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.
What a few weeks we have had! I’m choosing to look at the bright side of recent events. Thanks to our vigilance, New York now has the lowest number of Covid-19 cases in the country. While I know several of you have been ill, to my knowledge everyone in LDNY is now in good health. We’ve all been shaken up by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and too many other cases and how they reflect systemic racism in our country. Many of you have shown support on social media and by protesting. All of us have been dismayed at the rioting and looting by individuals that distracted from peaceful gatherings. But we have to look at this moment as an opportunity to change and come out better and stronger, not only as a nation but as an organization, and as individuals. I think it is critical for us to take a good hard look at our chapter and see what we can do to make sure that we are part of the solution and not part of the problem.
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
MARK YOUR CALENDAR:
Please check back for our list of upcoming events.