Here are the detailed descriptions of the seven Legacy Awards offered by distinguished members of Les Dames d'Escoffier International in 2019 - to be presented to seven outstanding professional women in the food, fine beverage and hospitality industries.



1. Ann Arbor, Michigan CULINARY AWARD 
Dame Amy Emberling of the famed Zingerman’s will host the winner for an in-depth introduction to this award-winning family of companies highlighting their business philosophy: inclusive culture, open book management, and great customer service.   A wide range of food-making experiences will be available to the winner, from making cheese or gelato or Korean steamed buns to cake decorating.  Click here for details 

2. Austin, Texas CULINARY AWARD, Quality Seafood
Dame Carol Huntsberger and the Austin Chapter will host a woman who wants to learn more about the wholesale seafood business: sourcing, procuring, receiving, selling, and filleting of fish, shrimp, and oysters through Quality Seafood. Several Austin Dames will broaden this experience with tours in the Hill Country and the Austin food scenes.  Click here for details

3. Livermore Valley, California BEVERAGE AND HOSPITALITY AWARD, Wente Family Estates
Dames Amy Hoopes and Carolyn Wente once again host an exploration of winemaking at its best at America’s oldest continuously operated family-owned winery, Wente Family Estates, and illuminate the secrets of their award-winning hospitality (
www.wentefamilyestates.comClick here for details

4. New England FARM TO SEA TO TABLE AND JOURNALISM AWARD, New England Food System Dame Christine Burns Rudalevige and the New England Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier will again host a whirlwind tour through the New England Food System from farm to sea to table and page, overnighting on a fishing vessel, exploring food hubs and more. (  Click here for details.

5. New Orleans, Louisiana CULINARY AWARD, Compère Lapin
Dames Nina Compton and Stephanie Carter will host a week of creativity in New Orleans at Compère Lapin, cooking, sourcing, and enjoying the Southern Food and Beverage Museum from the inside. Click here for details. 

6. Nottinghamshire and London, England CULINARY AWARD, Welbeck Abbey School of Artisan Food
Dames Jacqui Pickles and Alison Swan Parente are hosting this experience which must fall around the School dates of July 22 to 26 with time on either side in London to be coordinated.  At the famed School of Artisan Food, the Legacy will take an Advanced Diploma bread baking class and visit the other disciplines offered, while enjoying the Welbeck Abbey Estate.  In London, she will tour markets and enjoy the food scene with London Dames.  Click here for details

7. British Columbia WINE AWARD, Okanagan Valley Wineries
For several days between September 1 and 15, Dame Becky Parish-Turner and the BC Chapter are coordinating a BC Okanagan Valley Wine experience including harvest, production, tasting, pairing and jam time surrounding these award-winning wines. Click here for details

"This year LDEI celebrates its eleventh year and its eighth year of partnership with the Julia Child Foundation, providing amazing mentorship experiences through our Legacy Awards program. We look forward to the inspiration the award winners bring to our members and hosts and look forward to another year of fantastic experiences," said LDEI President Ann Stratte.

Award winners will be reimbursed for airfare, hotel (if needed) and other pre-approved expenses for the week up to US $2,000. Winners will be announced by April 2, 2019 and experiences must be completed by October 1, 2019.  In addition to the Legacy Award experience, each winner is invited to attend the LDEI Annual Conference in Nashville TN Oct. 24-27, 2019 where the Legacy Luncheon in the winners’ honor will be held.  Travel, hotel, and conference attendance will be reimbursed. 

To be sure your application is complete, submit by March 1, 2019 to so it can be pre-checked. Applications received after 11 PM EST March 1, will not be checked for omissions and incomplete applications will not be considered.  The final deadline is March 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST and will not be extended.

Please contact the Legacy Awards Chairs for further information:

Dame Barbara Hanley  508-333-2626

Dame Julie Chernoff | | (847) 902-6741



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