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


For more than 20 years, the Chicago Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International has awarded scholarships to select women enrolled in accredited, Chicago area culinary schools. Applications are due July 1, with awards granted later in the year.


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

Recap of Dames Who Read November Meeting

Our selected book was The Secret History of Food by Matt Siegel.    Dame Judith Hines hosted the review of The Secret History of Food, the 42nd book in the collection of Dames Who Read. There were ten Dames in…

Recipe for Disaster Followed by Recipe for Fun Dames Social Outing

This past Sunday afternoon, a group of a dozen Dames got together to attend the novel show, Recipe for Disaster, by Rick Bayless, Carl Menninger and Amy Rubenstein, at the Windy City Playhouse. Some of us met at Petterino’s in…

Les Dames d’Escoffier Chicago evening at Bookends and Beginnings

Books were on tap on a recent Thursday evening at Bookends and Beginnings, the independent bookstore in Evanston owned by Dame Nina Barrett.  Nina graciously opened her store after hours to Chicago Dames who enjoyed quite an evening. A gorgeous…

Ask the Chef at Green City Market

Have you ever been so excited at the farmer’s market that you bought more than you knew how to cook? You’re not alone! Learn from Chicago’s best chefs and cooks at the Green City Market’s Ask the Chef booth. This…

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Green Tables Committee Cooks Up Video Lessons for Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago

Programming at the Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club (PMBGC) of Chicago is one of our Chapter’s legacy affiliations. It is the only Club within the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago (BGCC) to offer after-school and summer cooking classes, and…

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Exploring the Art of Wine & Cheese Pairing w/ Chicago & New England Dames

What makes a perfect pairing of cheese and wine? How do we take the guess work out of shopping for them when faced with so many choices? Join us as we explore style, flavor, texture, body, aroma, and complexity in…

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