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

Scholarships

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.

Events

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 Choose “The Chef’s Secret” for May 2021

This spring, Dames Who Read will turn their attention to a mystery novel focused on the Renaissance kitchens of the Vatican and its intricate foods and equally fascinating intrigues! When renowned papal chef Bartolomeo Scappi dies in 1577, he leaves…

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…

What’s Cookin’, Dames?

By Carol Mighton Haddix If you are like me, you’ve been cooking up a storm during this pandemic. I’m finding I’m cooking batches of things such as chili and stews, and freezing leftovers for later. And I’m getting good about…

Dames Who Read Choose “The Chef’s Secret” for May 2021

This spring, Dames Who Read will turn their attention to a mystery novel focused on the Renaissance kitchens of the Vatican and its intricate foods and equally fascinating intrigues! When renowned papal chef Bartolomeo Scappi dies in 1577, he leaves…

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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…

Learn More

Dames Wine School Launches Feb. 12

Welcome to the Dames Wine School and the first in series of five classes! Do you like wine, but don’t know your chard from your chenin? Do terms like tannin, body and balance confuse you? Do you find yourself overwhelmed in a wine store, gazing…

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