Les Dames d 'Escoffier


We are a philanthropic organization of women leaders in the fields of food, beverage and hospitality. Our membership, composed of over 2,300 members in 45 chapters currently in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Mexico, is highly diversified and reflects the multifaceted fields of contemporary gastronomy and hospitality.

Cookies Policy

 Les Dames d’Escoffier International (“LDEI”, “we”, “us”, or “our”) respects the online privacy of visitors ("visitor" or "you") to our website, www.ldei.org (the "Website").

This Cookies Policy describes the information we collect through the use of cookies and similar technologies, how and why we use cookies and similar technologies, and the choices you have for opting in and out of the use of cookies and similar technologies on our Websites. Our Privacy Policy, of which this Cookies Policy is part, provides further information about our privacy practices and is available at Privacy Policy.


A "cookie" is a small file created by a web server that can be stored on a user's device for use either during a particular ("session" cookie) or future ("persistent" cookie) browsing session. This file may include information about internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), URLs of any referring or exited webpages, operating system, and/or date and time stamps.

LDEI uses cookies to enable certain website functions, develop web browsing analytics, store and track your preferences, and enable the delivery of advertising and marketing, when applicable. For example, we track the number of “hits” or visits to our Websites, the most popular times of day and sections visited, and the range of devices and browsers most commonly used to view the Websites. LDEI does not sell any of this information to third parties.

First-Party Cookies  

First-party cookies are set by the website you are visiting, and they can only be read by that site. Certain features of our Website use session, persistent, and flash cookies.

"Session" cookies are temporarily stored on your hard drive and only last until they expire at the end of your browsing session or after a limited time period. Our Website's session cookies are required for log in to access secure areas of the Website. "Permanent" cookies remain stored on a user's hard drive until they expire or are deleted by a user. We use permanent browser cookies on our Website for log in purposes and to recover certain preferences set for use by you during repeated visits to our Website.

We use local stored objects (or "flash" cookies) to collect and store information about your preferences and navigation to, from and on our Website. Flash cookies are not managed by the same browser settings as browser cookies. To learn how you can manage your Flash cookie settings, visit the Flash player settings page on Adobe's website at: https://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/help09.html.

Third Party Cookies

You also may encounter third party cookies on our Website. Third Party Cookies are cookies that are stored on your web browser by a party other than LDEI and may gather browsing activity (such as information you have entered or choices you have made) across numerous websites that you visit and across numerous browsing sessions. These cookies also help improve how our Websites and services function and perform, customize your interaction with our Websites, and help provide more relevant messaging and marketing communications to you. We are currently using third party cookies to track and analyze usage. If you wish to delete Third Party Cookies, you should adjust your browser settings as described in the "CHOICES ABOUT HOW WE USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR INFORMATION" section of this Cookies Policy.

LDEI also uses third party ad targeting to display ads for our programs and services that may be of interest to you and to track the performance of the advertisements. This service is able to follow users to third party websites not affiliated with LDEI and displays ads when users visit those other sites.

If you like more detailed information about first party and third party cookies in use on or related to this Website, please contact us. You also may learn more about internet advertising practices and related consumer resources at http://www.aboutads.info/consumers/ and http://youronlinechoices.eu/ (if you are located in Europe).


Like most websites, as you navigate through and interact with our Website, we may passively collect information about your browsing activities using cookies and other automatic data collection technologies, such as Internet tags, or web beacons (clear gifs., pixel tags, and single-pixel gifs), and navigational data collection (log files, server logs, etc.), to improve website functionality and analytics.

  • Web beacons: These are tiny graphics (sometimes called "clear GIFs" or "web pixels" with a unique identifier that are used to understand browsing activity. In contract to cookies, which are stored on a user's computer hard drive, web beacons are rendered invisible on web pages when you open a page.

  • Social Widgets: These are buttons or icons provided by third-party social media providers, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, that allow you to interact with those social media services when you view a web page or mobile app screen. These social widgets may collect browsing data, which may be received by the third party that provided the widget and are controlled by third parties.

  • UTM Codes: These are strings that can appear in a URL (the "Uniform Resource Locator", which is typically the http or https address entered to go to a web page) when a user moves from one web page or website to another, where the string can represent information about browsing, such as which advertisement, page, or publisher sent the user to the receiving website.

The aggregate data collected by these passive technologies typically does not target any personally identifying information or other personal data, but the information we store about you may be linked to information stored in and obtained from cookies in order to improve our marketing, analytics, or website functionality.

Google Analytics and Similar Technologies

In addition to cookies, there are other similar technologies used by us on the Website in service of our legitimate interest in maintaining and improving the Website and the services we offer you.

