Photos by Shara Bohach and Mike Matson-Mathes
|Les Dames d'Escoffier International (LDEI)|
President, Bev Shaffer
Five Dames from Cleveland were among more than 300 members cheering on our own Bev Shaffer last month, as she assumed the presidency of the national LDEI board. Bev stepped into her new role on Saturday, Oct. 26, in Nashville, Tennessee, during the 2019 LDEI Conference.
For the five of us in the audience – Beth Davis-Noragon, Britt Horrocks, Carol Hatcher, Shara Bohach and myself – it was a moment of immense pride, as it was for Bev’s husband, John, and son, Ray, who also were on hand to celebrate her accomplishment.
A New Jersey native and long-time resident of Medina, Bev has an impressive, 30-year collection of culinary bona fides to back her up. Most recently she was Corporate Chef and Manager of Recipe Development for Vitamix World Headquarters. She has authored six cookbooks, developed over 18,000 recipes, and has written about food and travel for several Cleveland newspapers and magazines. She produced an award-winning television series for cable TV and has cooked and presented at the James Beard House in New York.
She is also a founder and past-president of the Cleveland LDEI chapter, where she remains a highly respected and deeply committed member.
Prior to her appointment as president, Bev served on the LDEI board contributing expertise in the areas of sponsorship and partner development, new chapter outreach and chapter communication. She follows immediate past-president Ann Stratte, from Washington, D.C., into the one-year position. Among Bev’s initiatives will be crafting a Strategic Plan for the organization and encouraging the membership to take time to practice gratitude. She invites all members to share with her what they are grateful for, either by email or on the LDEI social media platforms with #ldeigratitude.
If you haven’t yet had a chance to congratulate Bev, please take a moment to do so now.
|Cleveland Dames from left, Shara Bohach, Beth Davis-Noragon,|
Carol Hacker, Elaine Cicora, Bev Shaffer, Britt-Marie Horrocks
|From left. Grande Dame Nora Pouillon, Ann Stratte,|
Founder Carol Brock, President Bev Shaffer, Hayley Matson-Mathes
|Outgoing LDEI President Ann Stratte|
congratulating incoming LDEI President Bev Shaffer