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 go to the Grocery Store

By Dame Stacey Ballis Michael Ruhlman’s new book Grocery, about the Cleveland-based family owned grocery chain Heinen’s, was already on Dame Judith Hines’ radar thanks to a recommendation from Dame Nina Barrett.

Women of Wine & Food Dinner at Café Spiaggia Draws Seven Chicago Dames

By Liz Barrett Café Spiaggia hosted a special dinner on Thursday, Oct. 19, featuring five courses with wine pairings by five Chicago women sommeliers — starring wines made by women! The sold-out event proved to be a draw for not one, not two but seven…

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,…

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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