Les Dames d’Escoffier New York (LDNY) is an unparalleled collective of forward-thinking and successful female leaders in all sectors of the food, beverage and hospitality industries.

Located in the most dynamic and competitive city in the world, Les Dames d’Escoffier New York (LDNY) is the founding and largest chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), an experienced 501c3 non-profit organization.

Our mission is to advance and support aspiring professional women in food and beverage, as well as to champion critical industry issues. LDNY’s vision is guided by three objectives: Education, Advocacy and Philanthropy.

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Leaders across the diverse landscape of food, beverage and hospitality, our 159 members are committed to mentorship and resource-sharing to serve the advancement of women in our industries. Throughout the year, LDNY hosts educational programs and valuable peer-to-peer networking events, and serves as a critical conduit for relationship building and career development. LDNY also offers a Mentoring Program for our scholarship recipients one-to-one with Dames.


LDNY members are creative, thoughtful leaders dedicated to championing relevant industry issues and promoting progress. Leveraging our community’s vast resources, connections, and influence, we invest time and energy into supporting critical initiatives at a local and global level. Through our many events, special projects and our far-reaching communication platform, our members work hard to advocate the ideas and solutions that are in line with our value system.


LDNY’s competitive Scholarship Program is one of our proudest achievements. Created in 1977, our scholarship provides aspiring students in the world of food and beverage with financial assistance as well as a host of additional industry opportunities. This vital programming has become even more critical curing the COVID-19 crisis which has devastated the hospitality industry.

Julia Child with Ariane Daguin and Janeen Sarlin

LDEI supports 45 chapters in the USA, Canada, Mexico, France, and the UK, with more than 2,400 members worldwide and reflects the multifaceted fields of contemporary gastronomy and hospitality.