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Meet Carla Hall & Top Chefs Dec. 14

December 11, 2014

Les Dames d'Escoffier is hosting the first annual CULINARY WOMEN IN WORDS Holiday Book Party in Georgetown Sunday, December 14th from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at Salon Ilo.
Sixteen of the region’s esteemed women leaders in food, beverage, nutrition and hospitality put pen to paper in more than twenty highly-regarded cookbooks, healthy-eating guides, real-food for children, quick dinner ideas and more.

Savor flavors of Italy, Mexico, Persia, Thailand, Jewish heritage, Southern fare, Mediterranean cuisine and more. Preserve nature’s bounty, bake pastries, eat octopus, find secrets to tasty meals for weight-loss and diabetes, and travel through wine country.

Meet each author at this signature holiday book-signing party. Enjoy tasty morsels from the cookbook-author recipes, and festive beverages. Delight the epicureans in your life with the gift of autographed books, signed specially to them.

Cost is a $25 donation to Les Dames DC in advance or $35 at the door. RSVP here.

Salon Ilo is located at 1637 Wisconsin Avenue.

For more information about the celebrity chef authors, click here.

(Photo by: Les Dames d'Escoffier DC)

Les Dames DC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) invitational organization of women leaders in the food, beverage, hospitality and related industries who use their talents and influence for community outreach and through grants and scholarships,4 mentoring, and educational programs, help to support women to succeed in these industries. Les Dames d’Escoffier was founded in 1973 in New York City.Les Dames DC was established in 1981.

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Surprise: The Fat-Burning Superfood That's Cheap and Everywhere

November 3, 2014

Over the years, I've noticed that clients who added a certain item to their diet seemed more likely to lose weight. And this happened even when their calorie intake remained the same. What is this superfood? It's nothing weird, it's not a supplement, it's cheap and everywhere — and it's a product that may go back to Neolithic times. What is this superfood? yogurt.

For years, I've wondered why this versatile food worked so well, and now, new scientific research is backing my observations. It turns out that the bacterial organisms in the digestive tract — about 100 million of them (10 times the number of human cells), collectively called the microbiome — are akin to a fully functioning organ, and can have a positive or negative effect on human health, according to nutrition scientists at a National Institutes of Health conference entitled: "The Human Microbiome: Implications for Nutrition and Clinical Practice."

But, to achieve maximum benefit, you must eat probiotics together with prebiotics

Yogurt contains a class of bacteria called probiotics that "remain alive during processing and shelf life, survive digestion and then cause health benefits," said Jo Ann Hattner, a registered dietitian, consultant at the Stanford University School of Medicine and co-author of "Gut Insight." She added that together with certain foods known as prebiotics, probiotics create a symbiotic relationship that profoundly benefit your microbiome and your health. Read More..

RECIPES IN PHOTO: "Cool Cucumber Soup with Yogurt and Cilantro," "Seared Ahi Tuna with Wasabi Vinaigrette," and "Melon Chunks with Crumbled Feta and Fresh Mint," from "Diet Simple Farm to Table Recipes: 50 New Reasons to Cook in Season!"  (photo by Viggy Parr)

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What's Healthier: Sugar or Artificial Sweeteners?

October 8, 2014

For years, my clients have been asking me: "Is it better to eat 'sugar-free' yogurt? Or, yogurt with fruit on the bottom with all that sugar? What about sugar in my coffee? Sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soft drinks?"

My answer has alway been, to my clients' surprise, "A little sugar won't hurt. Eat the yogurt you enjoy the most, even with a little jam on the bottom! And a little sugar in your coffee shouldn't hurt." New scientific research may prove I've been right all along. 

Artificially sweetened beverages and foods are seen as guilt-free pleasures, because they are lower in calories - or even zero calories - compared to other foods. You may think of them as a great choice when you're trying to lose weight or trying to keep blood sugar in check. But some surprising new research suggests that artificial sweeteners might actually do the opposite.

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