Freelance food journalist Stacey Ballis is president of the Chicago chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, a not-for-profit organization of women leaders in the culinary and hospitality fields. She is also working on her 11th novel. Stacey and her husband of 10 years, Bill Thurmond, live in a historic 1907 Chicago three-flat they converted into a single-family home. James E. Levine is chief financial officer at Cardiff Oncology, a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing treatment options for cancer patients. Two and a half years after losing his first wife to cancer, Ben Schreiber married Julie Plaut Warwick in a Kirkland, Washington, ceremony that featured creative contributions from Jewish musicians and artists. Amanda Trigg, who practices family law at Cohn Lifland Pearlman Herrmann & Knopf, joined the faculty of the National Family Law Trial Institute, a litigation skills course.

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