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.
I’m beyond thrilled that so many of you joined us for the virtual Induction Ceremony. Just as the start of school always seems like the beginning of the new year, the introduction of our new members always feels like the start of a new term for LDNY. Our new Dames bring fresh energy and innovative perspectives to our organization and help us all develop new and rewarding friendships. It’s been a tough six months but I see our desire to come together to celebrate the renewal of LDNY as a testament to our belief in our strength and a fulfillment of our mission to support each other. Sure, we all wish we could have joined together over a spectacular dinner but we didn’t let the pandemic stop us from giving our ten outstanding new Dames a very warm welcome.
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.
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