sunday, May 17th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
New World Cheese

2504 E. Colfax St., Denver
$20 per person
Proceeds LDEI CO’s Scholarship and Grants Program
Attendance will be capped at 25 guests.
Parking is available in the parking garage behind the complex or on the street.

Click here to sign up!


2015 LDEI CO Scholarship Winners Announced

The LDEI CO Scholarship Committee of Carol Fenster, Lois Hoffman, Shellie Kark, and Marleen Swanson, are pleased to announce the 2015 scholarship winners, both from Colorado State University:

CassandraRodriguez2015winnerCassandra Marie Rodriguez, seeking a Bachelor’s degree and teacher certification at Colorado State University in Family & Consumer Sciences (formerly Home Economics). Cassandra won the TILT Service Learning Award from CSU in 2014. Cassandra has extensive experience in baking/cooking as a caterer and she is a coach for the Public Achievement for Community Transformation (PACT) program at CSU. She plans to become a teacher in Northern Colorado and aspires to teach students how to maintain a healthy diet and bring creativity into their cooking and baking. She hopes to “touch as many kids as I can by empowering them to know how to cook for themselves and not rely on boxed or fast foods.”

KalynTaylor2015WinnerKalyn Michelle Taylor, seeking a Bachelor’s degree at Colorado State University in Soil & Crop Sciences, with a minor in Organic Agriculture. She plans to obtain her Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in International Soils and eventually hold a tenure-track position at a land-grant University, such as CSU, where she would teach and conduct research on ecological farming and rural food security. Kalyn is both a Reisher and Organic Agriculture Scholar, and was selected as Colorado Superwoman 2014 in Mind+Body Magazine and The Coloradoan newspaper. She is especially passionate about “food sovereignty, food security, sustainable agriculture, and soil science” and recently completed an internship on a local organic farm.

Each winner will receive $1,000, payable to Colorado State University and applied to their tuition for Fall, 2015.

Congratulations to both of our winners! We have invited them to be our guests at the Annual Dinner at The Fort Restaurant on Thursday, May 7.


Carol Fenster on PBS TV’s Creative Living with Sheryl Borden

100 best quick gluten freeCarol Fenster taped three segments for PBS-TV’s “Creative Living with Sheryl Borden” to promote her latest book 100 Best Quick Gluten-Free Recipes. The three segments focused on 1) coconut flour in baking (best to use a recipe specially designed for this high-fiber flour); 2) black grains such as quinoa (high in anthocyanins because of the purplish hue); and 3) gazpacho soup (a tasty way to eat vegetables). “Creative Living with Sheryl Borden” airs in all 50 states in over 118 PBS stations in the U.S., Canada, Guam, and Puerto Rico. The segments will air during the 2015-2016 season.


LDEI Colorado Visits Leopold Bros. Distillery

IMG_2753Colorado Dames and guests recently enjoyed a complete tour with a very informational presentation about the world of distillation at Leopold Bros. Distillery in Denver. IMG_2759The tour took the group through the entire facility, where Dames were able too observe various stages of the process and even taste directly from the fermentation tanks. After the tour, the group gathered for a tasting of some of Leopold’s more unique offerings, including Absinthe. Visit the photo page for all photos from the day.


Welcome New Dame Kuvy Ax

kuvy axKuvy Ax was a member (and board member) of the Colorado chapter of LDEI for almost a decade, and is thrilled to be rejoining us after taking a little time off for personal reasons.  She’s owned ROOT PR for 15 years, representing Colorado’s best food and beverage companies, and helping them with their “strategic communications” through traditional PR, special events and social media. Kuvy has written features for regional publications such as Edible Front Range Magazine, Boulder Magazine and Colorado Company Magazine. She is the President of Pollination Planet.  She just returned from Natural Products Expo West where she represented Lasater Grasslands BeefDoor to Door Organics, and Fruitera.  In her “spare time,” Kuvy loves playing UNO with her son, taking tango classes, exploring new cities and cultures, and making Chicken Tikka Masala for friends.


Welcome New Dame Layne Lieberman

Layne LiebermanLayne Lieberman is an award-winning registered dietitian, a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and a consumer advocate and innovator in the food, supermarket, restaurant and health industries. For 20 years, Layne has been a pioneering nutritionist guiding conventional supermarkets into selling organic and natural foods as mainstream offerings. Recently, she spent two years abroad to study food, health and the dietary habits of other countries. Collaborating with European chefs and locals, Layne discovered a way to prevent obesity and boost health without giving up the pleasure of enjoying the finest food, which led her to author Beyond the Mediterranean Diet: European Secrets Of The Super-Healthy. Layne has extensive media experience, both in print and television, and has been featured on Good Morning America, Fox News and in The New York Times. In June 2012, Layne was honored at the American Heart Association’s Hamptons Gala, where she received the “Humanitarian with a Heart Award.”


Carol Fenster and Her Cookbook, 1,000 Gluten Free Recipes, Win Awards

1000-Gluten-Free-Recipes-updated-cover2013GF award fensterDame Carol Fenster is pleased to announce that her 3.5 pound tome, 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes, won a silver medal in the “Favorite Cookbook” contest by and sponsored by Kind bars. Fens(spjk)0063artThe cookbook, available wherever books are sold, took 3 years to write and uses every gluten-free grain on the market. Carol was also awarded a bronze medal for “Favorite Author” in the same contest which is conducted annually. The categories are voted on by the general public.


Welcome New Dame Sapna Von Reich

Sapna-Von-ReichSapna Von Reich, a native of Northern India, has been teaching authentic Indian cooking for 10 years in Northern Colorado. Fresh, healthy, and inspired cuisine is her specialty. In the past few years, she has expanded her repertoire by becoming a certified Food for Life Instructor for PCRM (Physicians for Responsible Medicine). She offers monthly cooking classes at Whole Foods Market, Fort Collins’s Food Coop, through Parks and Recreation at several Fort Collins Locations, the city of Loveland, and the city of Windsor. Sapna also lectures for many wellness programs, both city and corporate, in Northern Colorado, and offers kids cooking classes as well. Her upcoming classes include: Continue reading →


Welcome New Dame Ellen Daehnick

ellen-daehnickEllen is the founder and owner of Helliemae’s. Helliemae’s makes intense, complex, hell-on-wheels caramels and other treats for adventurous eaters. Available in stores across the country and online from, Helliemae’s is growing fast and has just moved to a new production kitchen: a renovated mid-century service station in Wheat Ridge. Products are available in the Denver area from stores like the Truffle, the Perfect Petal, and Hazel and Dewey. Helliemae’s has received accolades for its grown-up sweets from Real Simple, Sunset, the Wall Street Journal, Country Living, Family Circle, and other national publications. Ellen has been a guest on Frank Bonanno’s PBS show “Chef Driven”, and has appeared on 9News and Colorado Public Radio. Prior to launching Helliemae’s, Ellen was a strategy and operations executive and consultant at companies including Oracle and McKinsey and Company. She holds a BA from Rice University and an MBA from Columbia University. She lives in Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood with her husband, Chris, and their giant schnauzer, Allie.

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