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WANDA Joins the Conversation to advance the Food Bill of Rights at the prestigious ‘Bringing It to The Table’ Symposium



Sept. 14, 2023

/PRNewswire/ — WANDA is thrilled to join the upcoming “Bringing It to The Table: Talk. Taste. Transform” biennial symposium, a dynamic gathering of women leaders in the food, beverage, and hospitality industries. Hosted by

Les Dames

d’Escoffier DC regional chapter, this day-long event will be held at the National Union Building on

Saturday, September 30


The symposium’s kickoff features a stimulating conversation with NPR’s

Allison Aubrey

, TV Host Chef

Carla Hall


Mary Blackford

of Market 7, and

Franciel Ikeji

, MS, RDN, LDN of WANDA, focusing on advancing a Food Bill of Rights for a more equitable food system.

Tambra Raye Stevenson

, MPH, MA, Founder and CEO of WANDA and Co-Chair of the Biennial Symposium, expressed, “WANDA is proud to be part of this initiative, advocating for a Food Bill of Rights. Together, we are transforming the future of food and nutrition.”

The event delves into building sustainable food systems and the evolving dynamics between restaurants and guests with leading practitioners. Attendees will gain insights into pitching food books, leveraging generative AI for food brands, reducing plastics in kitchens, and addressing food insecurity in the DMV.

“Bringing it to the Table: Taste, Talk. Transform” is both a premiere food event and major fundraiser benefiting the grants and scholarship programs supporting women-led food organizations and students for

Les Dames

d’Escoffier Washington DC regional chapter. There will be thought-provoking panel sessions on cutting edge topics, tastings, culinary demonstrations, bake and book sales,” shared

Sheila Crye

, DC Chapter President.

Culinary enthusiasts will relish the demonstrations on lacto-fermentation, Japanese sake, coffee, wine, honey, and olive oil tastings. The event includes a catered lunch by Ghostburger and highlights local culinary school bakers and best-selling cookbook authors.

Jill Collins

, publicist and Co-Chair of the Biennial Symposium, remarked, “The symposium celebrates incredible women making a difference in the culinary world. It’s a unique opportunity to learn, engage, and be inspired by their stories and expertise. We invite everyone to join us for this empowering event.”

Distinguished speakers include sommeliers

Nadine Brown


Swati Bose

; authors

Katherine Miller


Joan Nathan


Meryl Feinstein

, and

Mary Beth Albright

; Chefs Najmieh Batmanglij,

Jackie Greenbaum


Jamie Leeds

, Ris Lacoste,

Masako Morishita


Teresa Velazquez

; and food media and professionals, including

Lani Furbank


Kristen Hartke


Anna Spiegel

and many more.

The public can purchase tickets at

. Sponsors include UberEats, Bold Fork Books, “Wente Vineyards, Metropolitan Culinary Arts Institute, Embassy of


and Laconiko.


Les Dames


DC Chapter

Les Dames

d’Escoffier DC

is the

Washington DC

chapter of

Les Dames

d’Escoffier International (LDEI), an international philanthropic organization comprising 44 chapters across

the United States









and the

United Kingdom

. Our members are professional women in the food, beverage and related industries. All are women of achievement, leaders in their fields as well as their communities, and have a minimum of five years’ experience in their respective industries.

Les Dames

d’Escoffier DC participates in LDEI’s international programs

Green Tables

, Civic Agriculture and Garden Initiative and

Global Culinary Initiative

. Green Tables aims to help consumers of all ages better understand the link between farming and eating. Global Culinary Initiative offers programs and workshops about diverse international foods and culinary traditions to promote cross-cultural understanding. In addition, our chapter provides opportunities for our members and their guests to socialize, network and learn. For more information visit



Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture (WANDA) is a prominent nonprofit established in

Washington, D.C.

, in 2016. WANDA empowers women and girls of African descent to be catalysts for change in their communities through education, advocacy, and innovation. With recognition from Forbes, Voice of America, and NPR, and advisory roles with institutions like the Milken Institute Food as Medicine Advisory Board, Tufts Food and Nutrition Innovation Council, African Nutrition Society, and USDA NAREEE Advisory Board, WANDA is at the forefront of reshaping the future of food, nutrition, and agriculture. Learn more at

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