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

New Member Reception Oct. 10

Greetings, Chicago Dames: Please join our Chicago Dames for the New Member Reception at the home of Dame Stacey Ballis on Thursday, October 10th, 2019. We have an outstanding new group of 9 members that were inducted in June at our annual meeting. This is a great time…

Come to the Les Dames Town Hall Meeting!

Several years ago, we hosted some informal gatherings for our members, as a way to help make sure everyone is aware of our chapter’s goals, intentions and direction. We’re resurrecting the town meeting format on Nov. 4! This is a chance to be…

Dames Who Read Explore Ukrainian History Through Food

Nearly 100,000 people of Ukrainian descent live in the Chicago area, many with their own proud generational and culinary stories.  Join Dames Who Read and explore Ukrainian history and family dynamics as well as memories of the table as we read…