So many great programs, potluck pix, we say goodbye to a long-time member, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month – don’t put off that mammo, and much more.


Newsletter – October 2019

Fall Programs

It's finally fall - and there are a million things to do!

Strudel Queen Performs Live

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 6:30 - 9:30 PM

October Happy Hour at Lyn-Genet's Kitchen

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Meet Jono Pandolfi  Ceramic Dinnerware Designer for the World's Best Chefs

Friday, November 1, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Open Board Meeting

Monday, November 4, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Meet Alice Feiring: Book Signing with Wine Tasting

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Sausage-Making Class at Fleishers Craft Butchery

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 7:30 - 9:30 PM

Roman-Jewish Inspired Dishes: A Traditional Dinner

Thursday, November 14, 6:00-8:00 PM

Coffee Cupping & Tour at Gumption Coffee NYC

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Dine-Around: Il Posto Accanto

Monday, November 18, 6:30-9:00 PM

Full Moon Reiki Sound Bath (Save The Date)

Wednesday, November 20, 7:00-9:00 PM

Open Studio Visit at the Curious Tour

Sunday, December 8, 2:00-6:00 PM

Celebrate Hangover Helper at the Our/New York Vodka Distillery

Tuesday, December 10, 6:00-8:30 PM


Member News

In Memoriam: Jeanne Voltz

The sad news is that Jeanne Voltz, long-time member, past president and Alliance Book Club founder died on September 14 due to complications of breast cancer. She will be missed.

Jessica Sennett Created the Perfect Way to Store Cheese

Looking for a way to keep your cheese fresh and delicious? Member and cheese expert Jessica Sennett has your back with the Cheese Grotto. It's a humidor that balances breathability and airflow with humidity, and has been proven by dairy scientists to help cheese stay fresher longer than wrapping it in professional cheese paper. 

Hand-crafted in the Catskills, the countertop cases come in different sizes.The largest has room for eight pounds of cheese, but if you have a small kitchen, you'll like Jessica’s new Cheese Grotto Piatto. It holds up to a pound, about two wedges, and can be dismantled and stored to free up space. The units are available at a discounted pre-order price through the end of the month, (see Perks, below).

Living and Working through Cancer: Q&A with Survivor Melanie Young

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We talk with member Melanie Young, a breast cancer survivor, who offers advice and hope.

As co-host of her national radio show, The Connected Table, Melanie Young has interviewed more than 500 thought leaders in food, wine, spirits and hospitality around the world. Her articles have been published in Wine4FoodWine EnthusiastThe Epoch TimesJewish Week and other outlets as well as on her blogs, and

For many years, you ran a culinary events and PR agency and oversaw The James Beard Foundation Awards. What are some highlights?

I focused on developing mission-driven programs such as The JBF Awards, NY Restaurant Week, Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund and SHARE’s A Second Helping of Life, among others.

In 2012 you created The Connected Table, became a writer, studied nutrition and started your radio shows. Why did you decide to reinvent yourself?

My agency had celebrated 20+ years and achieved incredible success, but I was restless. I had completed treatment for early-stage breast cancer in 2009-2010. Receiving a cancer diagnosis makes you contemplate your life and purpose.

You wrote two books after your recovery from cancer. What are they?

“Getting Things Off My Chest: A Survivor’s Guide to Staying Fearless & Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer” helps newly diagnosed women make informed, confident decisions not only about managing their disease but also managing their life during treatment and recovery. I had to keep running a company while in treatment to pay the bills, and I had look good doing it regardless of how I felt. A crazy time! This is the one book I wish I had when I was diagnosed, so I wrote it to help other women.

"Fearless Fabulous You! Lessons on Living Life on Your Terms" is a compendium of inspirational essays to help readers reset and reframe after facing a setback. 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. What is your advice to NYWCA members? 

Be proactive about your breast health. Conduct monthly breast self-examinations (that's how I found the lump in my breast) and get annual mammograms starting at age 40 or 45 depending on family history. Find out if you have dense breasts (info link). Research has shown that dense breasts – common in younger women  create a higher risk for cancer, but also make it harder to detect abnormalities with mammography and may require more diagnostic screening.

