Current Members

2020 Current Members

Diana Adkison

Credit Manager, Ben E. Keith

Blanca A. Aldaco – Past President, LDEISA

Chef/ Caterer/Restaurateur – Aldaco’s Mexican Cuisine,,

Di-Anna R. Arias – Past President, LDEISA

Caterer, Director of Sales and Marketing – Don Strange of Texas Inc.,,

Leslie Komet Ausburn

Advertising/Events/Conference Planner/Public Relations – Komet Marketing Communications,,

Jennifer Lynne Beckmann

Freelance Writer/Editor/Marketing Professional/Wine and Spirits/Sommelier – Kuhlman Cellars,

Lainey Berkus

Strategic PR Marketing Consultant,

Nichole Bendele – President LDEISA

Wine and Spirits/Sommelier/Retail Sales/Public Relatons Coordinator – Becker Vineyards,,

Rollie Ann Blackwell – Past Co-President LDEISA

Retired B & B Owner/Chef/Caterer/Book Author,

JoAnn Boone

Community Relations-Rio San Antonio Cruises,

Lauren Browning

CaféCita, Co-Creator and Partner,

Dyan Celeste Campos

Director of Government and Public Affairs, H-E-B,

Cariño Cortez-Haass

Project Manager of Culinary Initiatives,

Angela Covo

Editor of Edible San Antonio, Co-Owner of Normandie Chocolate,

Naylene Dillingham

Restaurateur/Owner/Cook – Mac & Ernie’s Roadside Eatery,

Mary Katherine Dunford

Farmer/Grower/Owner – Natures Herb Farm,

Jessica Elizarraras

Chief Engagement Officer, Dorcol Distilling Company,

Nancy Fitch – 2nd Vice President, Programs

Chef/Pastry Chef/Restaurateur/Manager, Pearl Farmers’ Market,,

Jennifer Goldman

Hospitality Management,

Debbie Gonzalez

Director of Sales and Marketing – St. Anthony Hotel San Antonio,

Marty Gonzalez

Account Executive – Lone Star Special Tees,

Kathy Gottsacker

Retired – Director of Culinary Arts, Schnuck Markets,

Cynthia Guido

Chef/Consultant/Food Manufacturer,

Erica Balmer Hanchey

Food & Culinary Scientist/Product Developer/Research Chef, Product Development Manager, Certified Culinary Scientist – H-E-B,

Karen Haram – Corresponding Secretary

San Antonio Express – News Food/Taste Editor – Retired,

June Hayes

Food historian/Researcher/Book Author/Freelance Writer/Editor, Owner – The Estate Gallery at Los Patios,,

Becky Hermanson

Events/Hospitality Marriott River Walk,

Lucille Hooker

Food Manufacturer/Retail Sales/Restaurateur – Jacala Mexican Restaurants,

Leslie Horne – Past Co-President, LDEISA

Owner/Manufacturer – Aurelia’s Chorizo, LLC,,

Elizabeth Johnson

Chef/Health & Wellness Advocate/Restaurateur – Pharm Table,,

Susan Johnson

Retired Chef, Educator and Culinary Consultant,

Christine McCrae Kelly

Patry Chef/Artisan Food BeverageProducer/Owner – Lily’s Cookies,,

Pixie P. Koch

Avocational Culinary Educator/Menu Consultant,

Rosemary E. Kowalski LDEI Grande Dame, Past Co-President LDEISA

Caterer/Events/conference Planner/Chairman Emeritus-Owner – RK Group,,

Abby Kurth

Clinical Nutritionist & Wellness Coach,

Julie La Barba MD, FAAP

Pediatrician, special interest in Culinary Medicine-CHEF: Culinary Health Education for Families,

Linda B. Lackey

HEB Technical Food Consultant – Retired,

Marilyn Wahne Magaro – 1st Vice President — Membership

Rancher, Owner – Fratello’s Italian Mkt & Deli,

Ana Maria Martinez Egan

Chef, Food Stylist, Recipe Developer,

Mary Martini

Central Market Cooking School Manager,

Jenny Mattingsley

Chef, Food Services Director – Oblate School of Theology,

Kimberly Mauldin, Recording Secretary

Pastry Chef, Realtor-REMAX Realty,

Tracey Maurer, Past President of LDEISA

Owner of TM Photo Inc.,

Kathleen Mayes

Owner of MaGiFoods – Food Manufacturer & Brand Developer,

Rashin Mazaheri – Treasurer

Chef/Licensed Attorney – Family Law and Business Litigation,

Denise Mazal, Archivist

Czech Chef Extraordinaire/Owner of Little Gretel Restaurant, Boerne, Texas,

Hannah Menger

Director of Regional Accounts/The Wine Group,

Jennifer Michaelis

Product Development, Food Manufacturer for CH Guenther,

Pat Mozersky, Past President of LDEISA

Retired Writer for San AntonioExpress News,

Tanji Patton

Executive Producer & Host “Goodtaste with Tanji”,

Charlotte Samuel

HEB Corporate Chef & Culinary Nutritionist,

Martita Seeligson

Katherine Shearer, Past President of LDEISA

Book Publisher,

Kay Shumake

Director of Program Sales –  Sysco Central Texas,

Kathy Siegal

Exec. Director – Houston Street Charities/San Antonio Cocktail Conference

Judy Porter Smith

Retired Nutrition Teacher,

Leah Smith

Asst. general Manager Pearl bottling Dept., Owner/Chef Small Batch Cakes and Catering,

Lauren Stanley

Restaurateur: Big’z Burger Joint and The Well,

Wendy Stiles

Food Manufacturing, Director of Community Enrichment, Kiolbassa ProvisionCo.,

Kathy Tarasovic

Professional Chef, Food Manufacturer, Co-Owner of Shrub Drinks – Artisinal Drinking Vinegars,

Diana Barrios Trevino, Scholarship Chair

Restaurateur and television personality, Owner, Los Barrios, La Hacienda de Los Barrios, Viola’s Ventanas, La Hacienda Scenic Loop,

Linda Triesch, Past Co-President LDEISA

Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Consultant,

Dion Turner

Registered Dietitian,

Donna Vaughan

Restaurateur, Retail, Catering & Corporate Historian, C. H. Guenther & Sons, Inc.,

Jennifer Vitera

Vegan Chef, Owner/Manager Vitera Ranch and Farm,LLC Bremond and Wharton Texas & Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty,

Ming Qian von Bargen

Crafting, Catering Cross-Cultural Foods, Owner- Ming’s Things, Ming’s Noodle Bar,

Julie Miracle Vrana

Owner of Upper Crust Food Company, “Merging Food, Science, Art & Learning” TM, Owner – Southtown Pizzeria, Burger Culture,

Maureen Weissman

Restaurateur –  IlSongno, The Luxury, Sip Coffee House, Moshe’s Golden Falafel,

Saundra C. Winokur

Owner of Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard,

Carole F. Wong

Wine Instructor/Consultant,

Lisa Wong

Restaurateur & Owner- Rosario’s & Acenar, Go Rio – San Antonio River Cruises