Who We Are

Les Dames d’Escoffier is the only organization of its kind: a world wide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality. The invitation-only membership, composed of 29 individual chapters across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, is highly diversified and reflects the multifaceted fields of contemporary gastronomy and hospitality.

How We Began

LDEI was founded in New York in 1976 by Carol Brock, a food reporter for the New York Daily News.  At the time there were few opportunities for women in the culinary arts and there were no prominent women chefs or sommeliers. Brock saw a need to create an organization of professional leading women in the industry who would serve as role models and mentors to others. From its inception, the organization has been a membership-by-invitation, philanthropic organization that has provided education, networking opportunities and scholarship support.

For more information about our national organization, Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), visit www.ldei.org.

Where We Are Now

The chapter was founded in 2006, and since that time has grown to over 50 members representing almost every area of food, fine beverage and hospitality. We have a flourishing scholarship and mentoring programs, as well as engaging educational, networking and professional development programs.