"Thank you so much for the amazing honor. I will take it as a vote of confidence at a time when writing is all too under-valued. And I feel immensely lucky to have my work taken seriously by such an important group of inspiring women." --Twilight Greenaway, 2012 Fellowship Recipient

About the Karola Saekel Craib Excellence in Food Journalism Fellowship

The San Francisco Chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier Board voted unanimously in 2010 to create The Karola Saekel Craib Excellence In Food Journalism Fellowship, in recognition of Karola’s more than fifty-year career in journalism and immeasurable contributions. Her reporting and writing excellence helped to define the best of food journalism as we now know it. Karola, who sadly passed away the spring of 2011, was greatly honored by our creating the fellowship. She helped us formulate the criteria and reviewed last year's nominees. This fellowship is given annually to a promising Bay Area woman food journalist (not a Les Dames member) and has no application process or strings attached. The monetary award is presented as an acknowledgement for good works, and as encouragement to keep writing, to stay in journalism. It is a surprise award in the style of the MacArthur Genius Awards. Nominations are confidential submitted by members and previous recipients. Nominations are received throughout the year, reviewed in the summer and awarded in the fall.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Bay Area women food journalists whose writings show talent and promise
  • Demonstrates a commitment to a career in food journalism
  • Excellence and range of writing (subject, genre in a variety of food subjects)
  • Not more than ten years in the field of food journalism and not a Les Dames Member

Previous recipients are:

2016 Recipient Lisa Morehouse is an award-winning public radio reporter, producer and editor. She is currently at work on California Foodways, a county-by-county exploration of stories at the intersection of food, culture, economics, history and labor. For that series, she won national Edward R. Murrow and SPJ NorCal awards, and was named an 11th Hour/UC Berkeley Food and Farming Journalism fellow. She holds a Certificate in Documentary Arts from Duke University’s Center For Documentary Studies, and helps run workshops there each summer.

2015 Recipient Rachel Khong is a writer and editor living in the Bay Area. She is the senior editor of Lucky Peach, where she has worked since its inception in 2011. In addition to Lucky Peach, her writing has appeared in California Sunday, The Believer, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She's also currently at work on a novel. She holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA in fiction from the University of Florida.

2014 Recipient Jessica Battilana is a food writer and most recently senior editor for Tasting Table. The person nominating her says it best, "… She has a great sense for what matters in the food world, and is an excellent cook and recipe developer with a well-developed sense of style, too." Jessica’s many articles have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart Living, Gastronomica, Sunset and others. She is the co-author of three cookbooks: Vietnamese Home Cooking, with Charles Phan; Tartine Book 3, with Chad Robertson; and Sausage Making: A Complete Guide with Recipes, with Ryan Farr. She is also the author of the recently released Short Stack Editions Volume 10: Corn.

2013 Recipient Emily Kaiser Thelin is a writer and editor based in Berkeley with a focus on food, drink, travel and design. From 2006 to 2010 she worked as a food editor at Food & Wine. She also co-authored The Harney and Sons Guide to Tea with Michael Harney, which was nominated for a James Beard Award.  She profiled Dame Tanya Holland in O, The Oprah Magazine, and her work has also appeared in Gourmet, Saveur, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post. 

2012 Recipient Twilight Greenaway (her given name) food editor at Grist, has written about food trends, food justice, and agriculture/farm issues for outlets such as the New York Times, Good, Bay Citizen, Edible San Francisco, Bold Italic and Civil Eats. Twilight has been writing and editing for the web since 2000, covering topics ranging from student organizing to public health to and in recent years, about food and the local/sustainable food movement. Previously she worked for the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA). She was raised on a farm in Hawaii and now calls Oakland home.

2011 Recipient Sarah Henry Freelance food writer Sarah Henry is the voice behind the popular blog Lettuce Eat Kale. Henry writes a weekly food column for Berkeleyside and blogs regularly for KQED's Bay Area Bites. Her stories on good food matters have appeared in The Atlantic, Eating Well, AFAR, California, San Francisco, Edible East Bay, and other online and print outlets. Previously, Henry worked for almost a decade with the Center for Investigative Reporting. She is the author of the Chronicle Books guide Sydney: 50 Adventures on Foot and ghost wrote the memoir of the co-creator of Rice-A-Roni. Her current writings and various posts can be found on http://lettuceeatkale.com/

2010 Recipient Novella Carpenter. Novella has a masters in journalism from UC Berkeley and in addition to her best selling memoir Farm City, her writings have appeared in the SF Chronicle, Mother Jones and has had recent assignments with Food+Wine and Vogue, as well as her blog.


The chapter membership funds the fellowship through both dues and additional donations. Plus contributions from other chapters, organizations, and individuals help assures the longevity of this fellowship. For more information or to make a donation, contact: Dames Roberta Klugman and Jennifer Newens, Fellowship Chairs

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