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Les Dames d’Escoffier is the only organization of its kind: a world wide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality. The invitation-only membership, composed of 29 individual chapters across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, is highly diversified and reflects the multifaceted fields of contemporary gastronomy and hospitality.  

 

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  • 2015 Grande Dame Nominees are Announced
    The nominees for the 2015 LDEI Grande Dame Award have been announced. The award is given every two years to a woman, late in her career, with outstanding professional achievement, excellence and charitable/community contributions. Click here for the...

  • Applications Available for Les Dames d’Escoffier International Legacy Awards;
     LOUISVILLE, KY (February 24, 2015) – Imagine working side-by-side with a top organic restaurateur in Washington, D.C., helping with the grape harvest for the oldest continuously operating, family-owned winery in California, learning food...

  • Call for Entries to Women Food Writers for LDEI’s M.F.K. Fisher Award
    Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is awarding nine cash awards totaling $2,450 for its 2015 M.F.K. Fisher Awards. In addition to $1000 cash, the grand prize winner receives an expenses-paid trip to Charleston, October 31, 2015, to...

  • Progress Report on 2014
    Click here for a progress report on LDEI for 2014 as presented by LDEI Immediate Past President Beth Allen at the LDEI Annual Conference in Boston. 

  • M.F.K. Fisher Award-Winning Entries
    A journalism teacher at the University of Missouri (MU), Nina won LDEI’s M.F.K. Fisher Book Award and grand prize for the prologue from her book Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland), a piece about a hungry...

  • EDIBLE LONDON––Experiencing its Tastes & Treasures
    By Susan Fuller Slack (Charleston)   When judged against other great world cities, London’s cuisine is in the winner’s circle. After all, British fare descends from a well-respected lineage influenced by the Franco-Normans. Some say...

  • Top Women Culinary Leaders to Experience “The Best Begins in Boston” at Annual Les Dames d’Escoffier Conference
    BOSTON (October 9, 2014) – More than 250 top women culinary professionals will converge in Boston to experience and celebrate the many food “firsts” of the city during the Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) annual...

  • Winners of LDEI’s 2014 M.F.K. Fisher Awards Announced
    A dozen judges have spoken, and the grand-prize winner of LDEI’s 2014 M.F.K. Fisher Awards for Excellence in Culinary Writing is Nina Mukerjee Furstenau, a journalism teacher at the University of Missouri in Columbia, who will win $1,000 and a...

  • LDEI Announces 2014 Legacy Awards Winners
    LOUISVILLE, KY (June 3, 2014) – Six professional women were chosen as this year’s LDEI Legacy Award recipients to be mentored by some of America’s leading female talent in food, beverage and hospitality—all distinguished...

  • Dame-to-Dame Program
    The Dame-to-Dame (D2D) program is now up and running! The Dame to Dame Initiative offers all Dames the opportunity to showcase products/services to reach our full membership through the LDEI website by offering discounts to sister Dames...

  • LDEI Teams with Tiffany & Co. for Exclusive Offer
    Attention Dames! Please look for a new and exclusive offer from Tiffany & Co. on the LDEI Members Only site! Place your order now for logo engraved sterling silver jewelry and gift yourself for the holidays! Login to the Members Only section...

 

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