Elaine Paul Schaeffer and POTUSElaine Paul Schaeffer and POTUS

LADIES!!! Be you Democrat, Republican or Independent—the parties don’t matter—what matters is this:

WE ARE WOMEN—and girls, we are busting through glass ceilings left and right. I wanted to take a little time to invite you to CELEBRATE with me—because no matter what happens this Tuesday—the fact is, now is a time like no other for us—a time when things that were never thought possible are happening all around us—in politics, in business, in our homes and in our lives.

Our voices and our actions, our beliefs and our ideas, have never been more important than they are now. I believe that feminine essence is powerfully moving into the center stage of the world around us. The Dalai Lama once said, “The world will be saved by the western woman” and you know what? I believe him.

My first memory of a woman shattering the glass ceiling was Geraldine Ferraro – I was in high school and was studying our voting system in America.

She was running as former Vice President and Presidential candidate Walter Mondale’s Vice president, a big ballot for women during that time. Not only was she the first WOMAN to run for Vice President, she was also the first Italian American to be a major-party national nominee. Now that’s a woman after my own heart.

Flash to present day and we have my friend Elaine Schaefer, who is running for PA Representative for the 165th District in Delaware County. I think it’s the first time in 30 years that this seat is available and she is the first woman to run for it. Elaine just amazes me. She was the first woman in history elected as the President of the Radnor Township Board and the first woman Commissioner for Radnor Township – she’s a mover and shaker and she gets things done with grace, brains, heart and gumption. I am so proud to call her my friend. And of course, we have Hillary Clinton, the first woman to run for President.

I had the honor of being in DC last weekend, and I’ll tell you…the energy and excitement is palpable. I was there for the Les Dames d’Escoffier International Conference with more than 300 women in my industry and couldn’t have been more inspired.  This year’s event, “Global Appetite/Local Impact,” was  the 30th anniversary of LDEI– an organization created to help level the playing field for women in the culinary arts and hospitality professions.  Talk about shattering glass ceilings.


Claire Boasi, First President of LDEI's Philadelphia Chapter

Dame Claire Boasi, Founding Member  of LDEI’s Philadelphia Chapter


Dame Nora Poullion, First Owner of an organic restaurant in the US

Dame Nora Poullion, First Owner of an organic restaurant in the US


Grand Dame Nathalie Dupree and I

Grand Dame Nathalie Dupree and I


As for politics…honor all women no matter what side you are on – we are all on the side of WOMAN.

One of my favorite quotes comes from one of my favorite Grand Dames Madeleine Albright  – “There’s a place in hell for women who don’t help women.” Just sayin.

The fact we are overcoming obstacles and gender roles in such a powerful way is history in the making. I encourage you to inspire, empower and connect the women around you.  You know how I feel about downtime with your girls – we all need to hang out with our girlfriends and to celebrate and hold space for one another – it helps your inner light shine through, it gives you hope, and helps you narrow and clarify your unique feminine power, purpose and vision.


And so…to honor all women who are shattering the glass ceiling, I thought it would be fun on election night to get together with your woman tribe and to cook dishes that have women’s names in their titles like:

Pears Helene

Brown Betty

Margherita Pizza

Mamie Eisenhower Fudge

Dolly Madison Ice Cream

Martha Washington’s Cake – fruitcake, made with 40 eggs

Peach Melba

Melba Toast

Queen of Sheba Cake – 10th Century BC

Steak Diane

Crepes Suzette

Chicken Tetrazzini

Pomme Anna

Here’s a fabulous Bloody Mary Gazpacho garnished with big beautiful cocktail shrimp, olives and served in tall shot glasses for a great presentation that’s easy to devour.


Delish! Cheers to Elaine!  Good Luck!



Raise your glasses and toast one another with these lady libations:

Ana Wine (white wine)

Veuve Clicquot (Go with the Rosé, it’s gorgeously feminine)

Sledgehammer (red wine) for shattering that ceiling!



Elaine’s favorite meal is cheese fondue – so here’s a few menu suggestions honoring my friend!

First Course: Cheese CourseWholeFoods has a great selection of ready made cheese boards to make it easy and/or add a simple fondue recipe! Blanche some broccoli and cauliflower – pretzel sticks, cubed grainy bread, apple slices for dipping!

Second Course: Court Bouillon Fondue – Start with a super flavorful stock– we used carrots, onions, garlic, a handful of fresh herbs, like sage and thyme, fresh ground pepper.  We marinated, beef, chicken and shrimp for a few hours – we also boiled new potatoes (new, purple, fingerling and Yukon) making sure not to overcook so they wouldn’t fall apart.  and then we cut everything uniformly and put it on display for a Fondue Feast! Can’t forget the dipping sauces -Thai peanut sauce, smoked BBQ, balsamico glaze and an infused soy sauce !

Fabulous Third Course: Chocolate! Served with fresh fruit: bananas, apple slices, strawberries, pretzels, potato chips, graham crackers, and marshmallows.


Fabulous Fondue with Friends!

And of course…I can’t help but include one more Dame to help you out with the wine and cheese we’ll need on election night–the one and only Julia Child, who once said:

“I think every woman should have a blowtorch.”

That oughta work on the ceiling.

The 19th amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified in 1920, granting women the right to vote.  Every one of our voices matters.  Every vote counts.

 Women’s actions shape the world.