Catch up & Toast 2019 at the Post-Holiday Party!

Please join your fellow Dames for dinner, Chinese New Year-style at the post-holiday party on Sunday, Jan. 20 at the home of Dame Portia Belloc-Lowndes. This is a great time to catch up with your fellow Dames after the busy fall and holiday seasons and toast a great new year for Les Dames d’Escoffier Chicago.  Please note: this is not a potluck! 
  • WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 20, 5:30-9 p.m. 
  • WHERE: At the home of Dame Portia Belloc-Lowndes, 34 E. Bellevue Place in Chicago.
  • Parking: there is valet parking at several restaurants in the neighborhood (it is rather expensive), and if you are lucky enough to find a street spot, Portia can provide a  neighborhood parking permit. The Red Line at Clark & Division is a 10 minute walk from Portia’s home.
  • No charge 🙂
We will toast the new year with a Chinese feast among friends. Please bring a bottle of wine, spirits or other beverage to share. There will be plenty of food provided, but if you are inclined to bring a dish, please contact Portia at

We will also do a book swap, so please bring a book – new or old – that has meaning to you. It could be a cookbook, a novel, a biography – whatever has meaning to you. Please include a short note about why you’ve chosen this book, sign it and wrap it up festively. Each person will give one and get one back in exchange! 

This is a terrific event for guests, so if you have any prospective members in mind, please invite them and include their name in your RSVP to Portia.

RSVP: Portia Belloc-Lowndes at by Jan. 14 please.

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