Wednesday, July 22


It was with great sadness that the Friends of Food in the DC area learned earlier this month about the death of Karen Cathey at the age of 47. Karen was an important member of the food community. As president of her food consultancy company, Bon Vivant, she counseled food professionals, lectured and wrote a monthly column on food marketing, and wrote a syndicated weekly cookbook review called “Devouring Cookbooks.” As the founding chair of the American Institute of Wine & Food, National Capital Area Chapter, and later AIWF National Chair; and founding member of the Southern Foodways Alliance; as well as an active member of the IACP, the James Beard Foundation, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, Culinary Historians of Washington DC, and the National Press Club, Karen worked tirelessly and effectively to teach about the wonderful culture of food and of wine. During the past year, she was developing Feed Our Future, an organization linking children, food, and health, until she lost a two-year battle with cancer.

On Sunday, August 9, there will be a memorial celebration of Karen’s life. If you knew Karen and would like to attend, please send an email to Carolyn Margolis, Chair, AIWF/NCAC, at, or to Francine Berkowitz at and you will be put on the list to receive a video invitation to the celebration of Karen’s life.