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 hope you all had a wonderful summer and enjoyed some down time with your families whether it was at the shore, in the countryside, further afield, or in your own back yard. It’s been fun for me to see where you’ve all been relaxing and traveling and all the luscious things you’ve been cooking. In spite of the warm weather and their own vacations, your Board members and committee chairs have been working on upcoming events and are looking forward to seeing them come to fruition with your participation and support.
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