Press Release Archive
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.

Jul 16, 2015 LDEI Announces 2015 Grande Dame
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 philanthropist and noted culinary expert who views food through the lenses of history, culture, and tradition.

Jun 16, 2015 Les Dames d’Escoffier International Names 2015 Legacy Award Winners
LOUISVILLE, KY (June 11, 2015) – 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 organization of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality whose mission is education and philanthropy for the good of the global community.

Jun 16, 2015 2015 M.F.K Fisher Award Winners Are Announced
The winners of the M.F.K Fisher Awards for Excellence in Culinary Writing have been announced.

Feb 25, 2015 LDEI 2015 Legacy Awards
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 photography and recipe development at a New York magazine, or experiencing the tropical harvest on a Hawaii farm. These opportunities and others are available to women working in the food, beverage and hospitality industries through the 2015 Les Dames d’Escoffier International Legacy Awards.

Jan 14, 2015 Call for Entries for Women Food Writers
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 receive the award during LDEI’s annual conference. Deadline for entries is March 31, 2015.

Nov 15, 2014 Willis Named President of Les Dames d'Escoffier
On Saturday, Nov. 1, before an audience of more than 250 in Boston, Mass., Lori Willis, director of communications for St. Louis-based Schnuck Markets, Inc., was named President of Les Dames d ’Escoffier International (LDEI).

Oct 9, 2014 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 conference, Oct. 30 – Nov. 2.

Jun 25, 2014 LDEI Membership Brochure
2014 version of the LDEI Membership Brochure

Jun 10, 2014 Meet the 2014 Legacy Award Winners
Meet the women who were chosen for the 2014 LDEI Legacy Awards Program.

Jun 10, 2014 LDEI Announces 2014 Legacy Awards Winners
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 members of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI). Chosen from the US and Canada and all having a minimum of four years of work experience, the winners will participate in a high-energy, labor-intensive and career-expanding week, learning how to take their respective careers up to the next level, working alongside a Dame woman-leader in their chosen fields.

Mar 14, 2014 LDEI 2014 Legacy Awards
Established in 2009, each LDEI Legacy Award offers a one-week workplace experience to non-Dame women in the US, UK and Canada. Award recipients will work alongside some of the culinary and hospitality industry’s top women professionals, all members of Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDEI), an international organization of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality whose mission is education and philanthropy.

Jan 18, 2014 M.F.K. Writing Awards Press Release
Press release for the 2014 M.F.K.Fisher Awards for Excellence in Culinary Writing

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