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Nov 12, 2019 Shaffer Named President of Les Dames d’Escoffier International
On Saturday, October 26, 2019, before an audience of over 300 in Nashville, TN, Beverly Shaffer, owner of COOK.WRITE.TRAVEL.REPEAT (a culinary consulting company), was named President of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI).

Oct 7, 2019 Nora Pouillon Names 2019 Grande Dame
LOUISVILLE, KY (October 3, 2019) – Les Dames d’Escoffier International’s (LDEI) prestigious Grande Dame Award will be presented at this year’s annual conference to Nora Pouillon, chef, restaurateur, award-winning author, and the first to open a Certified Organic restaurant in America. Pouillon is a 25-year member of LDEI’s Washington DC Chapter and a pioneer in the organic farm-to-table movement.

May 8, 2019 Les Dames d’Escoffier International Names 2019 Legacy Award Winners
Seven professional women, chosen as this year’s Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) Legacy Award recipients, have each earned a culinary mentoring experience delivered by seven of the organization’s distinguished members.

Jan 2, 2019 LDEI Call for Entries - 2019 Legacy Awards
Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) and the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and Culinary Arts have partnered to offer the prestigious Legacy Awards, curated culinary experiences designed specifically to enhance the careers of women in food, beverage and hospitality. Women with a minimum of four years culinary industry experience are eligible to apply.

Dec 6, 2018 Stratte Named President of LDEI
Louisville, KY (Dec. 4, 2018) – On Friday, October 12, 2018, before an audience of 245 in Seattle, WA, Ann Stratte, former owner of My Personal Chef, was named President of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI).

Aug 11, 2018 Marion Nestle - 2018 Grande Dame
Internationally recognized researcher, degreed nutritionist and author who has been named by Forbes Magazine as number two of "the world's seven most powerful foodies," Marion is known worldwide for her vast nutritional knowledge and passionate food advocacy.

Jun 18, 2018 LDEI Releases 2018 Trends Report
Presenting in-depth data and insight gathered from a recent member survey, Les Dames D’Escoffier International has released their 2018 Trends Report, forecasting the international, restaurant, catering, health and lifestyle trends, amongst other categories, that will shape the culinary cultural landscape of tomorrow. The report paints a rich picture of what’s new, what’s losing steam and what’s around the corner for the coming years.

May 7, 2018 LDEI Names Legacy Award Winners for 2018
LDEI is proud to announce this year’s six winners of The Legacy Awards, one of the organization’s most important philanthropic initiatives, which is supported by the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.

Feb 22, 2018 LDEI 2018 Legacy Awards
Women working in the food, beverage and hospitality industries are eligible to enter the 2018 Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) Legacy Awards. The winners will be announced April 21 with the mentorships taking place in the summer and early fall of 2018.

Jan 17, 2018 M.F.K. Fisher Awards Call for Entries 2018
Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is awarding nine cash prizes totaling $2,450 for its 2018 M.F.K. Fisher Awards. In addition to the $1000 cash prize, the grand prize winner will receive an expenses-paid trip to LDEI’s Annual Conference at the Renaissance Seattle Downtown Hotel in Seattle, Washington, October 11-12, to attend the awards presentation.

Jan 2, 2018 Matson-Mathes Installed as President of LDEI
Hayley Matson-Mathes takes over as the new president of LDEI.

Jun 19, 2017 Bastianich Named 2017 Grande Dame
Lidia Bastianich has been named the 2017 Grande Dame.

Jan 12, 2017 M.F.K. Fisher Awards for Excellence in Culinary Writing
Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is awarding 9 cash prizes totaling $2,450 for its 2017 M.F.K. Fisher Awards. In addition to the $1000 cash prize, the grand prize winner will receive an expenses-paid trip to LDEI’s Annual Conference at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach, California on October 28, 2017 to attend the Gala Dinner and awards presentation.

Jun 9, 2016 LDEI Names 2016 Legacy Award Winners
Supported by The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts

LOUISVILLE, KY (June 9, 2016) – Six professional women, chosen as this year’s Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) Legacy Award recipients, have each earned a mentoring opportunity delivered by six of the organization’s distinguished members. Click to tweet: http://ctt.ec/5xR_f

Mar 15, 2016 Mentorship Experiences for Women in Food, Beverage & Hospitality
Louisville, KY – Women working in the food, beverage and hospitality industries are eligible to enter the 2016 Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) Legacy Awards. For an application, http://bit.ly/1U4IOaH Deadline for completed applications is APRIL 20, 2016. Click to tweet: http://ctt.ec/Cfa1R

Mar 4, 2016 Mentorship Experiences for Women in Food, Beverage and Hospitality
Women working in the food, beverage and hospitality industries are eligible to enter the 2016 Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) Legacy Awards.

Mar 4, 2016 MFK Fisher Awards Contest
Enter LDEI’s 2016 M.F.K. Fisher Awards Contest Top Prize: Win $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. Deadline: March 31, 2016 NEW YORK (March 3, 2016) It’s MARCH, and that means that the deadline for entering Les Dames d’Escoffier International’s (LDEI) M.F.K. Fisher Awards contest for women writers is only weeks away.

Mar 1, 2016 Les Dames d’Escoffier International Celebrates 30 Years
Louisville, KY – Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with 36 Chapters planning charitable events around the world.

Jan 14, 2016 Call for Entries to Women Food Writers for LDEI’s M.F.K. Fisher Award
NEW YORK – Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is awarding nine cash awards totaling $2,450 for its 2016 M.F.K. Fisher Awards. In addition to $1000 cash, the grand prize winner receives an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., October 30, 2016, to receive the award during LDEI’s annual conference at the Fairmont Hotel. Deadline for entries is March 31, 2016.

Jan 11, 2016 Call for Entries to Women Food Writers for LDEI’s M.F.K. Fisher Award
NEW YORK (January 11, 2016) – Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is awarding nine cash awards totaling $2,450 for its 2016 M.F.K. Fisher Awards. In addition to $1000 cash, the grand prize winner receives an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., October 30, 2016, to receive the award during LDEI’s annual conference at the Fairmont Hotel. Deadline for entries is March 31, 2016.

Nov 17, 2015 Gomez Named President of LDEI
On Saturday, Oct. 31, before an audience of 350 in Charleston, S.C., Maria Gomez-Laurens, Manager of Global Accounts for HelmsBriscoe, was named President of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI).

Nov 11, 2015 Gomez Named President of LDEI
On Saturday, Oct. 31, before an audience of 350 in Charleston, S.C., Maria Gomez-Laurens, Manager of Global Accounts for HelmsBriscoe, was named President of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI).

Sep 11, 2015 Top Women Culinary Leaders Gather in Charleston Chef & Television Personality Carla Hall Tabbed as Keynote Speaker
More than 250 Dames, top women culinary leaders, are expected to converge in Charleston, “The Culinary Capital of the South,” to experience history and hospitality during the Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) annual conference, Oct. 29 – Nov. 1. Dame Carla Hall, renowned chef, author, entrepreneur, and television co-host of The Chew, will be the keynote speaker. Chef Hall will share insights on the commerce of branding.

Sep 10, 2015 LDEI Welcomes Six New Chapters
Les Dames d’ Escoffier International, an organization of women leaders in food, beverage, and hospitality professions, today announced the addition of six new chapters (serving a specific country, region, city or state): Ann Arbor, MI; Kentucky; North Carolina; Portland, OR; Sacramento, CA; and Mexico.

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