Green Tables Chapter Projects

San Antonio Chapter

In 2006, Les Dames d’Escoffier began the nation-wide Green Tables Initiative to expand the relationships among urban and rural farms and gardens to schools, restaurants and kitchen tables.

Our San Antonio Chapter toured the San Antonio Food Bank which takes pride in fighting hunger, feeding hope in the 16 county service area and working on being self-sufficient in the future.  Fighting hunger is the priority for the San Antonio Food Bank.  It also serves to educate and provide assistance through a variety of programs and resources available to families, individuals, seniors, children, and military members in need.  Dames learned about their different programs and also visited the San Antonio Food Bank garden, where some of the fresh produce is grown.

The Chapter works closely with Time Dollar San Antonio and launched their first community garden.  Time Dollar San Antonio is a community which uses the time banking system which builds the community through an exchange of time and talent through members.  It is a hand up - not a hand out - of neighbors helping neighbors to improve the community.  Our Dames are involved educating people on gardening as well as conduct cooking classes on nutritional meals.  Silbia Esparza, Executive Director of Time Dollar San Antonio, was awarded the Legacy Award by our Chapter for her work and inspiration to the community.

Our Dames also work with the local Junior Master Gardeners and started school gardens to educate children about agriculture hands on as well as teaching how to cook and eat nutritionally with what they’ve grown. 


Our San Antonio Chapter is involved with the following schools:


·       Wilson Elementary

·       The Advanced Learning Academy

·       San Antonio ISD

·       Freiheit Elementary

·       Comal Disciplinary Alternative School

·       Canyon Middle School

·       Morningside Elementary

British Columbia Chapter

Our Chapter supports two local Green Tables initiatives – Growing Chefs! and Project Chef. These programs teach school children about the importance of fresh, nutritious food with hands-on experience that will inspire them to make better food choices throughout their lives. Both projects have been founded by Dames.

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Chicago Chapter

Farm on Ogden … one of the three programs that our Green Tables Initiative supports, is this proposed expansion of Windy City Harvest – the Chicago Botanic Garden’s urban agriculture education and jobs-training initiative. Their mission is to help build a local food system, healthier communities and a greener economy. Purple Asparagus, the second project, educates children, families and the community to develop eating habits that are good for the body and the planet. The third program, Curt’s Café, provides training in food service and life skills for at-risk youth in Evanston, Illinois.

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Cleveland Chapter

Green Tables $2,000 Initiative Grants nonprofit organizations 501(c)(3) in Northeast Ohio that embody the philanthropic mission of Les Dames d'Escoffier Cleveland are encouraged to apply for a one-time Green Tables Initiative Grant of approximately $2,000. The chapter strives to support local organizations committed to helping individuals of all ages better understand the link between farming and the food on their plates. Take Charge and Learn Food is a recent grant recipient. The organization educates and connects residents regarding the benefits of fresh, locally produced fruits and vegetables available at the Coit Road Farmers’ Market. The grant helped produce two monthly events, free to participants over a one-year period.

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Hawaii Chapter

Wellness Day at Liholiho Elementary School, Honolulu -- February 12, 2016... The Dames in Hawaii have worked with the students and teachers at Liholiho Elementary School since 2012 to promote healthy eating in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. Students prepare and sample snacks made from produce grown in their own school garden, such as oven-baked ulu (breadfruit) fries, kale smoothies and sorbets. Food and Wellness teacher Jan Yap works closely with the PE instructors, and in 2015 and 2016, the Hawaii Departments of Health and Education gave Liholiho Wellness Awards. During this 2016 Wellness Day event, Dame Kai Cowell taught the students how to prepare curry rice using her organic spices, while Dame Jan Yap reviewed the healthy food guide.

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Los Angeles Chapter

Manassero Farms has been providing local produce to Orange County for over 40 years, long before farm-to-table was spoken about. Their mission is to carry on the tradition of local, sustainable farming and provide the community with the finest fresh produce grown in Orange County. Dame Anne Manassero and husband Dan received the “California State Senate Award” for donating over 250,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables to feed those in need. For the past six years, Manassero Farms has donated corn, strawberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, green beans and melons to Loaves and Fishesx10, a Santa Ana-based nonprofit. The organization then distributes the produce to food banks, shelters and churches in Orange and Los Angeles counties.

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Miami Chapter

Les Dames Edible Garden By executing unique Green Tables programs, we communicate the LDEI’s Green Tables farm-to-fork initiative to Miami’s 100 Dames and the community beyond. Our programs include: maintaining and conducting tours of the Les Dames Edible Garden at Miami Beach Botanical Garden… presenting monthly seminars on growing, cuisine and nutrition… organizing local farm tours, complete with lunch using fresh-picked produce… and giving artisanal product tastings, made-by-Dames.

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Minneapolis Chapter

Gardening with the Youth of Urban Roots Our chapter supports Urban Roots, a St. Paul organization working with about 70 city youths, ages 14 to 21, to build healthy communities through food, conservation and youth development. Our most recent activity involved meeting on a cold and windy Saturday morning in May to help the youth prepare the gardens for planting.

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Philadelphia Chapter

Spring Farm Visit: Cheese!!! Baby Goats!!! Brunch!!! The day started at  Wyebrook Farm with a brunch featuring products from their farm and from other Chester County producers, then continued with a tractor tour of the farm’s 355 acres. The next stop: Conebella Farm, a third-generation family farm and home of Pam and Don Gable. We were introduced to their individually-named cows, toured the farm and tasted some excellent Cheddars and other cows’ milk cheeses. Last stop: the Amazing Acres Goat Dairy, where we toured the cheese factory and tasted artisan goat cheeses. Some guests also enjoyed having their picture taken, holding some adorable baby goats!

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St. Louis Chapter

Community Outreach with EarthDance. In the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown and the riots in Ferguson, the St. Louis Dames sought a way to get involved in that community. We have joined forces with EarthDance Organic Farm School in Ferguson, the oldest organic farm west of the Mississippi, which has tremendous outreach in the community. The St. Louis Dames have participated in several ways with EarthDance, including scholarships for their internship program, providing recipes and food for their Taste & Tours and working with Ferguson youths to bake pies for the Farmer’s Formal, their largest source of fundraising.

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Seattle Chapter

Garden Program Grants are given to schools, garden educators, and local food education organizations each year, totaling over $60,000 since the program’s inception. With this help, these organizations develop garden programs to educate children and their families about good food sources and healthy eating. In many cases, the children are involved from the planting stages to eating the produce picked directly from the garden. Each of the grants is renewable for 3 years. With this relationship, Green Tables is better able to support these projects to help their sustainability.

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Washington DC Chapter

Washington DC Dames pitching in at the Capital Area Food Bank.

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