Les Dames d’Escoffier International is a worldwide society dedicated to fostering the advancement of women in culinary professions through educational and charitable activities.


Les Dames d’Escoffier Chicago’s member base includes leading women in the culinary, foodservice and beverage industries.


A variety of events are offered by Les Dames d’Escoffier Chicago during the year, with some events open to the public.

Chicago Chapter News

Dames Mix and Mingle at Glunz Tavern

By Judy Hevrdejs That Les Dames d’Escoffier’s Chicago Chapter decided to hold its annual Membership Mixer in the historic Glunz Tavern was perfect. More than a century ago, neighbors in the Old Town area gathered at the tavern to chat,…

Recap: The Excellent Lombards Lunch and Orchard Tour

When Bookends and Beginnings Owner Dame Nina Barrett was contacted by author Jane Hamilton about a possible event for readers of her new book The Excellent Lombards, Nina knew it would be a great opportunity for readers. She arranged a…

Les Dames Chicago Chapter Awards 7 Scholarships

Les Dames Chicago awarded 7 culinary students with scholarships.

Take a Break from the Holiday Crunch at an Exclusive Les Dames Brunch!

Dame Sarah Stegner, chef and co-owner of the acclaimed Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook will once again host Les Dames for a festive and delicious holiday brunch on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.

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Tour, Lore & Tasting

“The Jesse Wheaton Homestead: Tour, Lore & Tasting” October 28, 2017, 2-4pm Tasting provided by Suzette’s, Wheaton Reservations: Send us an email at: http://www.culinaryhistoriansofnorthernillinois.com Reserve now!

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Dinner with Nancie McDermott Nov. 4

From Dame Judith Dunbar Hines: Well-known North Carolina Dame and author, Nancie McDermott, will be coming to Chicago to promote her newest book Fruit: a Savor the South cookbook, part of a single subject series featuring foods particular to the…

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