2016 Annual Meeting & Dinner
05.11.16 – 5:26 pm | No Comment


WHERE: Found Kitchen & Social House
1631 Chicago Ave.
Evanston, Illinois SEE MAP
Phone: 847.868.8945
NOTE: 3 blocks from Davis St. El stop. Valet parking $7.50. There is also a large parking garage a …

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

By Toria Emas



Stacey’s Castle

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 apartment walk up into a single family home. While on “The Boulevard” we viewed the inspiration for the restoration and were able to see the laborers in action.


Judith Dunbar Hines welcomed the group at her Richmond Avenue home with a glass of wine before we set out to visit a couple of locations mentioned in Stacey’s novel. First stop was Nancy Kamp’s Half Italian for a glass of Prosecco. We didn’t have time to eat the Italian Sandwich made famous in “Recipe for Disaster”, but we did shop for unusual pasta, sauces and other Italian delectables.

Dinner was at Buona Terra on California Avenue–with a story all its own. Lying dormant for two years while the restaurant scene rebounded after 9/11, the owner’s mother lovingly painted vineyard murals above the bar and throughout the restaurant.


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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 …

Dames Who Read: Tomorrow There will be Apricots
11.20.15 – 11:50 am | No Comment
Dames Who Read: Tomorrow There will be Apricots

Submitted by Dame Toria Emas
Straight out of Persia, Noon-o-Kabab was the perfect location for last week’s Book Club discussion of Tomorrow There will be Apricots by Jessica Soffer. The Book Club is like a family …