Welcome to the home of the New York Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier International, a premier, invitational non-profit organization of women leaders in the food, fine beverage and hospitality industries. Our mission is to support women who are on the path to become our industry leaders of tomorrow through scholarships, education, advocacy and mentoring.
It's been my privilege to serve as your President for the last two years. Without a doubt it was a challenging time and I’m glad that I could help LDNY to not only carry on but thrive in such a difficult climate. I couldn’t have managed without all of you. Thanks so much for your collaboration, your encouragement, and your friendship.
We started off the past year by expanding our The Next Big Bite franchise with The Next Big Sip. It helped to establish us as a powerhouse in the world of fine beverages. When the pandemic hit, I was determined that LDNY would continue its mission to support women in our industries. In spite of the pandemic, we have made generous scholarship donations, welcomed a new class of accomplished women as members, and continued a full program of networking and educational programs. Via Zoom, we had an outstanding The Next Big Bite, focused on the restaurant industry.
Twenty-twenty has been a challenging year in many ways, but one of the highlights has been the select group of standout candidates that were awarded scholarships towards their continued education in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality.
Seventeen talented women from our partner schools were awarded scholarships ranging from $3,500 to $5,000, with one student receiving the L’Etoile Scholarship for $20,000. The total amount of scholarship funds awarded this year was a record-breaking $85,500.