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

Dame Julie Chernoff Nominated for an IACP Award

LDE Chicago Past President Julie Chernoff is a finalist in two categories of the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ Food Photography & Styling Awards — for Best Editorial/Personal Food Photograph and Best Food Styling in an Editorial/Personal Food Photograph —…

Recap: Post-Holiday Party a Success

By Dame Liz Barrett More than 75 Chicago Dames and guests gathered at the gorgeous Logan Square home of Dame Stacey Ballis and husband Bill Thurmond on Sunday, Jan. 21 for an evening of excellent company, cuisine and cocktails to…

Dame Carrie Nahabedian Named a James Beard Semifinalist for Outstanding Chef America

Congratulations to Dame Carrie Nahabedian for being named a semi-finalist for Outstanding Chef America for the 2018 James Beard Awards! (The only other chef named in that category happens to be another Chicago icon, Chef Tony Mantuano). This is Carrie’s fourth nomination (or fifth –…

Culinarium 2018: Empowering She-Cago’s Food Scene

Don’t miss the bi-annual LDE Chicago fundraiser! Always an amazing event, Culinarium 2018 will help raise funds for scholarships to empower Chicago’s next generation of women chefs. Read more!

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A Tempting Thai Taste of Spring – Songkran!

Join Dame Mary Aregoni for a fresh and flavorful Thai Taste of Spring Songkran at her restaurant Bang Chop Thai Kitchen on Tuesday, March 27! Mary will present a four-course family-style feast, with exciting wine pairings selected by “Dame Somms”…

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Dames Who Read at Big Jones

By Dame Judith Dunbar Hines No doubt you know about Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Maybe you’ve enjoyed one of their famous steaks yourself.  Perhaps you’ve wondered about the unusual use of the apostrophe in the name.  Or you may know…

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