About Arlene Feltman Sailhac-Founder


Arlene Feltman Sailhac founded DeGustibus in 1980, pioneering the concept of the “event” cooking demonstration forum, setting the standard for avocational cooking programs.

A true visionary in her field, Arlene has stayed ahead of the curve — long before the TV Food Network, Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay and Mario Batali became sensations. Chefs like Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Wolfgang Puck, and Alain Ducasse taught at De Gustibus way before they became superstars. Arlene has an innate ability to recognize up-and-comers to create eclectic programs that include the legends and the rising stars, and offer experiences that capture what’s hot and what’s au courant in the culinary world.

  • • 2006 IACP Cookbook Award Winner, Compilations Category
  • • Author of Cooking at De Gustibus: Celebrating 25 Years of Culinary Innovation
  • • Silver Spoon Award 2002
  • • IACP "Award of Excellence" 2001
  • • Woman of Distinction Award by the Roundtable for Women in Foodservice
  • • Les Dames de Escoffier member
  • • IACP charter member
  • • Co-Producer/Co-Editor of "Trucs of the Trade" book/video
  • • Author of De Gustibus Presents: The Great Cooks Cookbooks — Southwest Cooking, French Cooking, New American Cooking, Rustic Italian Cooking, Mediterranean Cooking and Low Fat Cooking