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

Les Dames Chicago Chapter Awards 7 Scholarships

Les Dames Chicago awarded 7 culinary students with scholarships.

Dames Who Roll Recap: A Beautiful Night for Bocce!

By Dame Liz Barrett More than 20 Dames and their guests gathered in River Forest on a gorgeous summer afternoon (Sunday, July 16), hosted by Dame Gina Voci and her husband Ed, for a spirited round of Bocce and a…

Lidia Bastianich Receives LDEI Grande Dame Award

Les Dames d’Escoffier International’s (LDEI) prestigious Grande Dame Award will be presented to Lidia Bastianich. 

Dames Who Read: Grocery by Michael Ruhlman

From Dame Judith Dunbar-Hines We all know that Dames excel at the chore of grocery shopping, so here’s our chance to learn more about how the stores actually work and how their owners think about their products and their consumers.

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Stacey Ballis’ “How to Change a Life” Book Tour Dates

Please join Dame Stacey Ballis at a few different venues discussing her new book, How to Change a Life.

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