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

Peterson Garden Project to Receive $10,000 Grant from Les Dames d’Escoffier Green Tables Initiative

The Chicago chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, the non-profit organization dedicated to advancing women leaders in the culinary and hospitality industries, is pleased to announce the Peterson Garden Project as the recipient of its 2018 Green Tables Grant. A check…

Chicago Dames Travel to Mexico for Margaritas, Mayan Cooking and More

By Dame Toria Emas Five Chicago Dames embarked on a Traditional Mayan Adventure with LDEI Flavors of Mexico. Attending were Dames Susan Syzmanski, Susan Weller, Diane Sokolofski, Antoinette Benjamin (Ann Arbor dual member), Toria Emas and her husband,  Bill.

Dame Carol Haddix’s Book Signing Dates

Dame Carol Mighton Haddix reports on upcoming talks and book signings for The Chicago Food Encyclopedia, including:   6:30 p.m. April 5 at the Meet the Authors event, Newberry Library   6:30 p.m. April 1 at Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society…

Dame Amelia Levin’s Book Signing @ Bookends & Beginnings

Join Dame Amelia Levin at Dame Nina Barrett’s Bookends & Beginnings store in Evanston for a casual sip, taste and signing of her latest book, The Lake Michigan Cottage Kitchen cookbook. Books will be on hand for purchase and signing,…

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Dames Who Roll: Save the Date!

Dame Gina Voci will be hosting her famous Dames Who Roll bacce ball event in July! More details to come, but for now: When: Saturday, July 15, 5 p.m. Where: Bacce Ball Courts in River Forest 5 pm Notes: Limited…

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Ravinia Picnic: Buddy Guy and Johnny Lang

Message from Dame Karen Levin: All members and their guests, please join us for the 18th annual Ravinia picnic with background music provided by Buddy Guy and Johnny Lang on Sunday, July 8.

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