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Welcome to Green Tables - a farm and garden philanthropic initiative of Les Dames d'Escoffier International

In 2006 Les Dames d'Escoffier launched "Green Tables" our very own farm-to-fork initiative, to showcase the work of LDEI chapters engaged in linking urban and rural farms and gardens to school, restaurant and kitchen tables. Since then, hundreds of members in most LDEI chapters have donated their time and talents to furthering these values.

To partner with Les Dames and Green Tables in your community, contact our co-chairs 


Food Day 2014 was bigger than ever and we had enthusiastic LDEI chapter participation.

As you are planning your chapter’s Green Tables activities going forward, consider taking part in the exciting campaign that our LDEI Green Tables committee has adopted: Kids Food Reboot: Serving Children Better. The purpose is to dispel the “kids’ food” myth and to feed our children the same foods as we serve adults in restaurants, at home and at school.

Click here for ideas, to learn more and get started.  

Food Day + Green Tables 2014 - Highlights Coming Soon

LDEI and Food Day

Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. The inaugural year for Green Tables Initiative’s national partnership with Food Day was in 2012. 

Members of Les Dames D’ Escoffier, throughout the U.S. and Canada, participate in Food Day. The events are each unique and individual, and yet all reflect the shared interests, from diverse perspectives, that is such an important component of our international organization.

The Green Tables and Food Day partnership continues to grow and develop. We look forward to learning about your chapter’s 2014 Food Day events and projects. Please write a paragraph about your activities and send to info@ldei.org.

Featured Chapter Projects

Northeast Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier ~ Honoring Food Day 2013
Northeast Chapter

"Food Day". 60 State Street, was the site of the "Food Dialogue Boston" which hosted a panel of farmers from across the country and Food Day Founder Michael Jacobson. One of the panelists, Dame Jamie Cruz, a farmer from Littleton, MA is a Co-Chair of MFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers, 4th generation farmer and a new member to the Northeast Chapter. Dame Laura Sapienza - Grabski and Dame Lisa Colby, a farmer and member of the National Pork Board attended as guests of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau and Northeast and also in attendance was Dame Edith Murnane, the Director of Food Initiatives for the City of Boston Mayors Office. You can learn more about this event, replay the discussion and see Dame Jamie Cruz at: http://www.fooddialogues.com/events/the-food-dialogues®-boston

Boston Globe writer Joel Brown met several Northeast Chapter members of Les Dames d’Escoffier at Dole and Bailey to write about the Green Tables centric chapter . Hosted by Dame Nancy Matheson-Burns Dame Laura Sapienza – Grabski and food provided by Northeast Family Farms and contributions from several other Northeast members. Dames Victoria Taylor, Dame Nancy Matheson- Burns, Dame Denise Landis, Dame Eva Baughman, Dame Wendy Perkins, Dame LuAnne Bonanno, Dame Lisa Webster, Dame Ana Ortin, Dame Anna Plucinska, Dame Karen Cook, Dame Kim McElfresh; and new members Dame Christine Penney owner of Something Sweet Without Wheat, Dame Kathy Fitzgerald an owner of Mann"s Orchard also attended. . The story highlights our pride in our chapter and reasons for joining! 

Later that evening Dame Jean Terranova teamed up with Harvard's Food Law Society to convene a symposium on "Food as Medicine" at Harvard Law School . Presenters on the subject of the important role of food and nutrition in health care initiatives included David Waters, CEO of Community Servings, Gus Schumacher, Vice President of Wholesome Wave, and Dr. Caroline Apovian, Director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center. In attendance were Dames Joan Squeri and Nina Simonds.



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