Suzanne J. Brown has been elected president of Les Dames Escoffier International (LDEI). LDEI is a philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, beverage and hospitality, the only organization of its kind. Brown, who works as a global coffee and tea marketing specialist for The Partnership, Inc., an interactive advertising and design firm based in Atlanta, has learned the importance of food in world cultures. “In my profession working with coffee- and tea-growing countries, I have experienced the significance food has on its community. Food, its traditions and enjoyment weave into the very social fabric of these countries, Brown said. Increased globalization has brought people from many countries into our communities who also bring along their food heritage. What better way to welcome these immigrants than to share our diverse foods and traditions? Just think, it brings new meaning to pot luck” she added.