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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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  • Mark Your Calendar for Edible London 2016
    The London Chapter is delighted to share the news that a sequel to Edible London has just been launched and we are hoping that many of you will be able to join usMAY 12th - MAY 16th, 2016 We’ve worked hard to make it even bigger and...

  • Joan Nathan is LDEI's Grande Dame for 2015
    Les Dames d’Escoffier International’s (LDEI) prestigious Grande Dame recognition will be awarded to Joan Nathan, author of 10 award-winning cookbooks.  Nathan is a charter member of the Washington D.C. LDEI Chapter, a dedicated...

  • LDEI in the NYT
    Here is a nice mention of Les Dames in a recent New York Times article on Lowcountry cuisine. Check out the article, then check out Lowcountry cuisine for yourself at the LDEI annual conference in Charleston this fall. Read more. 

  • LDEI Annual Conference Program
    The marketing brochure for the LDEI Annual Conference, being held October 29-November 1 in Charleston, has gone to the printer and should be in members' hands by the end of the month. You can view the program here BEFORE it lands in your mailbox and...

  • Les Dames d’Escoffier International Names 2015 Legacy Award Winners
    Six professional women chosen as this year’s Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDE) Legacy Award recipients, have each earned a mentoring opportunity delivered by distinguished members of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), an...

  • 2015 M.F.K Fisher Award Winners Are Announced
    The winners of the 2015 M.F.K. Fisher Awards for Excellence in Culinary Writing have been announced. The grand prize will be awarded at the 2015 LDEI Annual Conference in Charleston this fall. The complete list of winners and the winning entries can...

  • 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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