Our Website uses Google Analytics and APIs operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. We use Google Analytics and similar technologies (the “Analytics Technologies”) to collect and process statistical data about the number of people using our Website and to better understand how they find and use our webpages. This does not include personally identifiable information, nor do we store or associate such analytics with personally identifiable information collected elsewhere. Any data collected is used in accordance with our policies and Google’s privacy policy. If you do not want to receive any user-based advertising, you can disable the placement of ads by using Google’s ad settings detailed below.

Specifically, we use the online marketing tool DoubleClick by Google. DoubleClick uses cookies to display ads that are relevant to the user, to improve reports on the campaign’s success, or to avoid repeatedly showing the same ad to a particular user. Google uses a cookie ID to record which ads are displayed in which browser and can thus prevent this ad from being displayed multiple times. With the help of cookie IDs, DoubleClick can record “conversions” that are related to requests concerning ads, as when a user sees a DoubleClick ad and later visits the advertiser’s website and makes a purchase there using the same browser. According to Google, DoubleClick cookies do not contain personal data. As a result of the marketing tools used, your browser automatically establishes a direct connection with the Google server. We have no influence on the scope and the further use of the data that are collected by Google.

We also use Google APIs, a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) developed by Google which allow communication with Google Services and their integration to other services. During use, data, in particular the IP address, can be transmitted to Google. You can prevent the collection and transfer of personal data (in particular your IP address) to Google as well as the processing of this data by Google by deactivating the execution of Java Script in your browser.

You may learn more about the performance and ad tracking cookies used by Google by visiting https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/ or https://policies.google.com/technologies/ads?hl=en

and review Google's restrictions on data use by visiting the Google Privacy Policy at: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy. To opt-out of Google Analytics or other Google advertising services or products, visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout and install the opt-out browser add-on feature. For more details, visit the “Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on” page (located at https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/181881?hl=en). Google Analytics has certified compliance with the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

This Website also uses web script libraries. When you call up a page, your browser loads the required web script library BootstrapCDN (https://www.bootstrapcdn.com/) into your browser execution unit to perform web functionality. To do so, your web browser must connect to web script library servers. This gives the web script host knowledge that our Website has been accessed via your IP address. Further information about BootstrapCDN can be found at its privacy policy: https://www.bootstrapcdn.com/privacy-policy/. BootstrapCDN is operated by MaxCDN DBA StackPath.

Other Third Party Technologies

Some third parties may use automated data collection technologies to collect information about you when you when you browse the internet. The information they collect about your online browsing activities over time and across different websites and other online services may be associated with your personal data and used to provide you with targeted content. We do not control these third parties' technologies or how they may be used. If you have any questions about targeted content, you should contact the responsible party directly or consult their privacy policies.


We provide you with choices regarding the personal data you provide to us and have created ways to give you control over our use of your information. Most web browsers are set by default to accept cookies. If you do not wish to receive cookies, you may set your browser to refuse all or some types of cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent by website tracking technologies and advertising. Note that, if the user declines the use of cookies, the user may not have access to the full benefits of the Website.

When a user registers with our Website, the Website will prompt the user to confirm whether he or she approves of the use of a cookie. You may adjust your browser settings to opt out of accepting a "persistent" cookie and to only accept "session" cookies, but will need to log in each time you want to enjoy the full functionality of the Website.

Please be aware that adjusting the Cookie Settings on our Website may not fully delete all of the cookies that have already been created. To delete them, visit your web browser settings after you have changed your Cookie Settings on our Website.

Additional information is provided below about how to disable cookies or manage the cookie settings for the leading web browser providers:

Google Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en

Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences

Internet Explorer: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-vista/Block-or-allow-cookies

Safari: http://help.apple.com/safari/mac/8.0/#/sfri11471

For more information on how to modify your browser settings to block or filter cookies, visit http://www.aboutcookies.org/ or http://www.cookiecentral.com/faq/.


It is our policy to post any changes we make to this Cookies Policy on this webpage. If we make material changes to how we treat our users' personal data, we will notify you by posting on our Website home page as well or provide notification via email, if appropriate. The date this policy was last revised is identified at the top of this page.

We encourage you to review this Cookies Policy from time to time to stayed informed about how we use cookies and other similar technologies.


If you have any questions or comments about this Cookies Policy, please contact us using one of the methods listed below:

Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), LLC

P.O. Box 4961

Louisville, KY 40204

Telephone: 502.456.1851 x1

Fax: 502.456.1821 fax

Email: info@ldei.org

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