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

Fall Fete at the Home of Jennifer Anderson

Towards end of October, we were treated to a magical evening at the home of Jennifer Anderson of Jennifer Anderson Events. Her website reads “From planning to design to professional coordination and management, you are your guests will experience an…

Brunch at Ambrosia Euro-American Patisserie

Ambrosia, the food of the gods… Deborah Lesley-Rivera recently hosted a lovely brunch for some lucky Dames at her family owned and operated Euro-American Patisserie, Ambrosia. Located in Barrington, Ambrosia has been providing the community with the highest quality products for over 30…

Tour of H Mart – Dames who Read

After reviewing the book Crying in H Mart via Zoom, Judith Hines arranged a personal tour of the Asian marketplace, H Mart. H Mart is short for Han Ah Reum, which just happens to mean “One Arm Full of Groceries”. Our…

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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