Also, manage your weight. Being overweight increases your risk. Exercise regularly to help keep your weight in check and protect your heart and metabolic health. Consume alcohol in moderation and don’t smoke. Focus on a healthy diet plan for your body type; no gimmicks. Personally, I follow a Mediterranean diet.

Finally, make your self-health a priority above all.

Connect with Melanie on Twitter and Instagram.

Publications & Celebrations


Meryle Evans (left) writes about the pastry provocateurs of Barcelona in the Fall 2019 issue of “Pastry Arts” magazine.

From Board member Joyce Appelman (left), this month in "Total Food Service:" an informative cover story with Giada De Laurentis, a meet-and-greet with Georgette Farkas, owner of Rotisserie Georgette and a 2019 TFS Top Women in Metro New York Foodservice and Hospitality (page 24), and a review of LDEI Food and Flavor Trends (page 30).

Joyce also shares that "Total Food Service" is compiling their 2020 list of the Top Women in Metro New York Foodservice and Hospitality. This list will highlight the women who have risen to amazing heights and turned the greater NYC marketplace into the epicenter of the world’s restaurant and food service industry. Know someone? Click here to nominate. 

Yes, the Caribbean Feast Potluck was Indeed Sumptuous!


About 80 Alliance members showed off their favorite Caribbean dishes at the annual Fall Potluck on October 15, at The Loft in Flatiron. Members noshed on such goodies as Jamaican beef patties, jerk chicken, coconut rice and rum cake, and they enjoyed rum cocktails courtesy of Cruzan and wines courtesy of Banfi vineyards.

Darlene Banks, the event organizer, said she had help from many members, especially NYWCA President Rhadia Hursey. She also thanked Kim Mills for volunteering to decorate.

“I think they’re amazing,” Banks said of Mills’ decorations. “To me, they really represents the beauty and colorful essence of the Caribbean.”

Banks also gave a shout-out to members Sharron McCarthy, Lauren McGrath and Angela Bankhead for being instrumental in getting sponsors for the beverages and giveaways.

The sponsors were quite generous, Banks noted. Guests left with goodie bags filled with samples from Badia Spices and pickles by Rick’s Picks. The grand door prize of Marcus Samuelsson’s book “Our Harlem” on audio was donated by the Marcus Samuelsson Group.

By Jackie Lieberman.

(Photos courtesy of Jackie Lieberman)

Scenes from Chef Airis' Fall Harvest Lunch


It was 91 degrees plus on Amy Lee's Brooklyn rooftop but we devoured member Chef Airis's terrific fall-themed lunch with gusto. Lots of bubbly water and cool watermelon helped, and we enjoyed the gorgeous view.

Many thanks to Sam Edwards III, owner of Edwards Virginia Smokehouse and Keith Roberts. They not only joined us for lunch, but generously contributed their signature Surryano Ham, bacon and southern-style smoked sausage for our feast. Mr. Edwards also participated in a Q and A with Chef Airis and taught us all about his products. Becky Yee was the videographer. To order any Edwards Virginia Smokehouse products, go to

By Miriam Rubin.

(Photos courtesy of Airis Johnson) 

Member Perks


Spend Your Money Where it Counts


Check out these great perks for members – and from members. Try out new stuff and support your colleagues, too. You'll find the discount codes in the Members Area/Perks section of the website. If you have ideas for other perks, please email

The Curious Tour: Members receive 15% off all purchases with discount code NYWCA15 (not to be combined with any other offers).

Cheese Grotto: in addition to their special pre-order pricing for the newly launching Cheese Grotto Piatto, for October, they’re offering members 15% off of orders over $100. (See story above for more into.)

MOFAD (Museum of Food and Drink). Members get a 15% discount on up to two tickets per program.

Red Bee Honey: 15% off of your first order of White Acacia Honeycomb.

And….Vitamix’s Q4 Offer has now been posted.

Other perks to keep in mind as you think about holiday gifts: GIR utensils, Little Red Kitchen cookies Milene Jardine Chocolatier and Snuk Foods. (Check out the website.)

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Joyce Appelman
Stacy Basko
Miriam Rubin

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