Dame of Distinction: Nancy Brussat Barocci
06.15.16 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

At the Annual Meeting and Dinner, held at Found Kitchen & Social House on Monday, June 13, the Chicago Chapter of LDE recognized and celebrated the addition of our fifth Dame of Distinction, Nancy Brussat …

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Culinarium: Feast for the Senses
06.13.16 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

Culinarium, the 2016 iteration of our bi-annual fundraiser, was held on Monday, May 16 at Venue One Chicago in the West Loop. What a fun, fabulous and festive evening for the Dames! Co-Chairs Melissa Graham and Julie Ratowitz and their hard-working committee put on a spectacular display for members and their guests. Jugglers, fire-eaters, a carnival barker and games to thrill the senses (hosted by Dames Melissa Yen, Patty Erd and Malika Ameen) combined with party drinks and silent auction items for an inspiring start; a family-style dinner of carnival-inspired favorites; inspiring speeches from past culinary scholarship winners; live auction; and of course, the always-amazing Dessert Dash! We raised $50,000 this year for our scholarship and community outreach programs. Many thanks to our generous sponsors, donors, volunteers and attendees.

Big Top ($2500+) Sponsors: Anonymous, H2Vino, Venue One Chicago; Table Sponsor ($2000): City Olive; Ringmaster Sponsors ($1,000): CH Distillery, Ornau Foods, Jo Snow Syrups, Make It Better, Dame Jeanne McInerney, The Spice House, Dame Carol Segal; Trapeze Artist ($500) Sponsors: DMK Restaurants, Dame Malika Ameen, Nielsen Massey Vanillas; Carousel ($250) Sponsors; Viola Foods, Vinic Wines

Beverage Sponsors: H2Vino, Regal Imports, CH Distillery, Temperance Beer Company, Jo Snow Syrups Food Sponsors: Convito Cafe & Market, The French Pastry School, The Chopping Block, The Entertaining Company, Dame Jenny Lewis, Venue One, Saigon Sisters, Don Juan’s, Fultonfishmarket.com, Found Kitchen & Social House, Goddess & Grocer, Dame Margaret Laport, Hewn Bread, House of Glunz, Irish Dairy Board






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Dames Who Read: Recipe for Disaster
05.04.16 – 9:20 pm | No Comment
Dames Who Read: Recipe for Disaster

By Toria Emas

It’s never a “Recipe for Disaster” when Dames gather for Dames Who Read. May 3rd was no exception when we toured Logan Square with author Stacey Ballis who is renovating a historic three …

2016 Advocates & Sponsors
04.05.16 – 11:56 am | No Comment
2016 Advocates & Sponsors

Thank you to all who support Les Dames d’Escoffier Chicago Chapter.
We are proud and so happy to have such prestigious sponsors!











Dynamic Duos – North Suburban Pot Luck
03.22.16 – 9:43 am | No Comment
Dynamic Duos – North Suburban Pot Luck

“Dynamic Duos” was the theme of the LDE networking dinner held at the home of Mary Kay Gill on Sunday, March 13th. Classic flavor pairings inspired the menu.
Dame Karen Levin served Buffalo chicken wings …

In the West Hood – A Provencal Spring Potluck Dinner
03.08.16 – 3:48 pm | No Comment
In the West Hood – A Provencal Spring Potluck Dinner

Yes, Donna Hesik and Jean True hosted the LDE networking dinner on Sunday. Jean had a home emergency, so Donna graciously invited us to her home in Oak Brook. Donna and Jean had a wonderful …

Happy Holidays from The Roberti Community House
12.22.15 – 4:44 pm | No Comment
Happy Holidays from The Roberti Community House

Dear Mary, Julie, Ann and Les Dames,
The Roberti Community House extends warm holiday greetings to members of Les Dames d’Escoffier! Your generous support of our Garden to Table programming enabled the RCH to have an …

Dames Who Drink Holiday Brunch
12.15.15 – 12:58 am | One Comment
Dames Who Drink Holiday Brunch

Submitted by Karen Levin.
On an unseasonably warm winter day, nearly 20 Dames members and guests met up at the bustling Beatrix restaurant downtown for the annual holiday brunch, December 12, 2015.
Though we were a …