We typically choose restaurants whose chefs are found on FOOD & WINE Best New Chefs list and among those nominated for James Beard awards. Leslie is our Fine Diners Over 40™ host in Seattle. She is a dyed-in-the-wool foodie who also knows a thing or three about wine. A talented chef in her own right, she also seeks out well-prepared dishes at award-winning restaurants, local cafés, and gourmet food trucks. Leslie is a raconteuse with a gift for making guests feel at home.
In 2016 Leslie hosted dinners at The Corson Building, Joule, and Loulay. In 2017 she hosted at Lark, Art of the Table, Salare, and Eden Hill. And 2018’s featured venues were Cafe Juanita, Adana, The Corson Building (a favorite), Marjorie, Opus Co., and Sitka & Spruce. So far, the 2019 sleeper of Seattle was COOK | WEAVER. And at JuneBaby, guests who rolled the dice on Southern food were oh-so-delighted they did.
FDO40 founder Janet hosts our New York dinners. In recent years she has hosted events at Hearth, Dovetail, Lincoln, Annisa, Dirt Candy, Tocqueville, Huertas, Riverpark, Boulud Sud, Empellón, and Má Pêche. Highlights of 2019 include Casa Lever, Feast, Marta, Temple Court, Crown Shy, and Yamada Chikara.