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 Who Read: Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine

From Dame Judith Dunbar-Hines June’s Dames Who Read book was EIGHT FLAVORS The Untold Story of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman.

LDEI Announces M.F.K. Fisher Awards

After five months in the process the winners of LDEI’s 2018 M.F.K. Fisher Awards Contest were announced.

Marion Nestle Earns LDEI Grand Dame Award

Les Dames d’Escoffier International named Marion Nestle the fifteenth recipient of its prestigious Grande Dame Award, which bestowed annually, honors extraordinary achievements in food, beverage, and hospitality professions. Nestle  will receive the award at the Gala Dinner at the LDEI Annual Conference in…

Dame Amelia Levin’s Book Signing @ Bookends & Beginnings, New Buffalo Bill’s BBQ

Join Dame Amelia Levin at two book signings this summer! The first will be at Dame Nina Barrett’s Bookends & Beginnings store in Evanston for a casual sip, taste and signing of her latest book, The Lake Michigan Cottage Kitchen…

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Dames Who Roll: Save the Date!

Dame Gina Voci will be hosting her famous Dames Who Roll bocce ball event in July! When: Sunday, July 15, 5 p.m. Where: bocce, cocktails and appetizers at the River Forest Bocce Courts (corner of Lake Street and Jackson street)…

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Ravinia Picnic: Buddy Guy and Johnny Lang

Message from Dame Karen Levin: All members and their guests, please join us for the 18th annual Ravinia picnic with background music provided by Buddy Guy and Johnny Lang on Sunday, July 8.

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