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.

COVID19 Resources

Important links from LDEI: 

Centers for Disease Control

World Health Organization

United States Department of Labor/OSHA (Occupational Health and Health Administration)

National Restaurant Association

U.S. Food and Drug Administration/FDA

If you would like to share more resources or stories with our membership, please do so on LDEI’s Face Book group page.

Ideas to help restaurants, etc….

-          Take out, curbside pick up, ‘to go’ for families

o   One brewery is selling curbside and all money from those sales, merch and tips go to employees who have been laid off

o   #RestaurantRelief #EatLocal #takeoutThursday

-          List of who is doing what on your website, social media, etc

-          Sell gift certificates, restaurant ‘bonds’ or subscription service

-          Teach Classes online; cooking, kids cooking, wine education, cocktail making

o   Ie. DC -Mary Beth Albright’s Secret Table video series for The Washington Post featured  “Top food items to stock up on in case you are quarantined” on March 6




-          offer more to customers like produce boxes, acting as small groceries (that helps the suppliers ranging from Sysco to small farmers).

-          www.bhamstrong.com offering

o   An Emergency Loan Fund

o    A program to assist restaurants in shifting from dine-in models to delivery and meal preparation models

-          Local Distancing is a free, centralized website for local businesses to post links to their gift cards, curbside service, gofundme, etc.  If businesses don't have online gift card capabilities, the site provides links to several easy to set up gift card services.

-           www.mealtrain.com to provide a dame in need with healthy food her and her family need

-          www.serviceindustry.tips/tn/nashville   many cities have this--it's a way to tip servers when you cannot be there

-          organizations aiding laid-off employees:

o   CORE (children of restaurant employees) coregives.org

o   Bartender Emergency Assistance Program  www.usbgfoundation.org (you don't have to be member, or a bartender)

Ideas for you chapter….

-          Virtual Happy Hour, meetings – use zoom (free for 40 minutes or $15 a month)

-          Keep members updated; who’s offering what, who needs what?

o   Including staff, can a dame in a grocery store use a few extra hands

o   Start a soup kitchen

-          private facebook page (members only) for members to vent, be irreverent, etc. Anything that makes them feel better that they don't want the public to see

-          Add your chapter to Amazon ‘smile’



Posted Last April 1, 2020
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