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Les Dames Culinary Academy – Holiday Entertaining 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Les Dames Culinary Academy - Holiday Entertaining 2017


Les Dames Culinary Academy - Holiday Entertaining 2017

The LDEI Charleston chapter is pleased to present a new and exciting culinary education event! The Les Dames Culinary Academy is a one-day event focused on providing culinary and hospitality education to the public.

The focus of the 2017 academy will be Holiday Entertaining. Join us in the Culinary Institute of Charleston’s downtown Palmer Campus auditorium (with free parking!) for a full-day of programming geared toward making your holiday entertaining easy, stress-free, AND fun! Learn from our Dames, all experts in their industry here in Charleston.

Agenda for the Day:

8:30am – Check-in and Continental Breakfast

9am – Opening Remarks

9:10am – How to Pull off a Holiday Dinner without Stress with Nathalie Dupree, award-winning television personality and author – Guests can learn about stress-free holiday cooking and entertaining, have a few laughs and garner some practical tips for dealing with guests.

  • Recipe and Taste: Pecan Tassies

10:10am – How To: Holiday Baking with Kelly Wilson and Andrea Upchurch – Two of Charleston’s most celebrated pastry chefs will offer tips and recipes that will delight friends and family throughout the holiday season.

  • Recipe and Taste: Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake, Gingerbread Cake with Maple Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting, Sweet and Savory Cornmeal Galette Dough, Apple, Pear, Cranberry Galette, Thanksgiving Hand Pies

11:10am – Gifts from the Kitchen with Danielle Wecksler, culinary instructor/stylist and social media expert from Plateful Solutions; and Vonda Freeman, Wine Director for Indigo Road – Hosts seeking delicious and thoughtful gift ideas should look no further than their kitchen. This session offers gift ideas with instruction, tips for packaging and a special takeaway treat that is Pinterest worthy.

  • Recipe and Taste: DIY Bloody Mary Kit and Callie’s Biscuit Mix, and Callie’s Biscuits taste

12pm – Lunch and Presentation of Scholarship Winners and Charity Partner

1:10pm – Setting the Table with Paige Crone, founder of Charleston Protocol Y’all; Tanya Gurrieri, owner of Salthouse Catering; and Emma Lesesne-Booth, senior catering and event manager for Duvall Events – Charlestonians are world-renowned for their hospitality and “Joie de Vivre.” When celebration is in order with family and friends, it’s time to pull out all the stops and break out the family heirlooms. During this session, guests will learn exciting entertaining tips for the holidays and be inspired to break out their “good stuff” to create beautiful tablescapes.

  • Recipe and Taste: Meeting St. Crab, Smoked Cranberry Jam

2:10pm – How: To Get the Party Started with Charleston Grill Executive Chef Michelle Weaver, Magnolias Executive Chef Kelly Franz and Butcher & Bee Chef Chelsey Conrad – This session focuses on “Getting the Party started,” whether it’s a cocktail social or prelude to a dinner party. Guests can learn how to create the WOW factor without making themselves nuts. They can also learn confidence-booster skills and techniques for maximum results.

  • Recipe and Taste: Smoked Trout with Cornmeal Blinis and Caviar, Mushroom Meatballs with Bourbon Aioli, Pickled Deviled Eggs

3:10pm – Holiday Drinks and Wines with Sarah O’Kelly, wine director for Edmund’s Oast and General Manager for new beer and wine store, Edmund’s Oast Exchange and Jennifer Kulick, owner of the Tattooed Moose – The day will culminate with a festive cocktail party, featuring premium wines and holiday-themed cocktails – Charleston-style.

  • Recipe and Taste: Holiday Wines and Beers, GingerSnap Martini

4:00pm – Closing Remarks

Attendees are also treated to a Continental breakfast (from Wild Flour Pastry, Limehouse Produce, and King Bean Coffee), boxed lunch (from Verde and Hamby Catering), gift bag and recipes, as well as an Artisan Marketplace, ideal for early holiday shopping! Seats are limited, so purchase your ticket today!

…And don’t forget to join us at the end of the day for Happy Hour (more sips and nibbles!) at Bar Mash around the corner immediately following the program!



Ticket sales will benefit our 2017 Signature Charity Partner, One80Place, as well as educational scholarships for women in the culinary and hospitality fields.


Saturday, November 11, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Culinary Institute of Charleston – Downtown Palmer Campus
66 Columbus Street
Charleston, SC 29403 United States
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