Recent Press Releases
Jan 13, 2021 Call for Entries for New M.F.K. Fisher Prize for Excellence in Food & Culture Media
LDEI announces the call for entries for its new 2021 M.F.K. Fisher Prize (formerly M.F.K. Fisher Awards for Excellent in Culinary Writing). The new program recognizes excellence for any format of media that broadens the understanding of the intersection of food and culture. The award is named in honor of renowned culinary writer M.F.K. Fisher, whose trailblazing work has encouraged deeper thought about the cultural significance of foodways globally.

Dec 15, 2020 LDEI Announces Recipients of Second Round of LDEI Relief Fund
LDEI is pleased to announce four new recipients of the second round of its Relief Fund grants. The LDEI Relief Fund was created in April 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic to offer assistance to non-profit organizations that provide support to women impacted by disasters, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Each recipient received $2,500.

Nov 20, 2020 LDEI Now Accepting Applications for Second Round of LDEI Relief Fund Grants
LDEI is now accepting applications for the second round of its LDEI Relief Fund grants. The Fund was created in April 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic to offer assistance to non-profit organizations who provide support to women impacted by disasters, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oct 27, 2020 Judy Hollis Jones Named New LDEI President
Les Dames d’Escoffier announces its new president for the 2020 – 2021 year, Judith Hollis-Jones. The announcement was made at the 2020 LDEI Conference, which took place virtually on Oct. 17.

Jul 27, 2020 LDEI Founder, Carol Brock, Passes Away at 96
Carol Brock, Food Journalist, Philanthropist, and trailblazing Founder of Les Dames d’ Escoffier International (LDEI) has died. Brock passed peacefully, surrounded by family on July 27, 2020, of natural causes. She was 96. In her illustrious seven-decade culinary career, Brock championed women in the food, beverage and hospitality industries. She founded LDEI’s inaugural chapter in New York City, NY in 1976. Under her leadership LDEI has formed 45 chapters with over 2400 members worldwide.

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