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Les Dames d’Escoffier International is a worldwide society dedicated to fostering the advancement of women in culinary professions through educational and charitable activities.

Scholarships

For more than 20 years, the Chicago Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International has awarded scholarships to select women enrolled in accredited, Chicago area culinary schools. Applications are due July 1, with awards granted later in the year.

Events

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

You’re Invited to a Sunday Afternoon at Opus One Winery

Join Us for a Virtual Vineyard Tour and Conversation with Opus One Winemaker Michael Silacci Opus One is is arguably one of the most heralded and iconic wines in all of Napa Valley and the world. It started as a…

What’s Cookin’, Dames?

By Carol Mighton Haddix If you are like me, you’ve been cooking up a storm during this pandemic. I’m finding I’m cooking batches of things such as chili and stews, and freezing leftovers for later. And I’m getting good about…

Welcome Our New Dames for 2020!

We are thrilled to welcome six new Dames into the Class of 2020! Despite the pandemic, we were not about to let these all-star women miss their moment to join the most dynamic and fulfilling organization of women! Get to…

You’re Invited to a Sunday Afternoon at Opus One Winery

Join Us for a Virtual Vineyard Tour and Conversation with Opus One Winemaker Michael Silacci Opus One is is arguably one of the most heralded and iconic wines in all of Napa Valley and the world. It started as a…

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Dames Wine School Launches Feb. 12

Welcome to the Dames Wine School and the first in series of five classes! Do you like wine, but don’t know your chard from your chenin? Do terms like tannin, body and balance confuse you? Do you find yourself overwhelmed in a wine store, gazing…

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From Spark to Stores: Bringing a Singular Idea to Market

Have you ever had a tightly focused niche idea that just might be worth pursuing?  Nearly everyone has had that one idea that feels like it fills a hole in the marketplace. But how do you take it from idea…

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