Welcome to the home of the New York Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier International-the premier, invitational, non-profit organization of women leaders dedicated to education, advocacy, and philanthropy-through the support of its partners and members in the food, fine beverage and hospitality industries.
I know we are all feeling sad because of the death in our family. We will all miss our founder Carol Brock’s indomitable spirit. It’s not that long since she was posing for pictures with us at our last Scholarship Reception (above) and at The Next Big Bite. Only a few weeks ago, she was still calling me to give me advice and spur us on to do even more to support the next generation of women in the culinary industries. LDNY owes a huge debt of gratitude to Carol for creating our organization and continuing to inspire us. In forming LDNY, she chose women at the top of their professions with the goal of changing the world of food, wine, and hospitality by increasing the presence and prestige of women in that world through education, networking, and above all, scholarship. Her mission is what continues to motivate us today.
On July 17th, Les Dames d’Escoffier’s New York Chapter granted scholarships to seventeen future female industry leaders attending nine culinary and wine schools. The event was held at NYU’s Rosenthal Pavilion overlooking Washington Square Park. Among the scholarships were a newly established one honoring LDE founder Grande Dame Carol Brock, and one in memory of Dame Aileen Robbins. Carol was sufficiently recovered from a recent illness to attend and movingly addressed the audience. Aileen’s daughter was also present. As each recipient was recognized, a 15-second video describing her career aspirations was shown, adding a wonderful audio-visual element to the proceedings. read more
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