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

Dames Enjoy 18th Summer Picnic at Ravinia

Dame Karen Levin organized a delightful picnic evening at Ravinia on Sunday, July 8, Dames (and Dudes!) gathered at Karen’s home before walking over to the park, where Karen provided margaritas and Dame Maria Concannon served her famous guacamole. As…

Dames – and Dudes – Enjoy a Heated Bocce Competition, Cocktails & Dinner

It was a heated – and humid! – battle on the bocce courts, as 20 Dames gathered in River Forest on Sunday, July 15 for the annual “Dames Who Roll” event. Hosted by Dame Gina Voci and husband Ed, this…

Ina Pinkney Named Dame of Distinction

Each year, the board of Les Dames d’Escoffier Chicago selects one member for an important lifetime achievement award – the Dame of Distinction honor. This member is one who has achieved excellence in her career and made outstanding contributions to…

Dames Who Read: “Cooking for Picasso”

To all of you Dames who enjoy a light summer read, our August book is “Cooking for Picasso,” by Camille Aubray. And if you also love art, this is an event you should not miss!  “Cooking for Picasso” is an historical fiction story…

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Dame Amelia Levin’s Book Signing @ Bookends & Beginnings, New Buffalo Bill’s BBQ

Join Dame Amelia Levin at two book signings this summer! The first will be 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…

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Dames Who Roll: Save the Date!

Dame Gina Voci will be hosting her famous Dames Who Roll bocce ball event in July! When: Sunday, July 15, 5 p.m. Where: bocce, cocktails and appetizers at the River Forest Bocce Courts (corner of Lake Street and Jackson street)…

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