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

Curious Kitchen: Winter Squash

Winter Squash: One Tough but Delicious Character by Dame Judy Hevrdejs Multi-colored winter squash, those acorns, butternuts and more, piled up at farmers markets and grocery stores look cool, right? And they make a nice centerpiece. But give them some…

Pictures from the LDE Chicago Holiday Brunch

By Dame Amelia Levin The Annual LDE Chicago Holiday Brunch was a success! Over 20 dames gathered at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook to catchup and chat, sip and nosh on amazing food prepared by Chef and Co-Owner Dame Sarah…

New Cookbook with Recipes From Dame Stacey Ballis

Dame Stacey Ballis served as the culinary consultant and developed recipes for the latest nutrition-focused cookbook to hit the newsstands: The Self-Care Cookbook by Dr. Frank Ardito. Check it out! 

Coffee Tasting Class at Halfwit Coffee Roasters

Whether you are a fan of a simple cup of basic black, or are a confident barista expertly brewing  your own flat whites at home, there is always something new to learn in the world of coffee!  Local expert Jessica Easto has…

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Dames Who Read: Bread of Three Rivers

By Dame Judith Dunbar Hines Whether in France or Chicago, nothing is more seductive than a loaf of bread fresh from the local bakery. How can something so distinctive be made from only four simple ingredients – flour, water, salt,…

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LDE Chicago Annual Post-Holiday Celebration

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to this year’s annual Holiday Celebration.  Since this is the season of giving, and we all know that the amazing women in this organization give more than their share in every…

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